My third day of the South Tyrol Italy experience took me to the city of Bressanone or Brixen. The previous two days I had experienced some of the best South Tyrol offers in scenery, hikes, culinary mountain food and luxury hotels, now it was time to leave the Dolomites behind and experience some city life. Brixen is more South and lower so the temperatures are higher which makes it an excellent wine-growing region. Part of the third day would be a visit to a winery, this was to complete the overall luxury experience.
South Tyrol is a part of Italy where most of its 500,000 speak German, this is due to the fact that it used to be part of Austria before the first World War. Walking around this part of Italy you notice how clean and wealthy it is, in fact, it is one of the wealthiest areas of Italy and Europe. The South Tyroleans enjoy a large degree of self-government from Italy, they can set their own taxes and spend accordingly. This wealth has made South Tyrol a perfect holiday destination as you can find amazing food with the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants in Italy, beautiful scenery and luxury accommodation. South Tyrol is a super clean and organised holiday destination, it is like Switzerland but without the Swiss prices.
South Tyrol is a super clean and organised holiday destination, it is like Switzerland but without the Swiss prices.
Bressonone / Brixen
The final day of of this trip was a stay in the city of Brixen, a beautiful town of 20,000 inhabitants, at the confluence of the Eisack and Rienz rivers. This town, with a nice historic centre dates back from 800 BC but got first mentioned around 901. Its main sights are the 10th century cathedral, the Hofburg which is a Renaissance Bishop’s Palace, and the Rodeneck Castle which is outside the city.
Stay – Goldener Adler Hotel
I stayed at the Goldener Adler hotel which is a hotel in a 500 hundred year old building on the edge of the old town next to the Eisack river. On the outside the hotel has a yellow castle like facade and it blends well with the rest of the architecture around. From the hotel it is only a 2 minute walk to the main cathedral square of Brixen.
The posh rooms featured modern or classic decor and antiques. All rooms came with free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. The breakfast buffet was free and was served in the Gothic courtyard, weather allowing, or otherwise in a laid-back lounge. There was a cozy cafe and bar with a vaulted ceiling, which at our night was showing the world cup football game between Italy and Germany, with the German speaking South Tyroleans supporting Italy 100%. This hotel also had a rooftop terrace which offered excellent city views.
- Website: www.goldener-adler.com
- Address: Adlerbruckengasse, 9, 39042 Brixen, Bozen, Italy
- Phone: +39 0472 200621