Hotel Blog

The Hotel Elephant is a house rich of history and full of stories.

In our Elephant blog we present all news from our hotel as well as from our two restaurants. Let us tell you the stories which matter most and be inspired by the many moments making a stay at the Elephant so unique.

News from the Hotel Elephant
Advent, Christmas and New Year's Eve at Hotel Elephant

Christmas is soon in the air! Enjoy the most atmospheric time of the year in the Hotel Elephant, in one of our wonderful rooms and with the excellent gourmet menus of our head chef Mathias Bachmann.  The Advent season starts this year in Brixen on 23rd of November, when the ...


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Our menus at Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year

Enjoy the most atmospheric time of the year here at Hotel Elephant! For the festive season we will spoil you with special menus of our head chef Mathias Bachmann. Menu on Christmas Day (25.12.2018) ...


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Natalie - Lights and music show

The unique light and music show during Christmas time in Brixen, from 22nd November 2018 to 6th January 2019. After the great success of the last three years with more than 150,000 enthusiastic spectators, Brixen still dresses up with a completely new spectacle of the "masters of light" Spectaculaires-Allumeurs d'Images....


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Gault&Millau 2019: High awards for Hotel Elephant and its two restaurants

The Gault&Millau editors Martina and Karl Hohenlohe had invited to Vienna to celebrate the fortieth edition of the renowned gourmet guide. In the same way Hotel Elephant's owner family Heiss-Falk and all employees with its new Apostelstube and the well-known restaurant Elephant, were able to celebrate several high awards, too....


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"Brixen in old views": Special exhibition at the Hofburg Brixen

Brixen, the bishop's town at Eisack and Rienz, is the focus of the exhibition. Numerous graphics and drawings show city views and paintings, views of individual buildings and motifs from the surrounding area. The drawings range from the oldest graphic view of Brixen from 1588 to the early 20th century. ...


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The International Mountain Summit IMS celebrates its 10th birthday

The mountain Festival IMS celebrates its 10th birthday - and Hotel Elephant joins the party with a special offer for IMS participants! The International Mountain Summit, one of the world's largest mountain festivals, celebrates its 10th edition this year. Once again there will be an extensive range of speakers, topics an...


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Art exhibition "Berge" (mountains) by Holger Theunert in the Engelsburg of Neustift Monastery

Holger Theunert already exhibited at the Hofburg Gallery last year. Once again this year, gallery owner Jakob Kompatscher has succeeded in bringing the German painter to South Tyrol for a certainly unique exhibition. From 24 August a new exhibition will take place in the impressive atmosphere of the Engelsburg - directly...


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South Tyrol Jazz Festival (29th June - 8th July): "New Sounds - Fresh Perspectives"

"New Sounds - Fresh Perspectives" - and Hotel Elephant is exclusive hotel partner for the Brixen Jazztour! Reserve your room now! Free JAZZPASS included when booking your room with us! The soloists and ensembles at the Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adi...


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In concert: "Codex Buranus", 27th July 2018

Sounding out the Codex Buranus: Thirteenth-Century Songs from Brixen Friday, July 27, 2018, 8 p.m. Hofburg Palace Brixen Codex Buranus is one of the most famous manuscripts of the Middle Ages - not only because of Carl Orff's familiar new setting of some of its texts. Despite a 200-year hist...


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Sunrise hike on Mount Gabler - unforgettable views!

Experience an unforgettable sunrise on Mount Gabler with a unique view on Mount Peitler and the Dolomites. Almost an hour before sunrise and still covered by the darkness of the night the new Pfannspitz cable car opens for one ascent to bring all the early birds from the starting point at Skihuette up to Mount Pfannspit...


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Water Light Festival Brixen: From 10th to 26th May 2018

W With light and art installations, the Old Town of Bressanone with its many cultural and historical treasures will be transformed into a splendid sea of light from 10th to 26th May 201...


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Days of Architecture South Tyrol 2018

"Open spaces, open architecture" - Hotel Elephant is once again official hotel partner of the Days of Architecture here in South Tyrol.   "We invite you to experience open architecture and what limits architecture. And also to reflect on the interaction between architecture and society." Carlo Calderan, Pr...


