Aldrans 2011

Aldrans

The holiday resort of Aldrans is located on a sunny terrace above Innsbruck.

Altitude: 760 m asl

Aldrans, Rans, Prockenhöfe, Wiesenhöfe and Herzsee, located at the homonymous lake, make up the municipal area of Aldrans. The name of the village probably derives from the “Allrainer Veld”, referring to a former field. In 1893 Aldrans, located along the former salt road from Hall to Matrei, was almost completely destroyed by a fire. The emblem of the municipality shows an eagle wing in the form of a water lily on yellow ground. To clarify, the eagle is the heraldic animal of the Counts of Andechs, while the form of the water lily reminds on the Tegernsee convent. Together with the village, this convent was first mentioned in 1157 AD in a deed of donation.

Already in the 19th century Aldrans was a popular holiday resort and this tradition continued. Located only 3 km from Innsbruck, you can also reach the Alpine City on foot in a 30-minutes’ walk. If you would like to experience the enchanting nature in the surroundings we recommend a walk on the so-called “Zirbenweg” and “Speckbachweg” trails: the latter is 16 km long and takes you round the plateau, while the former trail takes you at 2,000 m asl from the Patscherkofel mountain to the Glungezer mountain. In winter both mountains are popular skiing areas. A further popular excursion destination is Lake Herzsee, located in the municipal area and once a lake for bathing that today is mainly used for fish farming. Numerous trails are available for pleasant promenades or a cycling tour and the heart-shaped lake is a wonderful place for relaxing and staying for a little while.

However, also for those who are interesting in culture this village has got much to offer! Excavations brought to light several evidences of an early settlement of this area, including iron objects dating back to the La-Tène period, a sword of the Bronze Age and a hoard of coins of the Langobards. Also the steeple of Aldrans is visible from afar. It belongs to the St. Martin church, originally built in Gothic style and converted to Baroque style in the 18th century. By the way: already for centuries people in the village used to act! The so-called “Martinsspiele” for example date back to the year 1759, moreover there was a so-called “Amazonentheater”, in which only women were allowed to participate…

Our recommendation: the historic district of Hall in Tirol is located only a few km from Aldrans. Thanks to its beneficial location between Innsbruck and Hall in Tirol, there is always something to do!

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