Grinzens

The idyllic holiday resort Grinzens is located at the entrance of the Sellraintal valley.

Altitude: 945 m asl

Grinzens is located 13 km in the south-west of Innsbruck, at the entrance to the quaint Sellraintal valley and at the spur of the western mountain range terrace, the so-called “Mittelgebirge”. The municipal area comprises the villages Obergrinzens, Untergrinzens, Neder (Nederseite = shady side of the valley), Tafl and Brandegg. The emblem of the municipality illustrates green and yellow leaves, representing the name of the village, Grinzens, meaning “branches”. In 1286 AD the village has been mentioned for the first time, but already before it has probably served as pasture-land. In 1400 AD documents of the Frauenchiemsee convent provide evidence for nine farms in the municipality. For a long period of time flax cultivation represented the major economic branch in the village, while today Grinzens is a popular holiday resort.

In 2007 the municipality joined the climate alliance “Klimabündnis Tirol” and the “Lokale Agenda 21″. The latter aims at planning and implementing the sustainable development of the village. Grinzens, the most western village of the sunny plateau of Innsbruck, is a perfect starting point for hikes, as several trails take you across the Sellraintal valley or towards Innsbruck and surrounding mountains, such as the Patscherkofel mountain. Well-known for its fabulous view is the hike from Grinzens to the Axamer Kögele mountain. In this 3-hours’ tour you walk past the so-called “Katzenlöcher” (cat holes) to the Fritzenhütte, a hunting hut at 1,538 m asl, until finally you reach the ridge.

And of course also in winter this village offers several attractions. In the heart of a fairytale-landscape it is located between two famous skiing areas, Kühtai and Axamer Lizum. Kühtai is known as the highest located skiing village of Austria, offering 41 km of ski runs and 11 lift facilities, while the Axamer Lizum boasts 40 km of ski slopes and 10 lift facilities. The icing on the cake is the snow and fun park. Exactly in this skiing area several competitions of the Olympic Winter Games of 1964 and 1976 in Innsbruck were staged. In addition, Grinzens offers a natural ice skating ground, the 5.7 km long natural toboggan run for families Kemater Alm, well-groomed winter hiking trails and a cross-country ski track.

Our recommendation: Grinzens has got a theatre stage, the so-called “Sendersbühne”, which is famous all over this area. Maybe you wish to attend a performance?

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