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BressanoneItaly

Use this beautiful and historic town, the oldest in South Tyrol, as a base for exploring the dramatic peaks and verdant valleys of the Dolomite mountain range. 

Bressanone, or Brixen in German, is the longest-standing town in Italy’s heavily Austrian-influenced region of South Tyrol. Use this spot as an idyllic base for exploring the surrounding Dolomites, a beacon for outdoor lovers. Even if you’re not a hiking or skiing fan, find plenty of charm and appeal amid the cobbled lanes and Baroque architecture of this scenic and historic place.

The first written records mentioning a town here at the junction of the Isarco and Rienza rivers date back to 901. Wander the narrow, winding streets and find signs of its long history everywhere. With medieval buildings lining the streets, a visit here lets you feel that you have truly traveled back in time.

Start your tour at Bressanone Cathedral. A church has stood in this spot since 980, but after several fires struck the site, it was rebuilt in the mid-18th century. Take photos of its gorgeous façade, with elegant columns and elaborate twin clock towers. Admire the many rich details of the interior, including colorful frescoes and an ornate altar. Visit the cloisters, known for their striking painted ceilings.

Another important historic site is the Bishop’s Palace. Pay an entrance fee and then step inside the museum, which includes many beautiful medieval works of art. The nearby Pharmacy Museum is also quite special. It is contained within a gorgeous historic townhouse. The collections have an unusual focus, as they explore the history of medicine.

Ride the Plose Cable Lift to access the simply stunning Plose Mountain. In summer, its beautiful wooded slopes are filled with hikers. Come in winter, however, and switch walking boots for skis.

Take the train to Bressanone to see the gorgeous scenery of the Dolomites as you travel. Any season of the year is a wonderful time for a visit, as even in the colder months, the great local winter sports facilities provide plenty to do.

Top Hotels in Bressanone

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
My Arbor
My Arbor
4.5 out of 5
Leonharderstr. 26, Italien, Bressanone
The price is ¥35,588 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated in Bressanone, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Isarco Valley and Plose Ski Area. Neustift Monastery and Plose are also within 12 mi ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (121 reviews)

"Everything was spot on! Food was particularly good."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

My Arbor
GrünerBaum Hotels
GrünerBaum Hotels
4 out of 5
Via Stufles 11, Brixen, Bressanone, BZ
The price is ¥16,308 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

This family-friendly Bressanone hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Neustift Monastery and Plose Ski Area. Puez-Geisler Nature ...

4.4/5Excellent! (184 reviews)
Quirky

"The hotel has lots of character but is difficult to navigate. We went high season so it was very busy and breakfast felt quite chaotic. Evening meal was average and over priced. Staff were excellent and the room was very clean"…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

GrünerBaum Hotels
Löwenhof
Löwenhof
4 out of 5
Via Brennaro 60, Bressanone, BZ
The price is ¥11,742 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

This family-friendly Bressanone hotel is located on a river, just steps from Isarco Valley and Dolomites. Forum Brixen and Hofburg Brixen Diocesano Museum are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (51 reviews)
Great stay at Lowenhof

"Great hotel. We stayed in apartment section across the road from main hotel, nice and spacious, but location wise main hotel is much better (lots of traffic on road between)."…"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2017

Löwenhof

Vacation Rentals in Bressanone

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Gerharts Premium City Living
Gerharts Premium City Living
3.5 out of 5
Kreuzgasse 11, Bressanone, Südtirol
The price is ¥19,000 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Situated in Bressanone, this apartment building is steps from Isarco Valley, Dolomites, and Forum Brixen. Hofburg Brixen Diocesano Museum and Cathedral of Bressanone ...

Gerharts Premium City Living
Bacher'stay
Bacher'stay
San Leonardo / St. Leonhard 98, Bressanone, BZ
The price is ¥15,861 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 11

Situated in Bressanone, this apartment building is steps from Isarco Valley and Dolomites. Plose Ski Area and Plose Gondola are also within 3 mi (5 km).

5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Relaxing stay

"Wonderful room, very clean with amazing view."…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2016

Bacher'stay
Mayrhof
Mayrhof
Elvaser Strasse 100, Bressanone
The price is ¥9,830 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8

Situated in Bressanone, this aparthotel is steps from Isarco Valley and Dolomites. San Michele Arcangelo Church and Cathedral of Bressanone are also within 1 ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Tolles & perfektes Appartment, leider Straßenlage

"Sehr schönes und tolles Appartment, gute Aufteilung, hell & modern, alles top in Schuss. Praktische und durchdachte Accessoires. Super Ausblick über Brixen. Leider direkt an einer Landstraße, auf welcher besonders morgens zwischen 7 und 8 Uhr etliche Autos vorbeirauschen und die Gullydeckel klappern ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Mayrhof

Popular places to visit in Bressanone

Plose
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Plose

5/5(1 review)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Plose during your travels in Bressanone. Discover the area's spas and seek out its ski slopes.

Cathedral of Bressanone
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Cathedral of Bressanone

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Find out about the history of Bressanone when you take a trip to Cathedral of Bressanone. Discover the area's spas and seek out its ski slopes.

Top things to do in Bressanone

THE BEST OF THE DOLOMITES IN JUST ONE DAY - Private Tour
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THE BEST OF THE DOLOMITES IN JUST ONE DAY - Private Tour

¥117,033
Per adult
Private Daily Tour “The Heart of the Eastern Dolomites "
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Private Daily Tour “The Heart of the Eastern Dolomites "

¥32,030
Per adult
Private Tour "The Great Dolomites Road" (Western Dolomites)
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Private Tour "The Great Dolomites Road" (Western Dolomites)

¥27,102
Per adult
Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice
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Dolomites Full-Day Tour from Venice

¥19,095
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Cortina & the Dolomites in 1 day from Venice, Private Tour
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Cortina & the Dolomites in 1 day from Venice, Private Tour

¥103,482
Per adult
Verona Airport (VRN) - Canazei / Private Transfer (up to 8 pass.)
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Verona Airport (VRN) - Canazei / Private Transfer (up to 8 pass.)

¥67,852
Per adult

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