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In the labyrinth of fortress Franzensfeste

Already on the arrival it strikes: the fortress built out of solid blocks of granite. The defensive fortification is one of the strongest fortresses in the Alp region and was built in the 19th century by order of Emperor Franz I. The Emperor of Habsburg feared a new Napoleon and insisted on protecting the North-South-Connection. Today the fortress is the trademark of the little village at the former Via Claudia Augusta, at the railway junction of South Tyrol. From here you have direct access to the nearby town of Brixen, but also to Bruneck, Bozen and Meran.

The interior of the fortress offers the site for many different cultural events, whose organisers seek to define Franzensfeste anew via culture. A permanent exhibition tells about the history of the fortress, its inhabitants, legendary treasures and never-fought battles. Within a visit one can experience the fortification and its labyrinth of hallways, staircases, towers and rooms comprising over 20 hectares and giving incredible insights into a world many of us will never know.

Combination of tradition und modernity

Around the village lie the hamlets Oberau, Mittewald and Grasstein, offering starting points for hikes, mountain bike routes and mountain-treks to alpine lodges and peaks. The hotels in Franzensfeste are situated only a short drive from ski areas Plose in Brixen and Rosskopf in Sterzing. A tennis court and a number of romantic restaurants and attractive hotels in Franzensfeste complete the village, where the combination of traditions and modernity has become a skill. A particularly nice evening destination is the brewery Sachsenklemme North of the village. If you would like to spend your vacation in this romantic little railway junction, find here the best hotels in Franzensfeste in the South Tyrolean Valle Isarco.

Hotels in the surroundings of Franzensfeste

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  • Hotel Valserhof
    Hotel Valserhof * * * *
    Valle Isarco - Vals
    Valserhof**** where alpine tradition and modern design are conflating, in order to guarantee you unforgettable holidays in the middle of nature in Vals in Pustertal.
  • Hotel Bacherhof
    Hotel Bacherhof * * * *
    Valle Isarco - Meransen
    Directly at the family friendly ski and hiking paradise Gitschberg-Jochtal, dreamlike relaxation in our wellness area and culinary highlights.
  • Hotel Sun
    Hotel Sun * * * *
    Valle Isarco - Natz Schabs
    Family-run hotel in a central and sunny position, indoor and outdoor pool, natural bathing pond, various saunas, excellent cuisine and varied outdoor activities for active guests.
  • Hotel Bergschlössl
    Hotel Bergschlössl * * * *
    Dolomites - Lüsen
    Natural wellness and hiking hotel in the South Tyrolean Dolomites.
  • active lifestyle hotel Terentnerhof
    active lifestyle hotel Terentnerhof * * * * S
    Dolomites - Terenten
    Best comfort & wellness highlights in the family-run feel-good hotel in the holiday region Gitschberg Jochtal, ideal for relaxation, hikes & bike tours.
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Hotel Valserhof
Hotel Valserhof * * * *
Valle Isarco - Vals
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Hotel Bacherhof
Hotel Bacherhof * * * *
Valle Isarco - Meransen
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Hotel Sun
Hotel Sun * * * *
Valle Isarco - Natz Schabs
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Hotel Bergschlössl
Hotel Bergschlössl * * * *
Dolomites - Lüsen
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active lifestyle hotel Terentnerhof
active lifestyle hotel Terentnerhof * * * * S
Dolomites - Terenten
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Franzensfeste
Not to be missed

Exhibition in the fortress

Brewery Sachsenklemme

Train trip to Brixen

Ski area Plose

 

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