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Former Fugger town in the north of Italy

Vipiteno / Sterzing

Located very close to the border with Austria is the picturesque town of Sterzing (Italian Vipiteno) in South Tyrol. Around 6000 inhabitants have settled in the small town located at 948 meters above sea level and have made Vipiteno / Sterzing what it is today: a dreamy yet incredibly lively place full of joy. Here, alpine tranquility meets southern spirit and you can feel it in every corner. Whether sipping espresso on the sun terrace or strolling through the beautiful old town, you can simply let yourself drift and enjoy. Vipiteno / Sterzing is also known for its medieval flair and magnificent buildings, which bear witness to the prosperity the city experienced in the 15th century. This includes, for example, the town hall, which has a Gothic council chamber that attracts numerous visitors every year. Those who know Vipiteno / Sterzing know that the city rightfully holds the title of "most beautiful small town in Italy." Innovative: there are now public Wi-Fi spots in the city center. So, if you want to quickly check the weather or find out where to get the best pizza, thanks to the open city network, you have free internet access.

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Sterzing Twelve Tower
Sterzing Twelve Tower
Old Town in Vipiteno
Old Town in Vipiteno
Vipiteno Summer Panorama
Vipiteno Summer Panorama
Arcades in Vipiteno
Arcades in Vipiteno
Reifenstein Castle-Elzenbaum
Reifenstein Castle-Elzenbaum
Jaufen Pass
Jaufen Pass
Chapel at the Jaufen Pass with Jaufenspitze
Chapel at the Jaufen Pass with Jaufenspitze
Gilfenklamm
Gilfenklamm
Old Town in Winter
Old Town in Winter
Winter in Sterzing
Winter in Sterzing
Ratschings-Jaufen Ski Resort
Ratschings-Jaufen Ski Resort

Urban Atmosphere

Shopping pleasure is highly valued here, which is why there is also the so-called 360° shopping guide. In this reference book, the 70 shops in the city introduce themselves with descriptions and opening hours. Whether traditional craftsmanship, current designer fashion, or culinary specialties of the region - shopping fans will definitely get their money's worth here. Strolling and enjoying is also popular in winter, as the famous Christmas market opens its doors. When the peaks of the surrounding mountains are covered in snow and the contemplative Advent is approaching, it's time for the city to be festively decorated and the first market stalls to open. Lovingly handcrafted products can be purchased here, as well as funny souvenirs and warm gloves and hats. Strengthened by mulled wine and apple strudel, you can enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains - the ideal prelude to the most beautiful time of the year.

… and Alpine Sportiness

For those who prefer to spend their holidays a little more actively, Vipiteno / Sterzing offers numerous leisure activities. The alpine surroundings serve as the perfect backdrop for various winter sports.

  • The Rosskopf, the "local mountain" of the town, is home to the longest artificially snow-covered toboggan run in Italy. On a length of 10 km, a special tobogganing pleasure awaits the whole family. Highlight: the toboggan run is illuminated and open for sledding until midnight on two evenings a week.
  • In summer, the Rosskopf is also the number 1 destination for a varied leisure activities. The sunrise hike to the viewing platform "am Köpfl" is a must-see. Early risers can admire the sunrise behind the fantastic backdrop of the Stubai Alps, Zillertal Alps, and the Dolomites.
  • For young holiday guests, there is no way around the petting zoo "Rossy Park". Fluffy rabbits, cute sheep, sweet ponies, and adorable dwarf goats frolic in a spacious enclosure. The animals are free to roam and, of course, can be thoroughly examined and petted. The more courageous can also go on a short hike (under supervision) with the unusual llamas.

Here are some basic information about this charming town:

Geographical coordinates:

  • Latitude: 46.8919° N
  • Longitude: 11.4339° E

Demographic data:

  • Population: Vipiteno / Sterzing has a population of just over 6,000 inhabitants, although this number may fluctuate seasonally, especially due to tourism.
  • Languages: In South Tyrol, German is the most commonly spoken language, followed by Italian and Ladin. German is mainly spoken in Vipiteno / Sterzing.

Historical facts:

  • In the Middle Ages, Vipiteno / Sterzing was an important trading center and is now known for its well-preserved medieval city center.
  • The city was once part of the County of Tyrol before it became part of Italy after World War I.
  • Important historical sights include the Zwölferturm, the former town hall, which now houses a museum, and the late Gothic parish church Our Lady in the Moss.

Tourist information:

  • Vipiteno / Sterzing is a popular destination for winter sports, especially skiing, as well as for hiking and mountain biking in the summer months.
  • In addition to the historical sights, tourist attractions include the nearby Jaufen Pass and the Rosskopf ski area.
  • The city is also known for its annual Christmas market, which attracts visitors from the entire region.

Economic data:

  • The economy in Vipiteno / Sterzing is heavily dependent on tourism, but also includes trade, crafts, and to a lesser extent, agriculture.
  • Regional specialties, such as dairy products, also play an important economic role. A major employer is the company Leitner, producer of ski lifts.

Transport and infrastructure:

  • Sterzing is accessible via the Brenner Motorway A22, which is an important transport artery between Italy and Austria.
  • The Sterzing train station connects the city with other parts of Italy and Austria.

These data provide a general overview of Sterzing and can serve as a basis for a more detailed analysis or as tourist information.

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