Beside Natters, also Mutters is located at the entrance of the beautiful Stubaital valley.
Altitude: 830 m asl
The municipality of Mutters includes several hamlets and farms and is located about 6 km from Innsbruck, at the foot of the Nockspitze mountain. Probably this area was already settled about 3,000 years ago, while it was mentioned for the first time as “Muttres” in 1100 AD. The name of the village derives from the Rhaeto-Romance term “Mutt”, which means “hill”, referring to the location of Mutters on a part of the low mountain terrace. In the freedom fights of Tyrol the village was heavily affected, and in the battles at the Bergisel in May and August 1809 the freedom fighter Andreas Hofer had its headquarters at the “Schupfenwirt” in Mutters. The emblem of the municipality illustrates a green summit, representing the Nockspitze mountain. Inside there are three golden bowls and a book, symbols of the patron saint of the village, St. Nicolas.
Already in the 1950s, the Muttereralmbahn funicular was built, which transported winter athletes into the small but mighty Muttereralm skiing area, offering 16 km of ski slopes. In 2006 the lift facility was rebuilt. In summer, however, the Muttereralm pasture at 1,608 m asl is a popular excursion destination with adventure restaurant and huge children’s’ playground as well as a panoramic pond. If you decide to go hiking we recommend you the so-called “Innsbrucker Almenweg”, taking you from the Muttereralm pasture to the Raitiser Alm (1,553 m asl) and Kreither Alm (1,608 m asl) pastures and to the Stubaital valley. However, if you decide to hike in western direction, the trail takes you to the Götzner Alm (1,542 m asl), Birgitzer Alm (1,808 m asl) and Kemater Alm (1,673 m asl) pastures.
In winter Mutters seems to be surrounded by skiing areas! The family skiing area at the Pfriemesköpfl mountain, connected to the Muttereralm skiing area, is accessible by the “Götzner Bahn” starting at Götzens. The ski buses take you also to the skiing area Axamer Lizum that has become famous due to the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1976, as well as to the skiing areas of the Stubaital valley: Schlick 2000 and the famous Stubai Glacier. The surroundings of Mutters are also considered to be one of the best areas for ski tours. Furthermore there are two toboggan runs from the Muttereralm pasture, which are 2.5 km and 4.7 km long.
Our recommendation: in the municipal area there are several chapels and churches that are worth to be visited. Of particular interest is the St. Nicolas parish church boasting a great frescoe at the main entrance, a sundial at the south side of the steeple as well as a Baroque high altar.