Brixen is an old monastery town with a glorious past

Brixen is one of the oldest towns in South Tyrol, where the history and culture of Tyrol merge with a Mediterranean way of life. The centuries-long reign of the prince-bishops has left its mark on the townscape. The cathedral square, churches and large monastery complexes show influences of the Baroque and Renaissance periods, while the medieval old town of this bishops’ see is characterised by arcades and alleyways with façades that date from bygone centuries.

Brixen’s old town

Brixen’s historic town centre combines family-run traditional shops, bars and restaurants with a wide range of artistic and cultural activities. The popular farmers’ market in the centre offers a wide selection of fresh local produce.

Exercise and nature in all its forms

Surrounded by the Plose, its densely forested local mountain, the nearby Dolomites and the sunny peaks of the Sarntal Alps to the west, the Brixen valley basin is the starting point for numerous activities, from the easy to the challenging: climbing, mountaineering, paragliding, downhill skiing – as well as bike tours and walks through rugged valleys or green vineyards and orchards.

Culture and history

Brixen’s historical importance as the gateway to the south is marked by a variety of monasteries, castles and villages, both in the immediate vicinity and throughout the entire Eisack Valley. For reasons of security, important buildings and fortresses were erected centuries ago on the hills overlooking the valley. Of particular note are the Säben Monastery and the Trostburg Castle, enthroned upon high cliffs.

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