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The Italian comune of Innichen, or San Candido, is part of the Puster Valley and belongs to the Province of Bolzano/South Tirol in Italy. Situated at the very eastern end of South Tirol, the municipality’s elevation ranges from 1,113 m to 3,145 m a.s.l.. It borders Austria to the north as well as to the east. It covers an area of 80 km2, comprising the Puster Valley Plain, regions of the Dolomites (south) as well as of the Villgraten Mountains (north). Innichen covers wide areas of the Sexten Dolomites and of Three Peaks Nature Park, including Innerfeld Valley and Haunold Mountains (Haunold, 2,966 m and Birkenkofel, 2,922 m).
Innichen is about ten minutes’ driving from Niederdorf and Toblach at the foot of Haunold Mountain, known for the legend of the giant who ended the reign of a Hun king in Innichen and even helped to build the monastery.
Innichen is home to 3,317 people, living in Innichen, Innichberg, Obervierschach, Untervierschach and Winnebach. The first settlements date back to the 4th century BC. Along with Sexten and Toblach, Innichen is one of the most popular destinations in the South Tirolean High Puster Valley, which can be reached via National Road, Mittewald an der Drau (Austria) and Sexten. Whether in summer or in winter, Innichen offers loads of leisure activities, all set against the most beautiful backdrop of the Dolomites.
Innichen has a cold and moderate climate. Even the driest month sees a lot of precipitation. Yearly average precipitation is 825 mm and yearly average temperature is 5,6 °C. Check out our live webcam for the current weather in Innichen as well as the forecast for today, tomorrow or the weekend.
More than 3,000 overnight accommodations of all types offer sufficient room for visitors from all over the world: whether you are going to stay at a luxury hotel, an apartment, in a room at a farm or a small chalet, you will always be warmly by welcomed the Innichen people.
Adventure or spa getaway: Innichen offers a diverse programme and the unique Dolomites are always part of it. This snowy region is paradise for skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers. More than 50 km of pistes , about 200 km of cross-country skiing trails, numerous ice skating rinks and tobogganing runs guarantee fun for all. Hochpustertal ski resort features perfectly groomed ski trails of all levels of difficulty. The ski resorts around Innichen form the biggest connected ski area in the world – Dolomiti Superski. After an exciting day skiing relax at the hotel’s recreation area or party at one of the numerous ski huts.
If you enjoy swimming do not miss to visit “Acquafun Innichen”, boasting a large swimming pool, an island with waterfall, big spa area and a 75 metre water slide.
In the winter there are many exciting events waiting, such as Dolomite Christmas Market in December, Santa Clause Parade or the oldest Krampuslauf in South Tirol. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy international events such as Audi Fiss SKI CROSS World cup or Pustertal Ski Marathon. The renowned Snow Sculpture Festival, displaying the world’s best ice sculpture artists, takes place every year. Dolomiti Balloon Week: visitors have the opportunity to see the Dolomites from above.
Outdoor lovers can choose from more than 70 km of hiking trails and many mountain biking routes through one of the most beautiful regions on earth. Climbing experts are attracted by the fantastic panorama of the Dolomites, including the Three Peaks. Along the trails and paths there are numerous huts and inns, offering traditional delicacies. Innichen in summer is enchanting.
Pragser Wildsee Lake, located in the neighbouring village of Prags is a very special destination. The unique colour of the lake attracts locals and tourists, alike and photographers have the chance to take an unforgettable image.
Innichen has a rich history: Parish Church of St. Michael was built in the 12th century and baroquised in the 18th century. Innichen Monastery houses the archive as well as the library.
Dolomythos Museum provides insight into the history and development of these impressive mountains and the Three Peaks.
Innichen hosts many events in the summer such as Cortina-Toblach Run, Hochpustertal Run or South Tirol Three Peaks Alpine Run. Culture connoisseurs will enjoy Alta Pusteria Int. Choir Festival, Gustav-Mahler-Music Weeks or the international street theatre festival OLALA.