The Wipp Valley[1][2][3] (German: Wipptal) is an Alpine valley in Tyrol, Austria and in South Tyrol, Italy, running between Innsbruck and Franzensfeste. The Brenner Pass (1,374 m) at the Austro-Italian border divides it into the northern, Austrian Lower Wipp Valley (Unteres Wipptal) and the southern, Italian Upper Wipp Valley (Oberes Wipptal). The Lower Wipp Valley extends along the Sill River southward from Innsbruck, where the Sill meets the larger Inn River, up to the Brenner Pass. South of the border, the Upper Wipp Valley stretches along the Eisack River by way of Sterzing to Franzensfeste. It forms the Wipptal District of the province of South Tyrol.

A view over Sterzing in September 2004.

The Brenner Autobahn (motorway) (A13 in Austria, A22 in Italy) passes through the valley, beginning with the Europa Bridge near Innsbruck. It is an important road connection across the Alps, forming part of the connection between Munich and Verona. The inhabitants of the Wipp Valley have been complaining for years about the volume of traffic. The Brenner railway also runs through the valley. The proposed Brenner Base Tunnel would remove all long-distance trains from the valley.

Wipptal was politically and culturally united in the County of Tyrol and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bolzano-Brixen up to the Treaty of St Germain in 1920.


  1. ^ Chow, Fotini Katopodes; Snyder, Bradley J.; De Wekker, Stephan F. J. (2013). Mountain Weather Research and Forecasting: Recent Progress and Current Challenges. Dordrecht: Springer. p. 179.
  2. ^ Grupe, Gisela; Grigat, Andrea; McGlynn, George C. (2018). Across the Alps in Prehistory Isotopic Mapping of the Brenner Passage by Bioarchaeology. Cham: Springer International Publishing. p. 8.
  3. ^ Willemse, Saskia; Furger, Markus (2016). From Weather Observations to Atmospheric and Climate Sciences in Switzerland: Celebrating 100 Years of the Swiss Society for Meteorology. Zurich: Hochschulverlag an der ETH Zürich. p. 236.

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  Media related to Wipptal (Tyrol) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 47°00′N 11°30′E / 47°N 11.5°E / 47; 11.5