The lofty two-spired baroque cathedral you see today was built on top of the AD 980 Gothic-Romanesque original in 1745. While the bishop decamped to Bolzano some years back, this remains South Tyrol's most important church. Interiors feature Michelangelo Unterberger's altar work depicting the death of Mary, and ceilings by Paul Troger.

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1. Diözesanmuseum

0.12 MILES

This museum is far more interesting than most of its ilk, and its magnificent palazzo (mansion) home testament to Bressanone's once-important religious…

2. Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui

6.42 MILES

Sitting alone in a meadow below the gargantuan spiky peaks of the Odle mountain group, this tiny and almost impossibly picturesque onion-steepled church …

3. Museum de Gherdëina

9.84 MILES

Ortisei's folky Museum de Gherdëina has a particularly exquisite collection of wooden toys and sculptures, along with other artefacts and exhibits related…

4. Museo Ladin

11.45 MILES

Atmospherically set in a castle 15km south of Brunico and full of folk treasures, this is the best of three museums in this region devoted to Ladin…

5. Messner Mountain Museum Kronplatz

14.17 MILES

Mountaineer Reinhold Messner's sixth and final mountain museum also sadly happened to be one of the final projects of star architect Zaha Hadid before her…

6. LUMEN Museum of Mountain Photography

14.28 MILES

Anyone passionate about the mountains should make a beeline for this captivating museum, opened in 2018 at the summit of Kronplatz ski resort. The…

7. Kriegerfriedhof

14.35 MILES

This pristinely maintained cemetery set in a forest on Kühbergl just behind the town has graves of soldiers from the nearby WWI front as well as a section…

8. Messner Mountain Museum Ripa

14.43 MILES

Brunico's 13th-century hilltop castle is the evocative setting for mountaineer Reinhold Messner's fifth 'Mountain Museum'. Opened in 2011, it documents…