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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 long and storied past: it is the oldest city in Tyrol and was for a long time the seat of the ecclesiastical principality. Some of the city’s most important monuments still bear witness to this history, such as the majestic Cathedral of Brixen, which attracts those interested in art history. The cathedral boasts various styles, such as the cloister with its cross vaults and medieval frescoes or the baroque interior frescoes.

Walking beneath the arcades, winding city streets and shady parks, experience how history and the present are charmingly combined. This is especially true during a stroll through the Stufels, the oldest part of town, which is located between the Eisack and Rienz rivers. Brixen’s famous hospitality will enchant and enthral you. While paying a visit to the inviting inns, restaurants and trendy bars, get to know South Tyrolean traditions, secret recipes and Brixen lifestyle over a glass of white wine, harvested from the grapes of the surrounding vineyards.  

Between tradition and modernity: Tirol’s oldest city

Experience an exciting journey through time while strolling through the oldest city in Tyrol: The baroque Cathedral of Brixen is located in the city centre while just a few steps away you can visit Bishop's Palace, which recounts Brixen’s past as an ecclesiastical principality. As you explore, it quickly becomes clear that the bishop's seat skilfully combines buildings steeped in history with a contemporary lifestyle. Trendy restaurants can be found next to typical South Tyrolean inns, and numerous sporting and cultural events enliven the town’s alleyways

Brixen is the centre of the Eisacktal valley, which for centuries has been a transit route between north and south. This is reflected in the Alpine-Mediterranean cuisine and in Brixen's landmark symbol: an elephant that stopped in Brixen in 1552 on its journey from Valladoid to Vienna as a gift for the emperor and whose history is depicted in a wall fresco on the façade of the Hotel Elephant. The picturesque autumn landscape around Brixen can be explored on hikes or by bike, and the cable cars bring visitors up to the top of the mountains with panoramic views. In addition to the traditional Törggelen evenings, the wine from the Eisacktal valley,  Italy's northernmost winegrowing region, delivers refreshing moments of enjoyment.

Accommodations in Brixen

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

Bressanone is the first city in South Tyrol to receive the highest level and GSTC sustainability certification. Events such as the Bressanone Water Light Festival or the Mountain Bike Testival have been established green events for years.


Guided tours in Brixen/Bressanone

In addition to history, society and architecture, a guided tour of Brixen will also give you an insight into local wine production. The special adventure tours are particularly entertaining opportunities.

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Must-see attractions

A visit to the Bishop's Palace will connect you with the history of the city, while the Brixen cathedral and the Neustift monastery with its own wine production are also not to be missed. Crossing the river, you’ll reach the oldest part of Brixen.

What’s happening in Brixen/Bressanone?

The cultural scene in Brixen is exciting and full of ideas. Not to mention imaginative exhibitions and cultural tours. At the gastronomic events, the great Eisacktal valley wines and typical dishes take centre stage.

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Parking & mobility in Brixen/Bressanone

Brixen is a place of impressive colour with a tidy, exclusive atmosphere. Once in town, park your car in one of the centrally located car parks (map and availability of car parks in Brixen) to reach the low-traffic city centre in a just a few minutes on foot.

Along the way there, pass by numerous flowerbeds, each more beautiful than the next, and then cross the colourful and well-kept gardens of the Bishop's Palace. Let yourself be carried away by the unmistakable chimes of the cathedral bells and the play of light and shadow that you can observe under the arcades and alleys of the city centre.


With the BrixenCard, which is available from your accommodation, make use of public transport in South Tyrol comfortably and free of charge. This card also entitles you to free use of the urban bus services, the Plose ski bus and the cable cars in the area, and also gives you free access to the museums.

Sustainable journey

If you fancy relaxation from the start, give it a try: take a train or bus instead. Once you get to South Tyrol, you have plenty of transfer options that will take you from the rail or bus station to your accommodation. And the excellent public transport network of the region will get you around your destination effortlessly.

Weather in Brixen/Bressanone

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.

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