St. Sigmund im Sellrain

St. Sigmund im Sellrain, the highest located village in the Sellraintal valley, is located at 1,500 m asl.

Altitude: 1,513 m asl

The hamlets Kreuzlehn, Alt-Peida, Neu-Peida, Haggen, Lüsens, Praxmar as well as the Obertal and the rear Lüsenstal valleys form the municipal territory of St. Sigmund, a mountain village in the rear Sellraintal valley. It is the largest municipality of the valley, covering an area of about 102 sqkm, but it is only inhabited by some 200 people. Once upon a time St. Sigmund im Sellrain was a famous weigh station along the connection road from the Inntal valley to the Oetztal valley. After a descent of an avalanche in 1970 the hamlet Alt-Peida was destroyed and reconstructed as Neu-Peida. The emblem of the municipality shows a golden crown, designation of Saint Sigmund, while the silver mountain peak symbolises the Lüsener Fernerkogel mountain (3,299 m asl).

Winter sports is very important in this area. The rear Lüsenstal valley, which is part of the municipal territory, is a paradise for those who love ski touring. Moreover St. Sigmund im Sellrain offers the Lüsens-Praxmar cross country ski trail at 1,400 m asl, taking athletes across the fairytale winter landscape and offering great panoramic views on the surrounding mountains. For those who love skiing and snowboarding, the highest located ski resort throughout Austria, which is Kühtai, is located only 8 km from St. Sigmund im Sellrain. From Kühtai, located at 2,020 m asl, the Bergbahnen Kühtai lift facilities take you at 2,520 m asl, where you can enjoy skiing on 41 km of ski slopes. In summer there are numerous hiking trails taking you e.g. in the posterior Lüsenstal valley, across untouched nature.

There are two sights that you should not miss at all: on the one hand the parish church dedicated to Saint Sigmund, which is illuminated at night. It was constructed in 1490 and is perfectly been embedded in the alpine landscape on an elevation. On the other hand the “Natur- und Gletscherlehrpfad” (nature and glacier trail) of a length of 2.5 km is a real natural jewel! Information panels along this trail provide information on the flora and fauna in the rear Sellraintal valley. This is where you can also gather information on glaciers in combination with fascinating views on the surrounding mountains.

Our recommendation: explore the hiking trails in the rear Sellraintal valley. The trails were awarded with the “Bergwegegütesiegel”, a quality seal for hiking paths, guaranteeing safety on the mountains and extraordinarily beautiful nature on these trails.

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