We have listed 5 tips here that include sights and interesting places in Bressanone/Brixen and the surrounding area.
Bressanone Cathedral is the town's landmark. It is the bishop's church of the Roman Catholic diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone and built in Baroque style with beautiful frescoes. The first construction dates back to 980 AD, but after two fires a redesign in Romanesque style with a three-nave nave and two towers followed. Finally, between 1745 and 1754, the cathedral was baroqueised and frescoes by Paul Troger and his pupils were added. Particularly impressive is the ceiling painting, the "Adoration of the Lamb", with an area of 200 m2. The church also houses one of the most important baroque altars in Tyrol by Theodor Benedetti and an organ with 3,335 pipes. Guided tours of the cathedral are possible all year round!
Photos: Martin Rainer and Alex Filz, Bressanone Tourism
The cloister is the centre of the cathedral district and is vaulted with a Gothic groined vault. The frescoes date from the 14th and 15th centuries and document the development of medieval art. Particularly worth seeing are the depiction of the elephant (3rd arcade) and the Adoration of the Kings (13th arcade). The cloister is one of the most important art monuments in South Tyrol.
Photos: Leonhard Angerer and Alex Filz, Bressanone Tourism
The Imperial Palace was built in the 13th century by the prince-bishops of Bressanone and repeatedly rebuilt in the following centuries. Today, the Imperial Palace shines in the triumphant spirit of the Baroque and houses the Diocesan Museum and the Diocesan Archives. The Herrengarten is part of the Hofburg ensemble and is an oasis of peace for the city's many guests. The garden, decorated with flowers and herbs, is adorned with a valuable bronze fountain from the Biedermeier period. Photos: Imperial Palace Bressanone; Alex Filz, Bressanone Tourism
The Augustinian monastery of Neustift is one of the largest monastery complexes in Tyrol and is still the centre of education, art and wine culture. The monastery is architecturally impressive with its Romanesque Engelsburg, the frescoed Gothic cloister and the Baroque collegiate church. The monastery is surrounded by vineyards, which form the northernmost wine-growing area in South Tyrol. The famous Eisacktaler white wines such as the Sylvaner, the Müller Thurgau and the Kerner are known far beyond the borders.
Photos: Leonhard Angerer, Georg Bühler
The Franzensfeste fortress was built in 1833-39 by the Austrian Emperor Franz I and named after him. Even though this defensive structure was never used for combat, it was still considered the strongest fortification in Europe. Today, the fortress is open to the public as the South Tyrolean Provincial Museum and, with its 65,000 square metres of space, is the largest historical facility in South Tyrol. It is also a venue for exhibitions and events.
Photos: Alessandra Chemollo, Georg Hofer