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Holiday in Brixen/South TyrolExperience an unforgettable
holiday in South Tyrol.

Not far from our holiday flats in Pinzago, where the rivers Isarco/ Eisack and Rienz meet, there is the city of Brixen, with more than 1,000 years of history, in the heart of South Tyrol, with its old buildings, arcades and bridges.

Brixen enchants with its beautiful alleys and arcades, the cathedral, the White Tower, the Hofburg Bishop’s Palace with its nativity scene museum and the cloister, one of the greatest monuments of Alpine mural painting with precious Gothic frescoes from the 14th to the 16th century.

Brixen has much to offer its guests and citizens. There is always entertainment and culture on offer. The city of Brixen has grown considerably in the course of its history but has lost none of its original charm. Mediterranean climate, mild temperatures, time to dream – this pleasant atmosphere extends beyond the city limits. The sunny, sheltered basin is surrounded by idyllic mountain villages, including Pinzago. There are unlimited possibilities for walks and hikes in every season, always with the famous panoramic view from the nearby Dolomites to the Ortles. Walk in serenity and forget the worries of everyday life: in the beautiful natural landscape surrounding Brixen you will find many opportunities to do so.

To the north of Brixen stands the Augustinian Abbey of Novacella, the largest monastery complex in South Tyrol, with its magnificent collegiate church and rich late-baroque library. South of Brixen lies the historic town of Klausen/Chiusa with its narrow alleyways and traditional mountain inns. High above the town of Klausen/Chiusa stands the imposing Sabiona Monastery, the first bishopric in Tyrol.

 

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Holiday and culture in the town of Brixen

Brixen is the largest and most important town in the Valle Isarco/Eisack Valley and is considered the oldest town in Tyrol. Nestled between vineyards and green meadows, Brixen lies in a wide and sunny valley basin below the local Mount Plose.

The town of 20,000 inhabitants has managed, like almost no other town in South Tyrol, to retain its extraordinary charm and pleasant atmosphere with cultural treasures, romantic alleyways, lively arcades, small shops selling South Tyrolean handicrafts and Italian fashion, as well as cosy cafés and historic buildings. 

Brixen is the ecclesiastical centre of South Tyrol and shares the bishop’s seat with the capital of Bolzano. Pope Benedict XVI, whose ancestors come from the nearby Val Pusteria/Pustertal valley, has visited the town several times: the Pope even spent his summer holidays in Brixen in 2008.

Experience Brixen:

> Brixen Cathedral
> Diocesan Museum with crib exhibition
> White tower of St. Michael’s Church
> Pharmacy museum
> Guided tours with the night watchman
> Acquarena water park

A holiday in Brixen ensures excitement all year round.
You should not miss these events.

 

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Brixen Cathedral
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Shopping in Brixen

Discover Pinzago
on the Monte Ponente near Brixen

The Sigmundhof farm is located in Pinzago, a small hamlet above Brixen (approx. 3 km), at 800 m above sea level, in the midst of the low mountain landscape of Monte Ponente, in a very quiet location – and yet not out of the way. Pinzago is surrounded by a landscape characterised by vineyards, meadows and forests and is favoured by the mild climate of the middle Valle Isarco/Eisack Valley.

The village of Pinzago is in the municipality of Brixen, is located on the Monte Ponente and is part of the Valle Isarco/Eisacktal Valley District, of the autonomous province of South Tyrol and of the Italian state.

Monte Ponente is the name of the mountain on the western side of the Brixen basin, on whose slopes lie the villages of Tiles, Gereut, Perara, Pinzago, Tecelinga, Scezze, Untereben and La Mara. Those who wish to spend their holidays here benefit from the mild low mountain climate of the Valle Isarco/Eisack Valley. On the opposite side of the valley towers Brixen’s local mountain, the Mount Plose.

On the “Chestnut Trail” in Tecelinga, on the Pinzago loop trail or during a hike to the Lake Rodella/Radlsee or to the Königanger: the surroundings of the Monte Ponente offer numerous opportunities to regenerate in nature. It is also worth making a diversion to the idyllically situated Church of St. Cyril in Pinzago. La Mara, known for the  ‘Wirt an der Mahr’ restaurant, also has a sunny climbing garden.

A typical Valle Isarco/Eisack Valley Toerggele evening should not be missed in autumn – the characteristic “Buschenschänke” taverns such as the Villscheiderhof, Gummererhof or Hoadnerhof farms have delicious seasonal specialities in store for you.

The Peter Mayr Pfeffersberg band, which has a long tradition, is one of the best bands in South Tyrol. Perhaps you can listen to their music too.

 

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View over the vineyards to Brixen
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The surroundings of Brixen Explore Pinzago

Our farm is located directly along the famous Chestnut Trail and is therefore an ideal starting point for hikes through the chestnut woods from Varna to Renon. In autumn, numerous Toerggele taverns offer their gastronomy. Törggelen originates from the old custom of farmers and wine merchants to taste young wine in autumn, between the beginning of October and the beginning of Advent. In the “Buschenschenken” (taverns) of South Tyrol, this “new wine” is served with meat, sausages, cabbage, and dumplings. Sweet krapfen and roasted chestnuts are a worthy finale to this typical meal.

Pinzago and Monte Ponente also have a lot to offer in terms of culture. Take a church walk from Pinzago along the St. Cyril path and discover the cultural treasures of our beautiful churches. If you prefer to take longer hikes, the pilgrimage site of the Sabiona monastery is the best choice.

The loop trail around Pinzago or the hike from Pinzago to Brixen is also a beautiful hiking trail. You walk through vineyards, meadows and forests and discover many natural beauties. At the Tschötscher Heide you can admire cave paintings, discovered in 1945 by Georg Innerebner. The prehistoric signs are very varied, and their meanings are not yet fully understood. On various rocks, the so-called menhirs, you can see special signs: Bowls, crosses, the figure of a mill and some Christian signs.

Do you like good food? In Pinzago you will find an excellent restaurant where you can enjoy many specialities, from modern to Mediterranean cuisine.

In the nearby village of Perara/Payrdorf, just a few kilometres away, there is a tennis court with synthetic grass and a football pitch (free admission).

 

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Hiking trails
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