Bishop Palace

This building had been for a long period the residence of the Lords of Bressanone/Brixen. It was built in the XIII century in a decentralized position, close to the south-western wall of the town.

Its defensive function is testimonied by the presence of a moat all around the castle and by its particular position inside Bressanone.

Its rooms guest, since 1976, the Diocesan museum where pieces of sacred sculpture of the XIII century are exhibited. Among the artists there are Leonardo da Bressanone, Jörg Lederer and Lucas Cranach the oldest. During the centuries the castle had been restored several times, but it always kept its original position.

The most important restoration was made in 1600 by Alberto Lucchese: the ashlar portal, the baroque frames of the windows. The courtyard still keeps an Italian style and is closed by on two sides by three series of open galleries. Worth a mention are the statues in the niches of the second open gallery representing the Habsburgs, made by Hans Reichle in the XVII century.

Besides the Diocesan Museum it is possible to visit the chapel of the 1701 and the Imperial and Bishop's apartments dated 1710. Furnishing of these rooms are dated back to the XVII and XVIII centuries with precious stuccos, frames, ceramics and original furniture, portraits of Popes and religious motifs. Worth a mention is also the Cribs collection (visits are allowed from mid March till the end of October, from 10 till 17, and from December to January: from 14 till 17).

Opening hours

15 march – 31st may 2019 (All collections of the Diocesan Museum, the exhibitions, the Palace and the crib collection)
tuesday – sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Good friday, 19 april 2019
10 am – 2 pm
closed on mondays

1st june – 31st august 2019
Open daily 10 am – 6.30 pm

1st september – 31st october 2019
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Winter opening hours (The crib collection, the temporary exhibition and the Imperial apartment)
29 november 2019 – 6 january 2020
Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Closed: 24 and 25 december 2019

Admission

Summer 2019
All collections, exhibitions, the crib collection and the Palace
Adult: € 8
Senior (65+): € 6
Group Ticket p.p. (groups of 10, or over): € 6
Student (under 28, valid ID): € 6
Children and Teens (13-18): € 2,50
Children Under 13 with Adult: free
Holder of BrixenCard, MuseumobilCard, Museumcard: free

Only the crib collection
Adult: € 5
Group Ticket p.p. (groups of 10, or over): € 4
Student (under 28, valid ID): € 4
Children and Teens (13-18): € 2
Children Under 13 with Adult: free
Holder of BrixenCard, MuseumobilCard, Museumcard: free

Guided Tours for groups
Group Ticket p.p. (groups of 10, or over): € 9
Group Ticket for Holders of BrixenCard, MuseumobilCard, Museumcard p.p. (groups of 10, or over): € 4

Winter 2019/20
The crib collection and a part of the Palace
Adult: € 5
Senior(65+): € 4
Group Ticket p.p. (groups of 10, or over): € 4
Student (under 28, valid ID): € 4
Children and Teens (13-18): € 2
Children Under 13 with Adult: free
Holder of BrixenCard, MuseumobilCard, Museumcard: free

How to get to Hofburg - Bishop Palace

By car (from the south):
Brennero motorway A22, exit Chiusa-Val Gardena, continue for about 8 km. towards Bressanone up to Autosilo Bressanone in via Dante (directly on the highway), from there walk towards the center, via Santa Croce, via Sant'Erardo, then turn right towards the Bishop Palace

By car (from the North):
Brennero motorway A22, exit Bressanone-Val Pusteria (Varna), proceed for about 5 km. on the state road in the direction of Bressanone, after the second roundabout possibility to leave the car in the parking lot in via Brennero, then continue on foot towards the cathedral and the Episcopal Palace (10 min.); alternatively: by car to the Autosilo Bressanone in via Dante (directly on the main road), from there walk towards the center, via Santa Croce, via Sant'Erardo, then turn right towards the Bishop Palace (5 min.)

By train:
Line Verona-Brennero, stop Bressanone (all international trains, as well as the IC / EC stop at Bressanone), from there by taxi or walk along Via Stazione, Viale Regensburg, via Bastioni Minori, via Sant'Erardo, then turn right towards the Bishop Palace (10 min.)

For further information
P.zza Palazzo Vescovile 2
I-39042 Bressanone
Tel.: (+39) 0472 830505

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