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The Bishop’s Seat of Brixen/Bressanone

Refreshingly contemporary, the bishop's seat artfully combines culture, experiences in nature and enjoyment.

Brixen has a storied past: it 's Tyrol's oldest town and served as the bishop's seat for a long time. Some of the town's most important sights speak to visitors about this history, like the Brixen Cathedral, an art-historical attraction with must-see frescoes. Stroll under the town's arcades and down winding alleyways, where past and present are harmoniously connected in Brixen. Come and see for yourself on your holiday in South Tyrol.

Brixen and its surroundings are charming and welcoming. Book a table in one of the many inns, restaurants and cool bars to get to know the South Tyrolean culinary tradition, secret recipes and the wine culture. 

Must-see sights

A visit to the Bishop's Palace will connect you with the town's history. The Brixen cathedral and the Neustift monastery with its own wine production are also unmissable. What's more, if you cross the river, you’ll reach the oldest part of Brixen.

Brixen Water Light Festival ©

From April 24 to May 12, the city of Brixen becomes a sea of lights: during the Water Light Festival, the light installations of local and international artists illuminate the springs, fountains and water features of the episcopal town of Brixen.

Water Light Festival Video
Water and light installations decorate the main square in Brixen/Bressanone during a spring evening with the cathedral in the background
Water light festival

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From your hotel in the middle of the bustling city, wake up with a view of the vineyards or experience the traditions of Törggelen at a farmhouse. These passionate hosts and hostesses look forward to your visit!

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Sustainable Brixen

Brixen is the second holiday region in South Tyrol to be awarded the highest sustainability label. It's been years now, that events like the Brixen Water Light Festival and the Mountain Bike Testival have been recognised as green events. Brixen holiday region puts a strong emphasis on the importance of reducing the use of water and ecourages guests to refill their water bottles with spring and fountain drinking water. Whether viewed from ecological, socio-economic or cultural perspectives, political players and stakeholders are committed to pursuing a sustainable path.

Tradition and modernity in Tirol's oldest town

Stroll down the alleys and streets of Brixen and start your time travel: the baroque Cathedral of Brixen rises in the city centre. A few steps away, the Hofburg stands as a landmark of Brixen's past as an ecclesiastical principality, while at the confluence of  the Eisack and Rienz rivers is located Stufels, Brixen's oldest district. As soon as you start wandering around the city, it cannot go unnoticed that the episcopal city skillfully combines historic buildings with a contemporary flair. Streets are filled with bars and typical inns and many are the sporting and cultural events which enliven the city.

Brixen is the capital of the Eisacktal valley, which has served as a trade route between north and south for centuries. Its role of linking different places, is reflected in the Alpine-Mediterranean cuisine and Brixen's landmark: a fresco on the Hotel Elephant's façade commemorating the elephant that on its journey from Valladoid to Vienna, stopped in Brixen in 1552 to be presented to the emperor. Go on a hike or bike tour to explore the picturesque spring landscape around Brixen. Cable cars shuttle you up to incredible summits to enjoy sprawling alpine views. What's more, the Valle Isarco wine - from the northernmost wine-growing region in Italy - it's a safe bet for refreshing moments of happiness.

Experience something new every day

A few days in this place can do so much good. Especially if you set out to explore its assets. From good food to outdoor activities and cultural delights, you'll find a great selection here.

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Shopping in Brixen

Make your holiday in South Tyrol a richer experience: go shopping in South Tyrol's towns. At the foot of the Plose mountain, where the baroque Cathedral is located, a lively shopping world opens up to you. Streets are lined with shops selling leather goods, local specialties, arts and crafts objects and art galleries. Once your shopping day is over, you can stop at one of the many inns to taste some of the best wines of Valle Isarco, in the vicinity of Brixen.



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Weather forecast & Webcams

Check out our weather forecast in Brixen and planning your vacation in South Tyrol will be easier. And if you want to go up in the mountains, our weather forecast informs you about visibility, sunrise, sunset and zero-degree isotherm.

Your car-free spring holiday in Brixen

If you have a knack for relaxing moments, then take a train or bus Once you arrive in South Tyrol, you have plenty of transfer options to reach your accommodation. The region's efficient and reliable transport system will get you around effortlessly.

  • Travel by train

    You can reach Brixen comfortably by train. From the train stations, buses, taxis or the "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle will take you directly to your holiday accommodation.

  • On-site mobility

    Once you arrive at your accommodation in Brixen, the Südtirol Guest Pass "BrixenCard" and "KlausenCard" give you free access to means of transport in South Tyrol.

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