Ampass is located close to the alpine city of Innsbruck on the southern Inn riverbank.
Altitude: 651 m asl
The municipality of Ampass is located along the former salt road from Hall to Matrei am Brenner. In 1145 the municipality has been mentioned for the first time under the name “Ambanes”, which is a Celtic term for “between the rivers”. Probably this area has already been settled around 1,800 BC, evidenced by findings.
It is above all the astonishing nature round the holiday resort that attracts a large number of visitors! A popular destination e.g. is the little lake Taxerhof in the municipal area, which is also known as “Köglmoor”. The lake with its reeds and wet meadows is under natural protection and is also natural habitat for rare bird species such as herons and wagtails. In the lake, however, trouts and carps are bred. Numerous hiking and cycling trails make you best experience the beauty of mountains. One of the hiking trails round Ampass was named after Kaspar Sautner, a Tyrolean freedom fighter, who was born in this place. Also the alpine trail of Innsbruck, taking you from the Kreither Alm pasture via the Raitiser and Mutterer Alm pastures to the Götzner Alm pasture, makes you experience a great hike. If you feel like, you can stop at any mountain refuge and have a refreshing drink before you walk on! Presenting an altitude difference of 100 m only, it is considered to be a pleasant, easy tour. Also recommendable to those who love hiking is the “Club Innsbruck Card”, which makes you access the hiking bus shuttle for free if you are staying in Innsbruck or one of its 25 holiday villages.
And if one day the weather is not too fine, you can visit the alpine city of Innsbruck that is located only 8 km from Ampass. Innsbruck does not only offer several possibilities regarding entertainment, but there are also numerous interesting museums and and charming shops. Also in Ampass itself there are several interesting buildings such as the Gothic Veit church, built by carters, or the pest column, which is the symbol of Ampass and is also illustrated on the emblem of the municipality. The green fields in the emblem, however, represent the green valley, in which Ampass is located, and the silver stripe in the middle reminds on the former salt road. The pest column, called “Pestsäule” or “Viertelsäule”, is located on the road to Hall in Tirol on the so-called sunny “Sonnenbühel” hill and is considered to be the most important Gothic ornamented column of North Tyrol.
Our recommendation: the beautiful late Gothic parish church has been converted to Baroque style in the course of time. Due to its location and uniqueness it is also a very popular wedding church. Maybe something for you!? :-)