Nassereith

The municipality Nassereith with its numerous component localities is located at the entrance of the Gurgltal valley.

Altitude: 843 m asl

At the place where the former Roman Road Via Claudia Augusta runs from the Fernpass to Imst, and the ancient salt road runs over the Holzleiten saddle and the Mieminger plateau to Telfs, there is Nassereith, located at an altitude of 843 m asl. The area round the hamlet of Dormitz has already been constantly settled in 300 - 200 BC. The name of Nassereith derives from the Latin term “in avereto”, which means “in the acer forest”, which is also illustrated on the emblem of the municipality by three acer leaves.

The village has got much to offer for those who love culture! In Dormitz there is one of the most beautiful and oldest pilgrimage churches of the Tiroler Oberland area. This church has been dedicated to St. Nicholas and converted to Baroque style in the in interior in 1746. Particularly worth to be visited is the statue of Virgin Mother with child at the high altar (15th century). And the Epiphany church (Hl. Drei Könige) with its 400 seats is one of the largest parish churches all over Tyrol. Due to its 300 year old bulbous spire the church can be seen from afar. Generally, tradition and religion has an important role to play in Nassereith, its processions are considered to be among the most beautiful of Tyrol! On this occasion the buildings are decorated with “Majelen”, fresh hardwood and conifer woods, the local music group plays, and flags and holy figures are carried along in the procession. In the period of Carnival an old traditions comes alive, which is the so-called “Schellerlaufen”, a fight between bear and bear beater, symbolizing spring and winter. Of course the bear wins the battle! Figurines and masks that can be seen in this battle can also be seen in the local museum the whole year round.

Also those who love sports can choose from plenty of activities in Nassereith. Particularly popular are the surrounding lakes such as Lake Fernsteinsee, popular above all with divers and boaters. Unique: in the heart of the lake there is the ruin of Sigmundsburg, the place where already the fairy-tale king Ludwig II sojourned! In the surroundings there are also the Samerangersee and Schanzlsee lakes, while Lake Nassereith is located right behind the parish church. Several hiking trails, mountain bike trails and climbing routes in the Mieminger plateau characterize this area. And afterwards exhausted muscles can be revitalized in the Kneipp facility Mühlsprung. In winter, however, there are two t-bar lifts, the 2.5 km long natural bobsleigh run Holzleiten as well as the toboggan runs Rossbachlift - Dormitz and Bockleite.

Our recommendation: Nassereith is famous for its crib figurines that are not wood carved, but made of clay. Every year these figurines are exhibited from the Immaculate Conception (December 8) to the Baptism of Jesus in January along the trail “Nassereither Krippenweg” path.

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