Pfaffenhofen extends from the centre up to the 2,797 m high Hocheder mountain, the highest elevation of the municipality.
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Altitude: 642 m asl
The municipality Pfaffenhofen is located at Telfs in the south of the Inn river. Even if its was mentioned for the first time in 1197 AD, findings of burial sites dating back to the 7th and 8th century testify a much earlier settlement of this area. The emblem of the municipality shows a red crenellated wall as symbol for the former Hörtenberg castle, of which only the donjon has been preserved. The black trident above derives from the emblem of one of the first judge families of this area.
In summer Pfaffenhofen is a popular destination for cyclists and hikers! Those who love cycling and inline skating feel at ease along the Inn cycle path with its beautiful meadows. Mountain bikers prefer the paths to the Pfaffenhofer Alm pasture, to Seefeld or the beautiful plateau of Mieming. The mountain bike trail to the Pfaffenhofer Alm pasture starts in the centre of the village and takes mountain bikers towards south. The alpine pasture itself, located at 1,694 m asl, can be reached overcoming a path of 10 km and an altitude difference of 1,000 m asl. Once reached this alpine pasture you are rewarded by a delicious dish and a great panoramic view down into the Inntal valley. The surrounding mountains such as the Hocheder or the Hohe Munde, however, are popular destinations for hiking tours. In winter skiing areas such as the Rangger Köpfl, a small but mighty skiing area, or the Olympic Region Seefeld, are within easy reach.
There are several buildings that are worth to be visited in Pfaffenhofen, and most of them can be combined with a pleasant promenade. One of these sights is the Mariä Himmelfahrt church dating back to the year 1310. In the course of time this church was converted to Baroque style and reconstructed in Gothic style. In the 5th century an itinerant bishop settled down in Pfaffenhofen. The ruins of the former seat of the bishop can still today be venerated under the presbytery of the parish church. Above the village, there is the ruin of Hörtenberg, which hosted the homonymous court in the Middle Ages. The crenellated wall on the emblem of the village reminds those days. Today only the donjon is left, a roof was added to protect this precious remnant. However, there are also plans to transform Hörtenberg into a site for cultural events…
Our recommendation: when you hike to one of the above mentioned buildings we warmly recommend you to stop at one of the taverns and taste some typical local products. Take your time and enjoy it!