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Off to the nativity show

The Bressanone/Brixen Nativity Museum

It belongs to the Christmas season. In every good Tyrolean “stube”, you’ll find one. We are talking about the traditional nativity scene. Long before the first Christmas trees were festively decorated, the artistic handmade scenes were set up in South Tyrol shortly before Christmas Eve. This custom has been preserved to this day. From miniature editions to extra-large scenes that fills entire rooms – there are nativity scenes in all variations. Nevertheless, they all have one thing in common: children’s eyes sparkle when they see them.
The custom of the “nativity show” is as old as the nativity scenes themselves. Just a few decades ago, the farmers visited each other to admire the magnificent pieces, and today, very special examples are shown in exhibitions and museums. An absolute highlight is the Bressanone/Brixen Nativity Museum in the Hofburg, which opens its doors just in time for Christmas. Here, you can admire countless nativity scenes, including the annual display by August Alois and Josef Benedikt Probst with around 5,000 figures, the treasured Nissl nativity scene, Genoese ivory nativity scenes, ones made of paper, and many more.