Sand in Taufers

Sand in Taufers (German pronunciation: [sant ɪn ˈtaʊ̯fɐs]; Italian: Campo Tures [ˈkampo ˈtuːres]) is a comune mercato (market town) in South Tyrol in northern Italy.

Sand in Taufers
Marktgemeinde Sand in Taufers
Comune mercato di Campo Tures
Town centre with Taufers Castle

Coat of arms
Location of Sand in Taufers
Sand in Taufers
Location of Sand in Taufers in Italy
Sand in Taufers
Sand in Taufers (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Coordinates: 46°55′16″N 11°57′20″E
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
FrazioniAhornach (Acereto di Tures), Kematen (Caminata di Tures), Mühlen in Taufers (Molini di Tures), Rein in Taufers (Riva di Tures)
  MayorSigfried Steinmair
  Total164.3 km2 (63.4 sq mi)
864 m (2,835 ft)
 (Dec. 2015)[2]
  Density33/km2 (85/sq mi)
Demonym(s)German: Sandner
Italian: di Campo Tures
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0474
WebsiteOfficial website


Located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) northeast of Bolzano, the town centre is situated in the Tauferer Ahrntal (Taufers) valley of the Ahr river, stretching from Bruneck in Pustertal up northwards to the Venediger Group mountains of the Hohe Tauern range and the border with Austria. The municipal area comprises the frazioni of Ahornach, Kematen, Mühlen in Taufers, and Rein in Taufers. As of 31 December 2015, Sand in Taufers had a population of 5,371 and an area of 164.3 square kilometres (63.4 sq mi).[3]

The market town borders the Tauferer Ahrntal municipalities of Gais in the south as well as Ahrntal and Prettau further north. In the east, the municipal area comprises the Reinbach gorge and the slopes of the Rieserferner Group. Large parts are covered by the Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park, a protected nature reserve which extends to neighbouring Percha, Rasen-Antholz and Sankt Jakob in Defereggen in Austrian East Tyrol. West of the village of Mühlen, the Mühlwald valley stretches westwards up along the Speikboden massif to the Neves reservoir and the crest of the Zillertal Alps.

The local Taufers Railway connection from Bruneck station to Sand in Taufers, built in 1908, was discontinued in 1957. Today, the region largely depends on tourism.

Taufers Castle

The settlement of Tvfres was first mentioned in the mid 11th century in the registers of the Prince-bishops of Brixen. The Tyrolean lordship was ruled from Taufers Castle, a huge medieval fortress which towers on a rock above the village and was built from the early 13th century onwards.[4] Restored in the 20th century, the preserved castle complex is a popular film location, providing the setting of the 1998 drama film The Red Violin, the 2003 comedy Just Married and the 2017 comedy Burg Schreckenstein. It also served as a picturesque backdrop for Roman Polanski's 1967 horror classic The Fearless Vampire Killers.


Linguistic distribution

According to the 2011 census, 97.34% of the population speak German, 2.30% Italian and 0.36% Ladin as first language.[5]

Demographic evolution


The arms is barry of six gules and argent. The first two of argent have three lozenge of azure, the third has two. The emblem was of the Lords of Taufers that became extinct in 1300. The emblem was adopted in 1967.[6]

Notable people


  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. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  4. "Taufers Castle History (German)". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04.
  5. "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.
  6. Heraldry of the World: Sand in Taufers


  • Josef Innerhofer: Taufers, Ahrn, Prettau. Die Geschichte eines Tales, Bozen: Verlagsanstalt Athesia 1980, ISBN 978-3-921365-06-9.
  • Alexander von Hohenbühel: Taufers - eine Dynastenburg, Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner 2007, ISBN 978-3-7954-1836-6.
  • Idem: Taufers - il fascino di un castello dinastiale, Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner 2007, ISBN 978-3-7954-1837-3.
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