Gallzein is located in idyllic position at the northern spur of the Tux Alps.
Altitude: 825 m asl
Probably the name of the village derives from the Rhaeto-Romanic word “collacino”, which means “little hill”. This village, comprising seven compound localities, is accessible via Schwaz or Buch. Above Gallzein, there is the Gratzenjoch mountain (1,998 m), which is part of the municipal area. Particularly interesting is the fact that the emblem of Gallzein depicts a red bull as symbol for cattle industry. Hammer and chisel below remind on mining, as the village in former centuries was one of the centres of mining at Schwaz.
In summer Gallzein with its crystal clear mountain air and its position far away from hustle and bustle is a popular holiday destination for those who seek a calm and relaxing area. The vast network of trails for promenading as well as hiking and cycling trails taking you in the heart of the Karwendel mountain chain is completed by a varied programme for kids down in the village. As you might notice, there is something for every taste, tailored for all members of your family! Particularly worth seeing is the chapel of Kogelmoos dating back to 1842 AD. The trail “Zehn-Kapellen-Weg”, which means “trail of ten chapels”, takes promenaders from Gallzein to Schwaz across meadows and forests. As the name of the trail reveals, it goes past ten chapels, more or less dating back to the mining period.
In winter Gallzein wears a rather sporty outfit, as the skiing areas Stans, Kellerjoch and Weerberg are all located within easy reach. However, that’s far from being all: the winter hiking trails take you across the snow-capped landscape, while the high-altitude cross-country ski trail of Hochgallzein offers a great panoramic view. On the natural luge track Kogelmoos, national and international competitions are staged. From the Weilerhof farm, within one hour, you can reach the Kogelmoos alpine tavern, from where you can start sledging along the course of 1.7 km…
Our recommendation: this time a tip for those who love arts: On the façades of the local elementary school you can admire a fresco of the famous Tyrolean artist Max Weiler!