Bressanone/Brixen and South Tyrol have to offer a lot of culture ….. charming castles & fortresses, picturesque chapels, churches and cloisters, numerous museums and locations covered in history, as well as business buildings and manors decorated with paintings found in its winding lanes. The South Tyroleans are proud of their customs and traditions and keep them alive: for example at church festivals, they usually wear their traditional costume of the individual villages and towns, they take part in processions, as well as parish and meadow festivals.
- The historic centre of Bressanone/Brixen with its 1000 year old history offers numerous places worth seeing, such as the cathedral, the ’White Tower’, the cloisters, one of the largest memorials of Alpine wall paintings with valuable frescos from the 14th and 16th Centuries and the Pharmacy museum.
During your holidays in South Tyrol, you definitely must visit the prince-bishop’s castle with its Renaissance loggias, as well as the closed Baroque facades, the avenues and one of the most atmospheric castle courtyards in South Tyrol.
- The castle’s Diocesan museum houses an art exhibition with valuable sculptures and panels from the Middle Ages to modern art, the Bressanone Cathedral treasure, the Kaiser wing with its Majolica ovens, historic furniture and Vienna porcelain, as well as the bishop’s wing and the Baroque chapel. On the ground floor, you will find the annual nativity scene, which consists of approx. 5,000 figures, which prince-bishop Charles Francis of Lodron ordered for his living quarters in the castle. The nativity scene is completed by other nativity scenes from Bressanone/Brixen, Tyrol, Naples and Sicily.
A guided tour through the town is highly recommended: ‘With the night watchman through Bressanone’.
In Novacella/Neustift near Bressanone/Brixen, the Augustine Canon Seminary of Novacella/Neustift awaits you, an active and lively cloister with 30 canons. The seminary is the largest and most famous cloister in the entire Tyrolean region. Particularly worth seeing are the library, basilica, the herb harden and the wine cellars with its multiple-awarded white wines. Novacella/Neustift is recognised as the most northern wine cultivation area in Italy.
- The Fortezza/Franzensfeste fortress was built between 1833 and 1839, named after Kaiser Francis I of Austria and was then the strongest fortress in Europe. However, this defence has never seen true fighting and was quickly overtaken by new technology. However, it still marks the landscape as it always has done. The fortress can be discovered with a guided tour.
- Thehighest altitude mine in Europe ..… can be found in South Tyrol! The highest altitude mine in Europe leads you into an interesting underworld with tunnels, which are marked by tunnels once full of darkness, reflecting only the light of the miner‘s lamps and the life of their families.
- Teiser balls, mountain crystals and a variety of minerals are exhibited in the Mineral museum in Tiso/Teis . During the summer months, children can accompany Paul Fischnaller on his search for minerals.
According to the ADAC leisure atlas, the Folk museum Teodone/Dietenheim is part of one of the most beautiful open-air museums in Europe. In the outdoor area, you can visit old farmhouses and craft workshop, plus get some insight into the amount of different houses and yards, which in turn explain the levels within the farming community of times gone by. At the Mair am Hof residence, the heart of the museum, there are a number of collections exhibited that speak of folk piety and art. To name but a few: a pipe, belt and zither collection.
One of the most famous South Tyroleans can be visited at the Archaeological Museum in Bolzano/Bozen..… Ötzi ! The Ice-Man is the oldest glacier mummy on the planet. Besides the mummy from the Copper Age, there are a number of additional exhibits, which give insight into the circumstances of his life.
Modern and contemporary art is presented at the Museion in Bolzano/Bozen The building itself is a work of art made of glass and concrete.
- Reinhold Messner, who is a frequent guest at the Restaurant Künstlerstübele Oste Scuro/Finsterwirt, has made a dream come true with his MMM – Messner Mountain Museum . In five different museums, which are spread around South Tyrol, he speaks about the subject of ‘mountains’.
- South Tyrol..... a blessed part of World Cultural Heritage: a little German, a little Italian, not too much of any one of them, but also not too little! The Dolomites – a unique mountain region and symbol of South Tyrol. The mountains of the UNESCO World Heritage constantly draw visitors to their unique colour: in the morning at dawn, they reflect the sun’s colour and in the evening, at sunset, they glow in a radiant red! A round trip into the Dolomites offers panoramic views and cultural insight into this unique and beautiful landscape! Culturonda ® Dolomythos offers twelve roads to culture and lifestyle of the Dolomites.