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Glorenza/Glurns

Glorenza

Glurns – the Medieval Jewel of Upper Venosta Valley

With about 900 inhabitants, the historical town of Glorenza, below the mystical Tarces Hill, is the smallest city in the Southern Alps. Glorenza has a medieval city center, mansions and arcades, and the only preserved closed fortification in the Alps.

Inhabited since ancient times, Glorenza, in Roman times, was a Roman settlement on the trade route Via Claudia Augusta. In 1304, the small town on the Adige River was first mentioned as a city; with market rights, it became a hub of the salt trade.

In 1499 Glorenza was almost entirely destroyed in the Battle of Calven during the Swabian War. It was then that – only completed in beginning of the 16th century – the curtain wall was built. For a few years now, the city has been hosting a permanent exhibition in one of the gate towers honoring Paul Flora, the famous artist and cartoonist from Glorenza who died in 2009.

Discover the medieval town of Glorenza during a City tour. On request also available in Englisch.
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The Day of the Romanesque will be held on 15 October, 2016. On this day in Venosta Valley, which is located on the “Alpine Road of Romanesque Art”, free tours are organized around the many churches and chapels but also of secular buildings dating to the early Middle Ages.
 
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We help you to find the ideal accomodations in the Upper Venosta Valley Holiday Area
 
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Discover, Taste and Experience the Markets of Upper Venosta Valley
 
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From 8 to 11 december 2016 the old arcades and the tranquil town square are the romantic backdrop for the Glorenza Christmas market.
Welcome to the Upper Venosta culture region
Hike along ancient irrigation channels, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Upper Venosta Valley.