Brunico (Brunek in german) is the executive and cultural centre of the Pusteria valley (Pustertal); in this area of the Dolomites the majority of its inhabitants are German speaking. This little city is in the middle of the Pusteria valley, about half way between Bressanone and the Austrian border, as well as the link of the Tures and Aurina valley.
It is surrounded by beautiful peaks, amongst which the Zillertal Alps, which heights touch three thousand meters.
The city centre is of the middle ages. The centre street is surrounded by colourful houses and the buildings have wall paintings of any time. All of this makes feel who comes to visit Brunico that they are in an original and nice little city. The centre houses are homes and also offices, shops, restaurants and caffè.
There are many things to see here, like the ethnographic museum. It’s an open sky museum where there are some historical buildings and you will see the life that once was in this area. The heart of the museum is the residence mair am hof. Close by to the civic museum, modern and multy-purpose for its artistic chances, it even has an artistic office.
The archbishops castle looks upon the city centre. Built in the thirteenth century for a long time has bin the residence of the archbishops princes that ruled over the area. Today you can see the castle in all of its beauty, and it has a Mountain museum wanted by the famous Mountain climber Reinhold Messner. As in all the towns of the Dolomites any kinds of happenings never miss out. Like musical bands concerts in the Tschurtschenthaler park, classical music concerts in the Ragen house, concerts in the castle, the open air cinema and meetings with authors that come with the Christmas market.
The city can be seen in all seasons. During the Summer are many the excursions that can be done on the Aurine Alps or on the Venediger group glacier, with well marked footpaths and many Mountain huts where you can spend some time. Or otherwise you can go on an excursion with the Mountain bike. There is a swimming-pool and for who wants, the chance of playing golf. At only three kilometres from the town centre there’s Plan de Corones (Cronplatz). In the Winter this Mountain, which is part of the Dolomiti Superski circuit, offers lot’s of different Winter sports. There are two cable cars that take the skiers up to the top of the Mountain, where they have 103 kilometres of slopes.
There is also the chance of doing cross-country skiing, with the possibility of having lessons. In Brunico you can also go ice-skating in the building where, when it is closed to the public you can watch ice-hockey matches or even go down a slope with a sledge.