The mining city of Schwaz is known as the “silver region” of the Inntal valley.

Altitude: 535 m asl

Featuring about 13,500 inhabitants, the cosy city Schwaz is the centre of the holiday area Achensee and Karwendel. It has already been settled in the Neolithic Age and Bronze Age. In the 15th and 16th century, Schwaz has been the largest mining metropolis throughout Europe. And this is exactly what attracted famous people: the Fugger family came to this place and the famous doctor Paracelsus has been in this city twice. Witnesses of the lively past are for example the Fuggerhaus building, the parish church with two steeples and a late Gothic trading house.

In summer the Karwedel mountain chain attracts lots of vacationers from all over. The hiking trails take you to different sites, as for instance Freudensberg Castle, or in outlands like the Kellerjoch mountain, a popular viewpoint. Other destinations are the Gartalm (1,848 m asl) or Geolsalm pasture (1,774 m asl) - both very popular especially in high summer when the alpine roses are in full blossom and the alpine pastures gleam in a dark red colour. If you would like to take a break, there are numerous possibilities to stop for a bite to eat. Just sit back on the terrace, let the sun shine into your heart and enjoy Tyrolean delicacies in your well-deserved vacation!

Particularly family-friendly in winter is the Kellerjoch skiing area: a free skibus takes you to the valley station of the Kellerjoch funicular. 14 km of ski slopes provide the basis for great skiing adventures. Furthermore, Schwaz offers four tobbogan runs, and on the cross-country ski tracks in the surroundings you can experience the winter in another way.

Our recommendation: one of the highlights is the silver mine, for which Schwaz is very popular! The so called “Gruben-Hunt” takes you in the underground. This mine has been opened for the public and gives you an insight into the miners’ work. Also interesting and worth seeing are the Zeiss Planetarium and the Museum of People, an ethnographic museum.

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