City of Bressanone
The episcopal city of Bressanone combines Medieval-Baroque atmosphere with modern lifestyle and a fascinating alpine world.
Costa d’Elvas, Stufles, Millan, Castellano, il centro storico and Rosslauf, these some of the quarters that make part of the city of Bressanone. Bressanone is located where the Isarco and Rienza rivers join, at an altitude of 559 m. First mentioned in 990 under the name “Prichsna”, it is the third largest city of South Tyrol.
A sightseeing tour is an absolute must-do: visit the Dome of Bressanone, walk along the famous via crucis and have a coffee on the square at the dome. Also should you make a visit to the Hofburg with diocesan museum, the pharmacy museum and to conclude the day, make a shopping tour in the arcades of Bressanone, adorned with picturesque and colourful facades. By the way, in summer 2008 the Pope Benedict XVI spent his summer holidays in Bressanone.
Anywhere are mountains and city closer than in Bressanone. The local mountain of the Plose is the excursion destination of inhabitants all year round. In winter if offers a panoramic skiing area, while in winter it is ideal for hiking and mountain biking. This is not the only reason why every year in November, Bressanone becomes the meeting point for the world’s best alpinists and climbers on the occasion of the IMS, the International Mountain Summit.
To make the leisure time offer complete, there are the Acquarena water world with restaurant and bowling lane, the Astra and the Odeon cinemas and the Forum Bressanone, animating the cultural programme of the city. As far as fun and entertainment is concerned, visit the Summer Emotions on Thursday evenings or the city festival, taking place every second year in August. The main attraction in winter is, however, the romantic Christmas Market in front of the Dome of Bressanone, casting a spell over thousands of visitors.