In no other place you can understand so well the medieval life as you will in the City of Glurns: imposing walls, watchtowers, three imposing access doors, porticos, and narrow alleys, and wonderful noble houses. The name of the town, which appeared for the first time in 1163, probably derives from colurnus, a variation of the Latin corylus, meaning hazelnut tree. In 1291 it obtained the privileges of civitas. Completely destroyed during the Swabian war, it was rebuilt between 1500 and 1520 and provided with walls which have been preserved until present times. It became a very rich commercial town, above all thanks to the salt trade between the Tyrol mines of Hall and Switzerland.
Wise renovation works that preserved its original features gave to this town, today destinations of so many visitors, a new life.