Hotel Elephant        

 Via Rio Bianco 4 39042 Bressanone − Italy

We welcome you warmly to the centre of Brixen, a town full of culture.

Our hotel has 44 unique, individual rooms in the main building as well as in the Villa Marzari in the private park, two first-class restaurants and a stylish bar. You can enjoy all of this in a historic hotel whose unusal name dates back to 1490. Family run since 1773, Hotel of the Year 2019.


Hotel Elephant

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A family-owned hotel

Elisabeth Heiss and Michael Falk represent the seventh and eighth generations to offer high quality hospitality. The Elephant has embodied excellent hospitality since 1773, all with a personal touch.

The Heiss-Falk family are the descendents of the renowned South Tyrolean tourism pioneer Emma Hellenstainer. They do not only work here each day, they also live in the same house as their guests do - over generations.

A special sense for tradition and a very familiar flair describe the proverbial atmosphere here at the Hotel Elephant.

Hoteliers for Generations

Hotel Elephant is family-run and family-owned since 1773. Since 1869 - with Hanns and Maria Heiss - it carries today's name of the family.

The 19th century marks the beginning of the tourism here in Brixen and the Eisack Valley. Tourists discovered the beauty of the Dolomites as their summer ressort.

The historic main building

A hotel the like of which you won’t find anywhere else with a atmosphere that makes you feel at home.

The historic main building of the Hotel Elephant dates back over 500 years and has been carefully looked after by successive generations of the same family. It is home to thirty unique rooms, two restaurants, a banqueting room and a bar, all accompanied by a backdrop of impressive paintings and beautiful furniture.

Artists and royalty have enjoyed the refined surroundings of the Hotel Elephant during its long history. Today we welcome guests who come from all over the world but are united by a shared appreciation of fine hospitality.

Our Villa Marzari in the private park

The Villa Marzari in our private park really is a hidden gem.

Located only a few metres away from the hotel’s main building, it is a peaceful green oasis.

The 14 unique rooms in the Villa Marzari are surrounded by a garden measuring almost two hectares, including a swimming pool, sunbathing area and bar, making it the perfect summer retreat.

Each room has its own generously sized balcony. The Villa Marzari is the perfect destination for guests who want to see the hotel from a different angle in an atmosphere of tranquility.

The Hotel Elephant is more than just a place to spend the night. History and tradition are all-pervasive in the elegant premises with their valuable works of art, traditional parlours and elegant halls.

The rooms and suites have always been updated to the latest needs of guests. They are equipped with modern comforts yet have a timeless elegance. You can enjoy modern furnishings and contemporary technology, whether it is wifi in each room, flatscreen satellite TV or the classic design of the bathrooms.

The main building of the Elephant Hotel has 30 rooms (Comfort, Deluxe and Juniorsuite category). In addition our Villa Mazari – the branche in the private park of the Elephant hotel – offers 14 quiet Comfort rooms and Juniorsuites, each equipped with a balcony. The distance between the main building and our dependance is only 50m.

Our larges rooms can easily be equipped with a third and fourth bed for your children.

It is a pleasure for us to personally recommend rooms, tariffs and offers. Please get in contact with us by email or by phone.

Junior Suite

Our grandest rooms have a rich history. They were once reserved for royalty but today they are available to all our guests who want to enjoy a luxurious stay with us.

In these rooms (which measure 30 to 36 m²) you will find all of the little extras which help to make all the difference to your stay.

These include kingsize double beds, beautiful wooden furniture, spacious walk-in wardrobes; flat-screen TVs; Wifi and a telephone.

Deluxe double room

Our most popular room category combines attractive furnishings with home comforts. Most Deluxe double rooms have their own balcony or roof terrace and are especially peaceful.

These rooms are between 28 and 30m² and include kingsize double beds, wooden flooring, a flat screen TV, Wifi and a telephone.

Our deluxe double rooms are all in our main building and an extra bed can be placed in these rooms upon request.

Comfort double room

Our Comfort double rooms (Standard category) can be booked either in our main building or in the Villa Marzari.

On 20 to 24 sqm they have been furnished in a timelessley elegant style.

