Imsterberg

The municipality of Imsterberg is located on the sunny slopes of the Venet mountain massif.

Altitude: 879 m asl

The villages Imsterau, Ried, Endsfeld, Höfle, Vorderspandegg and Hinterspadegg belong to the municipal area of Imsterberg, extending from 724 m to 1,074 m asl. Great parts of the municipality are located on the slopes of the Venet massif on the south Inn riverbank. The emblem of the municipality shows a cross referring to the Mediaeval lordship of the Stauffer family, as well as each two silver and blue fields, symbolizing the power of water of the Inn, converted into electricity in the generating plant Prutz-Silz.

The village is characterised by its Baroque parish church and the chapels spread in the surroundings, including the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary chapel (Maria Verkündung) in Hinterspadegg and the chapel of the Fourteen Auxilary Saints in Imsterau, both dating back to the 17th century. The latter has been constructed in order to protect the inhabitants from flood and mudflows. The parish church is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary, in the interior you can admire two life-size angels of the royal-Prussian court sculptor Johann Schnegg (1724-1784) from Imsterberg. Worth to be visited!

The hiking trails in the surroundings of the village take you into the world of mountains, past farms and mountain refuges, along which you often get offered a so-called “Saltbrennten”, which is a home-distilled schnaps. Popular routes take hikers e.g. to the Venetalm pasture or the surrounding summits. A tour including several summits is the high-altitude trail taking you on the Kreuzjoch mountain (2,464 m asl) via the Imsterberger Joch (2,207 m asl). Schedule about 4.5 hours for this hike. However, also mountain bikers and cyclists appreciate the surroundings of Imsterberg! Famous is above all the challenging trail to the Venetalm pasture, including a drop of 12-20%, which means than mountain bikers have to pedal really hard in order to be able to enjoy the great view on the Pitztal, Inntal and Gurgltal valleys. Those who prefer more comfortable cycling tours might enjoy the Inn cycle path, presenting hardly any ascent. In winter, however, there is the 4 km long toboggan run Imsterberg, which means lots of fun in the snow.

Our recommendation: the municipality has serveral private schnaps distilleries. Make a guided tour and discover curiosities about this metier, and of course you also have to taste this delicious beverage!

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