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(Italian: Terento )
coat of arms
Coat of arms of Terento
Terenten in South Tyrol - Positionskarte.svg
State : Italy
Region : Trentino-South Tyrol
Province : Bolzano - South Tyrol
District community : Val Pusteria
Inhabitants :
(VZ 2011 / 31.12.2019)
1,733 / 1,759
Language groups :
(according to 2011 census )
99.40% German
0.54% Italian
0.06% Ladin
Coordinates 46 ° 50 ′  N , 11 ° 47 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 50 ′  N , 11 ° 47 ′  E
Altitude : 1210  m slm
Surface: 42.52 km²
Permanent settlement area: 8.3 km²
Parliamentary groups : Pichlern
Neighboring municipalities: Mühlwald , Kiens , Vintl
Partnership with : Edermünde / Hesse
Postal code : 39030
Area code : 0472
ISTAT number: 021096
Tax number: 81004010211
Mayor  (2015): Reinhold Weger ( SVP )

Terenten ([ ˈterɛntn̩ ]; Italian Terento ) is an Italian municipality with 1759 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019) in South Tyrol , located on a high plateau above the Puster Valley .


The location of Terenten in the lower Puster Valley
View of the center of Terento
Terenten village center
View of the hamlet of margins

The municipality of Terenten, a total of 42.52 km², is located in the lower Puster Valley in South Tyrol, about halfway between the cities of Bruneck and Brixen . The municipal area comprises a low mountain range terrace on the sunny side of the Pustertal valley, which runs in east-west direction, and the mountains rising behind it to the north. The community center Terenten (1160- 1270  m slm ), the fraction Pichlern just east of it, as well as numerous other Weiler (including pain, margins, Hohenbühl, Holder hole Talson, Sonnberg, Branch, Schneeberg and fiefdoms) all lie scattered on the settlement terrace. In the south, the terrain that slopes down to the Pusterer valley floor near Obervintl and St. Sigmund forms the municipal boundary to Vintl and Kiens . In the west, Terenten ends above the entrance to the Pfunderer valley , which belongs to Vintl , and in the east, near the Hofern fraction, which belongs to Kiens and is also elevated above the Pustertal .

Behind the settlement areas, the municipality rises to the mountains of the southern Zillertal Alps , including to the ridge that separates the lower Pustertal from the Mühlwalder valley and bears the municipal boundary to Mühlwald . The area is divided by two valleys rising from the low mountain range: the Terner Tal (also Terentental ) and the Winnebach valley . The most important peaks in Terento include the Eidechsspitze ( 2738  m ), the Hochgrubbachspitze ( 2809  m ), the Graunock ( 2827  m ), the Kempspitze ( 2704  m ) and the Reisnock ( 2663  m ).


The name Terenten is derived from the Latin "torrens" or "torrentis" (= torrent, torrent). This designation probably takes into account the fact that the original settlement is located between two streams, the Terner and Winnebach. This place name is therefore of Romanesque origin and thus indicates the pre-German settlement activity. Around the turn of the millennium, these Romanic place names were replaced by an Old High German phonetic form or by Old High German endings. The endings -um and -un (Torentum or Torentun) eventually become today's -en .

Terenten was first mentioned in a document around 993 / 94-1005. The mention can be found in a tradition book of the Diocese of Freising . Count Otto hands over many goods in South Tyrol to Bishop Gottschalk von Freising , including "in monte Tôrento hobas IIII" (= 4 farms in Terenten). The next mention comes from the time between 1115 and 1125: The brothers Heinrich and Morhart give the cathedral chapter of Brixen "predium in monte Torentum situm" (= an estate located on the Terenten mountain). Other sources from the Middle Ages speak of Torenten , Torentum mons , Torent or Torend , Torinten , Thorente , Torenden , etc.

The first farmsteads were built at the time of the Bavarian colonization of the Pustertal, in the 6th century AD. The more favorable locations were first settled and then pushed through to the tree line by clearing; the clearing work was completed around 1350. The settlement was probably carried out by a whole population (not from a single farm) along today's main street. Larger settlement units are partly still recognizable today through the ash fence. In later times the courtyards were built on the outskirts, which in the Middle Ages mostly appeared as fiefdoms. The result is the typical image of a scattered settlement that is characteristic of Terento and is so typically Bavarian. Two castles were built near Terenten in the Middle Ages: the Aschburg ( ) and Pflang (also Waldschlössl , Guggnschlössl , ).

