At Pettnau there is one of the most ancient taverns of Tyrol, the Mellaunerhof farm.
Image gallery: Pettnau
Altitude: 628 m asl
The seven component localities Dirschenbach, Leiblfing, Tiefental, Unterpettnau, Mitterpettnau, Oberpettnau as well as Kellertal form the municipal area of Pettnau, not to be confused with Pettneu am Arlberg! Pettnau is located in the Inntal valley, about 20 km from Innsbruck. The emblem of the municipality shows Saint Christopher, carrying baby Jesus over the sea on his shoulders. It is the symbol for the ferries that travelled on the Inn river.
Pettnau is a popular starting point for tours in the surrounding valleys, such as the Oetztal, Zillertal or Pitztal valleys. Also Innsbruck with its considerable number of museums, shops and leisure time facilities are within easy reach. Pettnau, however, boasts its own fishery as well as the horse riding stable Oberpettnau, which does not only offer courses and guided tours, but also human physiotherapy and hippo-therapy as well as physiotherapy for horses. In winter several skiing areas such as Seefeld, Axamer Lizum, Sölden or Kühtai, the highest located winter sports resort of Austria, all within easy reach.
A particularly striking building is the Mellaunerhof farm with its Baroque “Lüftlmalerei” paintings, so to speak mural paintings. In 1291 it was mentioned for the first time. This former knights’ estate with its stables is one of the most ancient taverns of Tyrol. Now and then the Mellaunerhof farm also served as posting house and salt reloading point along the Inn river. Today this fabulous building is no longer inhabited. The church with its pointed and bulbous tower in the component locality of Leiblfing, however, is considered to be the symbol of Pettnau and it is also a popular photo scene, strictly speaking one of the most photographed scenes of North Tyrol. In 1090 it was mentioned for the first time, as it was renovated in that period of time.
Our recommendation: as Innsbruck is located only 20 km from Pettnau, you can even cycle to the Alpine City in a day excursion.