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(Italian: Silandro )
coat of arms
Coat of arms of Schlanders
Schlanders in South Tyrol - Positionskarte.svg
State : Italy
Region : Trentino-South Tyrol
Province : Bolzano - South Tyrol
District community : Vinschgau
Inhabitants :
(VZ 2011 / 31.12.2019)
5,922 / 6,242
Language groups :
(according to 2011 census )
94.66% German
5.19% Italian
0.14% Ladin
Coordinates 46 ° 38 ′  N , 10 ° 46 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 38 ′  N , 10 ° 46 ′  E
Altitude : 660– 3366  m slm (center: 721  m slm )
Surface: 115.2 km²
Permanent settlement area: 14.7 km²
Parliamentary groups : Göflan , Kortsch , Nördersberg, Schlanders , Sonnenberg, Vetzan
Neighboring municipalities: Laas , Latsch , Mals , Martell , Schnals
Partnership with : Böhl-Iggelheim , St. Anton am Arlberg
Postal code : 39028
Area code : 0473
ISTAT number: 021093
Tax number: 82005970213
Mayor  (2015): Dieter Pinggera ( SVP )
View of Schlanders

Schlanders ([ ˈʃlandɐs ]; Italian Silandro ) is an Italian municipality with 6242 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in Vinschgau in South Tyrol . The village of the same name is the main town of the Vinschgau Valley due to its size and central location. Accordingly, the only hospital in the valley and several secondary schools are located there.


Schlanders is located in the geographic center of the Vinschgau , which stretches as an alpine longitudinal valley through the western part of South Tyrol. Three of the four villages in the municipality, the main town of Schlanders ( 721  m ), Kortsch ( 800  m ) and Vetzan ( 700  m ), are located on alluvial cones on the orographic left , northern side of the Adige Valley ; Göflan ( 750  m ) is located in a somewhat lower valley location on both sides of the Adige . North above the valley floor, the slopes of the Sonnenberg offer space for several farms in a mid-mountainous location. These are towered over by the peaks of the Ötztal Alps , which here are part of the Saldurkamm . The area belonging to the municipality is accessed through the uninhabited high valley Schlandraun , which branches off at the main town of Schlanders and is surrounded by numerous three-thousand-meter peaks , including the Ramudlaspitze ( 3366  m ), the Hochalt ( 3285  m ) and the Mastaunspitze ( 3200  m ). The Stilfserjoch National Park begins directly south of the valley floor of the Adige Valley . Over the slopes of the Nördersberg , which is also populated by farms , the terrain rises to the peaks of the Ortler Alps . The Lasa peak ( 3305  m ), assigned to the subgroup of the Lasa mountains , forms the highest peak here.

Average monthly temperatures and precipitation for Schlanders
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 4.1 7.9 12.8 17.0 21.8 25.6 26.9 25.6 21.2 15.9 9.1 3.5 O 16
Min. Temperature (° C) −3.8 −1.8 1.9 5.4 9.8 13.1 14.3 13.9 10.1 6.1 1.4 -2.5 O 5.7
Temperature (° C) 0.2 3.1 7.3 11.2 15.8 19.3 20.6 19.7 15.6 11.0 5.2 0.5 O 10.8
Precipitation ( mm ) 16.6 14.9 26.6 32.2 47.9 70.4 72.4 85.8 53.1 48.2 74.3 29.7 Σ 572.1
Rainy days ( d ) 3 3 4th 6th 6th 9 9 11 7th 6th 7th 5 Σ 76
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Source: monthly values ​​for temperatures and monthly values ​​for precipitation . Provincial weather service of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol (period 2000-2010)


Schlanders is first mentioned in 1077 as "Slanderes" , from 1101 as "Schlandere" . The origin of the name is likely to be traced back to the Indo-European word stem "sal" (= willow, dirty, gray, overgrown with gray willows). At that time, Schlanders was a place overgrown with willow trees, which indicates the original landscape in the area. The place name changed several times over the centuries - 1170 Slanders , 1252 Schlanders , 1352 Slanders , 1426 Slanders , from 1518 Schlanders . In 1923 the place name was Italianized to "Silandro", meanwhile the place-name signs are bilingual.



In the Neolithic around 3500 BC The slopes around Schlanders were inhabited by nomadic shepherds and hunters. The oldest find from this time is a hole ax. Ötzi , the man from the Tisenjoch, roamed around 3200 BC. The heights of the Vinschgau. Artifacts (hatchets and sickles) from a deposit on the Schlanderser Sonnenberg suggest sedentariness and agricultural activities in the Iron Age (around 600 BC). Around 300 BC There were Raetian hill settlements in the Vinschgau.

