Mötz

Mötz is the starting point of a road taking to the Mieminger plateau.

Altitude: 654 m asl

Mötz, a village that extends along the Klammbach river, is located in the Inntal valley. Already in 1290 AD there was a bridge that spanned the Inn river, and Mötz became an important centre for shipping and log driving on the Inn. Also the emblem of the municipality refers to this fact, as it shows a black raft and a blue water surface.

A popular photo scene is the pilgrimage church Maria Locherboden, enthroning a rock spur above the village. According to a legend, a mortally ill woman was wonderously healed in this place in the 18th century. The church can be reached in a hike, also from Stams, via a pending bridge. Once you reached the church you can enjoy the great panoramic view on the Inntal valley, as well as the walls and vaults of the church, decorated with several impressive paintings of the painter Toni Kirchmayr from Innsbruck. Further interesting excursion destinations in the surroundings are the Klamm Castle and the Klamm waterfall, which can be reached from the castle in a short walk. The castle itself is surrounded by steep slopes on three sides. As it is in private hands it can unfortunately not be visited. Also two sacred buildings in Mötz are worth to be visited: the Baroque chapel on the Birgele, a forested hill, was restored only some years ago. And the rectory of Mötz dates back to the 18th century, and together with the church it forms a complex that has become distinctive for the village.

Particularly interesting: Mötz belongs to the areas of the so-called “Yeniche”, nomadic people in Europe! The Yeniche people were under way with their barrows in order to supply the population with goods and services such as broom-making and pan repairing. In the course of time the “Yeniche” language developed, which spread in the entire germanophone area.

Our recommendation: on a regular basis there are night-time pilgrimages and light processions to the pilgrimage church Maria Locherboden. Maybe something for you?

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