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A small town with a big history

Stroll beneath the medieval arcade in Glurns/Glorenza

It’s possible to breathe in the past on every corner in South Tyrol's smallest town. At the Schluderns gate tower, which is today a lovingly designed museum dedicated to the town's history, carriages once halted while waiting to enter the bustling little town. If you stroll beneath the massive arcades, discover little gems like a restored mill from 1300, an award-winning restaurant in the old prison tower, and small stores and cafés. The Vinschgau cycle path is easily accessible from town by bike. From the mysterious Tartscher Bühel hill with its Romanesque St. Veit church, gaze down on Glurns and its walls from above.

The smallest city in South Tyrol

Glurns/Glorenza is the smallest city in South Tyrol. It is considered one of the most beautiful places in Italy and fascinates visitors with its medieval atmosphere.

Founded some 700 years ago, Glurns has played an important role as a fortress and trading centre over the centuries. A completely preserved city wall with three defiant towers still surrounds and protects this picturesque medieval town. The Schluderns gate tower illustrates the history of Glurns. On the Mühlbach river, which branches off from the Etsch river, there is also a historic town mill.

Although this town in Vinschgau valley is dominated by the Medieval, art is also a high priority here. Since 2011 a permanent exhibition about the Glurns born cartoonist and draftsman Paul Flora has been housed in the church tower.

In the midst of this historic environment, visitors will find a modern building just outside the city walls, a 13 by 13 meter cube. It is the headquarters of PUNI, the first whisky distillery in Italy, built in 2012 by architect Werner Tscholl.

Glurns leaves a mark for its history and architecture and is therefore represented by "I Borghi più belli d'Italia" - Italy's most beautiful towns - an association that aims at valorizing small towns' historical and artistic value. 

Accommodations in Glurns

The boutique B&B in the medieval tower. A panelled room at a farm featuring a thick feather bed and fresh eggs for breakfast. A hotel featuring a panoramic sauna or a holiday flat with designer furniture. Find your ideal accommodation in Glurns.

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The Palabirne pear

The Palabirne pear has strong culinary and cultural roots in the Vinschgau valley. It is a key ingredient in delicious rural and refined creations from jams to risottos.

Palabirne pear

Guided tours in Glurns

Take a nighttime tour through the city’s narrow streets, thick walls and hidden gates. Or follow the traces of Romanesque architecture to the little church on Tartscher Bühel hill. With experienced guides, discover Glurns from completely new perspectives.

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The top attractions

History buffs will love the small museum located in the Schluderns gate tower as well as the restored town mill from 1300. Meanwhile, art fans will enjoy the exhibition about Glurns draftsman Paul Flora while epicureans sample whisky from the PUNI distillery.

Experience culture in Glurns

Can’t-miss attraction: the exhibition about Paul Flora, the iconic artist from Glurns and his humorous, profound drawings. From the ‘Scheibenschlagen’ (‘disc-flinging’) to the Advent in Glurns, don’t forget the annual festivals and beautiful customs.

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Parking & local transport in Glurns

Learn more about comfortably getting around the city.

Glurns, with its medieval charm, is just waiting to be explored. Visiting the city is like a journey into the past. Enjoy your stay and explore every detail of the city. Run your fingers across the uneven and rough walls of the historic houses, poke your head under the arches of the arcades, admire the reflections on the wrought iron signs and refresh yourself with the crystal clear waters of the ancient stone fountains.

You don’t need a car to enjoy South Tyrol’s smallest town. It’s easiest in fact if you simply go on foot.

You can simply leave your car at the car park just outside the city wall.

Out and about in Glurns

Just beyond the city walls, there is an area on the river where you can park your motor home or even pitch a tent.

>> Useful information about camping

With the VinschgauCard, take advantage of the Vinschgerbahn train and all public transport in South Tyrol for free. You can also enjoy discounted visits to museums and recreational facilities with the card. More information and details can be found here.

Sustainable journey

If you fancy relaxation from the start, give it a try: take a train or bus instead. Once you get to South Tyrol, you have plenty of transfer options that will take you from the rail or bus station to your accommodation. And the excellent public transport network of the region will get you around your destination effortlessly.

Weather in Glurns/Glorenza

Check out our weather forecast in Glurns/Glorenza and planning your vacation in South Tyrol will be easier. And if you want to go up in the mountains, our weather forecast informs you about visibility, sunrise, sunset and zero-degree isotherm.

5-day forecast