Roman times

During the conquest of the Alps by the Romans under Augustus 15 BC. His step-sons Drusus and Tiberius had the supreme command and also subjugated the Venostes , who at that time inhabited the Vinschgau. Around 40 AD the Via Claudia Augusta was built, a trade and military route that led from Altinum on the Adriatic Sea through the Vinschgau to Augusta Vindelicum ( Augsburg ). The route could not be precisely located near Schlanders. Coin finds point them to the orographically left side of the valley.

middle Ages

High altar of the parish church Schlanders Maria Himmelfahrt

Sankt Georg am Sonnenberg points to a settlement of the Gadriaschuttkegel in the area of ​​Schlanders and Kortsch around 700 AD. The first documented mention of the name Schlanders took place in 1077. Emperor Heinrich IV transferred extensive possessions in "Slanderes" to the Brixen Bishop Altwin , which as located in the Vinschgauer Grafschaft des Gerung is referred to as Reichslehen . At that time the investiture dispute between the emperor and the pope had broken out, and through the donations the emperor had occupied important bases in the country with people they trusted. Around 1100 the lords of Montalban exerted great influence in Silandro and the surrounding area. A sideline of them are the Lords of Schlandersberg. The Slanderes estate was in the hands of the Counts of Morit-Greifenstein in 1148. In exchange it came to Count Ulrich III. from Tarasp . Around 1200 there were two settlement centers that influenced the further development of Schlanders: the area around the parish church and the area around the Sankt Ingenuin church (today Ladurner). In 1235, Emperor Friedrich II transferred the church to Schlanders to the Teutonic Order . Before that it was probably owned by the powerful southern German noble family of the Guelphs . With the church, the order of knights took possession of a number of courts in and around Schlanders. In 1290 the Lords of Schlandersberg left their tower on Juval am Schlandraunbach (later Stachelburg) and moved to the new hilltop castle Schlandersberg am Sonnenberg.

In 1305 the Teutonic Order founded the Landkommende Schlanders. An interest book of the Kommende Schlanders from 1334 gives information about the possessions and income of the Teutonic Order in Schlanders. The court of Schlanders was first mentioned in a document in 1355. The judge at that time was Egno iudex de Slanders . Peter von Schlandersberg was one of the Tyrolean aristocrats who fell against the Swiss Confederation in the Battle of Sempach in 1386 . Around 1400 two further settlement centers developed with the Eyrserturm and Behaimturm. Maximilian I (1490–1519) bought a house in Schlanders from Sebastian Sennauer in 1496 and had it converted into a court seat. After the Confederates had won the battle of the Calven near Glurns during the Engadine War in 1499 , they burned down Vinschgau villages, including Schlanders.

16th Century

During the Peasant Wars in 1525, peasants in Silandro rebelled against the authorities. In 1529 the well-known Baptist Georg Blaurock from Switzerland made a stop in Schlanders. Schlanders was a center of Anabaptism around 1556. Hans Pürchner was head of such a group. The Anabaptists were brutally persecuted, for example the well-known Anabaptist Balthasar Dosser was captured in Schlanders in 1561 because of his social-revolutionary ideas and executed in Innsbruck . There is evidence of a German school around 1590. The students learn to read, write and do arithmetic.

17th century

The Counts of Hendl built the Schlandersburg from 1600 . The plague raged in the region in 1635, and around 1,600 people died in Schlanders and the surrounding area. The Capuchin monastery was built in 1643, a year later the Capuchins came to Schlanders and built a hospice . Due to great general hardship, the forest around Schlanders was divided between the villages of Göflan, Kortsch and Schlanders. The Heydorf residence was built in 1652, and Count Hendl built the Schlanderegg residence in 1695 .

18th century

In 1703 the Schlanderser Standschützen moved out against the invading Bavaria . Renovation work on the Deutschordenskommende and the Pfarrwidum was carried out in 1705, alterations at the Plawenn residence, then called Freidenthurn, in 1720. An eruption of the Schlandraunbach in 1731 destroyed or damaged 30 houses. The water protection wall ("Greibm-Mauer") on the Schlandraunbach, which received a new stream bed, was then renewed in 1732. The lords of Schlandersberg died out in the male line in 1755. When the French invaded in 1796, the Schlanders rifle company moved out to secure the border.

