Sarntal (German pronunciation: [ˈsarntaˑl]; Italian: Sarentino [sarenˈtiːno]) is a valley and a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 15 kilometres (9 mi) north of the city of Bolzano. The municipality comprises several towns and villages. The largest one, seat of the mayor and council, is Sarnthein.

Gemeinde Sarntal
Comune di Sarentino
The frazione of Astfeld in winter.
The frazione of Astfeld in winter.
Coat of arms of Sarntal
Location of Sarntal
Sarntal is located in Italy
Location of Sarntal in Italy
Sarntal is located in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Sarntal (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)
Coordinates: 46°39′N 11°21′E / 46.650°N 11.350°E / 46.650; 11.350
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
FrazioniSarnthein (Sarentino), Aberstückl (Sonvigo), Agratsberg (Acereto), Astfeld (Campolasta), Auen (Prati), Außerpens (Pennes di Fuori), Dick (Spessa ), Durnholz (Valdurna), Essenberg (Montessa), Gebracksberg (Campo di Ronco), Gentersberg, Glern (Collerno), Innerpens (Pennes di Dentro), Kandelsberg, Muls (Mules), Niederwangen (Vangabassa), Nordheim (Villa), Öttenbach (Riodeserto), Putzen (Pozza), Reinswald (S.Martino), Riedelsberg (Montenovale), Rungg, Steet (Stetto), Trienbach (Trina), Unterreinswald (Boscoriva), Vormeswald (Selva di Vormes), Weissenbach (Riobianco), Windlahn (Lana al Vento)
 • MayorChristian Reichsigl
 • Total302.3 km2 (116.7 sq mi)
900 m (3,000 ft)
 (Nov. 2010[2])[3]
 • Total6,902
 • Density23/km2 (59/sq mi)
Demonym(s)German: Sarntaler or Sarner
Italian: Sarentini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0471
WebsiteOfficial website


Sarntal borders the following municipalities: Hafling, Freienfeld, Klausen, Franzensfeste, Mölten, Ratschings, Ritten, Jenesien, St. Leonhard in Passeier, Schenna, Vahrn, Vöran and Villanders. The Durnholzer See is located in the municipal territory. The main river is the Talfer, which has its source at the Weißhorn mountain in the Pensertal.


The village of Sarnthein was first mentioned in 1211.

Coat of armsEdit

The emblem represents an or deer’s head on azure. The insignia looks like that of the various Lords who administered the territory since 1315, but since 1681 they were named Counts of Sarnthein (Grafen von Sarnthein) living in the Kellerburg Castle. The emblem was adopted in 1967.[4]


Linguistic distributionEdit

According to the 2011 census, 98.07% of the population speak German, 1.82% Italian and 0.10% Ladin as first language.[5]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Franz Thaler (1925 in Sarntal – 2015), an author, a peacock quill embroiderer and a survivor of the concentration camp in Dachau
  • Gustav Hofer (Sarntal, 1976), film director, screenwriter, journalist and TV host[6]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ Data from Istat.
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ Heraldry of the World: Sarntal
  5. ^ "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info. Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  6. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 15 June 2019

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sarntal at Wikimedia Commons