Explore South Tyrol's cities
South Tyrol launches a charm offensive
When on holiday in South Tyrol you should not miss out on a visit to one of South Tyrol's cities. There are eight of them, one more captivating than the other: Bressanone/Brixen, Brunico/Bruneck, Chiusa/Klausen, Bolzano/Bozen, Vipiteno/Sterzing, Merano/Meran, Glorenza/Glurns and Laives/Leifers have preserved their flair over the centuries. The historical city centres, with their many typical arcade lanes and Medieval town houses, are themselves worth a visit. By the way, traditional Christmas markets also take place here year after year.
South Tyrol's capital city is the city where the north meets the south, a daily transit point and point of contact between the German and Italian-speaking regions. The Gothic cathedral, Walther square, the arcades with their boutiques and bars, the museums and theatres are worth a trip any time of the year.
The charming Episcopal city of Bressanone/Brixen is surrounded by vineyards and orchards. Here you come across living history with every step you take – old lanes and town houses, arcades and bridges, the cathedral, cloister, the Hofburg - which was the former residence of the prince bishops -, the little pharmacy museum ...
Mentioned for the first time in official records in 1256, Brunico/Bruneck soon became the business centre of Val di Pusteria/Pustertal. The historical city lane and renovated town houses form a large shopping area. The fifth Messner Mountain Museum opened in Castello di Brunico/Schloss Bruneck in 2011 – why not visit it when you're on holiday in South Tyrol?
Among South Tyrol's cities, Merano/Meran is probably the city that exudes the charm of former times and at the same time looks towards the future. Merano/Meran stands for an Alpine and Mediterranean love of life: classical concerts, the designer spa and Art Nouveau architecture characterise the city. Inviting arcades for shopping and wonderful promenades for long walks.