Hi Incurable travellers
as I have already told you in January went a week in the mountains, more precisely in South Tyrol, Pustertal, guests of a wonderful family hotel, the Falkensteiner hotel lido Ehrenburgerhof and you can read our judgment about the hotel, in this article: Family Hotel Falkensteiner Lido Ehrenburgerhof and today I’ll tell you what to see in Brunico.
The area as well as offering a wide range of slopes for skiing enthusiasts, it also allows those who don’t like winter sports to find interesting activities.
Us on a sunny day but too cold to bring our son in the snow we opted for a leisurely stroll in Bruneck, Pustertal ski venue, dominated by the Castle built in the second half of 1200 by Prince Bishop Bruno von Kirchberg, founder of the town from which it takes its name.
In the Castle, which is accessed by a path which rises from the Eastern Gate, hosts a section of the “Messner Mountain Museum” wanted by the famous climber Reinhold Messner.
We opted for Brunico for using the machine, despite the convenience and free train, thanks to a card offered by Falkensteiner Hotel Lido Ehrenburgerhof to use public transport, because we didn’t want to be bound by timetables. We parked in the Center in a convenient garage with direct access in the town square.
Walking distance from Town is the entrance through the old city gates, the Florianitor (“Lucke”), the Rienztor and the Ragentor, the main street of Bruneck Stadtgasse, strolling along this pedestrian street, and looking around you can see the typical buildings with extruded crowned by crenellated Gables, enhance imagine like the village during the middle ages.
The main street takes a walk and is also the shopping street with several shops and sports shops ranging from crafts to clothing, in particular, to the shops where you can find the South Tyrolean specialties.
Another thing to see in Brunico is the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, characterized by its two bell towers and Romanesque style, inside we can appreciate the interesting paintings by painters Tyrolean Georg Mader and Franz Hellweger and a fine bronze bas-relief depicting the deposition dates back to 1620.
For art lovers we recommend a stop at the Church of Santa Caterina am Rain, Baroque and whose Bell Tower with double spire is an emblem of the city, in which it is possible to admire a tombstone in mark white of Leonhard v. Stuck, showing the date of 1368 and in the same time the main altarpiece, copy of a work by Veronese, and the fresco largely destroyed the choir ceiling.
Bruneck is enjoyable in all seasons, but a special atmosphere you breathe during the Christmas period, as in the lights of the Christmas market town that are among the best known in South Tyrol and everything is wrapped in a delicious smell of gingerbread and zelten. The Center for the occasion in party mood and there are many activities and related events that take place in proportion of adults and children, if all this is accompanied by a sprinkling of snow a perfect postcard.
I hope I have conveyed all the enthusiasm for this city where we return again most years and have put the right curiosity to arrange a visit to the discovery not only of Brunico but also of its territory, the Pustertal.