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.

  • Garden Art: Spring in the parks of Brixen such as the »Herrengarten«
  • Visit of the city museums about the culture and history of the region
  • Enjoying food and shopping in the boutiques and traditional shops under the arcades
  • Café and aperitif culture in the sunny squares of the lively city center
  • Water Light Festival: In spring, international artists present water-light installations
  • Acquarena: A visit to the municipal pool is complimentary for 3 hours with the Brixen-Card (included in your booking)
  • Bike Testival: Presentation of the latest trends in cycling with the possibility of testing
  • Visit to the Bread and Strudel Market with specialties from all over South Tyrol
  • Christmas market in the historic old town

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.

Walks and hikes in the surroundings of Brixen: on the high plateau of Naz-Sciaves, the Eisack Valley wine and apple trail, or the Archeopfad to Elvas

  • Visit to the cultural site of Neustift Monastery in Vahrn
  • Cycling along the Eisack River, as well as on the well-developed bike paths of the Eisack and Puster valleys
  • Jogging and walking along the green riverbanks of the Eisack
  • High rope courses in Sterzing and at the Issinger Weiher in the Puster Valley
  • Hiking, mountaineering, and climbing in the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites
  • Skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, or winter hiking on the Plose, the local mountain of Brixen. In summer, the forests and pastures invite you to walk and hike, or to go mountain biking on the four trails accessible via the Plose lifts.
  • Paragliding tandem flights along the Dolomites with views of the Eisack Valley and its historic towns and villages
  • Autumn Törggele hikes in the mid-mountains or on the Chestnut Trail in the Eisack Valley. It is worth stopping at inns that offer roasted chestnuts and seasonal specialties
  • Cross-country skiing in the nearby areas, in Lüsen, Vals, Zannes, or at the Würzjoch

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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