Schönwies

The holiday resort of Schönwies with the Bergwerkskopf mountain is located between Landeck and Imst.

Altitude: 737 m asl

The 14 component localities Schönwies, Starkenbach (where in the 19th century Roman silver coins were found), Dorf, Bichlifelder, Siedlung, Oberhäuser, Saurs, Ried, Grieshaus, Höfle, Lasalt, Obsaurs, Föhrenwaldsiedlung and Öde form the municipality of Schönwies, extending from the bottom of the valley in the south of the Inn river up to the slopes. The highest point of the municipality is the 2,728 m high Bergwerkskopf mountain in the Lechtal Alps. The three red and golden cloverleafs in the emblem of the municipality illustrate the name of Schönwies, which means “beautiful meadow”. A significant architectonic characteristic in the municipal area is the Kronburg ruin dating back to the 14th century, enthroning a striking rock spur between Zams and Schönwies.

Those who love to be active can look forward to their holidays at Schönwies! Let’s start at the bottom of the valley: the famous Roman road Via Claudia Augusta, along which you can also cycle, takes past Schönwies. This is where in former times oil from Spain and wine from Crete and much more were transported. Also the Way of St. James goes past the municipality and is a popular trail for comfortable hiking. Of course there are also several MTB trails and hiking trails taking you into the great world of mountains, e.g. to the Lasalt waterfall. This natural monument can be reached via the Panoramic Trail Schönwies offering impressive views. However, this trail is only recommendable to experienced alpinists! The village itself offers a leisure time facility with tennis courts and a beach volley field, while in winter an ice skating ground and grounds for ice stock sport are available.

In a comfortable walk you can visit several sacred buildings of the village: the Baroque parish church has been dedicated to the archangel Michael. The pulpit and the high altar in the interior are masterpieces of the local sculptor Daniel Grameiser. And the late-Gothic St. Vigil church in the locality of Obsaurs is considered to be one of the most contemplative places of the entire Way of St. James. In the chapel the so-called “Salige Fräulein” (which means blissful women) are worshipped. Equally worth to be visited is the Roman tower made of quarry-stone and tuff stone, dating back to late Mediaeval times. It is presumed that a black dog guards a treasure in this place… eerie…

Our recommendation: if you go to the Kronburg ruin by car, cop a look into the gorge of Kronburg. Even if you cannot walk into the gorge, it is considered to be the most beautiful gorges of Tyrol!

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