The village of Axams with its 5,500 inhabitants is located in the western low mountain range above Innsbruck.
Altitude: 874 m asl
Axams is located in the heart of Tyrol, 10 km from the city of Innsbruck. The Celtic term “Axams” means “village on an elevation”, which is also illustrated in the emblem of the municipality by a golden mountain. The blue blossom, however, refers to flax cultivation that flourished above all in the 19th century in the surroundings of the holiday resort.
In winter the largest skiing area of Innsbruck and surroundings, which is the Axamer Lizum, is located only 8 km from Axams. This is where some competitions of the Olympic Winter Games of 1964 and 1976 In Innsbruck were staged. Today this skiing area with 40 km of well-groomed slopes is a hot spot for those who love skiing and snowboarding, and the funpark makes freestyler’s hearts leap for joy. In summer and autumn the Axamer Lizum is a popular hiking area, making you experience the beauty of nature and mountains of Innsbruck and surroundings. Popular are lantern and sunrise hikes, and in autumn the colours of nature are particularly interesting. This is what you should not miss at all! And after a day in the mountains we recommend you to visit the local leisure centre “Freizeitzentrum Axams” with indoor pool, heated outdoor pool and beach volley field. Moreover there is a sauna world, a solarium and wellness facilities. A bouldering gym, an ice skating ground and a curling ground complete the offer.
The most significant building of Axams is the parish church, dedicated to John the Baptist. Originally built in Romanesque style, it has been converted to Gothic construction style in the course of time. Only the adjacent St. Michael chapel, attached to the vestry, still presents the Romanesque style. Axams is also the birthplace of some famous personalities, e.g. the author Karl Schönherr (1867 - 1943) and the world downhill champion in alpine skiing of 1935, Franz Zingerle (1908-1988).
Our recommendation: above all pony riding is a popular activity with kids! In the village of Axams they can make their first experiences on the horseback.