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Where is Sterzing (Vipiteno)?

The Italian town of Sterzing (Italian: Vipiteno) is in the Eisack valley in the north of South Tirol. The community also includes Ried, Thuins and Tschöfs. Sterzing sits between Jaufen pass, Brenner pass and Penser Joch and was therefore an important trading town. It is 15km from the Brenner pass and the Austrian border. Sterzing is the most northern town in Italy and one of the highest in the Alps.

The river Eisack, flowing past the old town, is the second biggest river in South Tirol. Brixen and Klausen are also located in the Eisack valley.

Hiking or skiing holidays Sterzing

Explore the stunning mountain scenery on hiking or mountain biking tours in the summer. Rosskopf mountain (Italian: Monte Cavallo) boasts a fantastic panorama of the Dolomites, Sarntal Alps, Zillertal Alps, and Stubai Alps. Enjoy a ride with "Rosskopf Panorama Mountain Coaster" and then relax at one of the traditional on-mountain huts.

You find the gondola bottom station near the town centre, it takes you up Rosskopf – the sun terrace of Sterzing and the ideal starting point for various hiking, skiing or tobogganing tours.

Sterzing has a lot to offer also in the winter: perfectly groomed slopes, tobogganing runs, x-country skiing trails and snowshoeing paths. Rosskopf ski resort featuring 20km of piste is only a few minutes away. Here you also find the longest flood-lit toboggan run in Italy. Are you ready for your skiing holidays with your family: children will have fun on the easy slopes and the instructors of Sterzing ski school.

For some change visit Ladurns ski resort not far from Sterzing.

What’s happening in Sterzing?

When visiting Sterzing do not miss out on the town’s sight and historic buildings:

  • Heilig-Geist-Hospital & Heilig-Geist-Church
  • "Unsere liebe Frau im Moos" parish church
  • Town hall (with Gothic council chamber)
  • Town’s landmark: Zwölferturm
  • Multscher & town museum at the former Deutschordenskommende
  • Concerts or performances at Sterzing Town Theatre.

Reifenstein castle near Sterzing is one of the best-preserved castles in South Tirol. 

After an exciting day outdoors, rewind on a stroll through the old part of the town. Explore the medieval squares and picturesque alleys. In bad weather visit "Balneum Sterzing" indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

The weather in Sterzing

Sterzing enjoys a temperate climate with an average temperature of 18.5°C in July, while December to February is coldest time of the year.

Summer holidays are best from May to August, winter holidays from November to March.

Check out our live webcam for the current weather situation and the weather to come.