Sterzing - Vipiteno
The northernmost city of Italy
With its 46 metres, the 12-tower overlooks Vipiteno and towers above the colourful facades of the town's bourgeois houses. For over 500 years, its stone gate has allowed access from the Old Town to the New Town.
Sterzing, Italy's northernmost city, with a height of 948 m, is one of the highest cities in the entire Alpine region. The town is located on the northwestern edge of a shallow valley basin in the southern Wipptal. It has always been regarded as an important trading and traffic junction, especially because of its favourable location between the Brenner Pass, the Jaufen and Penser Pass.
The mining industry, whose boom in the 15th century brought the city to prosperity, helped the citizens of the Fugger town to great prosperity. Today, a building decorated with ornate oriel windows still bears witness to the town's former wealth: the magnificent late Gothic town hall, whose service room welcomes visitors with old doors, wooden panelling and a heavy beamed ceiling.
The city of Sterzing is still a very important tourist and economic centre. A splendid shopping street makes its way through narrowly nestled town houses, separated by several narrow lanes. Wrought-iron pub signs, oriels, gables and crenellations are a constant companion during your stroll through the city. Strolling through the centre of the town, the historical inns can be recognized as former merchants' and carters' hostels, which preserve their building stock and open their gates to wide courtyards and former stables.
Not far from the Twelve-Tower there is the Church of the Holy Spirit on the town square. This rather inconspicuous church presents all its splendour inside with colourful frescoes.
An important meeting place for art lovers in Sterzing is the Multscher or city museum. In addition to relics of the town's history, it houses the figures of the Mutscher altar. The altar gave a new direction to art in Tyrol and is considered a true masterpiece of its time.
Not far from the centre of Sterzingen is the valley station of the Rosskopf. From here, a cable car takes you up to the city's sun terrace at 1,860 metres above sea level in just a few minutes. The local mountain of Sterzing impresses in both summer and winter with an impressive landscape view over the Wipptal valley.