The market town Rum with its almost 9,000 inhabitants is located in the east of Innsbruck.
Altitude: 621 m asl
In the south of the Nordkette mountain chain, along the road from Innsbruck to Hall in Tirol, there is the market town of Rum. It consists of the component localities Rum, boasting a Gothic parish church, Neu-Rum which is mainly made up of shopping centres and an industrial area, as well as Hoch-Rum, a residential area with a private hospital. The villages Mühlau, Arzl, Thaur and Absam extend along this road, too. These five localities, together with Heiligkreuz, a quarter of Hall, are known under the name of “MARTHA-villages” (MARTHA-Dörfer). The villages are home of the Carnival tradition “Mullerlaufen” which is included on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Rum is located at the foot of the Alpine Park Karwendel, the largest nature park of Austria. A network of well-marked hiking paths take you across this protected piece of land and show you the great Tyrolean mountain scenery. Equally well-liked is the nature trail, taking hikers in the world of mountains of the Nordkette mountain chain: on several panels local plants are presented, some of which have become really rare. At the bottom of the valley, however, the Inn cycle path snakes along the Inn river. This cycle path is perfect for a day trip, as there are hardly any drops. In winter, those who love skiing and snowboarding, are really spoilt for choice! The skiing areas Axamer Lizum, Patscherkofel, Stubai Glacier and Glungezer are all within easy reach.
Moreover this holiday resort has got some interesting buildings to offer, which deserve to be visited, such as the parish church, dedicated to Saint George. When the church was constructed in the late 15th century, the foundation walls of the ancient church were integrated into the construction. The interiors of the church were converted to Baroque style, only the nave with lunette vault has preserved its Gothic character. In the municipal area, there are several wayside shrines dating back to the 16th century, that can perfectly be combined with pleasant promenades. And there are two elements in the village that remind each historically important facts: the “Emperor’s Cross” (Kaiserkreuz) remembers the accession to the throne of the Emperor Franz Joseph I, and the Pest Chapel refers to the Black Death that was rampant in this area in the 17th century.
Our recommendation: Innsbruck and Hall in Tirol are equidistant 5 km from Rum and are easily accessible by means of public transport. So you don’t have to look for parking spaces and you can immediately indulge into city pleasures!