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Brixen at a glance

The 1,100 years of city history of Brixen is varied and has got quite something to offer. The cathedral, the cloister, the bishop’s palace and many other sights are witnesses of its historic heritage and demonstrate the past importance and power Brixen had as a former bishop’s city. Dive into this rich past and get to know Brixen at a guided tour. Every Monday of the year you have the chance to (01.04. .-31.10.: 5 pm; 01.11.-31.02.: 10 am). Book your tour until 4 pm of the day before at the Tourist Board (+39 0472 836401 or at info@brixen.org )

Crazy people are around also in Brixen. At carnival, there are different events for young and old. For example the Carnival theatre in Milland (Mill and Ka(o)s) or the carnival revue in Vahrn, the so called “Vahrnerei”. A Carnival concert as well will be held by the Salon Orchestra South Tyrol at the Forum on 9th February. For kids there is the renowned “Gnoccolada”, a colourful parade with games and fun on Cathedral Square. Aslo in the surroundings like Neustift events for children are held at carnival.

The colourful mess can start! Detailed information on www.brixen.org

At the moment, the fortress of Franzensfeste with its exhibition on “Bridge between North and South: Roman roads in South Tyrol” gives an insight into the extensive road network at Roman times in South Tyrol. For the Romans, the construction of roads was important as it made commerce as well as the movement of troops easier and it also contributed to the spreading of Roman culture. That is the peculiarity, like the one of the Via Claudia Augusta, that makes the focus of the exhibition. Important finds that were discovered along roads in South Tyrol are on display.

For information on opening hours and fees see: http://www.festung-franzensfeste.it/bruecke-zwischen-nord-und-sued-roemische-strassen-suedtirol/

Next to skiing and tobogganing, Mount Plose is an excellent starting point for wonderful hikes in winter as well. From Christmas time to mid-March, guided snowshoe hikes are offered. Don’t miss this unique adventure through snowy woods with a breathtaking view. Information about reservation and fees at: +39 0472 850040


Plose Nights

Discover the variety of Mount Plose not only during the day but also at night at the weekly Plose Nights. Every Friday from 5th January to 9th March 2018 you can experience special winter evenings: to admire the evening sea of lights of Brixen from above, to taste the many specialties in the huts or to dare a spectacular descent in a toboggan on the lighted RudiRun toboggan run. For more detailed information go to: www.plose.org

Plose night

New Year in Brixen

Of course also in Brixen we celebrate New Year’s Eve. The clebrations already start in the morning. From 10 am on, chimney sweepers bring and hands them out lucky charms to visitors of the Christmas Market. At 10 pm the party starts, which transforms Cathedral Square into a huge dance floor. To the sounds of DJ Enzo Morgan you can dance all night long. With a festive firework at midnight the new year is heartily welcomed.

More information on www.brixen.org

An absolute MUST of every Brixen visit is the prince bishops’ palace of Brixen. It is considered one of the most important emblems of Brixen and in winter it is the location of the music and light show Soliman’s Dream. In the course of history, the palace has got an important role in Brixen’s history. Built in the 13th century, it has been renovated more times in the following centuries. As a mighty residence it was used by the powerful prince-bishops of the city and has survived quite some uprisings. Of this grand style of these times witness the private chambers and the magnificent emperor’s wing inside the castle. If you are curious about it, do not miss a visit to the bishop’s palace.

Info on: www.hofburg.it

Brixen has got many wonderful and magnificent buildings to discover, but for sure one of the most beautiful treasures is the cloister of the cathedral. In no other place of the city you can feel the past so close as in this place of prayer, meditation and silence. The breathtaking frescoes in the vaults of the 14th century let the visitor dive into the religious, as well as the daily world and mentality of the Middle Ages. There you encounter not only the stories of Jesus and Mary but also the one of the elephant and even Charles the Magnificent.

A visit to the cloister makes every city tour an absolute highlight. This sight of first rank is open daily from 6 am to 6 pm. In the months of November, January, February and March (until Easter), it is closed from 12 to 3 pm. Free guided tours from Easter to All Saints ‘Day on weekdays at 10:30 am.

Next to the varied side programme and the ice rink at Hofburg Square, numerous activities let children’s hearts beat faster. There is the historic kid steam carousel directly on Cathedral Square. Moreover, children can post their wishes in a letter at the Christkindl mail box. Every day at 4 pm a new calendar window at the giant advent calendar is opened. At this occasion, lots will be handed out to children: There is something to get every kid’s eyes shining! Further information on: https://www.brixen.org/de/events/highlight-events/weihnachtsmarkt/rahmenprogramm.html

It is the most contemplative moment of the year and Brixen celebrates it with music. Various concerts in the Cathedral, on Cathedral Square and at the Forum make you feel advent time and the coming Christmas celebrations. Where, when, how, who plays on https://www.brixen.org/de/events/highlight-events/weihnachtsmarkt/rahmenprogramm.html.


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