Since the 14th century, more precisely since 1425, Terenten has belonged to the Schöneck court (formerly Rodeneck court ), which was responsible for the administration and jurisdiction of several communities in the Lower Pusteria Valley. When at the beginning of the 19th century the administrative and judicial areas were separated in the sense of the separation of powers , Schöneck came under state administration. Instead of the courts, the municipalities emerged as state administrative units. Local councils and committees have been elected since 1811. The first community leader in Terenten was Georg Engl, Hasenwirt, who is mentioned in a document in 1821.

In 1850 margins were incorporated. In 1929, at the time of fascism , it was decided in Rome to merge the municipalities of Terenten and Pichlern. Up to this point in time, Pichlern was an independent municipality. In 1968 the municipality of Terenten was accepted into the valley community Pustertal, today the district community Pustertal .



Municipal Council (2015)
11 4th 
A total of 15 seats

Mayor since 1952:

  • Anton Schmid: 1952–1960
  • Adolf Unterpertinger: 1960–1964
  • Josef Unterpertinger: 1964–1969
  • Josef Schmid: 1969–1974
  • Manfred Schmid: 1974–1990
  • Josef Weger: 1990–2009
  • Manfred Schmid: 2010–2015
  • Reinhold Weger: since 2015

coat of arms

The community has had its own coat of arms since 1969. It shows a "cart plow standing in red to the right". The coat of arms reflects the extensive agriculture in Terento. The coat of arms was approved by the local council in 1969. The regional committee gave its approval.


Since 1989 there has been a relationship with the Hessian community of Edermünde ( Germany ).

Worth seeing

Parish Church of St. George
View of the earth pyramids at the Jennewein snack bar
  • Parish church of St. Georg in Terenten (first mentioned in 1362, nave from 1683/84, neo-Romanesque redesign from 1848 to 1850, ceiling painting by Christoph Brandstätter)
  • St. Zeno in Pein (built 12th or 13th century, tower from 1794/95, paintings by Johann Mitterwurzer, bell from 1539), with Bittgang (stations of the cross)
  • St. Margareth in Margen (first mentioned in 1309)
  • Mill trail on the Terner Bach
  • Show sawmill "Asen-Säge", renovated in 2005
  • "Pirchner-Moos" biotope
  • The Terner earth pyramids , with a hiking trail
  • The annual Almabtrieb with Sennerball in October

Associated with the earth pyramids is an event that particularly affected the place in 1837; the material from which these originated comes from moraine deposits from the last ice age . The deposits are broken down in the lower area with larger stones and blocks of granite and slate , in the upper area it comes from easily erodible material. In the aforementioned year 1837, the area was hit by a violent storm, as a result of which the Terner Bach carried away 3 houses, 16 mills, 13 stamps , a forge and a saw, killing 13 people. The storm caused the slope to break; From the material, which was decomposed with stones and blocks, further erosion resulted in the earth pyramids, which today are admired as sights. Where no stones were included, ridges and ribs can be admired today. Due to the construction of the Terner Bach, further deepening of the earth pyramids is no longer possible (source: information board at the Jennewein snack bar).


The economy in Terento is shaped by the centuries-old tradition in agriculture . Even today, well over a hundred farms work on the land. The main focus today is on livestock and dairy farming . Until a few decades ago, it was mainly grain that was grown and processed into flour in the many mills . Many of the mills, especially those on the Terner Bach, are still preserved today. This rural tradition is to be revived with the initiative " 's Terner Schmelzpfandl " and made accessible to the population.

In addition, there has been a lot of craft activity in Terento in the last few decades. The prerequisite for this was the development of the community through the Pustertaler Sonnenstrasse ( Vintl - Terenten - Pfalzen ). Today, the many businesses, especially in the construction and timber industry , in the Terenten and Pichlern craft zones offer many locals and commuters work and contribute to the economic prosperity in Terento.

As in almost all communities in South Tyrol, tourism is very important . A large number of hotels, guest houses and private room rental companies offer various types of accommodation.


