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The Alpine town with charm

Culture with a view of the majestic summit

Sterzing, Italy’s northernmost town, is located south of the main chain of the Alps with an expanse of high-altitude glaciers and summits in view and an impressive natural backdrop for summer and winter activities. Its magnificent town houses with their characteristic “alcoves” are dotted along the picturesque shopping streets along with numerous businesses, restaurants and bars - 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, visible from afar, are testament to the town’s heyday in the Middle Ages, back when Sterzing was still a mining town. Today you can track down history with a tour through the old and new town.

Italy’s northernmost town

You cannot fail to miss it even during your first few steps in this charming 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 busy inns. Fancy taking off and admiring Sterzing/Vipiteno from up high? The Rosskopf local and recreational mountain is located just a few minutes from the town centre by gondola – and so you can experience culture, cuisine, hiking and skiing here, all 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 is recreated in the mining museum in the Ridnauntal valley, just a few kilometres away.

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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The sun terrace with 360 degree all-round views

Just a few minutes by cable car separate Sterzing from the Rosskopf mountain. At the top, 20 km of pistes, 10 km of toboggan runs and 20 mountain lodges offer exceptional panoramic views. A genuine recreational mountain for summer and winter which impresses with lots of extra hours of sunshine.

winter hiking

Want to find out more?

During your guided tours of Sterzing, you will gain lots of interesting insight from the town’s history to architectural styles, mining relicts, trendy shopping and gourmet addresses.

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Special artistic and cultural treasures

The landmark of the town is undoubtedly the 46m high Zwölferturm tower at the heart of the town centre. It was erected during the second half of the 15th century above the former gateway to the town centre and at the end of the 19th century, following a fire, the current stone stepped gable and sun dial were added. Alongside the tower is the town hall with its striking Gothic council chamber with wooden panelling and a ceiling consisting of simple beams. The Multscher Museum houses the exquisite late Gothic altarpiece which was built for the parish church by Hans Multscher of Ulm. The same building also contains the town museum. Schloss Wolfsthurn, South Tyrol’s only baroque castle, houses the State Museum of Hunting and Fishing. Burg Reifenstein castle with its perfectly preserved rooms and Schloss Sprechenstein castle with its entrance accessible via a short walk through the forest both tower up on a rocky mountainside.

What’s happening in Sterzing?

From gourmet events such as the Sterzing Yoghurt Days and the Sterzing Knödel Festival to the Lantern Party in summer and the magical Christmas Market beneath the Zwölferturm tower. Sterzing combines indulgence, culture and tradition.

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Parking & Mobility in Sterzing

Sterzing is easy to explore on foot. Enjoy the tranquillity of the pedestrian zone, away from the chaos and noise of normal road transport. Park your car at a central car park and take a look around the town on foot. And so you can explore the individual details in peace.

Weave your way along the well-maintained and charming streets and don’t miss the chance to look up at the Zwölferturm tower or the flamboyant geraniums on the balconies. Enjoy the idyll and the typical Alpine scents and colours of Italy’s northernmost town.


You really don't need a car to get around Sterzing/Vipiteno and its surroundings. You can roam the city on foot and with the activeCARD in your wallet, you can reach all the hiking areas by public transport and forr free. If you stay in an accommodation including the activeCARD in the price, you'll also have a free access to museums.

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 Sterzing/Vipiteno

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.

5-day forecast