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Marktgemeinde Innichen
Comune di San Candido
St. Michael's Square
St. Michael's Square
Coat of arms of Innichen
Coat of arms
Innichen is located in South Tyrol
Location of Innichen in South Tyrol
Innichen is located in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Innichen (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Innichen is located in Italy
Innichen (Italy)
Coordinates: 46°44′N 12°17′E / 46.733°N 12.283°E / 46.733; 12.283Coordinates: 46°44′N 12°17′E / 46.733°N 12.283°E / 46.733; 12.283
Country Italy
Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Province South Tyrol (BZ)
Frazioni Monte San Candido (Innichberg), Versciaco di Sopra (Obervierschach), Versciaco di Sotto (Untervierschach), Versciaco (Vierschach), Prato alla Drava (Winnebach)
 • Mayor Rosmarie Burgmann
 • Total 80.1 km2 (30.9 sq mi)
Elevation 1,175 m (3,855 ft)
Population (Nov. 2010)
 • Total 3,175
 • Density 40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) German: Innichner
Italian: di San Candido
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 39038
Dialing code 0474
Patron saint Saint Candide, Saint Korbinian
Website Official website

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

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.[1]


As November 2010, it had a population of 3,175.[2]

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

Innichen Abbey


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.[3]


Linguistic Distribution[edit]

According to the 2011 census, 85.06% of the population spoke German, 14.64% Italian and 0.30% Ladin as first language.[4]

Twin towns[edit]

Innichen is twinned with:


  1. ^ ce Luxe Adventure Traveller. 2016. Art: Italy’s International Snow Sculpture Festival By Jennifer Dombrowski
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. ^ Heraldry of the World: Innichen
  4. ^ "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.

External links[edit]

Media related to Innichen at Wikimedia Commons