Bruneck – at the heart of the Puster valley
Stroll through the medieval lanes
Fancy a cappuccino in town? No problem during your South Tyrol holiday at our Hotel Petrus. The picturesque town of Bruneck, with its pretty medieval streets, is just 3 kilomteres away from us. The city bus, which stops at the Petrus, takes you comfortably to "Brunico", the Italian name of the town. If you'd prefer to make the trip more healthy, why not simply take a Petrus hire bike or talk a walk along the fragrant forest path straight from the hotel into the town.
A vibrant town of modern and tradition
The town of 15,000 inhabitants has more to offer than just cappuccino and the Italian way of life of course: The old town is amongst the most beautiful in South Tyrol! At every turn you'll be met by the history and culture of South Tyrol. Moreover, this medieval town has stayed young at heart: Nowhere in South Tyrol are there more young people und 30 than here - certainly not least thanks to Bruneck University, its nightlife and its mix of traditional awareness and modernity.
Sightseeing in Bruneck
Within and outside of the medieval city walls, with their four frescoed city gates, you will discover many historical gems such as:
- Bruneck castle: the beautiful, huge bishop's castle which towers over the city. Commissioned by the Prince Bishop of Brixen, it houses one of the Messner mountain museums.
- the parish church with a crucifix by Michael Pacher and the biggest Mathis organ in South Tyrol (1983) as well as other ancient gothic and baroque style churches
Culture and art
Even today the tradition of art and handicrafts is being maintained in Bruneck. Art enthusiasts are drawn to the state museum of graphic art with its artists workshop and to the house of Michael Pacher, the famous South Tyrolean painter and wood carver.
Also worth visiting:
- the exhibition about mountain dwellers in the Ripa Messner Mountain Museum in Bruneck castle
- the war cemetery
- a performance at the state theatre
- the South Tyroleam Museum of Ethnography (open air museum) in Dietenheim near Bruneck
Sauntering and shopping can be pleasantly combined in the old town: you will find Italian fashion labels as well as traditional festive fashion such as the dirndl, handicrafts, delicacies, stylish and unusual souvenirs.
Dining and socialising
Even if you are being pampered at the only hotel-restuarant in the region with 2 Gault & Millau toques, a culinary snack should be part of any stroll around a South Tyrolean town. Why not try the savoury delights of the Pustertal cuisine such as homemade ravioli or the extremely popular "Tirtlan".
Many well-known markets and festivals take place throughout the year. The highlight is the famous Stegener market at the end of October, the biggest market in the whole of Tyrol. Simply take a glance at our event calender!
By the way, you'll find the best Cappuccino at Willi's cafe "Wörtz Bäck" in Stadtgasse Street. For more tips on your walk round the town you can ask me anytime!