Just 44 km from the Brenner Pass which is the border between Italy and Austria, is this cosy town of Bressanone. At around 22 km away from the town, you can take the Plose cable car up the mountain to 2,050 metres above sea level to enjoy dizzying panoramas.
Bressanone is large enough to offer shopping, pedestrian streets and a cathedral - but fortunately too small to be a hectic bustling city. This makes it an enjoyable place for a day trip if you are in this part of the Dolomites. In addition to its many shops, the town is also known for its Christmas market, and it has a number of cultural festivals. Many hotels here offer their guests the free Brixen Card that gives good discounts to include both museums and public transport.
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The trip up the cable car to 2,050 metres above sea level is worth it, the views are stunning. Head approx 22 km east from Bressanone to find Plose where you can take the 15 minute cable car ride up to Valcroce. There are also kids play areas, a restaurant and bar, many hiking trails and even a special trails for children called the Woody Walk! If you have the Brixen card, the ride is even free. The summer timetable is roughly between mid June to mid October between the hours of 9am and 6pm, closed for an hour for lunch from midday to 1pm (subject to change).