Wenns

Wenns is made up of numerous hamlets and farms, located in the heart of a valley basin in the central Pitztal valley.

Altitude: 962 m asl

Despite of the fact that Wenns is the smallest municipality of the valley in terms of size, it is the most densely populated. It is located at the junction to the Piller saddle, a passage to the Kaunertal valley and the area of the Oberes Gericht. Numerous hamlets and farms belong to the south eastern slope of the Venet massif (2,513 m asl) and the Piller saddle. The emblem of the municipality shows a yellow arm with judge’s staff, referring to the fact that until 1500 AD there was only one village judge administered justice in North Tyrol. The name Wenns derives from the term “ad vannas”, which means “in the hollow”.

The municipality has got some sights to offer that are of particular interest for those who area interested in culture. The first is the so-called “Platzhaus” house, located close to the main road. Between 1576 and 1608 it was completely painted and assigned to the village advocate and judge of the Pitztal valley. Furthermore the most ancient farm of Tyrol, which is about 700 years old, is located at Wenns, as ascertained by the University of Innsbruck. And also the oldest crib construction association of Tyrol, founded in 1860, has been brought into being at Wenns. Moreover there are some sacred bulidings, such as the St. John parish church, the succursal church at St. Margarethen or the Platzkapelle chapel in the centre of the village as well as the Gassenkapelle chapel at Unterdorf.

In summer excursions into the fascinating world of mountains are particularly popular. A very special destination is the burnt offering site at the Piller saddle (1,558 m asl). This is where in the Bronze Age animals were sacrificed to the gods. A hill with a diameter of 15 x 12 metres emerged, which is 2.5 metres high. Today this hill can be visited on certain days of the week. By the way: the prehistoric findings of the sacrifice site are exhibited in the museum of Fliess! Children up to 14 years, however, are going to feel at ease in the “Pitzi’s Children’s Club”, where in summertime children’s entertainment is offered. In winter, from Wenns you can easily reach the famous skiing areas of the valley, such as the whole-year round skiing area at the Pitztal Glacier (30 km from Wenns), as well as the Hochzeiger skiing area with its 40 km of ski runs (10 km from Wenns). A ski and toboggan shuttle service comfortably takes you there.

Our recommendation: particularly popular is the carnival custom of the “Wenner Fasnacht”, following the “Schemenlauf” of Imst. The “Wenner Fasnacht” has been regularly celebrated since the 19th century.

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