Lovely walk in Brixen, even with children

South Tyrol may be known primarily as Great Ski Areas In the dolomiteBeautiful snowy villages in winter and of course beautiful Christmas markets, summer and especially late summer is a time to enjoy beautiful landscapes with many colorful forests. Walking is the ideal activity for the average tourist in BrixinWe’re not talking about all those extreme sports that you can also play in the mountains of the Blues region.

Elephant in Brixen

get to Brixin, a charming town that was always the episcopal sight and has preserved a number of glorious buildings. Last but not least Elephant Hotel which has been around for more than 500 years and has received many popes and bishops as guests. It takes its name from an elephant who stayed there in 1551. José Saramigo, a Nobel Prize winner in literature, even wrote a book about it. At the end of 1551, an elephant with a large retinue stopped at Brixen and stayed there for 14 days. It was a gift from Portuguese King John III to his nephew, Archduke Maximilian of Austria, who was on his way from India to Vienna. The strange animal was a sensation and was praised by the bishops and cardinals of Trento and won a triumphal procession in Bolzano.

Brixen Cathedral

We are staying in brand new Centric Hotel Just outside Brixen, which is called the Brilliant House and is the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever seen. I’ll be dedicating a separate chapter to this hotel soon, so stay tuned. We’re in Brixen for a walk and that’s what we’re going to do.

wooden walk for kids

Woody Walk

To get started, we’ll take a file Woody Walk. A hiking trail that runs for over an hour and starts at blues Lift at an altitude of 2000 meters in Falcross Station. Children under 6 years old are free and if you are staying in Brixen, you will definitely enjoy Brixen Card You can buy, which gives you a discount and even free entry in some places. As soon as you step off the lift, you are immediately in more of an overwhelming landscape, with Funes and Sas de Botia (2,875m) in front of you. There is a good restaurant next to the lift, if you want to enjoy the view from the balcony first.


In recent years, a lot has been done to help families children To get to South Tyrol in the summer. A lot is organized. The Road Woody Walk Good example and starts here, specially made for kids, all play equipment is made of wood, lots of imagination comes out. It is 4 km long and runs in a circle. Kids will love it, but we can’t wait to see all the wood carvings that went into it.

Rosalem hut for winter and summer


Then we take a nice walk to Rosalem hut, a mountain hut where you can now not only eat something, but also spend the night comfortably. For skiers, it is an ideal place on ski slopeIn the summer it is a great starting point for great hiking trips. They offer multiple packages all in all seasons. One of the most beautiful hiking trails is #4 that takes you to Brückele, but beware that it’s quite steep and takes about 3 hours.

We are going to törggelen

Brixen 2

The next day we go out to find out what happened Turgling is meant. Every year from October to early December, residents and guests take part in one of South Tyrol’s most beloved traditions: Törggelen. Long ago, in the fall, South Tyrol farmers and wine merchants gathered to taste young wines, and of course there was good food.


Today, that means nothing more or less than a picnic in the woods in the fall, then stop along the way on a farm or at one of the traditional inns to eat Schlutzkrapfen, dumplings, cured meats, homemade sausages and sauerkraut. This feast, of course, is complimented by fresh wine, followed by roasted chestnuts and sweet crapeven pastries for dessert. Our walk from the historical center went through the vineyards and finally arrived at Novasila Abi. Along the way we stopped twice to sample wine and eat some typical regional dishes.

Neustift Monastery / Novasila

Novasila Brixen Monastery

Novacella Abbey is an impressive building, the oldest parts of which date back to the 12th century. It was built when Brixin It became the episcopal see of the district. It has an impressive history, as large parts of the building, which today is also used as a school and for conferences, still give a picture. We walk from room to room, even prettier than the last. Novacella has its own wine production, which, as you can see in the old print, has been around for a long time. If you look closely, you can see that the vines were then planted vertically instead of horizontally. There are other products made in the monastery, for example soap and oil from the herbs the monastery grows. And you have to admit, even this 1000 year old monastery moves with the times, everything is in Online Store to ask.

monastery photos

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