All of our Comfort double rooms in the Villa Marzari have their own balcony which looks out onto the hotel's park.

Comfort single room

Our comfort single rooms can be booked either in our main building or in the Villa Marzari. They have been furnished in a timelessly elegant style. All of our comfort single rooms in the Villa Marzari have their own balcony which looks out onto the hotel’s park. These rooms measure between 15 and 18m² and include a single bed, wooden flooring, a flatscreen TV, Wifi and a telephone.

The perfect meeting venue

The Hotel Elephant is the perfect venue for an event with character and flair. It is ideally equipped for meetings and seminars which won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

The hotel is situated in the historic old town of Brixen, nestled at the foot of the Dolomite mountains in South Tyrol. It is easily reachable by car, train and plane from all directions.The hotel houses two meeting rooms which are extensively equipped for meetings and have fibre optic broadband. We can also work closely with other conference venues in Brixen to host larger-scale events. The extensive fringe programme is a particular highlight for conference delegates at the Elephant. Do you fancy a spot of snowshoeing after a long day of meetings? Or maybe a guided tour of Brixen? You only have to ask!

Our meeting guarantee for you

We support you with a tailor-made meeting package - as a real one-stop solution with one experienced contact person for all organizational details such as lunches, coffee breaks, dinner service as well as for the whole congress with all necessary meeting equipment.

Our congress rooms at a glance

  • meeting room „Wolfgang Heiss“

size: 85 sqm - height: 2,80 m
theatre seating: 40 persons
U-seating with tables and chairs: 30 persons

  • meeting room „Roman Mayr“

size: 170 sqm - height: 2,80 m
theatre seating: 80 persons
U-seating with tables and chairs: 60 persons

Further seating configurations for up to 120 participants available!

Three good reasons for your meeting at Hotel Elephant

  • Meetings and congresses have a long tradition here at the Elephant.

Experienced employees, high-quality equipment and the special ambience make your conference a success. And the supporting programme is impressive as well: A snowshoe hike in winter, a tour with the night watchman in summer, a lot of culture in between in an old town worth seeing.

  • Where culinary delights and meetings come together.

The Hotel Elephant not only stands for special living and congress comfort, but also for two unique restaurants - the Restaurant Elephant and our new Apostelstube - both will make your event unforgettable.

  • Mobile and "green".

Bressanone is easily accessible from all directions, by car, by plane and especially comfortably by train. The DB/ÖBB-Eurocity connects Bressanone/Brixen with the Bavarian capital Munich and the centres in northern Italy. And with the BrixenCard you will stay mobile: free public transport for your congress participants, free admission to all South Tyrolean museums and many other attractive discounts.


The rich history of the hotel

BBuilt around 1500, the hotel has been family-owned since 1773 and has since continually adapted to reflect changing tourism patterns.

What started as a simple hostel has developed over the years into one of South Tyrol’s most renowned hotels. Today, the Hotel Elephant is an important part of European travel culture as well as being an enduring symbol of Tyrolean tourism.

To sum up, the Hotel Elephant is a hotel which exudes history and hospitality, a place which welcomes its guests in a unique, very individual manner.

The elephant's 16th century stopover in Brixen

Even Jose Saramego, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, was enchanted by the story of the elephant’s journey, so much so that he then wrote a book inspired by the tale.

This story began at the end of 1551, when an elephant complete with a large entourage stopped off in Brixen and stayed there for 14 days.

It was a gift from the Portuguese King John III to his nephew, Archduke Maximilian of Austria, and was on its way from India to Vienna. At that time the exotic animal was a sensation: it was applauded by bishops and cardinals in Trento and received in triumph in Bolzano. In Brixen, too, the townsfolk formed a guard of honour. It is no surprise that the elephant left a lasting impression: today’s Hotel Elephant continues to have a similar effect on its guests.

Cultural Delights in Brixen

Once home to the local bishop, Brixen combines culture and pleasure like no other town in South Tyrol. The charming paths and glorious buildings steeped in history embody the attractive nature of Brixen's old town.

Hotel Elephant recommends to visit the Pharmacy Museum as well as the Hofburg Palace located only five walking minutes from us in the old town.

