The holiday resort of Rinn and the former pilgrimage site Judenstein are located in the east of Innsbruck.
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Altitude: 918 m asl
Rinn is located on a low mountain range terrace about 10 km from Innsbruck. “Runne”, as it used to be called, was mentioned for the first time in 1250, probably the term derives from the Romansh term “Run”, which means “clearing site”. The emblem of the municipality shows blue waves on white ground, referring to the richness in springs in the area.
Particularly popular is the pilgrimage church of Judenstein in the neighbouring Judenstein, established in 1670. A legend that was, however, negated later on, tells that in this place Andreas Oxner, known as “Anderl von Rinn”, was beaten to death by Jews that travelled through this place. As this legend was considered to be false, this place was no longer a pilgrimage site from 1994 on. Today the Judenstein church is dedicated to the Visitation of Mary and is in general known as memorial for abused children and adolescents. Moreover it is a popular venue for baptising and weddings. The parish church in the centre of the village, however, is dedicated to St. Andrew the apostle and is one of the most beautiful rococo churches of Tyrol. The beautiful ceiling frescoes were executed by Josef and Franz Gines from Thaur. Further interesting buildings are the Schmirnerhof farm, where Josef Speckbacher, a fellow combatant of Andreas Hofer in the Tyrolean freedom fights, had his family, as well as the Anderlhof farm of “Anderl von Rinn”. And at the devil’s mill (Teufelsmühle), the Tyrolean farmers are considered to have entered a pact with the devil…
Already before WWI Rinn was mentioned as one of the first climatic health-resorts of the Tyrolean low mountain range in a brochure. Particularly praised were the view on the mountains, its position sheltered from the wind, and the excellent drinking and bathing water. Still today Rinn is very popular with those who seek relaxation. Also for those who love sports there are many offers to choose from. Numerous well-marked hiking and cycling trails are ideal for experiencing the mountains, while in the village there is an 18-hole golf course, which is part of the golf club Innsbruck-Igls. This golf course at the slopes of the Glungezer mountain is first of all impressive due to the panoramic view it offers, ranging from the Wetterstein mountain chain to the Kaiser mountain chain. In winter, however, kids’ hearts leap for joy in the “Kinderland Rinn”, while adults can make their first trials on snow at the T-bar lift. Otherwise there is a free ski shuttle taking you into the famous Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck. Beside cross-country skiing and tobogganing at the Rinner Alm pasture, also winter hiking and horse-drawn carriage rides enjoy great popularity.
Our recommendation: “RollRinn”, an event taking place every year, has become a real mass event that aims at removing barriers between handicapped and non-handicapped people. It attracts Austrian and also international athletes and celebrities!