Polling in Tirol is located about 20 km in the west of Innsbruck in the beautiful Inntal valley.
Altitude: 615 m asl
The municipal area of Polling extends from the centre of the village to the Pollingberg mountain and up to the 2,211 m high Flaurlinger Joch mountain. In 763 AD “Pollinga”, the former name, was mentioned for the first time. The emblem of the municipality shows a silver ridged ribbon on green background and refers to the control structures of the Inn river, which served at making available territory.
At the bottom of the valley, the famous Inn cycle path runs across the village. This 517 km long cycling route, extending from the Engadine in Switzerland to Passau in Bavaria, is very popular with families, as it presents hardly any drop. Also for those who seek relaxation, Polling in Tirol is an ideal holiday destination: the great scenery with lush green meadows, the clear mountain air, the Karwendel mountain chain and the Stubai Alps make your stay unique. Furthermore the village is located along the famous Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James. A station of this pilgrimage route is the local church, dedicated to the Saints Rochus and James. The latter is the advocate of pilgrims.
There is also a legend regarding the municipality: this legend tells that once upon a time in the area of the Schwimmbach river, a good deal of silver was found. This treasure was discovered by an inhabitant of the village, who started to have his shoes shoed with silver and to shoot with silver bullets when he went hunting. But the man was observed and finally the entire village benefited from the treasure. In this way Polling in Tirol became the third village of Tyrol in terms of wealth. However, it is more probable that there was a silver mine in those days. And finally a peculiarity: did you know that toads and frogs were widely spread in this area once upon a time?
Our recommendation: one of the event highlights of Polling is the “Kraumpuslaufen” (devils’ run), attracting a large number of visitors. Freezing? So have a cup of mulled wine!