We work closely together with experienced tour guides showing you the whole beauty of Brixen and the Eisack Valley in English language. Please contact us by phone or by email for any further details or for a more detailed, individual offer.

Restaurant Apostelstube

"Dining should be an unforgettable sensuous journey of discovery", says the Elephant’s head chef Mathias Bachmann.

We combine innovative tastes with traditional surroundings. You can indulge yourself with our specially-designed dishes in a classy setting. Under the leadership of Michael Falk and Mathias Bachmann, the Apostelstube was given a charming 1920s Art Deco makeover.

Let yourself be spoiled by our excellent restaurant and kitchen team as you embark on a unforgettable journey for all the senses in a special atmosphere.

Gault Millau 2019: 16 points

Opening hours Restaurant Apostelstube

The Restaurant Apostelstube is open from Friday to Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (closed on Wednesday and Thursday). You can choose between a five, six and seven course menu prepared by our head chef Mathias Bachmann. A table reservation is highly recommended in advance. Please indicate allergies and intolerances.

Apostelstube: Emotions and Innovations.

Yes, Mathias Bachmann, our head chef, has a passion for cooking. His work is precise, refined and always surprising while combining innovative dishes with extraordinary flavours.

Hotel Bar & Lounge

Anything from a morning coffee to an early evening aperitif can be enjoyed in our bar and lounge, which is also well stocked with the latest newspapers and magazines.

The Hotel Elephant's stylishly appointed bar is one of Brixen's real hidden gems. The laid back atmosphere and high quality service allow you to sit back and relax in comfort.

Open daily from 07am to 11pm.

Another coffee?

Or do you prefer an sparkling aperitif?

No matter how you decide - make the most of your stay in company with family and friends.

Our bar and our lounge area on the first floor is the perfect place for receptions, meetings and business appointments.

Restaurant Elephant

‚Simple and all about the taste!‘

Head chef Mathias Bachmann takes a straightforward approach towards cooking at the Elephant Restaurant. Mathias and his team celebrate traditional, classic cuisine with a particular emphasis on high quality and varied, regional produce. It’s a culinary adventure for all the senses.

Enjoy a piece of South Tyrolean hospitality in our Zirbelstube and Altdeutschestube, complete with wooden furniture and rich in culinary history. Mathias continues: ‘For me, quality means one thing above all else: Good quality, basic ingredients‘.

Gault Millau 2019: 15 points

Opening hours Restaurant Elephant

The Elephant Restaurant is open daily from 12pm to 2pm and from 7pm to 9.30pm. You can choose either from our three course daily menu or eat à la carte.

Mathias Bachmann: Our Headchef

You don’t have to look far to see where Mathias Bachmann got his passion for cooking from. Mathias‘ father is a well-known cook who wrote the renowned South Tyrolean recipe book "So kocht Südtirol".

Mathias began his culinary career with Peter Girtler at the Hotel Stafler in Mauls, where he was named as apprentice of the year.

Matthias then spent time both inside and outside of South Tyrol before working under Karl Baumgartner at the Hotel Schöneck in Pfalzen. In 2007, Mathias successfully represented Italy in the World Skills Championships in Japan. Mathias then spent time working under one of the best chefs in Germany, namely Hans Haas at the Restaurant Tantris in Munich. Mathias then spent time with Gennaro Esposito at the Torre del Saracino near Naples and with Gerhard Wieser at the Hotel Castel in South Tyrol.

In addition, Mathias also spent time working under four internationally known chefs including at Peter Gilmore’s Quay restaurant in Sydney.


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Hotel: Hotel Elephant

Address: Via Rio Bianco 4 39042 Bressanone

Region: South Tyrol

Country: Italy

Official website:

Telephone: +39 0472 832750

Fax: +39 0472 836579

Hotel email:

Train Station: Train station Brixen/Bressanone (500 m) Railway station Brixen (1,5 km)

Airport: Airport Bozen/Bolzano (40 km) Innsbruck (A) (80 km) Verona (200 km)

By Car: Exit motorway Brixen/Bressanone: 3 km Motorway: Brennerautobahn (5 km)

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