19th century

After Tyrol came to Bavaria in 1805, Martin Theimer (1778–1838) called for an uprising against the Bavarian-French occupation in Schlanders in 1809. Matthias Purtscher , a teacher in Schlanders, became adjutant to the Commander-in-Chief Andreas Hofer . Joseph Daney (1782-1826), priest from Schlanders, took part in the uprisings, albeit with a rather distant relationship to the leaders of the uprising. The Bavarian occupation drove the Teutonic Order from Schlanders in 1811, the coming party became the seat of the court. In 1812 Schlanders became the seat of the deanery. The courts of Schlanders and Kastelbell were merged in 1825 and raised to the kk district court of Schlanders in 1826. In 1859 Schlanders became a garrison location. The former Deutschordenskommende became parish authority in 1860, the court was relocated to Schlandersburg. The Schlanders men's choir was founded in the same year. The first municipal savings bank of Tyrol in Schlanders was founded in 1873, the Schlanders volunteer fire brigade in 1875.

Early 20th century until the Second World War

Tony Grubhofer : Schlanders (1899)

With the decree of Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1901, Schlanders became the seat of the district administration. The Vinschgau Railway was built in 1906. Fruit growing gained importance during this time and Schlanders got market rights in the same year. In 1915 the Standschützen Battalion from Schlanders with 1050 men and officers went to war on the Ortler Front . After the armistice in 1918, Italian troops marched into Silandro and occupied the barracks of the 2nd Battalion of the Bohemian Infantry Regiment “Viktor Emanuel III. King v. Italy ”No. 28. The location has since been given up. Schlanders was elevated to a fascist sub-prefecture in 1923 . In 1928, Schlanders became the seat of the large community, which, in addition to the main town, included the districts of Kortsch, Göflan, Nördersberg, Sonnenberg and Vetzan. The community was given its own coat of arms and barracks were built. In 1939 the option in South Tyrol began in Silandro .

After the Second World War to the present

In 1946 the GEOS fruit cooperative was founded. After the municipal council elections in 1952, Josef Benedikter became mayor. The Silandro Hospital was built in 1958, and the Vinschgau Voluntary Blood Donor Association was founded in the same year. In 1962, the mayor of Silandro, Erich Müller, founded the Vinschgau Valley Community (later the Vinschgau District Community) based in Silandro. A secondary school and a business school were established in 1966/67. 1973 the industrial zone Vetzan, a "production zone of national interest", was designated. Since the construction of the Schlanders pedestrian zone in 1996, the main street in the village center has been free of traffic. In 1996 the “Karl Schönherr” cultural center, the cultural and event center of Schlanders, was reopened. The Vinschgau Railway resumed operations on May 5, 2005. In 2009 the community of Schlanders had 6014 inhabitants, in the main town of Schlanders there were 3445 people.

Culture and sights

Culture house

Silandro House of Culture

The “ Karl Schönherr ” cultural center is the center for cultural events. It has a theater hall with a large, beautifully developed stage. This hall is also used as a cinema. There is also a large lecture hall, exhibition rooms, club halls, café on the Platzl, kitchen, bowling alley, as well as slot machine and billiard rooms, business and office rooms, company apartments, open spaces and underground parking.

Music and theater

The Schlanders civic band was founded in 1804. There is also a men's choir, a church choir, a hunting horn group “St. Hubertus ”, a theater association in Schlanders and a theater association in Kortsch.


Schlanders is rich in historical buildings that invite you to visit. They accompany the development of the village from the 13th to the 20th century and bear witness to the history of the Vinschgau capital. Many of these structures were built by the Teutonic Order or by local noble families, such as the Schlandersbergers or Count Hendl. At the end of the 20th century, the state of South Tyrol, the Vinschgau district community and the municipality of Schlanders also act as clients.

