The small sunny town of Imst is situated in the holiday area Pitztal and Oetztal.
Altitude: 830 m asl
Imst has already been eternalised in an operetta in 1891 AD, which has been written by the Austrian composer Carl Zeller. This operetta is about a bird-dealer, which sold songbirds to Europe in the 18th and 19th century. That is why this operetta was entitled “Der Vogelhändler” (The Bird-Dealer). Imst is also considered to be the birthplace of the project “SOS-Kinderdörfer” (SOS Children’s Villages), which was founded by Hermann Gmeiner in 1949 in Imst. In 1951 the first “Children’s Village” has been opened.
Both summer and winter, Imst delights its visitors with theatre performances, classical concerts and modern festivals. However, also the fun factor doesn’t come off badly, as there is the 3.5 km long “Alpine Coaster”. This alpine rollercoaster provides a rush of adrenaline when you roll down from the Untermarkter alpine pasture (1,500 m asl) towards the valley. Beside a considerable number of hiking paths and mountain bike trails in the surroundings, there is another jewel right in the centre of Imst: the Rosengartenschlucht gorge and the Blue Grotto (Blaue Grotte), which can be visited while hiking along a circular route. Millions of years of history of earth come alive in only one afternoon!
Of course winter sports characterise also this locality in the cold season, as Imst is located in the heart of the large winter sport centres of Tyrol, such as the Oetztal valley and the Pitztal Glacier. The close-by “Imster Bergbahnen” lift facilities, however, take you into the family-oriented skiing area in Hoch-Imst, where 9 km of ski slopes, four lift facilities and a children’s land is waiting for you. The 4 km long toboggan run Untermarkter Alm and the 6 km long toboggan run Obermarkter Almweg/Latschenhütte complete the winter offer in Imst. Both toboggan runs can be reached using the “Imster Bergbahnen” lift facilities.
Our recommendation: Carnival is really popular in this area and one of the most famous traditions is the so called “Schemenlaufen”, taking place four-yearly. Only men are allowed to participate - they put on different masks and walk across Imst from early morning (6 am). Worth seeing!