In the heart of South Tyrol’s mountains, the charming town of San Candido offers a mix of culture, history and nature to its visitors. This pleasant mountain village, nestled in the stunning scenery of the Dolomites, is the ideal destination for a vacation full of activities, fairy-tale views and moments of pure relaxation.

San Candido, the oldest town in the Pustertal valley, boasts a thousand-year history dating back to the year 769. The old town center is full of charm, with its characteristic colorful houses, narrow cobbled streets, and numerous stores and cafes.

San Candido offers numerous outdoor activities throughout the year. In the summer months, you can explore the many bike paths and hiking trails, go rock climbing or simply admire the breathtaking views of the Dolomites. In winter, San Candido becomes a favorite destination for winter sports enthusiasts, with many ski slopes, cross-country ski trails and snowshoeing routes.

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A visit would not be complete without savoring the exquisite specialties of South Tyrol. Many local restaurants offer traditional dishes such as speck, dumplings, and apple strudel. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a glass of local wine or craft beer from South Tyrol’s breweries.

If you want a break from everyday life and relax in nature, San Candido is the ideal place. You can take a walk along the Drava River, enjoy a picnic in one of the many parks, or simply admire the wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.

San Candido offers a unique experience for both nature lovers and those seeking a cultural vacation. The charm of this Alpine village, combined with the beauty of the Dolomites, guarantees a truly unforgettable vacation.

What to see in San Candido

Tucked among the fascinating peaks of the Dolomites in South Tyrol, San Candido and its surroundings are a nature lover’s paradise. With impressive mountains, crystal clear lakes and lush alpine forests, the natural beauty of this area is simply breathtaking.

The majestic peaks of the Dolomites

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The Dolomites represent one of the area’s most significant attractions. The Baranci Mountains, for example, offer unmissable views of the valley and the surrounding Alpine ranges. In summer, the mountain range is perfect for trekking, while in winter it becomes a popular ski area

The Lakes

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The lakes around San Candido are true natural jewels. Of these, Lake Braies is probably the most famous, thanks to its turquoise waters surrounded by fir forests and Dolomite peaks. Smaller but equally fascinating, Lake Toblach offers a beautiful setting for hiking or picnicking.

City center

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The historic center of San Candido is a charming place, with its characteristic colorful houses, narrow cobbled streets, and numerous stores and cafes. Strolling through the streets of the center allows you to immerse yourself in the typical South Tyrolean atmosphere.

Bike path San Candido-Lienz

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The bicycle path from Innichen to Lienz, Austria, offers a unique experience through beautiful valleys and along the Drava River. With a length of 42 km and limited elevation gain, it is suitable for both experienced cyclists and families.

San Silvestro Valley

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The San Silvestro Valley is an enchanting place, ideal for immersing yourself in nature and spending peaceful days. Here you can experience hiking, trekking, and forest walks, all surrounded by spectacular alpine scenery.

The three churches

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San Candido is home to three beautiful churches that are well worth a visit:
Collegiate Church of Ss. Candido and Corbiniano: The Basilica of St. Candido is the symbol of the city, with its imposing towers and a structure dating back to the 8th century. It documents more than a thousand years of history and sacred art.
St. Michael’s Church: This Gothic church, located in the historic center, is dedicated to Archangel Michael. Inside, you can admire the carved wooden altar and frescoes dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Ausserkirchl Church: A small 13th-century Romanesque church located at the edge of the village. The church is famous for its medieval frescoes and offers a panoramic view of the valley.

Walks in San Candido

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Known for its countless hiking trails, San Candido is a prime location for long walks among the natural wonders of South Tyrol.

Excursion to the Fiscalina Valley

Val Fiscalina, part of the Sexten Dolomites Nature Park, is one of the points of interest on a trip to San Candido. It offers trails adapted to every level of hiker, taking you through flowering meadows and dense forests of larch and fir, with the peaks of the Dolomites dominating the horizon. This valley is a place of dazzling peace in which to immerse oneself in nature.

Walk to Lake Dobbiaco

Just 5 km San Candido, reached by an easy walk, is Lake Toblach. This charming alpine lake is nestled among the mountains and is a perfect place to relax, have a picnic or, during the summer, even take a refreshing swim.

