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Bruneck was first settled back in the Stone Age. Objects found (such as the stone axe in Rasen), date back to the Bronze and Iron Ages and can be seen in Bruneck and places around it. Relicts of Roman times can be seen everywhere - such as the milestone in Sonnenburg directly on the main road, which marked the route the Legions took through the valley from Aquileja to Aguntum.
A witness of this is the founding of the ”Stift Innichen“ by Duke Tassilo II in 769 AD.
Reflected in the names of the region are the Bavarian settlers - The county Pustrissa was given to a Count who made Sunapurc (Sonnenburg) his home, which still exists and is now Castle Hotel Sonnenburg in Sankt Lorenzen.
In 1091 Emperor Henry VI gave the region (later to the Bruneck) to the Bishop of Brixen, Altwin.
Flourishing business and trade helped the town grow- At the beginning of the fifteenth century the first houses and workshops were built - mostly for the craftsmen. It was the birth of the picturesque ”Stadtgasse“. Floods in the 14th and 19th centuries, the plague (1543/44), catastrophic fires and earthquakes struck the town, but Bruneck was rebuilt again and again.
The years between 1814-1914 can be called the “flourishing years“ - visitors started to discover the region and alpinism begin to establish itself. 1871 saw the opening of the Puster Valley Railway.
The Second World War took lives and left its mark behind.
There are various ways of getting here to the heart of the alps - quickly and comfortably.
See more information on how to get to South Tyrol in general in that article.
There are pooled shuttle services from Verona, Munich, Innsbruck and other Airports to Bruneck.
Bruneck is on the Franzenfeste-Innchen(-Lienz) strech (Pustertal Line). There are trains hourly in each direction. Most are new, easily accessable to people with reduced mobility. At Franzenfeste there is perfect connection (4 minutes wait) to and from trains to Brenner and Bolzano. A few trains continue right onward to Innsbruck, otherwise there is yet another perfectly timed connection at Brenner.
Its possible to take the train from Southeast or Central Europe (or Vienna) via Graz to Lienz and come straight into the Puster Valley and to Bruneck. Otherwise the normal route is via Innsbruck, the Brenner Pass and transfering at Franzenfeste.
There are several possibilities to reach us. You can choose the direct route over the Brenner Pass or you can take a scenic route over several mountain passes.
1- Coming from the North on the motorway via the Brenner Pass.
2- Coming from the South via Verona on the Brenner Motorway.
3- Or coming from the North via Innsbruck on the main road across the Brenner Pass (E45).
4- Coming from the North via the Reschen Pass (Nr 40)
5- Coming from Switzerland via St. Moritz.
6- Coming from East Tyrol via Lienz.
For further detailed information use the ROUTEPLANNER (by Opel)
Please choose BRUNICO as your target!
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