Pians

Pians and Quadratsch form the municipality of Pians, located along the road to the Arlberg.

Altitude: 856 m asl

The name of the village of Pians derives from the Latin term “pedaneus” (bridge). In Middle ages many saddlers and wainwrights settled down in Pians, and in the 19th century the Arlbergbahn railway has been established, which is not in service any more. Today the bacon and sausage producer Handl Tyrol has got its seat in Pians. The red dragon on the emblem of the municipality, sitting under an arch of the old bridge over the Sanna river, refers to Saint Margarethe, whose mint-mark the dragon is.

The municipal territory extends up to the slopes of the Parseierspitze mountain, which is the highest mountain of the Lechtal Alps, boasting a height of 3,036 m asl. Hiking and mountaineering determine leisure time in summer in Pians. A popular destination is the Ascher refuge (2,256 m asl) in the Samnaun mountain range, whic can be reached from the neighbouring village See via the Schallertal valley in a 4-hours’ walk. Open in high-summer, this mountain hut celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1996. Also recommendable is the Mathias Schmid arts trail, reminding on this artist born in 1835 in See. It starts at the Mathias Schmid museum in Ischgl, about 20 km away.

In winter in the surroundings of the village there is the See skiing area, making you enjoy skiing on the Medrigalm pasture up to 2,450 m asl. Fun and action is guaranteed on the 41 km of ski slopes, including 9 lift facilities and a great panoramic view on the surrounding mountains.

Our recommendation: particularly worth visiting is the St. Margarethe’s chapel, located on an elevation at the border of Pians. Constructed in the 14th century in Gothic style, the chapel was refurbished with beautiful frescoes in the 15th century. The altar dates back to the 17th century and was established by the famous sculptor Michael Lechleitner from the neighbouring village of Grins.

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