Tower of the Twelve

The Tower of the Twelve in Vipiteno, the landmark of the Fugger town, is located at the end of the medieval old town

One of the sights of Vipiteno - besides the churches, the museums and the Vipiteno Town Hall with the Mithras Stone - is the Tower of the Twelve, which separates the old town from the new town. It is called "Zwölferturm" in Geman and "Torre delle Dodici" in Italian. The tower is not only the landmark of Vipiteno, but with its 46 metres also its highest building. Its name probably derives from the fact that its bell rings at noon and has always called the citizens to lunch ("at twelve").

The Tower of the Twelve was built between 1468 and 1472 above the town passage and was thus used a the upper town gate. This was at a time when the nearby silver mine in the Val Ridanna valley led the region to prosperity and the town of Vipiteno experienced its boom as a Fugger town. Two marble slabs above the archway still remind of the laying of the foundation stone by Sigismund, Archduke of Austria, in 1469. In 1867, the Gothic pointed roof burned down and was replaced by a stepped gable. Temporarily, the tower served as the seat of the fire brigade, who had a good view on the entire town from there. Today the Tower of the Twelve can be visited on some special dates, such at the Vipiteno Dumpling Festival and at the Lantern Parties in summer.

During the Advent and Christmas season, the wooden huts of the Vipiteno Christmas Market are placed around it. And how to reach it? It is located between the old town and the new town of Vipiteno, various parking facilities are nearby, e.g. the Centrum or the Piazza Europa car parks.

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€ 4.00 adults
€ 2.00 children

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The tower is accessible every year during the "Bell Christmas of Vipiteno Sterzing" from the end of November to early January, furthermore in summer at the Lantern Partys (every Wednesday in July and on August 7 and 21, 2024) and at the Vipiteno Dumpling Festival (September 8, 2024).

The rest of the year, however, the Tower of the Twelve can be seen only from the outside.

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