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San Candido

San Candido, market town and holiday destination, stretches from the valley floor to the summits in the Three Peaks Nature Park

In the very east of South Tyrol, in the uppermost part of the Upper Val Pusteria, the market town of San Candido is located at the foot of the mighty Rondoi-Baranci Group in the Dolomites. The current municipality developed from a Celtic settlement that already existed here before the birth of Christ and was later known for its healing wild bath. Today it stretches from the cosy village centre with its shops and small cafés to Versciaco, where the lifts to the Monte Elmo start, and to Prato alla Drava on the border with East Tyrol in Austria.

During a walk through the pedestrian zone in the centre of the village, you will be accompanied by the tower of the San Candido Collegiate Church. It is closely linked to the long history of the village and is considered one of the most important Romanesque sacred buildings in the Eastern Alps. The associated MIK Museum im Kapitel invites you to an interesting tour with magnificent treasures. In between, there are often larger events such as the San Candido Folk Festival or the Snow Sculpture Festival. But the village is particularly enchanting at Christmas time, when the rural "Christmas in the Dolomites" in the alleys of San Candido offers a quieter alternative to the five large Christmas markets in South Tyrol with local handicrafts and traditional specialities.

San Candido is already enchanting to look at from the outside, whether from the state road that runs through the Val Pusteria, or from the hike through the San Silvestro Valley between Dobbiaco and San Candido. In San Candido village the lifts start on the Monte Baranci and in Versciaco on the Monte Elmo, where destinations such as Olperl's Adventure Park and Giant Baranci's Kingdom are located in the Three Peaks Nature Park. In winter, the lifts take you to the 3 Zinnen Dolomites Ski Resort, which includes five mountains between San Candido and the Val Comelico in Belluno.

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