Ellbögen is located 12 km in the south of Innsbruck on the east side of the Wipptal valley.
Altitude: 1,070 m asl
The component localities St. Peter, Hennenboden, Tarzens, Mühltal, Niederstrasse, Erlach, Oberellbögen and Innerellbögen, as well as the Viggartal and Arztal valleys form the municipality of Ellbögen, extending to the ridge of the Tux pre-Alps. The sunny slopes of the Patscherkofel mountain were already settled in prehistoric times, in the village of St. Peter for example an approximately 3,000 year old cemetery was found. Later on Ellbögen became famous due to its location along the salt road from Hall in Tirol to Matrei am Brenner. In the 16th and 17th century in the Arztal valley ore was exploited, which was also used for the famous “Black Men” statues (Schwarze Mander) in the Court Church Innsbruck.
Today Ellbögen is a comfortable holiday resort focusing on soft tourism! The yellow bent arm on red ground on the emblem of the village literally illustrates the name of Ellbögen, that actually means “elbows”. The key, however, is a symbol for St. Petrus, the patron saint of the village. The municipality has got several buildings to offer that really deserve a visit, including the parish church constructed in 1472 and converted to Baroque style in the 18th century. Also interesting is the Hinterlocher mill in Innerellbögen towards the Arztal valley, dating back to 1738 AD. This mill was in operation until 1951, and a visit can perfectly be combined with a hike. In summer corn grinding is shown to the public, and afterwards you can of course taste home-made products!
In summer, however, this area offers a dense network of hiking and cycling trails, ideal for tours of any level. Impressive hiking destinations are e.g. the peaks of the Viggarspitze (2,300 m asl), Glungezer (2,670 m asl), Morgenkofel (2,600 m asl), Kreuzspitze (2,750 m asl), as well as the Rosenjoch mountain (2,770 m asl), which is the highest mountain in the municipal territory. In winter, one of the most popular winter activities is ski touring, e.g. to the Boscheben refuge in the Viggartal valley and to the Meissnerhaus refuge, as well as on the Ochsenalm pasture and the Arztaler pasture in the homonymous Arztal valley. In the village there is also the 5 km long toboggan run Meissner Haus - Mühltal. Considered to be one of Tyrol’s straightest toboggan runs, it is for experts only.
Our recommendation: what about holidays in an alpine hut? In the surroundings of Ellbögen you can also rent a mountain hut as an alternative to the conventional accommodation.