  • Schlandersburg Castle
  • Schlandersberg Castle
View of the Schlanders parish church
  • Parish Church of the Assumption
  • Michael's Chapel
It is located in the cemetery next to the parish church and was mentioned as early as 1304. After the destruction in the Swabian War , it was rebuilt in its current form. Today it serves as a mortuary chapel.
  • Capuchin Church and Monastery
In 1644 the Capuchins came to Schlanders and built a church and a monastery. The church, a simple hall building, is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The consecration took place on November 27, 1648 by the Chur bishop Johannes V. Flugi von Aspermont. The monastery was evacuated by the Bavarian government on August 15, 1808. The Capuchins returned after the Battle of Bergisel . Like most churches of this order, the monastery has a rectangular nave, a square choir and a side chapel, the exhibition is unadorned early baroque. The monastery complex has been renovated in several stages since 1990.
  • Hospital Church
St. Aegidius Church
  • St. Aegidius
The small church is at the Schatzknott in Kortsch am Sonnenberg, it is clearly visible from Schlanders. The chapel was built in the 14th century in Romanesque style. On the southern outer wall there is a mural depicting St. Christopher. In 1985, frescoes from the 13th century were uncovered inside, including an image of the Creation.
  • Beheimturm (Matscherhaus)
The Beheimturm, also known as the Matscherhaus, is an old residential tower with dovetail pinnacles. In 1237 it belonged to the Lords of Wangen and in 1290 the tower was a sovereign fiefdom. In the early modern period, the Beheimturm was also temporarily the seat of the court and prison. On the back of the Beheim Tower is a marble medallion by Gregor Schwenzengast. The name probably comes from a fiefdom holder named Wilhelm Peheim.
  • Sachsalberhaus
Today's Sachsalberhaus has served as a home for the clergy of the Teutonic Order since the 13th century. Today the Sachsalberhaus is the Schlanders courthouse. The marble stone above the front door of the house tells the story of the house. The current shape of the house dates from 1705.
  • Plawenn residence
The Plawennhaus, also called the Freienturm, is now the town hall of Schlanders. It used to be a residential tower that was converted into a residence. The noble seat got its present appearance around 1720/30. It has a wooden portal with a diamond block pattern. Above the entrance there is a Hendl-Schlandersberger coat of arms and a baroque marble relief of the Immaculate Mother of God by Gregor Schwenzengast. A special feature is the chapel in the middle of the house with a small tower. The residential tower was built in the Romanesque Middle Ages. Through the marriage of a Countess Hendl, this residence came into the possession of the freemen of Plawenn in the 19th century, after whom it is named today.
  • Widum Schlanders, coming
The Widum used to serve as the Kommende (branch) of the Teutonic Order, which owned the Schlanders parish from 1235 to 1811. This is indicated by the order cross and the year 1765 at the entrance gate. Also noticeable are the arcade courtyard, the marble open staircase and the colonnade, which indicate the residential character of that time.
  • Schlanderegg
Silandro Hospital
  • Schlanders Hospital The Schlanders
    Hospital was opened on February 9, 1958, it served as a district hospital for the Vinschgau. It was rebuilt and modernized between 2000 and 2008 and accommodates 106 beds. The Schlanders Hospital has a catchment area with 30,000 inhabitants. A total of 396 employees, including 38 doctors, look after the well-being of the patients.
  • St. Jenewein
  • Ladurnhof
  • Kemathaus
  • Schmalzhof
  • St. Martin
  • Trögerhaus

Natural and cultural monuments

Vinschgau Sonnenberg

Schlanders lies at the foot of the Sonnenberg. The Vinschgauer Sonnenberg stretches from Merano to Mals. Because of its steppe vegetation and its dry and sub-Mediterranean climate, it is unique in the entire Alpine region. In many locations, especially near the valley floor, where cultivation by humans is still profitable, there are terraced vineyards and chestnut groves. In the higher elevations, steppe vegetation (grasses, hard-leaf plants, shrubs, dry-loving trees) is predominantly to be found. Numerous animal species, including the green lizard , the praying mantis and various butterflies have found their home here. There are also a particularly large number of shell stones on the Sonnenberg . These are stone blocks with larger and smaller depressions and symbols that were created by human hands. They are detectable from the Neolithic Age.


The Köschtenwaal

Before the time of mechanization, the farmers sometimes created very long artificial water channels, so-called waals , in which the water was directed from the mostly water-rich side valleys into the hillside meadows of the main valley. This was necessary because there was and still is a high level of precipitation in the Vinschgau Valley and the hillside meadows are therefore artificially irrigated. The whales have been replaced by irrigation for around 40 years. Many whales have now fallen into disrepair and are no longer used. However, some Waale in Vinschgau are maintained and serve as hiking trails for locals and tourists. There are still several Waale in Schlanders, most of which are still in use. One of these Waale is the Ilzwaal. The water intake of the Ilzwaales is located on the Schlandraunbach near Schlandersberg Castle and leads west along the Sonnenberg to Kortsch. The “Köschtenwaal” runs below the Ilzwaal. The "Roppenwaal", also called Vetzaner Waal, also has its water intake in the Schlandraun Valley and leads east to Vetzan.

regional customs

Slamming the windows

Slashing the discs is one of the oldest customs . On the first Sunday of Lent of the year, birch or pine disks the size of a small plate are carried up to a hill. A fire is lit there at dusk. The wooden discs, which have a hole in the middle, are put on a hazel rod and then held in the fire until they glow. With great shouting and the reciting of certain rhymes, the pane is now thrown over the edge into the valley. With the slamming of the windows, the winter should be driven away.

