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(Italian: Laces )
coat of arms
Laces coat of arms
Latsch in South Tyrol - Positionskarte.svg
State : Italy
Region : Trentino-South Tyrol
Province : Bolzano - South Tyrol
District community : Vinschgau
Inhabitants :
(VZ 2011 / 31.12.2019)
5,127 / 5,198
Language groups :
(according to 2011 census )
97.99% German
1.97% Italian
0.04% Ladin
Coordinates 46 ° 37 ′  N , 10 ° 52 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 37 ′  N , 10 ° 52 ′  E
Altitude : 620– 3257  m slm (center: 639  m slm )
Surface: 78.8 km²
Permanent settlement area: 15.1 km²
Parliamentary groups : Goldrain , Latsch , Morter , St. Martin im Kofel , Tarsch
Neighboring municipalities: Kastelbell-Tschars , Martell , Schlanders , Schnals , Ulten
Partnership with : Calw
Postal code : 39021
Area code : 0473
ISTAT number: 021037
Tax number: 00396990210
Mayor  (2014): Helmut Fischer ( SVP )

Latsch ([ latʃ ]; Italian Laces ) is an Italian market town with 5198 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in the Vinschgau in South Tyrol .


The municipality of Latsch is located in the Vinschgau in the west of South Tyrol. The four villages of the municipality, the main town Latsch ( 639  m ), Goldrain ( 650  m ) through which the Etsch flows , Morter ( 700  m ) at the entrance to the Martell Valley and Tarsch ( 820  m ), which is built on an alluvial cone , are all located in the relatively wide Adige Valley . To the north, above the valley floor, the slopes of the Sonnenberg offer space for the hamlet of St. Martin im Kofel ( 1740  m ; accessible via the St. Martin cable car ) and other homesteads in a mid-mountain location . Above it rise the peaks of the Ötztal Alps , which are assigned to the Saldur ridge (including the Vermoispitze , 2929  m ). The Stilfserjoch National Park begins immediately south of the valley floor . Over the slopes of the Nördersberg , the terrain climbs up to the peaks of the Ortler Alps , to the west of the Martell valley the Lasa mountains and east of the Zufrittkamm . At the Hasenöhrl , the community area reaches its highest point at 3257  m .


There are several historical castles in Latsch, such as the ruins of Obermontani and Untermontani in the Morter district, Annenberg Castle above the hamlet of Tiss, and Latsch Castle in the center. Particularly worth seeing are the winged altar by Jörg Lederer in the hospital church and the St. Stephan castle chapel in the Morter fraction , which is nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of South Tyrol because of its wall paintings and is one of the most beautiful chapels in the country.


Also worth seeing is the Romanesque St. Medardus Church (11th or 12th century) built above the Tarsch fraction at 950 m above sea level above a former spring sanctuary with arched friezes and coupled arched windows on the tower and wall paintings inside from the 13th to 15th centuries. Century (including crucifixion group, meander ribbon, tendril ornament, various figural scenes). The church belonged to a no longer preserved pilgrims' hospice at the transition to Ulten .

The Goldrain Castle 's educational and cultural center of the entire valley. It received its present form in several construction phases from around 1475; The builder was the Engadine noble family Scheck v. Ardez (check from Goldrain). The castle passed by inheritance to the later Count Hendl , who came from North Tyrol, and they expanded it further. The rectangular enclosing wall, various portals and open stairs as well as the loggia gallery are particularly worth seeing. All essential work pieces are made of white marble.

Also worth mentioning is the approximately 5000 year old statue menhir from Latsch , which was found in 1992 in the Bichl Church near the entrance to the village.


Besides fruit growing, the main economic factor is tourism with over 55,000 guest arrivals. Latsch is a venue for the Natural Track Luge World Cup and was also the host of the Natural Track Luge World Championship 2005 .



Mayor since 1952:

  • Heinrich Wielander: 1952–1969
  • Josef Rinner: 1969–1977
  • Franz Bauer : 1977–1988
  • Richard Patscheider: 1988–1995
  • Markus Pircher: 1995-2005
  • Karl Weiss: 2005–2013
  • Helmut Fischer: since 2014

Municipal council

Since the elections in March 2014, the municipal council has consisted of 15 councilors from the South Tyrolean People's Party , two from the Freedom Party and one from the South Tyrolean Freedom Party .


Latsch has had a partnership with Calw since 1957 .

Sons and daughters


  • Market town of Latsch (ed.): Latsch and its history. Goldrain - Morter - Tarsch - St. Martin . Tappeiner, Lana 2007, ISBN 978-88-7073-403-4 ( online )

Web links

Commons : Latsch  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The mayors of the South Tyrolean municipalities since 1952. (PDF; 15 MB) In: Festschrift 50 Years of the South Tyrolean Association of Municipalities 1954–2004. Association of South Tyrolean municipalities, pp. 139–159 , accessed on November 16, 2015 .