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The Market Town

San Candido

The market town Innichen, located at 1175m above sea level, is surrounded by the white mountains of the Dolomites, on the origin of natural mineral springs. The favourable location reveals the excellent quality of life and extensive leisure time facilities offered in Innichen and its surroundings. The centre of town is dominated by the pedestrian area. The townscape is formed by the two church spires of “Michaelskirche” and “Stiftskirche”, the oldest Romanic church in the Alps. The town’s majestic landmark, Mount Haunold soars in the background. The small but pretty town centre is a popular venue for the young and the young at heart, for locals, as well as visitors. The “Sextner Dolomiten”, entitled UNESCO world natural heritage status, are in the close vicinity, offering breath-taking scenery for winter excursions in the ski-region Hochpustertal or mountain-hikes in the summer. The fresh mountain air makes everyone, seeking for recreation and peace, respire. Adventure and action are guaranteed year round in the swimming pool “Acquafun”, the “Funbob” in summer or on the bike trail along the river Drau.

Culture in San Candido

Historical Route

San Candido, a 1250 year old cultural and commercial centre, has great heritage: Centuries of tradition and culture combined with an altitude of 1,100 meters and dominated by the surrounding mountains create a unique prospect for visitors.
Visit our churches; from the Collegiate to the Church S. Michele, from the Franciscan convent to the special Holy Sepulchre. Take a look to the Collegiate museum which offers an overview of San Candido’s past.

Culture in San Candido and surroundings

Culture walk

In San Candido and its surrounding, culture and history can be experienced through various interesting excursions.

A short hike from the centre of San Candido and worth a visit lays the military cemetery. Then continuing along the spiritual path you reach a picturesque chapel in the forest, located in the municipal area of Sesto, easily accessible in 2 hours along the IL BOSCO DEL CASTELLO footpath.

Over to Dobbiaco, from the Chapel of San Silvestro, you can enjoy wonderful views of the Dolomites. We recommend a detour on your way to Dobbiaco, to visit the Bunker museum where there are exhibitions dating back to the times of the first World War.

In Sesto there is the museum dedicated to Rudolf Stolz, the “Dance of the Death of Rudolf Stolz” at the entrance to the cemetery and the sundial is an absolute must see.

Culture in San Candido and surroundings

The Giant Baranci

The people of San Candido have a special bond with their nearest mountain, the “Giant Baranci”. Characterised as a giant, legend says that he transported stones from the mountain to the town to be used in the building of the church, but insisted on daily compensation of a cow, beans, and a barrel of wine from the local inhabitants. However, when the work on the church was completed, the Giant continued to insist on compensation from the locals – who after some time decided to ambush and kill the giant. One of the ribs of the giant is on display in the Church, and a mural dedicated to the Giant is decorated onto the side of the building housing Kaufhaus Schäfer and Residence San Candido.

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