Sacred Heart Sunday

This custom dates back to the late 18th century. In 1796 the Tyrolean estates solemnly promised to entrust the land to the "Sacred Heart of Jesus" and to commemorate him annually in view of the impending danger from Napoleon I's troops. The Sacred Heart Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday after the feast of Corpus Christi. In 1809, Andreas Hofer renewed his vow before the Battle of Bergisel against the French and Bavaria. When Andreas Hofer's troops surprisingly won, the Sacred Heart Sunday was made a holiday. In memory of this, fires are lit on the mountains. The mountain fires themselves also have a historical background, because in times of war mountain fires were lit as a sign of an agreed start of the fight. On Sacred Heart Sunday, the bonfires burn on Nördersberg and Sonnenberg over Schlanders.

Maria names procession

In 1799 the riflemen and the entire population made a vow to Maria, since the province of Tyrol was threatened by the French. They vowed to carry the miraculous image of “Our Lady on the Rein” every year in a solemn procession through the town if Mary would help them. In fact, the French were driven out a few days later. The Maria-Name-Procession takes place on the second Sunday in September. On this day the patronage festival and the secular church day are celebrated.


December 5th is the “Tuifltog” (Devil's Day). In the afternoon, young men walk through the village in hordes disguised as wild devils. The "Tuifl" are organized in an association, they work on their costumes and masks for months. The costumes are made of sheep's wool and the masks are made of either wood or latex, and each Krampus has a large cow pasque tied around the loin. Around 85 Krampuses are up to mischief in the village that day, individually or in groups. Then in the evening there is a wild procession through the village, with Nikolaus and the servant Rupprecht also being there. As soon as the move is over, Santa Claus moves from house to house with several Krampussen and brings the children small gifts.


The rifle system has existed in Tyrol and therefore also in Schlanders for around five hundred years. At the time of the foundation (Tiroler Landlibell from 1511) the riflemen still had to fulfill the task of national defense . Shooters were banned during Italian fascism. For around 50 years there have been rifle companies in almost every village, but national defense is no longer one of their tasks. The Sagittarius have made the maintenance of religion, tradition and customs their task. The Schlanders Rifle Company, re-established in 1959, also performs these tasks. She is on friendly terms with the rifle company of St. Anton am Arlberg (Austria) and maintains lively contacts with the Tyrolean settlements in South America.

Society and working tradition

The cultural life of Schlanders is strongly influenced by old traditions. These in turn come from the rural past and from historical processes that have contributed to the development of the Schlanders and the orientation towards a self-confident and open-minded society. The many tourists who have been looking for relaxation in and around Silandro for around fifty years have also contributed to the openness.


Schlanders and the surrounding area were and are characterized by agriculture: the Schlanders farmers made the transition from simple cattle farmers to fruit farmers, who in 1946 merged to form one of the largest cooperatives in Europe (the Schlanders Obsterzeuger Cooperative, "GEOS").

In a brief description of the Silandro district from 1855, grain and some viticulture are mentioned as the main branches of agriculture, while fruit growing is not mentioned. It was not until the decades after 1860 that stone fruit cultivation began to expand. The reasons for this were, on the one hand, the falling grain prices and, on the other hand, the smallholder business structure made new branches of business and an intensification of land use necessary. According to the status of 1896, the area of ​​the vegetable and fruit crops in Kortsch was 20 hectares, in Schlanders 16 hectares, whereby the areas of the sweet chestnut groves and the house gardens were included. At the fruit and vegetable exhibition in 1908, no fewer than 83 apple and pear varieties were represented. The harvest was initially sold through traders who shipped it by horse and cart. With the opening of the Vinschgau Railway, export was made much easier.

