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History Trail from Brixen to Franzensfeste

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Map / History Trail from Brixen to Franzensfeste
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Distance 11.8 km
3:30 h
322 m
108 m
Spanning Brixen/Bressanone to Franzensfeste/Fortezza, this exciting and instructive theme trail focusses on the history and cultural landscape of the Eisacktal Valley. On the 24 information boards found along the way, there is much to learn about the art and history of the oldest settlement in Tyrol, as well as its natural environment and geology.

Author’s recommendation

Construction work on the Brenner Base Tunnel (the BBT) is currently in full swing. For a preview of what is currently the biggest construction site underway in Europe, visit the BBT Info Point at the Franzensfeste Fortress.
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Brixen Tourismus
Update: May 02, 2019
Highest point
834 m
Lowest point
562 m
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Start

start at the Heilig-Geist-Spital Church in Brixen (561 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.717224, 11.655022
DMS
46°43'02.0"N 11°39'18.1"E
UTM
32T 702907 5177164
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Destination

Franzensfeste

Turn-by-turn directions

The History Trail (in German: Geschichtsparcours) has its start at the Heilig-Geist-Spital Church in Brixen (559 m), today a retirement home. After passing the Stadelgasse, Weißlahnstraße, the Hauptstraße underpass and Dantestraße streets, you arrive at the hospital. To the left, trail no. 2 crosses the motorway and follows the pass under the railway line, as far as Neuhäuslhof farm. Ascending through the forest, the trail leads to the Vahrn/Varna town centre (671 m). At the chestnut grove take trail no. 1 north as far as the Vahrner See lake (678 m, rest stop). From there, take trail no. 3b through the forest as it winds its way uphill to the Obere Festung Upper Fortress (840 m – see info. board no. 21). Return to the Franzensfeste Fortress and take a little time to visit the museum (recommended – a few years ago the fortress museum reopened as a Provincial Museum). Now follow the cycle track to Franzensfeste (749 m), where the Alpenwall wartime bunkers are documented.

The theme trail ends at the old Roman road, where the markings created by the wheels of the horse-drawn chariots 2,000 years ago still remain. Return to Brixen by train or bus.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Parking

gebührenpflichtiges Parkhaus in der Dantestraße

Coordinates

DD
46.717224, 11.655022
DMS
46°43'02.0"N 11°39'18.1"E
UTM
32T 702907 5177164
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Michael Mair 
October 14, 2019 · Outdooractive Editors
Ideal für Kinder
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Distance
11.8 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
322 m
Descent
108 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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