Ampass

The Pest Column, the most important Gothic ornamented column of North Tyrol, rises on the Sonnenbühel on the road to Hall in Tirol.

Altitude: 651 m a.s.l.

Ampass is located on the southern Inn riverbank, along the former Salt Road of Hall in Tirol. The old name "Ambanes" is a Celtic term for "between two rivers", but this area was already settled around 1800 BC, evidenced by findings. The late Gothic parish church was converted to Baroque style later on, and is a very popular wedding church today - due to its location and uniqueness.

It is above all the astonishing nature round the holiday resort that attracts a large number of visitors. A popular destination is the small Taxerhof Pond in the municipal area, which is also known as Köglmoor. With its reeds and wet meadows, it is under natural protection and a natural habitat for rare bird species such as herons and wagtails. In the lake, however, trouts and carps are bred. Other hiking trails round Ampass are the Innsbruck Mountain Huts Tour and the Kaspar Sautner Path, dedicated to the Tyrolean freedom fighter, who was born in this place.

If one day the weather is not too fine, you can visit the Alpine City of Innsbruck that is located only 8 km from Ampass. It awaits you with several possibilities regarding entertainment, sport and shopping, but also interesting museums and exquisite restaurants. Two interesting buildings in Ampass itself are the Gothic St. Vitus Church, built by carters, and the Pest Column, which is the symbol of Ampass and is also illustrated on the coat of arms of the municipality.

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