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(Italian: Rodengo )
coat of arms
Rodeneck coat of arms
Rodeneck in South Tyrol - Positionskarte.svg
State : Italy
Region : Trentino-South Tyrol
Province : Bolzano - South Tyrol
District community : Eisack Valley
Inhabitants :
(VZ 2011 / 31.12.2019)
1.195 / 1.262
Language groups :
(according to 2011 census )
99.65% German
0.26% Italian
0.09% Ladin
Coordinates 46 ° 47 '  N , 11 ° 41'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 47 '  N , 11 ° 41'  E
Altitude : 620– 2100  m slm (center: 885  m slm )
Surface: 29.5 km²
Permanent settlement area: 5.1 km²
Parliamentary groups : Ahnerberg, Fröllerberg, Gifen, Nauders, Spisses, St. Pauls, Vill
Neighboring municipalities: Mühlbach , Vintl , Kiens , St. Lorenzen , Lüsen , Natz-Schabs
Partnership with : Mainz-Finthen , Gnadenwald
Postal code : 39037
Area code : 0472
ISTAT number: 021075
Tax number: 81006010219
Mayor  (2015): Klaus Faller ( SVP )

Rodeneck ([ ˈrodɛnɛk ]; Italian Rodengo ) is an Italian municipality in South Tyrol with 1262 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in the Eisack Valley , southeast of Mühlbach .



The settlement area of ​​the community Rodeneck is located at altitudes between 750 and 1500  m, scattered on a low mountain range east over the transition from the Pustertal to the Eisack valley . In geographical descriptions, the municipality is accordingly sometimes assigned to one valley and sometimes to the other; However, due to its proximity to Brixen , it is assigned to the modern district community of Eisacktal . In the west, Rodeneck is bounded by the lower reaches of the Rienz and the Mühlbach reservoir . In the east, the municipality rises to the mountain ridge that carries the Rodenecker Alm and is part of the Lüsner Mountains , a subgroup of the Dolomites . There Rodeneck reaches its highest point just below the Astjoch at around 2100  m .


Rodeneck consists of seven parliamentary groups . In the main town of Vill ( 885  m ; approx. 500 inhabitants) there are elementary school and kindergarten, town hall and library, the multi-purpose building "Haus Konrad von Rodank" and the fire station , Widum and parish church, a bank and an industrial area and the main attraction, Rodenegg Castle . Connected to Vill by a kind of ring road and each approx. 1 kilometer from the main town are the clustered village of Gifen ( 1000  m ; approx. 100 inhabitants), the street village of Nauders ( 980  m ; approx. 250 inhabitants) and that from a small town center and St. Pauls ( 860  m ; approx. 100 inhabitants). The road branches off between Vill and Gifen and leads to Spisses (approx. 80 inhabitants), a scattered settlement that extends southeast towards the exit of the Lüsner valley . A mountain road leads from Nauders up to the mountain hamlets of Ahnerberg (approx. 40 inhabitants) and Fröllerberg (approx. 70 inhabitants).


The main access to Rodeneck is from Mühlbach , where the well-developed state road 32 branches off from the Pustertal state road to ascend to the Rodeneck settlement terrace. Another approach is available from Lüsen , which is connected to Rodeneck by a narrow mountain road that goes up to close to Rodenecker Alm.

Population development

Today the community has almost 1200 inhabitants, a number that has changed only slightly in the last 200 years. In 1821, 933 inhabitants were registered, in 1900 there were 746, in 1961 893, in the 1991 census finally 1031 and at the turn of the millennium for the first time over 1100.


View over Rodeneck from the road to the Rodenecker Alm

Rodeneck place and farm names indicate a prehistoric or Roman settlement. This thesis is also supported by the discovery of the remains of “ wall castles ” that go back to the Middle Bronze Age (approx. 1500 BC). Traces of hunters' resting places (foreign flint and rock crystal splinters ) on the Rodenecker Alm even date from the Mesolithic Age (approx. 5000 BC). The settlement was first mentioned in documents as "Rotungun" in 1050 (as a place of donations to the bishop). It then appears for centuries in various word changes; the name "Rodeneck" was first mentioned in 1314. Rodeneck gained importance as its own jurisdiction far beyond the local borders. As the truce of Rodenegg Castle, the history of the place was always closely linked to the fate of the castle ; the residents were obliged to take care of the lord's maintenance and the maintenance of the castle, and for their part enjoyed many (above all tax) privileges. Since the beginning of the 19th century, Rodeneck has been run as an independent community , which has been administered by a community leader since 1822. The place went through difficult times in the First World War and in the following years of fascism and the ruthless Italianization . The municipality lost its self-government in 1926 and was subordinated to the municipality of Mühlbach . It was not until 1955 that the company regained its independence after a long struggle.

The specialist books of the Rodeneck court are in the South Tyrolean Provincial Archives (period 1528–1850).

Culture and sights



Municipal Council (2015)
A total of 15 seats

Mayor since 1956:

  • Leo Rastner: 1956–1969
  • Franz Amort: 1969–1970
  • Anton Faller: 1970–1974
  • Franz Mutschlechner: 1974–1985
  • Anton Faller: 1985–1990
  • Gottfried Silgoner: 1990-2005
  • Klaus Faller: since 2005

coat of arms

The municipal coat of arms of Rodeneck shows a silver / white rafter on all sides in a blue shield. It is identical to the coat of arms of the builders and lords of Rodank Castle and Rodenegg.




  • Education Committee Rodeneck (Ed.): Rodeneck - Pictures from bygone times. Athesia, Brixen 2005 (online)
  • Johann Hochgruber: Rodeneck through the ages. Athesia, Bozen 1974
  • Ignaz Mader : Place names and settlement history of Mühlbach-Rodeneck. In: Schlern-Schriften Vol. 99. Innsbruck 1952
  • Josef Niedermair: Mühlbach, Meransen, Vals, Spinges, Rodeneck . Athesia, Bozen 1982, ISBN 88-7014-267-1
  • Alois Rastner, Ernst Delmonego (Ed.): Heimatbuch Rodeneck. History and present. Athesia, Brixen 1986
  • Alois Rastner: Rodeneck - From the truce to the community. Athesia, Brixen 1994
  • Helmut Stampfer : Rodenegg Castle. History and art. Pluristamp, Bozen 1998, ISBN 88-87301-01-8

Web links

Commons : Rodeneck  - 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 .