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Our Easter Menu

Enjoy Easter here at the Hotel Elephant! Let yourself be pampered on Easter Sunday with an charming menu from our chef Mathias Bachmann. Take a first look at it today: Menu on Easter Sunday (01 April 2018) ...


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Our winter break is over: On 16th and 17th March our restaurants open again

Our winter break is over: On Friday 16 March from 7 pm we re-open our Restaurant Elephant after a short winter break. Our Apostelstube opens again on Saturday 17 March 2018. Please book your table in advance. We are happy to see you again at the "Elephant"! ...


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International Diamond School meets again in Brixen

Internationally renowned geology experts will meet again in Bressanone to discuss the topic "Diamonds: Geology, Gemology and Exploration". The Hotel Elephant coordinates the accommodation and catering of all participants on site.   In a few days, a new edition of the "International Diamond School" in Bressanone ...


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The strange guest...

Some weeks ago, a strange photo appeared on the hotel's livewall. The photo was location tagged with «Hotel Elephant», and posted on Instagram with no other «explanation» than the hashtag «Zwischen den Bergen» (Between the mountains), and the title «Room with a view».   The photo shows a part of the inte...


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Gault Millau 2018: 2 toques / 15 points at Restaurant Elephant

Mathias Bachmann is one of the emerging chefs of the year in South Tyrol: Gault & Millau pays homage to the successes of our chef in the 2017/2018 season with clear words.  "You notice a remarkable refinement in the dishes and a bold but well tempered change in the interpretation of taste." This is worth 15 points and two t...


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Our Villa Marzari in the park

The garden and private park of the Elephant Hotel, approximately 17.000 m2 in the city center of Bressanone, owes his name his former owner, the public officer Michael von Marzari. With his family, he lived in the villa which now serves as dependace of our hotel. After Michael von Marzari, Mr Mayrhofer was the owner of this beautiful gar...


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International Mountain Summit Brixen 2017

The International Mountain Summit 2017 is about to begin: From 9th to 15th October 2017, Brixen in South Tyrol will be the world capital of mountains. The lovers of mountains and alpinism have a unique opportunity to meet the world's best mountaineers, climbers, mountain scientists, philosophers and many other extraordinary people explai...


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150 years of Brenner Railway

150 years ago the "Brenner Railway", connecting the Austrian and Italian railways from Innsbruck to Verona, was opened. The end of the construction works in 1867 heralded a new era for the city of Brixen and especially for its then-developing tourism. The lithographic print shown above by Gustav Täubert presents one of ...


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Otto Julius Bierbaum's Grand Tour with one of the first automobiles

Around 150 years ago the well known writer and journalist Otto Julius Bierbaum was born in Grünberg / Schlesien. He was also known as „Martin Möbius“ and „Simplicissimus“ and became world-famous with his book „Eine empfindsame Reise im Automobil“ 1903 (A sentimental journey by car). On this journey he drove...


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Hofburg Brixen: A summer evening in the museum

A guided tour at the Hofburg Brixen on a Summer evening - a special event you should not miss! Each Wednesday at 8:30 PM you have the chance to join a guided tour at the Hofburg Brixen, former seat of the Bishop and nowadays a well-curated Diocesan art museum. Start your tour in the inner courtyard with a glass of fine S...


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Tesla Destination Charging at Hotel Elephant

Hotel Elephant in Brixen / South Tyrol (Italy) now offers two charging points for electric vehicles and is one of the very first hotels in South Tyrol providing this cutting edge technology. Drivers of Tesla or other e-cars are able to recharge their car while staying in our hotel or in our Gourmet restaurant. "By installing two Tesla wa...


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Hotel Elephant is a recognized training company

Recently, the Director of the Office of Apprenticeship of South Tyrol, Gertraud Aschbacher, handed over the plaque "We train apprentices" to the Hotel Elephant. This plaque documents the fact that the house gives young people the opportunity to qualify for a job in the kitchen or in the service of the hotel. The achievements of the Eleph...


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