The municipality Baumkirchen is located at 593 m asl at the so-called Gnadenwald terrace.
Altitude: 593 m asl
Baumkirchen has got 1,200 inhabitants and is located about 16 km in the west of Innsbruck. Probably this area has already been settled in the Bronze Age, a fact that is testified by several findings. One of the main branches in Baumkirchen today is the exploitation of clay, as the village provides raw materials for brickworks in the nearby village of Fritzens. Once upon a time also in this village clay was excavated, but when the sources petered out, Baumkirchen has become the main supplier. The emblem of the municipality shows a church in the lower part and a tree in the upper part, both meant to illustrate the name of Baumkirchen, as “Baum” means tree and “Kirche” means church.
In former times the village was known for its numerous springs. In the 16th century 12 springs were documented, which were united to form a spa, to which healing properties were attached. These springs were destroyed by an earthquake and several decades passed before they could be rediscovered and made available for bathing. Finally, in the course of time these springs made way for road constructions.
Are you interested in history and culture? So we recommend you to visit the churches in the village. The Saint Laurentius parish church was mentioned for the first time in 1310 and was restored twice in the course of time. Above the entrance portal the patron saint is illustrated, a piece of art by the painter Franz Fuchs from Hall. Also worth to be visited is the Saint Anna chapel at the Kreuzbühel hill, which can perfectly be combined with a hike. It was built by the famous physician Dr. Hippolyt Guarioni in 1645. The early Baroque altar reminds on the Italian Renaissance period. In Baumkirchen there is also the Wohlgemutsheim Castle, which Paul Heuberger had built in 1474 in the north of the village. While it first passed into the hands of Friedrich II and then to the Cathedral Chapter of Hall in Tirol, today the castle hosts a kindergarten and a retreat house of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
Our recommendation: in the surroundings of the Wohlgemutsheim Castle there are several possibilities to make pleasant promenades making you enjoy the great natural scenery. Pure relaxation!