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An Alpine town with charm

Soaking up local culture with the view of majestic peaks

Sterzing, Italy’s northernmost city, is located south of the main chain of the Alps. Surrounded by high-altitude glaciers and summits, Sterzing is in the midst of an impressive natural backdrop which is ideal for summer and winter activities. Its magnificent town houses with their characteristic “alcoves” dot the picturesque shopping streets, where many businesses, restaurants and bars create a lively atmosphere - in one of Italy’s most beautiful old towns. Gothic churches and striking fortresses, such as Burg Reifenstein castle before the gateway to the town are testament to the town’s heyday in the Middle Ages, when Sterzing was still a mining town. During your holiday in South Tyrol, you can track down history with a tour through the old and new town.

Special artistic and cultural treasures

The Tower of the Twelve in Sterzing

Holidays in Sterzing/Vipiteno | South Tyrol – Travel Info, Weather & Webcams

City hall in Stezing

Holidays in Sterzing/Vipiteno | South Tyrol – Travel Info, Weather & Webcams

Advent in Sterzing

"The bell sound has never been sweeter than at Christmas time". From November 11, 2023, to January 6, 2024, listen to the melody of Sterzing bells, while visiting the Original South Tyrolean Christmas Market in downtown Sterzing. 

Sterzinger Weihachtsmarkt
Original Südtiroler Christkindlmarkt Sterzing
Weihnachten in Sterzing

Accommodations in Sterzing/Vipiteno, Pfitsch/Val di Vizze and Freienfeld/Campo di Trens

A charming Bed & Breakfast with mountain views, an elegant town hotel with a wellness area or a holiday flat just for you. Sterzing and its neighbouring villages is the ideal place if you are looking for authentic hospitality, indulgence and a lively range of leisure offers.

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Italy’s northernmost city

Medieval charms and urban centre

You cannot fail to miss it even during your first few steps in this fascinating little town: the Zwölferturm, the town’s striking landmark. It has connected the old and new town since 1472 and on the lively shopping street, dotted with colourful house medieval facades, you can pass through those parts of the town most worth a visit. During a stroll, you will come across churches and artistic treasures from the Gothic era past tranquil spots and vibrant inns.

Do you fancy skiing with a view of Sterzing and the surrounding area? The Rosskopf ski area is just a few minutes from the town centre by gondola – so you can experience culture, cuisine, hiking and skiing just in one day.

Close to the town are a few of the most important and striking castles in South Tyrol. Schloss Wolfsthurn castle, South Tyrol’s only baroque castle, houses the State Museum of Hunting and Fishing. Burg Reifenstein castle towers up on a craggy mountainside, not far from the centre. There are no fewer than ten rooms here which can be explored in full. Opposite and a little higher up is Schloss Sprechenstein castle with its visually distinctive building sections.

Sterzing was also an important mining town. The life of the miners, who used to work in the area , has been recreated in the mining museum in the Ridnauntal valley, just a few kilometres away.

Much to experience

A few days in this place can do so much good. Especially if you set out to explore its assets. From good food to outdoor activities and cultural delights, you'll find a great selection here.

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Shopping in Sterzing

If you care about beautiful things, you should ermbark on a shopping experience in South Tyrol's cities. Advent is a magical tiem of the year to be visiting Sterzing: the atmosphere is festive and twinkly decorations are all over the city.  Stroll down the old alleys, look at the shop windows, sit in cosy restaurants or café and take traditional handicrafts home.

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Von Genussevents wie die Sterzinger Joghurtttage und das Knödelfest Sterzing über die Laternenparty im Sommer bis hin zum magischen Weihnachtsmarkt unter Zwölferturm. Von der Stadtgeschichte, über architektonische Stile, die Relikte des Bergbaus, bis hin zu angesagten Einkaufs- und Genussadressen - bei den geführten Stadttouren durch Sterzing erhältst du viele interessante Einblicke. Sterzing verbindet Genuss, Kultur und Tradition.

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Weather forecast in Sterzing

Check out our weather forecast in Sterzing 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.

Your car-free winter holiday

If you have a knack for relaxing moments, then take a train or bus. Once you arrive in South Tyrol, you have plenty of transfer options to reach your accommodation. The region's efficient and reliable transport system will get you around effortlessly.

  • Travel by train

    From Sterzing you can reach your holiday accommodation by taking buses, taxis or the "Südtirol Transfer" shuttle in the surrounding villages and side valleys.

  • On-site mobility

    You can reach the ski slopes without getting in your car. Take a five-minute cable car ride from Sterzing and you'll arrive at the Rosskopf ski resort. You can use the ski bus back to the valley station and to the Ratschings-Jaufen and Ladurns ski resorts free of charge: purchase the Südtirol Guest Pass "ActiveCard" and you'll have unlimited access to all means of transport.