Precious wood carvings characterise the St. John the Apostle Church in Fritzens, name-giving for the “Fritzens-Sanzeno Culture”
Altitude: 591 m a.s.l.
Fritzens is located in the east of Innsbruck close to the market town of Wattens, which is famous for its Swarovski Crystal Worlds. In 1170 AD, Fritzens was first documented as "Frucines". In the course of the following centuries, the village developed out of the Meier Farm, which was in the hands of the sovereign of Vruzens, in charge of the milling, hunting and fishing rights.
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, including an alphabet that is similar to the one of the runes.
Fritzens is a starting point for hikes and tours into the surrounding mountains. In the valley, a pleasant walk takes you to the neighbouring villages of Mils and Baumkirchen. Also Lake Achensee 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 Mt. Glungezer, a family skiing area with 23 km of slopes, and the Kellerjoch Skiing Area in Schwaz, 12 km away.