Discovering Monte Baranci

Finally, you cannot visit San Candido without taking a walk along the paths of Monte Baranci. This mountain offers scenic trails for beginners and experts, with opportunities to spot local wildlife.

From the charming old town to the pristine peaks of the Sexten Dolomites Nature Park, the network of trails and hikes will allow you to discover the true heart of this South Tyrolean gem. Whether you are an experienced hiker or a lover of relaxing walks, San Candido has the right walk for you.

Skiing in San Candido

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If you love winter sports and breathtaking views, skiing in San Candido, in the heart of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, is an absolute must. This resort offers not only spectacular scenery, but also diverse slopes for all skill levels, excellent facilities, and, of course, the renowned southern Tyrolean hospitality.

The Baranci Mountain District

The Monte Baranci ski area is the heart of skiing in San Candido. Located just a stone’s throw from the historic center, it offers 8 slopes of various difficulties spread over 23 km, served by 7 modern ski lifts. Here, both beginners and experienced skiers will find slopes suited to their abilities. And for fun for the whole family, don’t forget to try the 3-kilometer-long toboggan run.

The Haunold Slope, for Lovers of Tobogganing

The Haunold Slope is one of the longest and steepest toboggan runs in South Tyrol. At 5 km long, this slope offers unforgettable thrills for big sledding enthusiasts. In addition, sledding night is held every Friday, when the slope is lit up and the atmosphere takes on a magic all its own.

Cross-country skiing in Val Pusteria

If you love cross-country skiing, Val Pusteria offers over 200 km of perfectly groomed trails in a natural setting of rare beauty. From San Candido, there is direct access to the 30-kilometer-long Pustertal track that leads to the town of Sillian, Austria. The trails wind through breathtaking scenery in unspoiled nature.

3 Peaks Dolomites Ski Area

The 3 Peaks Dolomites is one of the best ski areas in the region, with 93 km of slopes catering to all preferences and skill levels. Best known for the famous Mount Elmo and Croda Rossa ski area, the area offers spectacular views of the Dolomites and numerous interconnected slopes thanks to modern lifts.

Reaching the 3 Peaks Dolomites from San Candido is easy and convenient. Just 5 km from town, skiers can take the cable car to Versciaco, which connects directly to Mount Elmo.

Ski Schools and Equipment Rental

For those who are taking up winter sports for the first time, or for those who wish to improve their technique, there are numerous ski schools that offer private and group lessons. And if you need to rent ski equipment, there are several stores available.

Après-ski in San Candido

After a day on the slopes, the town’s restaurants and eateries will welcome you with typical South Tyrolean dishes and a warm atmosphere. There is also no shortage of opportunities for relaxation, including the San Candido spa, where you can rejuvenate with baths, saunas and massages.

San Candido and the 3 Peaks Dolomites area offer a complete and varied skiing experience, suitable for beginners as well as experienced skiers and families. With beautiful views, excellent slopes and a welcoming atmosphere, this is an ideal destination for your ski vacation.

Where to sleep in San Candido

San Candido, offers a wide range of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. Popular options include hotels, guesthouses, apartment rentals and campgrounds, many of which offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Again, as in many locations in the Alps, it is definitely advisable to book early to get the best possible choice.

Whatever your travel style or budget, San Candido has something to offer to ensure a memorable stay.

 


How to get to San Candido

San Candido, is easily accessible via various means of transportation:

By Car: From Italy, you can reach San Candido via the A22 Brenner freeway. From the north, follow the Bressanone/Val Pusteria exit, continue on the SS49-E66 highway for about 60 km until you reach San Candido. From Austria, however, take the A12 highway to the exit for Lienz, then follow the B100 highway to Alta Pusteria.

By Train: San Candido has a train station well connected to the national and European network. Regional train service connects San Candido with the cities of Fortezza and Lienz in Austria, with stops at several locations in Alta Pusteria.

By Air: The closest airport to San Candido is Bolzano Airport (about 100 km), but the airports of Innsbruck in Austria (about 150 km), Venice Marco Polo (about 190 km), Treviso (about 180 km), and Verona (about 250 km) are equally convenient. From any airport you can take a train or bus, or rent a car to reach San Candido.

Wherever you come from, getting to San Candido is easy and convenient, making it an ideal vacation destination in all seasons.

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