Mühlbach, South Tyrol

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Marktgemeinde Mühlbach
Comune di Rio di Pusteria
Mühlbach (Südtirol).jpg
Mühlbach is located in Italy
Location of Mühlbach in Italy
Coordinates: 46°48′N 11°40′E / 46.800°N 11.667°E / 46.800; 11.667Coordinates: 46°48′N 11°40′E / 46.800°N 11.667°E / 46.800; 11.667
Country Italy
Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Province South Tyrol (BZ)
Frazioni Maranzen (Maranza), Spinges (Spinga), Vals (Valles)
 • Mayor Christoph Prugger
 • Total 84.1 km2 (32.5 sq mi)
Population (Nov. 2010)
 • Total 2,955
 • Density 35/km2 (91/sq mi)
Demonym(s) German: Mühlbacher
Italian: di Rio Pusteria
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 39037
Dialing code 0472
Website Official website

Mühlbach (German pronunciation: [ˈmyˑlbax]; Italian: Rio di Pusteria [ˈriːo di pusteˈriːa]) is a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of Bolzano.


View from Meransen into the Puster Valley.

As of 30 November 2010, it had a population of 2,955 and an area of 84.1 square kilometres (32.5 sq mi).[1]

The municipality of Mühlbach contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Meransen (Maranza), Spinges (Spinga), Vals (Valles).

Mühlbach borders the following municipalities: Freienfeld, Franzensfeste, Natz-Schabs, Rodeneck, Pfitsch, and Vintl.



The emblem is crossed diagonally by an argent wavy stream on vert; at the top a water wheel and an argent donkey at bottom. The water wheel symbolizes the water mill once numerous in the area for the grinding; the donkey represents the pack animals used for the transport. The emblem was adopted in 1971.[2]


Linguistic distribution[edit]

According to the 2011 census, 95.34% of the population speak German, 3.93% Italian and 0.73% Ladin as first language.[3]

Demographic evolution[edit]


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Heraldry of the World: Mühlbach
  3. ^ "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]

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