Gallzein

The municipality Gallzein is located in idyllic position at the northern spur of the Tux Prealps.

Altitude: 825 m asl

Probably the name Gallzein derives from the Rhaeto-Romanic word “collacino”, which means “little hill”. This village, comprising seven compound localities, is accessible via Schwaz or Buch bei Jenbach. Above Gallzein, there is the Gratzenjoch mountain (1,998 m asl), which is part of the municipal area. Interesting is the fact that the emblem of Gallzein depicts a red bull as symbol for cattle industry. Hammer and chisel below remind on mining, as the village in former centuries was one of the centres of mining at Schwaz.

In summer Gallzein with its crystal clear mountain air is a popular holiday destination for those who seek a calm and relaxing area. The vast network of trails for promenading as well as hiking and cycling trails taking you in the heart of the Karwendel mountain chain is completed by a varied programme for kids down in the village. As you might notice, there is something for every taste, tailored for all members of your family! The trail “10 Kapellen Weg” (trail of ten chapels) takes promenaders from Gallzein to Schwaz and back across meadows and forests. As the name of the trail reveals, it goes past ten chapels, more or less dating back to the mining period. Particularly worth seeing is also the chapel of Kogelmoos dating back to 1842 AD. It is known under the name “Wiesenherrgott”.

In winter Gallzein wears a rather sporty outfit, as the skiing area Kellerjoch with 14 km of ski slopes, as well as the ski lifts in Stans and Weerberg are all located within easy reach. However, that’s far from being all: the winter hiking trails take you across the snow-capped landscape, while the high-altitude cross-country ski trail Hochgallzein offers a great panoramic view. And on the 2 km long natural toboggan run Gallzein, national and international competitions are staged.

Our recommendation: this time a tip for those who love arts: on the façades of the local elementary school you can admire a fresco of the famous Tyrolean artist Max Weiler!

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