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The Bishop’s Seat of Brixen

The bishop's seat combines culture, nature experiences and enjoyement in a contemporary way

Brixen has a long history: it's the oldest city in Tyrol and was the seat of the ecclesiastical principality for a long time. Some of the city’s most important monuments still bear witness to the historical events that ahve shaped the place, such as the majestic Cathedral of Brixen, which attracts people 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.

During your holiday in South Tyrol, walk beneath the arcades of winding city streets and experience how history and the present are intertwined. 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.  

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.

Brixen in winter

Holidays in Brixen/Bressanone | South Tyrol – Travel Info, Weather & Webcams

Christmas market in Brixen

At the oldest Christmas market in South Tyrol regional craft and gastronomic businesses merge at the foot of the imposing Brixen Cathedral. Right next door, the unique light show "COLORS. A Homage to Peace" invites you in the "Castle of the Court".


Find your accommodation

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.

In South Tyrol's oldest city tradition and modernity coexist

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.

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.


Much to experience

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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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 winter holiday

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 comfortably reach Brixen by train. From the train stations, you can take buses, taxis or the "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle to be dropped off at your accommodation.

  • On-site mobility

    Once you arrive at your accommodation in Brixen, the Südtirol Guest Pass "BrixenCard" and "KlausenCard" give you unlimited access to all means of transport in South Tyrol. You can even take the train or bus to get to the ski slopes.