Jerzens

The municipality of Jerzens extends in the anterior part of the Pitztal valley on both riverbanks of the Pitze river.

Altitude: 1,107 m asl

Already in pre-Roman times “Irtzens”, like Jerzens was called in former times, has been settled and in the Middle Ages it has become famous for its cutleries. The different hamlets emerged out of the so-called Schwaighof farms. The emblem of the municipality shows the crozier as attribute of St. Gotthard, the patron saint of Jerzens. The green field, however, refers to the importance of agriculture, while the white-red bar refers to the cathedral chapter of Stams, which in Medieval times was particularly important for the village. Today Jerzens, located on the sunny terrace of the Pitztal valley, is a popular holiday resort.

When in 1964 the first ski lift has been inaugurated on the snow-sure Hochzeiger mountain, tourism started flourishing in Jerzens. This ski lift has been transformed into the nowadays very popular Hochzeiger skiing area, boasting 9 lift facilities and a total of 40 km of ski slopes. In the home skiing area of the ski star Benni Raich there is even a black slope that bears his name! Moreover the skiing area, which by the way has been awarded with a seal of quality, boasts a 6 km long toboggan run. This run starts at the mountain station of the Hochzeiger cable car at 2,000 m asl and takes down to the village of Kaitanger. Otherwise you can also ski in the whole-year round skiing area at the Pitztal Glacier.

In summer the Hochzeiger mountain is a popular hiking area, making you enjoy the beauty of the Pitztal mountains. More than 100 km of hiking and Nordic Walking trails make you experience the great outdoors on foot. And after an extended walk you absolutely have to stop at one of the cosy Tyrolean mountain huts and try some cheese and bacon, e.g. on the Jerzner refuge, the Stadlerhütte hut or the Hochzeigerhaus mountain hut. Those who love mountain biking can look forward to a vast network of trails in the Pitztal valley. Finally a curiosity about Jerzens: the village has got a pipeline, through which every day milk is pumped from the alpine pastures to the old mill in the valley!

Our recommendation: every year at the intermediate station of the Hochzeiger funicular, there is the event “Fire & Ice” with fireworks, presentations of the ski school as well as music and entertainment.

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