Ampass is located close to the alpine city of Innsbruck on the southern Inn riverbank.
Altitude: 651 m asl
Ampass is located along the former salt road from Hall in Tirol to Matrei am Brenner. In 1145 the municipality has been mentioned for the first time under the name “Ambanes”, which is a Celtic term for “between two rivers”. Probably this area has already been settled around 1800 BC, evidenced by findings.
It is above all the astonishing nature round the holiday resort that attracts a large number of visitors! A popular destination e.g. is the little lake Taxerhof 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. Another hiking trail round Ampass was named after Kaspar Sautner, a Tyrolean freedom fighter, who was born in this place. Also the “Innsbrucker Almenweg” (Alpine Trail of Innsbruck), taking you from the Kreither Alm pasture via the Raitiser and Mutterer Alm pastures to the Götzner Alm pasture, makes you experience a great hike. Presenting an altitude difference of 100 m only, it is considered to be a pleasant, easy tour. Recommendable to those who love hiking is the “Club Innsbruck Card”, which makes you access e.g. the hiking bus shuttle for free.
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. Innsbruck does not only offer several possibilities regarding entertainment, but there are also numerous interesting museums and charming shops. Two interesting buildings in Ampass itself are the Gothic Veit church, built by carters, and the pest column, which is the symbol of Ampass and is also illustrated on the emblem of the municipality. The green fields in the emblem, however, represent the green valley, in which Ampass is located, and the silver stripe in the middle reminds on the former salt road. The pest column, called “Viertelsäule”, is located on the road to Hall in Tirol on the Sonnenbühel hill and is considered to be the most important Gothic ornamented column of North Tyrol.
Our recommendation: the beautiful late Gothic parish church has been converted to Baroque style in the course of time. Due to its location and uniqueness it is also a very popular wedding church.