Brixen in South Tyrol is the convincing symbiosis of the oldest city in Tyrol with cosy alleys and a lively city centre, the surrounding romantic holiday villages and the house and leisure mountain Plose. But Brixen is also a cultural and natural experience in every season.
At last it is here in its full splendour, autumn. The leaves of the trees slowly change colour and the days and nights become cooler. To enjoy this season from its most beautiful side, we present 10 experiences that you should definitely do this autumn in Brixen.
10 things not to miss in autumn in Brixen
1) Taking pictures of a colourful landscape.
The landscape around Brixen seems painted. Forests, hills and mountains are dressed in beautiful colours and offer wonderful opportunities to photograph landscapes. Autumn is the season when the light is at its best: warm and not too strong. Photographically, autumn is an extremely varied season.
2) (Ri) Discovering the historical centre.
Brixen has a lot to offer with its culture and history. On the traces of medieval frescoes, magnificent walls and winding alleys you can rediscover the 1,000-year-old past. Cathedral with cloister, Hofburg and other treasures of the episcopal city can easily be explored alone. Alternatively, experienced guides will show you the most beautiful corners of Brixen on a classic tour of the old town.
3) Take a walk in the woods.
Go to the forest and enjoy the fresh autumn air. The so-called "Keschtnweg
" or chestnut trail in the Eisack Valley is a varied and easy hike through the yellow-red landscape. The hiking trail starts in Vahrn, near the abbey of Neustift and runs for over 60 km to Roncolo Castle near Bolzano. Through beautiful chestnut groves, meadows and forests, the path passes in front of numerous inns and allows you to feel the autumn and its importance in South Tyrol.
4) Reduce stress and recharge your batteries during a hike.
During a mountain hike the focus is on experiencing nature - the unspoilt nature, the beautiful view, the fresh air and the escape from stressful everyday life. Only 7 km away from the city of Brixen, Plose offers one of the most beautiful hiking areas in South Tyrol with a fantastic view of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over 400 kilometres of signposted hiking trails, Brixen offers numerous opportunities to discover pure nature on foot, alone or with trained hiking guides. Whether you walk through natural lakes and valleys, climb peaks or hike through the vineyards and enjoy the views is up to you.
5) Challenge your bike once again before winter rest.
Brixen is now a popular destination for bike lovers: in addition to hospitality and friendly welcome, bikers will find a variety of routes and plenty of sun to enjoy their favourite sport from April to November. Autumn is one of the most beautiful cycling seasons in Bressanone: for admiring, having fun and cycling. The air is clean, the views are magnificent, the inns serve delicious food and the trails and tours are magnificent in autumn.
6) Experience Törggelen at first hand:
Hikes and delights in the realm of chestnut and wine. When the trees in the Eisack Valley change their colours and the grapes and apples are harvested, then the Törggelen season begins. Tasty South Tyrolean dishes are served in the inns and you can smell the delicious aroma of roast chestnuts everywhere. The Törggelen also includes a hike through the varied cultural landscape of the Eisack Valley, passing through vineyards, old farmsteads and chestnut groves.
7) Immerse yourself in autumnal delicacies.
Culinary autumn in South Tyrol has a lot to offer with its specialities and culinary weeks. Hay soup, pine dumplings or something sweet? The restaurants, inns in Brixen and mountain huts are open and await you with South Tyrolean specialities, but above all with a lot of warmth. Enjoy from 17.10.-07.11.2020 the "Alpine Taste
" with selected autumnal delicacies in 29 huts in the holiday regions Gitschberg Jochtal, Brixen, Klausen-Barbian-Feldthurns-Villanders, Natz-Schabs and Lüsen. Almost at the same time, from 17.10. -8.11.2020, you can enjoy creative chestnut delicacies in fifteen restaurants from Vahrn to Barbian during the "Eisacktaler Kastanienwochen”. And from 2 to 4 October visitors have the opportunity to get to know the South Tyrolean bread tradition and the various bakery products in one of the most beautiful squares in South Tyrol, the cathedral of Bressanone.
8) Tasting the wine of the Eisack Valley.
The many vines around Brixen give an idea of the importance of wine in this area. Specialised wineries produce excellent fresh wines in Italy's northernmost wine-growing region. Did you know that in Brixen and the surrounding area, 14 varieties of grape are grown on 400 hectares of land? 90% of these are white wines, 10% are intended for the cultivation of red wine varieties. This wine culture has its origin in the cellars of the Neustift Abbey and goes back to the year 1142. Just like the people here, the wine is deeply rooted in the land, and yet it is characterized by a fruity, mineral and light note.
9) Shopping pleasure.
Stroll through the cozy alleys and take a look at the lovingly designed shop windows. Explose traditional shops, modern boutiques and small delicatessen shops in the old town of Brixen and find one or the other insider tip. Brixen - where shopping becomes a pleasure.
10) Enjoy pre-Christmas peace and quiet.
Yes, supermarkets have already started selling gingerbread and the like, but there are still a few months to go before Christmas. So, just enjoy the autumn and don't let yourself be "stressed out" with gift ideas and baking suggestions right now. Spending the late summer in the mountains is also a pleasant ritual to strengthen the body's defences before winter. A wellness day is an essential part of an autumn holiday anyway. In the spacious and stylishly designed SPA areas of many hotels or in the Acquarena wellness area you can indulge yourself with relaxing treatments and enjoy your stay to the full. Switch off, relax and enjoy is the motto of the autumn holiday in Brixen.