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Gemeinde Rasen-Antholz
Comune di Rasun-Anterselva
Coat of arms of Rasen-Antholz
Coat of arms
Location of Rasen-Antholz
Rasen-Antholz is located in Italy
Location of Rasen-Antholz in Italy
Rasen-Antholz is located in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Rasen-Antholz (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Coordinates: 46°47′N 12°3′E / 46.783°N 12.050°E / 46.783; 12.050Coordinates: 46°47′N 12°3′E / 46.783°N 12.050°E / 46.783; 12.050
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
FrazioniAntholz Niedertal (Anterselva di Sotto), Antholz Mittertal (Anterselva di Mezzo), Antholz Obertal (Anterselva di Sopra), Neunhäusern (Nove Case), Niederrasen (Rasun di Sotto), Oberrasen (Rasun di Sopra)
 • MayorThomas Schuster (SVP)
 • Total121.57 km2 (46.94 sq mi)
1,030 m (3,380 ft)
 • Total2,907
 • Density24/km2 (62/sq mi)
Demonym(s)German: Rasner or Antholzer
Italian: di Rasun-Anterselva
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0474
WebsiteOfficial website

Rasen-Antholz (German pronunciation: [ˈraːsn̩-ˈanthɔlts]; Italian: Rasun-Anterselva [raˈzun ˌanterˈselva]) is a municipality in South Tyrol in northern Italy.


Antholz valley

The municipal area stretches along the Antholz valley, a northern side valley of the larger Puster Valley. In the northeast, the Staller Saddle mountain pass, at a height of 2,050 m (6,730 ft) leads into the Defereggen Valley in East Tyrol, Austria. The Antholz valley is confined by the mountains of the Rieserferner Group in the north and the Villgraten Mountains in the east, both part of the High Tauern range in the Central Eastern Alps. Notable peaks include the Hochgall, at 3,436 m (11,273 ft), and the Wildgall (Collaspro), at 3,273 m (10,738 ft), as well as the Ohrenspitzen massif, at 3,101 m (10,174 ft), in the northeast. Large parts of the northern and western mountain ranges belong to the Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park established in 1988. The Antholzer Bach stream runs through the valley from Antholzer See (Lago di Anterselva) down to its confluence with the Rienz (Rienza) river at Olang.

Rasen-Antholz is located east of Bruneck, the administrative centre of the Puster Valley, and about 60 km (37 mi) northeast of the South Tyrolean capital Bolzano. It borders the following municipalities: Bruneck, Gsies, Percha, Olang, Sand in Taufers, Welsberg-Taisten and Sankt Jakob in Defereggen in Austria.


The municipality of Rasen-Antholz contains six frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets): Antholz Niedertal (Anterselva di Sotto), Antholz Mittertal (Anterselva di Mezzo), Antholz Obertal (Anterselva di Sopra), Neunhäusern (Nove Case), Niederrasen (Rasun di Sotto) and Oberrasen (Rasun di Sopra).

Linguistic distribution[edit]

According to the 2011 census, 98.40% of the population speak German, 1.16% Italian and 0.44% Ladin as first language.[4]


Ruins of Altrasen Castle

Archaeological findings of a Hallstatt cemetery near Niederrasen denote a settlement of the area already in the Iron Age. In 15 BC, present-day Tyrol was conquered by the Roman Empire. About 590 AD, Bavarian tribes under their Duke Tassilo I entered the region.

Rasen itself was first mentioned in a 1050 deed, the local Lords of Rasen served as ministeriales of the Counts of Tyrol from the 13th century onwards. They resided at Altrasen Castle which was first documented in 1210. Count Meinhard II of Tyrol ceded it to his consort Elisabeth of Bavaria in 1259. Meanwhile, the Lords of Rasen had Neurasen Castle erected, which fell to the Bishops of Brixen in 1342.

Upon the extinction of the Meinhardiner counts in 1500, Tyrol as a whole became a crown land of the Habsburg Monarchy.


The shield is gules a pile reversed on sable and argent. It is the sign of the Lords of Rasen, who ruled from 1353. The emblem was officially adopted on 10 August 1967.[5]


Biathlon track

Rasen-Antholz is known for the Südtirol Arena biathlon track opened in 1971. It hosted the Biathlon World Championships in 1975, 1976, 1983, 1995, and 2007. It will also play host again in 2020. It is also a regular venue of the Biathlon World Cup season, with the highest altitude of all World Cup meetings at a height of about 1,600 m (5,200 ft). It will host biathlon for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Antholz also hosted the finish of stage 17 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia, which was won by Nans Peters.[6]

Notable people[edit]


  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. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Heraldry of the World: Rasen-Antholz
  6. ^ MacLeary, John (29 May 2019). "Richard Carapaz extends lead at Giro d'Italia after Nans Peters wins his first professional race from a breakaway". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Rasen-Antholz at Wikimedia Commons