Fritzens is name-giving for the pre-Romanesque period “Fritzens-Sanzeno culture”.
Altitude: 591 m asl
Fritzens is located about 16 km in the east of Innsbruck close to Wattens, which is famous for its Swarovski Crystal Worlds. In 1170 AD Fritzens was documented for the first time as “Frucines”. The village developed out of the Meierhof farm, which was in charge of the milling, hunting and fishing rights. The emblem of the municipality illustrates a silver earth-ware jar in the lower part, referring to the Fritzens-Sanzeno culture, and a black bear in the upper part, referring to the Bärenbach river (bear river).
In 1917 traces of a settlement were found at Fritzens, partially dating back to the 6th century BC. As this settlement is similar to the one found in Sanzeno in Trentino (Italy), where also archaeological findings were excavated, both sites characterised the term “Fritzens-Sanzeno culture”. In other words, it is a cultural period of the Iron Age or La-Tène period in the Alpine area, lived by the Rhaetians. This culture group developed its own forms in terms of handicrafts, burial rituals and religion. They e.g. developed an alphabet that is similar to the one of the runes and they had their own fibulae such as the “Helmkopffiebel” and the “Krebsschwanzfiebel”. Also the parish church is worth to be visited. Originally in this place there was a little neo-Gothic church, before the inhabitants of Fritzens decided to have it enlarged to their parish church. In fact, the church was completed within 99 days! Today it boasts precious wood carvings and pictures.
Fritzens is an ideal starting point for hikes and mountain tours into the surrounding world of mountains. Also Lake Achensee, which is located only a stone’s throw from Fritzens, provides various possibilities for leisure time activities and is a particular attraction in summer. Due to its location, in winter several skiing areas are within easy reach, such as the Glungezer mountain, a popular family skiing area with 23 km of ski runs located in Tulfes, 13 km away. Moreover there are the ski resorts Rofan, located at Lake Achensee, or the Kellerjoch skiing area, which can be found in Schwaz, 12 km away. As you might notice, if you would like to spend active holidays, your have chosen the right place.
Our recommendation: the little village has got 2,000 inhabitants and 20 associations. Maybe you would like to assist at one of the concerts of the local band or see one of the traditional parades?