With a population of about 6,000 inhabitants, the market town of Schlanders/Silandro is the main centre in the Vinschgau/Val Venosta Valley of South Tyrol. Schlanders is one of the main economic and cultural centres in the entire region and a gateway into the Stelvio National Park. Beneath the barren Sonnenberg mountain that forms part of the Ötztal Alps, visitors can find the typical vegetation of this area with its magnificent birdlife, but also the orchards and vineyards in the valley basin along the Etsch River.
Reaching a height of some 90 m, the bell-tower of the Maria Himmelfahrt Gothic parish church is the highest in Tyrol. With its courtyard and arcades, the magnificent (now privately-owned) Schlandersburg Castle is an eye-catching two-storey Renaissance-era construction. The narrow, winding lanes with small shops and intimate cafés form part of the pedestrian zone, ideal for a leisurely stroll. The multimedia avimundus Visitor Centre
is also located in Schlanders, focusing on the abundant bird life in the Stelvio National Park.