Innichen (German: [ˈɪnɪçn̩] (listen); Italian: San Candido [saŋ ˈkandido]) is a market town and comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy.

Marktgemeinde Innichen
Comune di San Candido
Saint Michael's Square

Coat of arms
Location of Innichen
Location of Innichen in South Tyrol
Innichen (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Coordinates: 46°44′N 12°17′E
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
FrazioniInnichberg (Monte San Candido), Obervierschach (Versciaco di Sopra), Untervierschach (Versciaco di Sotto), Winnebach (Prato alla Drava)
  MayorRosmarie Burgmann (Bürgerliste)
  Total80.1 km2 (30.9 sq mi)
1,175 m (3,855 ft)
 (Nov. 2010)[2]
  Density40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)German: Innichner
Italian: di San Candido
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0474
Patron saintSaint Candide, Saint Korbinian
WebsiteOfficial website

It is located in the Puster Valley on the Drava River, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northeast of Bolzano, on Italy's border with Austria. It hosts Italy’s International Snow Sculpture Festival each year.[3]

Innichen is one of Italy's most famous ski resorts, and includes the natural park of Tre Cime. It's also a Jet set resort, for this reason is usually called "The Pearl of Dolomites".


As November 2010, it had a population of 3,175.[4]

Innichen borders the municipalities of Toblach, Innervillgraten (Austria), Sexten, and Sillian (Austria).


Innichen is home to the Innichen Abbey, founded in the late 8th century, belonging to the Prince-Bishopric of Freising. The abbey itself was disestablished in 1785, while the surrounding estates were acquired by the County of Tyrol after the Mediatisation of 1803 (Reichsdeputationshauptschluss). According to the Treaty of Saint-Germain terms, Innichen became part of Kingdom of Italy in 1919. Innichen is still the site of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1691.


The emblem shows an argent tower with the Ghibelline merlon on two levels, with the portal and the portcullis; above the door a coat of arms showing the head of a Moor, crowned with an or diadem on azure. The tower has settled on vert countryside and gules. This kind of representation points out that the site was once under the rule of the Bishops of Freising owners of a large area in the region from 769 to 1803. The coat of arms was granted by King Albert I of Germany in 1303.[5]


Linguistic Distribution

According to the 2011 census, 85.06% of the population spoke German, 14.64% Italian and 0.30% Ladin as first language.[6]

Twin towns

Innichen is twinned with:


  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ce Luxe Adventure Traveller. 2016. Art: Italy’s International Snow Sculpture Festival By Jennifer Dombrowski
  4. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  5. Heraldry of the World: Innichen
  6. "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info. Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14.

Media related to Innichen at Wikimedia Commons

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.