There is a primary school in Terenten that is part of the German school district of the neighboring municipality of Vintl.

useful information

  • Terenten is often referred to as a sunny village . This is justified by the fact that Terenten has the highest solar radiation among the South Tyrolean municipalities. In winter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in summer even from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Terenten was one of the first communities in South Tyrol to set up a district heating plant . The last expansion of the network was completed in 2006. Another expansion was carried out in 2007.
  • One of the largest biogas plants in South Tyrol is currently in Terenten . It was created by the Terenten Agricultural Energy Cooperative . mb H. , founded by farmers from Terner, and went into operation in January 2006. It was officially inaugurated in September 2006.
  • The municipality of Terenten has built a hydropower plant with the municipality of Vintl and the South Tyrolean energy company (SEL AG) . The management and administration is also carried out by the 3 owners. The power house is located in Vintl, where the Winnebach flows into the Rienza . The E-Werk Winnebach Konsortial GmbH was founded for this purpose . The plant was officially inaugurated and put into operation in July 2009.
  • The municipality of Terento is a member of the Climate Alliance .
  • Terenten belongs to the tourism association of the Krontour, i.e. to the area of ​​the Kronplatz .
  • Terenten also has its own ski lift .

Important personalities from Terento

  • Simon Aichner , Prince-Bishop of Brixen
  • Vicar General Franz Schmid
  • Cathedral dean Josef Schmid: Josef Schmid was born on February 26, 1810 as the son of Michael Schmid, Wiedenhof farmer in Terenten. Because he showed great talent in elementary school , he was sent to the grammar school in Brixen, where he also studied theology. In 1835 he was ordained a priest . After many years of pastoral care , he was appointed to the Brixen cathedral chapter in 1874, where he advanced to the dean of the cathedral. He died on March 21, 1886.
  • Georg Schmid, Provost of the Cathedral: Georg Schmid was born on April 4, 1856 as the son of the Raffalt farmer in Terento. He studied at the Vinzentinum and seminary in Brixen and was ordained a priest on July 25, 1880. At first he worked as a cooperator in various parishes until he went to Rome in 1892 and obtained a doctorate in theology and canon law. In 1895 he received the parish of St. Jakob am Arlberg , in 1899 he became pastor and dean in Stilfes, where he worked successfully for 15 years. During this time he also dealt with archival studies; he published the documents and files from the Deanery Archive Stilfes from 1300 to 1810. In 1914 he became dean of the parish of Bressanone. On February 1, 1925, Schmid was appointed provost of the cathedral in Brixen, where he died on September 1, 1933.
  • Father Franz S. Mayr: Mayr was born on August 12, 1867 at Moser's in Pein. The pastor at the time sent him to the Vincentinum in Brixen. In 1889 Mayr joined the St. Benedict Mission Cooperative in Sankt Ottilien in Bavaria . There he completed his theological studies and then celebrated his first Saint in the Mission House Church there. Sacrifice of the Mass in 1890. Soon afterwards he was sent by his superiors as a missionary to Dar es Salaam in East Africa , where he led the mission as Apostolic Prefect from February 1891, completed the new mission buildings and freed many children from slavery through ransom on long and arduous journeys . He campaigned with great commitment for equal rights for the black population. In the same year he suffered yellow fever, which he succumbed to on October 21, 1891.


  • Education committee Terenten, municipality Terenten (Hrsg.): Terenten - a village tells . Terenten 1998 ( online )

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. See Martin Bitschnau , Hannes Obermair : Tiroler Urkundenbuch II / 1, Innsbruck: Wagner 2009, pp. 135ff. No. 170. ISBN 978-3-7030-0469-8
  2. ^ Magdalena Hörmann-Weingartner: Aschburg . In: Magdalena Hörmann-Weingartner (ed.), Tiroler Burgenbuch. IX. Volume: Val Pusteria . Athesia publishing house, Bozen 2003, ISBN 978-88-8266-163-2 , pp. 53–56.
  3. ^ Magdalena Hörmann-Weingartner: Pflang . In: Magdalena Hörmann-Weingartner (ed.), Tiroler Burgenbuch. IX. Volume: Val Pusteria . Athesia publishing house, Bozen 2003, ISBN 978-88-8266-163-2 , pp. 57-59.
  4. 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 .
  5. ↑ School district Vintl. South Tyrolean Citizens' Network , accessed on October 25, 2014 .