Telfes im Stubai
The holiday resort of Telfes, located at 1,000 m asl, is the most sunny place in the Stubaital valley.
Image gallery: Telfes im Stubai
Altitude: 987 m asl
The name of the village with the component localities of Telfes, Gagers, Plöven, Kapfers and Liumes derives from the term “tellevo”, which means “fertil soil”. Probably for this reason this area has already been settled in the early Bronze Age. The black lynx in the emblem of the village reminds on the first verifiable owner of the local court, Otto Karling, and on Telfes as seat of the court of Stubai. Unfortunately the last lynx, the heraldic animal of Telfes, has been bagged already in the 19th century in the surroundings of the Pfarrachalm pasture…
The parish church dedicated to St. Pankratius dates back to the 18th century and has been constructed by the Tyrolean church architect Franz de Paula Penz, who is also sepulchred in this place. A curiosity regarding this church is that one cupola only is real, the others were painted by the artist Johann Anton Zoller, but they seem to be real. Inside the church there is one of the largest preserved organs by Franz Weber from Oberperfuss. Another sight is the raptorial bird park offering a great view on the valley and providing an insight into the world of European raptorial birds such as steppe eagle, golden eagle, kestrel and duck hawk. Of course there are also daily bird flight shows. Connected to this facility is a backup and care unit for injured raptorial birds.
A popular destination in summertime is the larch forest at the Telfer Wiesen, where also the Stubaital railway stops. This railway has been running for more than 100 years now between Innsbruck and Fulpmes and passes Kreith, Raitis, Mutters and Natters during its one-hours’ ride. Also the Schlick 2000 hiking area is partially located in the municipal area. This is where you can promenade on a natural trail focusing on alpine plants. The round course takes you about one hour and provides interesting information on local flora and fauna. To complete the offer at Telfes, there are mountain bike trails, tennis courts, an outdoor and indoor pool as well as a riding stable. In winter you can choose from four skiing areas, so to speak the Stubai Glacier, Schlick 2000, Serlesbahnen Mieders and 11er-Lifte Neustift, all accessible via shuttle services.
Our recommendation: every year in August there is the famous “Schlickeralmlauf”, a mountain jog from Telfes on the Sennjoch mountain (2,225 m asl)!