Intensive fruit growing began around 1960. In the meantime, the entire arable land is occupied with fruit, with the apple variety Golden Delicious dominating. Wine is grown on the slopes on the Sonnenberg, while the farmers on the Sonnenberg and Nördersberg operate dairy farming. Chestnuts and apricots grow here and there on the slopes . The agriculturally used area of ​​the farmers united in the GEOS amounts to 986 ha. In 2007 a total of 6,487 wagons of apples were produced there, of which 4,550 wagons of the Golden Delicious variety. In addition, 12 wagons of apricots (apricots) were delivered by the member farms .


Schlanders is the center of the Vinschgau service facilities. The hospital of the South Tyrolean medical company , three basic doctors and a seat of the White Cross ensure good medical and health care. Seniors are cared for in the “ Nikolaus von Flüe ” community center. The seat of the social and health district is also in Schlanders. There are kindergartens, elementary schools, the “Fritz Ebner” middle school, a commercial secondary school, a commercial secondary school, a secondary school, a language grammar school and a vocational school.


Craftsmanship was closely linked to agriculture until the 20th century. On the one hand, this was due to the farmers' striving for self-sufficiency with commercial products, farm equipment and clothing. This prompted the farmers to engage in a wide variety of craft activities. On the other hand, it was especially important for the smallholders to create an additional livelihood through a craft or domestic work. Today there are specially designated craft zones in Kortsch and Vetzan, i.e. in the immediate vicinity of Schlanders. The industrial zone of Vetzan is one of the largest in the Vinschgau.


In 1930 there were 29 wholesalers and retailers in Schlanders, the number of which hardly increased in the following years. After the Second World War , the commercial sector began to revive rapidly. Today over 100 shops with a total area of ​​12,422 m² offer their goods in Schlanders.


Due to its central location and the wide range of offers, Schlanders has developed into the center of the economy in Vinschgau.

The balance between the sectors of agriculture, industry, handicrafts, trade and tourism has proven to be an advantage for production and employment. The balanced sector structure and the large number of small and medium-sized businesses form a stable economic structure. The administrative structures and schools also contribute to the central importance of Schlanders.

The most prominent branch of industry in the market town of Schlanders is fruit growing. The entire valley of the Vinschgau is planted with apple trees, the vast majority with Golden Delicious. The main reasons for the special quality of the Vinschger apple are:

  • the low rainfall,
  • the high number of sunny days (over 200 a year), particularly important for the sugar content and color of the apple
  • the fresh air, the natural enemy of pests, and the large temperature fluctuations that create a natural “ cold store effect” slow down cell division and thus the growth of fruit and vegetables.

A culture is being built around the apple, in which tourism is involved along with the farmers. A visible sign of this is the multi-day apple festival, which is celebrated every spring.

GEOS - cooperative of fruit producers in Silandro

Ten future-oriented farmers from Schlanders founded Geos on March 2, 1946. The fruit cooperative has had a decisive influence on the economic development of Schlanders to this day. From the beginning, the Geos apples, pears and apricots were characterized by their taste and quality. Mainly the Geos sells Golden Delicious. The GEOS cooperative has 345 members who work a total of 870 hectares of cultivated land. About 150 people are employed. 56,597 tons of harvest are exported each year.

Silandro pedestrian zone and the development of trade

The trade in Silandro has only developed recently, because in the 19th and also up to the middle of the 20th century, Silandro was of no great importance as a market place and trading place. In 1930 there were 29 wholesalers and retailers, the number of which hardly increased in the following years; After the Second World War, however, the trade sector began to revive rapidly. Among all the municipalities of the Vinschgau Valley, Schlanders has clearly taken the top position in terms of the number of retail businesses. It has developed into a shopping location for the entire valley. At the same time, numerous new jobs were created.

The pedestrian zone is now the heart of Schlanders and a large number of specialty shops invite you to stroll and stroll. Numerous restaurants offer traditional South Tyrolean cuisine, but also Italian and international dishes.

Several grocery stores with a diverse selection guarantee local supplies in the community.

Vetzan industrial zone

The industrial development of Schlanders experienced a great boost when the industrial zone of Vetzan was designated in 1973. This expansion enabled existing businesses to develop and establish new ones.


Schlanders station

For motor traffic , Schlanders is primarily opened up by the SS 38 . In addition, the municipality is crossed by the Vinschgau Railway , which offers an access point at the Schlanders train station .

Bike paths

Schlanders is on the long-distance cycle path , which runs as the Via Claudia Augusta along an ancient Roman road of the same name from Mals to Merano .


