Karrösten

Karrösten is located on the south west slope of the Tschirgant mountain, at the junction of the Gurgltal and Inntal valleys.

Altitude: 918 m asl

Karrösten, Brennbichl and Königskapelle form the municipality of Karrösten with its 700 inhabitants. Already in Bronze Age people started mining in this sunny area, a business that flourished in the 16th century. Today above all fruits and corn are cultivated on these slopes. The emblem of the municipality illustrates three red bullets on yellow ground, referring to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of the church.

A popular excursion destination is the Geologic Trail, providing information on the composition of stones and further information regarding geology. To clarify, once upon a time Karrösten has often been threatened by natural catastrophes, which makes researchers assume that the village in its present state has been built on the remnants of an ancient village. It takes you about 2.5 hours to walk this circular trail, snaking high above the Inntal valley and proceeding slightly upwards to the Karröster Alm pasture at 1,467 m asl. If you do want to go further, you can scale the Tschirgant mountain (2,370 m asl). However, also with bad weather you can spend active holidays: the climbing routes in the climbing gym next to the inn Gasthof Trenkwalder are newly set by the European Champion Bettina Schöpf on a regular basis.

If you are rather interested in arts and culture, we recommend you to visit the chapel Königskapelle. Inaugurated in 1855, this chapel reminds on the Emperor Friedrich August II from Saxony, who had an accident behind Imst when he made a trip into the Pitztal valley in 1854. His horse carriage tumbled over and a horse badly injured him at the back of the head. On August 9, 1854, he succumbed to his injuries in the inn Gasthof Neuner, where still today his death chamber reminds on the Emperor. In the years to follow, his widow Marie from Saxony had the chapel built in neo-Gothic style. The parish church of the village, however, dedicated to St. Nicholas, was inaugurated in 1778 and the interior is rich in rokoko elements. Also worth to be visited is the art weaving Schatz, a family-run business founded in 1932. This is where you can experience, and of course also purchase, local handicraft!

Our recommendation: at Karrösten there is the highest located sweet chestnut of North Tyrol, which has been protected as natural monument since the 1960s!

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