sterzing zentrum neustadt
sterzing zentrum neustadt

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, museums and the Vipiteno Town Hall with the Stone of Mithras - 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 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. During the Advent and Christmas season, the small wooden huts of the Vipiteno Christmas Market are placed around it. And how to reach the tower? 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.

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

Contact info

Admission

on request

More information

Guided town tours from early May to the end of October 2021, Fridays at 4 pm.

Suggest an edit/correction

Our editorial staff is always committed to ensuring the highest quality and accuracy of the information we publish. If you have suggestions to improve this page you can send them to us using the form below. Thank you in advance!

Close

Suggested accommodations

Tips and more infos