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Bressanone (Brixen) City Tour

Bressanone (Brixen)
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Informationen zur Tour Bressanone (Brixen) City Tour

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    2:00 h
  • Distance
    3.4km
  • Altitude
    20 m
  • Altitude
    30 m
  • Max. height
    586 m
Through the streets of Bressanone (Brixen), the bishop's city of Valle Isarco (Eisacktal)

Directions


We begin our tour in the heart of the city, the Piazza del Duomo (Domplatz). It is easily accessible from the underground parking garage on Via Dante (Dantestraße), the neighbouring bus station (on the opposite side from the garage), and the nearby railway station. The square itself is worth seeing: the magnificent facades of the cathedral and Parish Church of St. Michael are to the east, the town hall is located to the north, and there is an interesting fountain on the south end of with a bronze sculpture by Martin Rainer, which depicts human life. After a visit to the cathedral and the cloister, we head back toward Piazza Duomo. We turn left (south), and soon see on the right the well-fortified Palazzo Vescovile (Hofburg), which now houses the Diocesan Museum. To the right, we find the Kutscherhof, where the horses and carriages of the prince-bishop were once housed. If you cross the courtyard, you enter into the pretty little Giardion di Signori (Herrengarten). But we continue through the Via Vescovado (Hofgasse), and into first small then large arcades with shops. As you walk along the arcades, be sure to take a look at the facades of the portici (Lauben) houses. At Piazza Parrocchia (Pfarrplatz), you can visit the Baroque parish church. From the square, you’ll see the Pfaundler House on the opposite side, which is also noteworthy.  We stroll through the Porta S. Michele (Michaelstor) Gate and then make a left into Via Torre Bianca (Weissenturmgasse) Lane as we head towards Via Mercato Vecchio (Altenmarktgasse) Lane, which once housed the workshops of Bressanone’s artisans. You can reach the popular Acquarena water park by turning off to the right from this little street. We continue walking, however, towards the Pupp Café and then left through Via Tratten (Trattengasse) Lane to the famous Elephant Hotel, which is named for a visit from a real live elephant that took place in 1550. At the fountain, turn left into Via Fienili (Stadelgasse) Lane and onto Via Bastioni Maggiori (Großen Graben). This road leads left to Maria Hueber Square and then we go through Via Torre Bianca Lane once more. At the next junction, we turn left onto Adlerbrückengasse Lane, pass the Pharmacy Museum, cross Adlerbrücke Bridge and enter the romantic district of Stufels at the confluence of the Isarco (Eisack) and the Rienza (Rienz) Rivers. A side trip into the quaint little streets of this historical district should not be missed under any circumstances. When we reach the end of Vicolo Terzo di Sotto (Unterdrittelgasse) Lane, we turn right and take a nice relaxing stroll through Rapp Park. You can extend your city tour by going through the park to Widmann Bridge, crossing it to the right, and continuing straight on until you reach Runggadgasse Lane. To the left, we reach the monastery complex and a playground in the Prà delle Suore (Schwesternau). If we go to the right and continue straight through Via Hartwig (Hartwiggasse) Lane, we pass the back of the cathedral then turn right through the gate and the old cemetery.

Starting point

Piazza del Duomo (Domplatz)

Target point

Piazza del Duomo (Domplatz)

Parking

Underground parking garage near the university or on Via Dante (Dantestraße)

Public transportation

Train to Bressanone (Brixen)

Directions

Through the Val d'Isarco (Eisacktal) to Bressanone (Brixen).

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