Natters with its main attraction, Lake Natters, is located at the entrance of the Stubaital and Wipptal valleys.
Altitude: 783 m asl
The municipality of Natters with its 2,000 inhabitants is located at a low mountain range terrace, only a few km from the Alpine City of Innsbruck. In 1151 AD Natters was mentioned for the first time in documents, while the Emperor Maximilian I established its summer residence, Waidburg Castle, in the village in the 16th century. Today this castle hosts the town-hall. In the same period of time also Lake Natters was established in the village, which was registered in fishery documents of the Emperor Maximilian under the name “Ödenhauser Weiher”. In the mid 19th century Natters, the centre of which is still mainly rural, has become a famous summer resort.
Today Lake Natters is a popular lake for bathing and also carps are bred in there. Wind surfing, canoeing, wind gliding and sailing are popular activities on and at the lake, and miniature golf and archery make your holidays even more active. The main activities in winter are, however, cross-country skiing and skiing. The cross-country skiing centre Natters-Mutters is located in the village and offers 21 km of well-groomed slopes (skating and classic). Those who prefer alpine skiing can race the slopes in the Muttereralm skiing area, only 2 km away, extending at 1,800 m asl. There are also two toboggan run from the Muttereralm pasture. And what do you think about the idea to conclude a great day on holidays in an aprés-ski bar?
There are several attractions in the village, you can e.g. assist bread baking performances at the old baking oven in the centre! Two buildings demonstrate that also emperors and kings sojourned in the village: on the one hand the above mentioned Waidburg Castle, which once upon a time was owned by Maximilian I, on the other hand a monument at the Brennerstrasse road. This monument was established at the place where the Empress Maria Theresia from Austria and her future daughter-in-law, the Spanish princess Ludovica, met in the course of the wedding preparation between Leopold II and the princess. Also worth to be visited is the St. Michael parish church. The Gothic building was completed by several Baroque elements in the course of time. For this reason it boasts a Gothic Crucifixion group as well as a Baroque bulbous spire with double onion-dome. Beside the parish church of Mutters, also this church boasts a Baroque frescoe at the portal as well as a gorgeous Baroque sundial by Peter Anich.
Our recommendation: the municipality is connected to the “Stubaitalbahn” narrow-gauge railway, comfortably taking you to Innsbruck.