Schlanders is also an important center of sport, which is mainly organized on a club basis. The offers range from soccer to Yoseikan Budo to tennis and snowboarding . There is a large sports zone in Schlanders with two soccer fields, a large gym, three tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a mini golf course and a beach volleyball field.

Club-organized sport in Schlanders (selection):

  • Alpine Association South Tyrol (AVS) Section Silandro

The Schlanders section of the South Tyrolean Alpine Club offers a touring program and alpine training with professionally qualified tour guides, hiking and youth guides for those of all ages.

  • Amateursportverein Schlanders / Raiffeisen

In 1953 the Schlanders sports club was founded by the then President Ernst Moser. In 1964 his soccer team won the Vinschger soccer championship for the first time. In the 1990s, youth teams celebrated national championship titles and cup victories in Vinschgau. In the mid-90s, the longed-for promotion of the 1st team to the 1st amateur league was ensured. The amateur sports club Schlanders / Raiffeisen has played in the 2nd amateur league since 2005.

  • Athesis - SUB

In 2002 the first diving club in Vinschgau was founded. The first general assembly took place on April 11, 2002 in the Eurobar. The diving club receives support from the Göflan volunteer fire brigade with filling the diving bottles. This support makes it possible for divers to organize diving courses in cooperation with diving instructors , as well as excursions into the local waters and beyond.

  • Organic horse farm Vill

Riding school founded in 2007 with the focus on promoting young people in tournament sports and recreational riding. The foundation of the association is planned for the beginning of 2009.

  • Yoseikan Budo

In 1986 the Yoseikan Budo Association was founded. It now has around 100 active members. The main concern of the association is the education of the children.

  • Swimming club Vinschgau / Raiffeisen

The swimming club Vinschgau / Raiffeisen was founded in 1997 and has 40 members who come from all over the Vinschgau. It is headed by Roland Lechthaler and the section head Siegmar Trojer. The swimming club Vinschgau / Raiffeisen regularly takes part in competitions: state championship, VSS competitions, Kufstein and Wörgl . The victories of Devid Lechthaler are among the greatest successes.

  • Schlanders / Kortsch marksmen

The Schlanders / Kortsch section was founded in 1986. The shooting range is located in the house of the village community in Kortsch.

  • Bowling club

The bowling club was founded in 1989, it ties in with the old bowling tradition in Schlanders. The bowling club competes in bowling competitions across South Tyrol.

  • Sport climbing club Schlanders

On June 5, 2008, the Sport Climbing Club Schlanders (SKS) was founded by Christian Gamper, Karlheinz Telser, Jakob Pedross and Werner Wallnöfer . The aim of the association was to hold a bouldering competition on Göflan marble blocks that same year . After the event was relatively well received, the club deals with active sport climbing throughout the year and organizes a new edition of the Marble Cup Festival once a year in cooperation with the Schlanders Alpine Club section.

  • Twelve Fight

In the 1980s and 90s, open competition in 12 different disciplines spread over the year and from all sports, from athletics, swimming to winter sports and shooting. The group has broken up.

There are also the following hobby clubs (selection):

  • Schlanders model railway club
  • Foam Pipe Club
  • Friends of the postage stamp
  • Korsch fishing club


Community building of Schlanders


Mayor since 1952:

  • Josef Benedikter: 1952–1956
  • Karl Matscher: 1956–1958
  • Erich Müller : 1958–1969
  • Jakob Lechthaler: 1969–1978
  • Anton Alber: 1978–1980
  • Heinrich Kofler: 1980–1995
  • Johann Wallnöfer: 1995-2010
  • Dieter Pinggera: since 2010

coat of arms

The noble lords of Schlandersberg resided at Schlandersberg Castle high above Schlanders from around 1200 to 1771. Your coat of arms shows three silver-gray tips on a blue background, which are arranged one below the other. They run to the right and end sharply at the right edge of the shield. The municipality of Schlanders has adopted this noble coat of arms. This coat of arms was awarded at the time of the Italian fascist administration in 1928 by royal government decree.



