Buchen and Mösern, which is famous for its freedom bell, are two component localities of the market town Telfs.
Image gallery: Mösern-Buchen
Altitude: 1,237 m asl (Mösern)
The component localities Mösern and Buchen, located high above Telfs, are part of the municipality of Telfs from a geographic point of view, while from the touristic viewpoint both of them belong to the Olympic Region Seefeld. The view, which has already been immortalized by Albrecht Dürer in its self portrait, reaches beyond the Tiroler Inntal valley.
Mösern-Buchen is very popular with those who seek relaxation and recreation, which is e.g. guaranteed at the shores of one of the three idyllically located lakes in the surroundings. Lake Mösern is located above the village at 1,292 m asl and can be reached within 15 minutes from the centre. Even if it is located in a nature reserve, bathing is allowed. The two other lakes, Wildmoossee and Lottensee, are natural phenomenons that repeatedly appear and disappear. This phenomenon is attachable to the snow melt, during which the water is stored in the karstified subsoil, forming the lakes. In winter this area on the southern edge of the Seefeld plateau represents a real winter sports paradise! Skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing are popular activities. Moreover Mösern boasts a well-groomed cross-country ski network which was awarded for its quality. In other words, it is one of the best areas for cross-country skiing in Europe.
The largest bell of Tyrol and the largest free-hanging bell of the entire alpine area can be found in the west of Mösern. The freedom bell was established on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the “ArgeAlp”, the Working Group of Alpine Countries. The figures regarding this bell are astonishing: a weight of 10 tons and a diameter of 2.6 metres. Every day at 5 pm this bell sounds, and its sound is aimed at recalling freedom, good neighbourhood and the feeling of a united Europe. Along the trail of the freedom bell, the “Friedensglockenwanderweg”, with its 7 stations you can perfectly combine promenading and a visit to the bell. Another peculiarity of Mösern are the fences and lanterns along the main roads. The fences are still hand-made according to an ancient tradition, and the lanterns are produced by a local metalsmith. Make a journey back in time when you walk along the village!
Our recommendation: you absolutely have to taste some local delicacies in the inns and taverns of the village. Tasty! By the way, there is also a 2 Gault Millau-graded restaurant…