Volders with its church of St. Karl is located 15 km in the east of Innsbruck.
Altitude: 558 m asl
Volders down in the valley floor as well as Grossvolderberg and Kleinvolderberg in the Voldertal valley form the municipality of Volders, located in the south of the Inn river. The village has got 4,300 inhabitants and harkens back to a long history. The emblem of the municipality shows a silver chain glove on red background, taken from the emblem of a former resident aristocratic family.
Volders is an ideal holiday resort if you would like to spend active holidays in Tyrol! Also the lively history of the village can be retraced in a hike in the nearby settlement “Himmelreich”, one of the main Tyrolean archaeological excavation sites. Basements, pottery and iron tools of the Romansh period were found. A 10 km long circular route takes you to the main places of interest. Mountain bikers as well as mountaineers are also attracted by the Voldertal valley, offering a large number of hiking and MTB-trails, making you experience the mountains of Tyrol at its best. If you prefer more comfortable activities we recommend you the Inn cycle path, characterised by hardly any gradients. Don’t forget your picnic basket! However, in winter the Volderberg hill offers a toboggan run, ideal for a great afternoon with your friends or family.
One of the main cultural sights of Volders is the church of St. Karl, as the monastery church dedicated to Saint Karl Borromäus is also called. It is not only considered to be the symbol of Volders, but it also represents one of the main Rokoko masterpieces in Tyrol. As the church is located only a stone’s throw from the Inntal motorway, also transients can easily stop to visit this worthwhile church, as you can access it from a parking space in the motorway area. Next to the church there is Lake Volders, located about 150 m from the entrance of the village. Once upon a time this lake was much larger, but according to a legend a giant cut off the affluent of the lake. For this reason only a pond is left, which is idyllically surrounded by a forest. Great promenades take you across this forest, to places of interest such as the church of St. Karl, or the village itself. Also worthwhile are the Aschach and Friedberg castles. The latter was built by the Counts of Andechs around 1000 AC, when it was also first documented. Aschau Castle, however, was mentioned for the first time in 1334 and reconstructed after a devastating fire in the 15th century. Both estates are today surrounded by a beautiful park and several natural monuments.
Our recommendation: of utmost importance to Volders are customs and tradition. There are processions on the occasion of feast days and various Carnival traditions as well as the return of the cattle from the alpine pastures in autumn, which is also lushly celebrated.