Connected to the community

  • Martin Theimer (1778–1838) - born in 1778 in Schlanders. As Archduke John's liaison, he prepared the uprising of 1809 against the French, received the Maria Theresa Order and was elevated to the status of baron . He died in 1838.
  • Josef Daney - born in 1782 in Schlanders. He was a multi-language priest and fought against the French in 1809. He died in 1826. The "Josef-Daney-Gasse" is named after him.
  • Matthias Purtscher - schoolmaster in Schlanders, he excelled with Theimer and Daney in the war against the French.
  • Hans von Vintler - born in Schlanders in 1837, poet † 1890.
  • Karl Schönherr (1867–1943) - was a doctor of medicine and a writer, spent part of his life in Schlanders (* 1867 Axams, † 1943 Vienna).
  • Heinrich Vögele - lived from 1806 to 1862, was a doctor, supported the reforestation on the Vinschgau Sonnenberg and donated the Vinzenzheim ("Vögelehaus").
  • Marian Joseph Tumler (1887–1987) - born in 1887 at the mountain farm “Kopf am Egg” on the Schlanderser Nördersberg, was a theologian and Grand Master of the Teutonic Order from 1948 to 1970 .
  • Franz Tumler (1912–1998) - actually Franz Ernest Aubert Tumler, was an Austrian writer with roots in Schlanders, whom he visited again and again.

Honorary citizen

  • Karl Tinzl (†), honorary citizenship granted on November 24, 1963
  • Curate Alfred Malknecht (†), honorary citizenship granted on May 25, 1965
  • Franziska Kaaserer (†), honorary citizenship awarded on June 28, 1977
  • Josef Schgör (†), honorary citizenship awarded on June 28, 1977
  • Luis Regensburger (†), honorary citizenship awarded on June 28, 1977
  • Father Marian Tumler (†), honorary citizenship granted on November 10, 1977
  • Josef Schönauer, former dean (†), honorary citizenship awarded March 6, 1980
  • Erich Müller , Former Mayor (†), honorary citizenship awarded on December 28, 1992
  • Hans von Elzenbaum, doctor (†), honorary citizenship awarded on December 28, 1992
  • Karl Grasser, academ. Sculptor, honorary citizenship granted on September 13, 2012
  • Heinrich Kofler, Former Mayor (†), honorary citizenship awarded on September 13, 2012
  • Josef Mair, Dean, honorary citizenship awarded on September 13, 2012


  • Gianni Bodini: Paths by the water. South Tyrolean Waale. A picture guide through a setting culture . Lana 1993.
  • Gianni Bodini, Hans Wielander : GEOS 1946–1996. 50 years of the Schlanders fruit cooperative . Schlanders 1996.
  • Günther Hört: 125 years of the Schlanders Volunteer Fire Brigade 1875–2000 . Schlanders 2000.
  • Heinrich Kofler u. a .: Festschrift for the 100th anniversary of the market survey in Schlander . Schlanders 2006.
  • Heinrich Kofler (Red.): Schlanders and its history . Vol. I: From the beginning to 1815 ( online ). Vol. II: From 1815 to the present ( online ). Tappeiner, Lana 1999/2010.
  • Dieter Pinggera u. a .: 200 years of the Schlanders chapel 1804–2004 . Festschrift, Schlanders 2004.
  • Schlanders 1077-1977 . In: Der Schlern , Volume 51, Issue 8, 1977, pp. 393–456.
  • Schützen Schlanders (Hrsg.): Parish church Maria Himmelfahrt Schlanders. 175 years of Maria Namen Procession 1799–1974 . Schlanders 1974.
  • Richard Staffler: The court names in the district court of Silandro (Vinschgau) . Reprint of the 1927 edition. With a biography of Richard Staffler by Rainer Loose (= Schlern-Schriften 13). Innsbruck 1996.
  • Hans Wielander: Picture & Chronicle of Alt-Schlanders with Kortsch, Göflan, Vetzan, Sonnenberg and Nördersberg. With the chronicle of Peter Gamper . Lana 1984.
  • Hans Wielander: Sacred art in Schlanders, Kortsch, Göflan, Vezzan, Sonnenberg and Nörderberg . Bolzano 1994.

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. Martin Bitschnau , Hannes Obermair : Tiroler Urkundenbuch, II. Department: The documents on the history of the Inn, Eisack and Pustertal valleys. Vol. 1: Up to the year 1140 . Universitätsverlag Wagner, Innsbruck 2009, ISBN 978-3-7030-0469-8 , p. 224-225 No. 254 et al. P. 246 No. 279 .
  2. Martin Bitschnau, Hannes Obermair: Tiroler Urkundenbuch, II. Department: The documents on the history of the Inn, Eisack and Pustertal valleys. Vol. 1: Up to the year 1140 . Universitätsverlag Wagner, Innsbruck 2009, ISBN 978-3-7030-0469-8 , p. 224-225 No. 254 .
  3. 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 .