• Guided city tour of Bressanone

    The episcopal city of Bressanone combines Medieval-Baroque atmosphere with modern lifestyle and a fascinating alpine world.

    Itinerary

    Cathedral:

    Originally built around 980 A.D.; Roman re-design around 1200 A.D. after two fires. Three nave longhouses and two facade towers were added. A new Baroque building with frescoes by Paul Troger between 1745 – 1754 was added, while a high altar by Theodor Benedetti used high grade marble. Late-Gothic Madonna by Hans Leinberger, organ with 3,335 pipes and 84 registers.

    Cloisters
    Parish Church Saint Michael:

    Brixen’s parish church and deanery, Roman Saint Michael’s church dates back to 11th Century, Gothic choir and tower from 15th Century, late-Gothic church hall from around 1500, turned into Baroque after 1750 with frescoes from a Troger student called Josef Hautzinger, Baroque altars, Classicism and Romanesque style. Famous sculpture of a cross bearer dates from 15th Century.

    White Tower with town museum:

    The Gothic tower of Saint Michael’s parish church is 72 metres high and is – beside the double towers of the cathedral – one of the trademarks of the town. Due to its bright brick roof, it is called the ‘White Tower’. Today’s version dates back to 1459. The four oriels are typical. The fire guard’s sitting room can be found right behind the windows.

    Town hall:

    Building dating back to the Romantic period (1896), with elements of Middle-Age fortress, e.g. dove tail grooves. Wall paintings with knight frescoes and pretence architecture. Beautiful town hall with wooden panels all around, as well as crests from Austrian crown lands.

    Fountain at the cathedral square:

    The artist Martin Rainer created a bronze sculpture for the fountain’s basin, which depicts the circle of a man’s life from birth to death. Water is the element of life, a symbol for movement.

    Millenium column:

    This column was erected in commemoration of the 1000th anniversary of the town of Brixen (1909). On top of the column, there is a lamb – Brixen’s emblem – and at the lower end, a statue of bishop Zacharias. Besides some important events in the town’s history such as the gift of the Meierhof Prihsna by King Louis, the pedestal shows bishop Zacharias.

    Court castle – Diocese museum:

    The court castle with its Renaissance loggias, the closed Baroque facades, the castle’s entrance, the Baroque marble portal and the towers of the court chapel, is one of the most atmospheric castles of South Tyrol. The Diocese museum is home to the treasure of the Brixen cathedral and a unique art collection presented in 70 rooms. On the ground floor, you can see the nativity scene with around 5,000 figures, as well as a nativity scene collection with pieces from Tyrol, Nepal and Sicily.

    Castle gardens:

    The castle gardens were reconstructed according to a design from 1831, which were finished in 1992. Today, you can find decorative plants, as well as kitchen plants and herbs, all in a rare combination. The valuable bronze fountain in Biedermeier style was renovated.

    Seminary and library:

    Pilgrims‘ hospital dating back to 1050, situated on the so-called cross island. New addition built in Rococo style in 1771. The church is beautifully decorated and the state rooms of the library show frescoes from the Troger student Franz Anton Zeiller (admission only if booked in advance). Today, it is seat of the Theology – Philosophy faculty.

    Pharmacy museum of Brixen:

    Special exhibition pieces relating to the production of medicine, such as the tablet press, pill rack or uvula forms, make this museum a real treasure chest for lay-people and experts alike. The equipment, medicines, pots and packages were used daily in the pharmacy and describe the development and change of medical knowledge, using original materials.

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