Obernberg am Brenner Winter 2011

Obernberg am Brenner

Included in the territory of Obernberg am Brenner is the homonymous lake, a popular destination not only in summer.

Altitude: 1.380 m asl

Obernberg am Brenner is located about 40 km in the south of Innsbruck in the Obernberg valley, branching off at Gries am Brenner. This valley extends towards the Schwarze Wand mountain and the Tribulaun mountains located at the border to South Tyrol. Already in Bronze Age this area was pasture-land, later on mining was the main industry up to the 16th century. A hollowed ritual stone which was found in the valley revealed that the area of Obernberg has already been settled in pre-Roman times.

The emblem of the village shows three golden cones referring to the legend of the golden skittles: in the gold and silver mine of the Obernberg valley varlets were so rich that they even played with golden skittles. When they flayed a bull just for their devilment, bestrew it with salt and chased it out of the valley, this bull stopped at a wayside cross and shouted out its pain. In this moment the drifts of the mine collapsed and the varlets who committed the outrage were buried. The few that survived this incident brought the golden skittles in a cave and were carried off by the pest soon after…

The St. Nikolaus church characterises the village: it was established in 1760 AD by the Tyrolean church architect Franz de Paula Penz instead of an ancient church and equipped with frescoes of Christoph Anton Mayr. In 1930 the church was renovated and is today considered to be one of the most beautiful churches of North Tyrol. In summer Lake Obernberg is a popular destination for excursions and has been famous already a long time ago, as the surroundings were the hunting grounds of the Emperor Maximilian I. With the above mentioned lake also trout breeding became more and more important. Located at the foot of the striking Tribulaun mountains in the protected area Obernberger See-Tribulaun-Nösslachjoch, it is also worthwhile in winter, as there is a winter hiking trail taking to this lake and a toboggan run back down into the valley. The Obernberg valley is also popular with those who love ski tours and the 8 km long cross-country ski trail round the church extends to the larch forest at the end of the valley.

Our recommendation: an absolute must is the trail round Lake Obernberg, which makes you experience a unique scenic landscape!

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