The municipality of Patsch is located in the south of Innsbruck at the foot of the 2,246 m high Patscherkofel mountain.
Altitude: 998 m asl
Kirchdorf, located along the ancient salt road from Hall in Tirol to Matrei, together with Kehr, Rinnerhöfe, Sillwerk, Ruggschrein, Ahren and Bahnhof forms the municipality of Patsch, a charming little holiday resort. The highest elevation is the Patscherkofel mountain, a summit of the Tux Alps. “Patsche” or “Pats”, as it used to be called, was mentioned for the first time in 1200 and is considered to be one of the oldest villages of the southern low mountain range due to its long settlement history. In 1399 the entire village, except one single building, was destroyed by a devastating fire. Today the 190 m high Europe’s bridge overstretches the Silltal valley beneath the village of Patsch…
The Patscherkofel, the local mountain of Patsch, is the first choice excursion destination in summer. Great trails take you into the Alpine Garden, boasting more than 400 different local plants, and to the nature reserve Rosengarten. In this nature reserve there is also the archaeological place of discovery at the so-called Goldbichl, a cult site dating back to the Bronze Age. In the village itself there is a tennis and a golf course, as far as leisure time activities are concerned. In winter, however, the Patscherkofel mountain transforms into a well-liked skiing area that has become famous in the Olympic Winter Games of 1976, when the famous Austrian skier Franz Klammer won the downhill gold medal. Still today the Olympia slope reminds this significant event. In order to make your holidays even more varied, there are 18 km of ski slopes in all levels of difficulty and 7 lift facilities.
Worth to be visited is the parish church dedicated to Saint Donatus, also illustrated on the emblem of the municipality. After a devastating fire in 1399 that destroyed the entire church except for the steeple, it was reconstructed on the ancient remains of the Romanesque church. In Eastertide the Easter grave of 1767 is exhibited, which is a special highlight in the Christian year. Moreover there are further sacred buildings such as the Edith-Stein chapel located only a stone’s throw from the Europe’s bridge, as well as the former pilgrimage site Heiligwasser. But also the house paintings, decorating numerous farms in Patsch and surroundings, are particularly eye-catching!
Our recommendation: the surroundings of Patsch are ideal for snow-shoeing, a great way of discovering the fairytale-like landscape in winter.