Brixen is the third largest city and oldest town in the province, and the artistic and cultural capital of the valley. It is located at the confluence of the Eisack and Rienz rivers, 25 miles north of Bolzano and 28 miles south of the Brenner Pass, on the Italy-Austrian border.
We visited Trento on the way to Brixen, which is a very charming city. The town of Brixen was hosting a water-light festival in the evenings, with fabulous light displays projected on buildings and fountains. We did get to see Ötzi the iceman in Bolzano which was fascinating. Our "hike" in the Dolomites was a bust due to weather, but on the way out of town we did get a side-tour to see the mountains from afar.