Gnadenwald

Gnadenwald is located only a stone’s throw from Innsbruck at the foot of the Bettelwurf massif.

Altitude: 879 m asl

The two church villages of St. Martin and St. Michael as well as several hamlets form the municipal area of Gnadenwald. For a long time this area was only referred to as “mountain above Terfens”, later on as “Wald/e”. Remarkable are above all the four powder mills and the marble quarry. The emblem of the municipality shows a green mountain outline, symbolizing the location of the village at the foot of the mountains, as well as two crosses, representing the name of Gnadenwald (Gnade = mercy). By the way: the Tyrolean freedom fighter Josef Speckbacher (1767-1820) was born in Gnadenwald!

Part of the municipal area is also the Hinterhornalm pasture at 1,524 m asl, which is a popular hiking destination. In summer it can be reached from the component locality of St. Martin via a trail of 1.5 hours. From the Hinterhornalm pasture you can of course walk on, e.g. in a few minutes to a cross in Russian-orthodox style, to the Walderalm pasture (1,511 m asl), or even to the summit of the 2,243 m high Hundskopf mountain. Also a toll-way takes you directly to the Hinterhornalm pasture, which is above all known for the annual “Hinterhornchallenge”, a mountain bike race from St. Martin to the alpine pasture.

What about a very special holiday? Gnadenwald offers paragliding or hang-gliding courses. This area is ideal for these sports, which is proven by the hang-gliding European Championships that were staged in the municipality in 2000. In winter, however, there are over 10 km of cross-country ski trails. The toboggan runs Runstboden (1.3 km) and Hinterhornalm (3 km) as well as an exercising slope with ski lift, ski school and ski kindergarten complete the offer for your winter holidays. And finally you should not miss to visit the Saint Michael parish church. It was built in 1337 and converted to Baroque style in the 18th century by Franz de Paula Penz. In front of the church, there is an old lime tree, which was planted on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the throne jubilee of the Emperor Franz Joseph I.

Our recommendation: a particular event in the village is the “Fassdauben”, a traditional competition of young farmers at the end of the winter. Instead of skiers, boards of old barrels are used. Simply great!

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