The municipality Stams is above all known for its Stams monastery.
Altitude: 672 m asl
Stams is located in the upper Inntal valley, about 35 km in the west of Innsbruck. In 1065 AD “Stammes” was mentioned for the first time in written documents. Beside the famous monastery, today there are also several schools and educational facilities. In the left half the emblem of the municipality shows a red-silver bar in chequer pattern on black back ground. This bar derives from the emblem of the monastery of Stams. In the area on the right there is an oak leaf with an oak, referring to the protected oak wood in the municipal territory.
The holiday resort of Stams is above all famous for its Cistercian Monastery. It was founded by Meinhard II of Tyrol-Gorizia and his wife, Elisabeth of Bavaria, in 1273, which made Stams become the spiritual centre of the entire area. The monastery as well as further possessions were handed over to the monks of the Kaisheim abbey, who previously have been living in a little wooden building. This was meant to safeguard their future. You can have a look at the hall of the princes (Fürstensaal) and the basilica in a guided tour, and you can of course taste their home-made schnaps in the monastery shop. Still today the relationship between the parish and the monastery is very close. Every Sunday e.g. there is a service in the abbey church, and the priest of Stams is a monk of the Cistercian Monastery. The parish church, however, is dedicated to John the Baptist and has been constructed after the foundation of the monastery. At its place there was a little wooden church from the 7th century, and a little stone church from the 8th century.
Stams is also very popular with those who love active holidays! Its beautiful location in the Inntal valley is ideal for extending promenades and hikes. The ancient protected oak wood for example offers a natural trail, providing interesting information on this impressive piece of land. Moreover the Way of St. James, the popular pilgrims’ path, goes past the municipality and is ideal for a day stage. Popular is also the hike from Silz to the Maria Locherboden pilgrimage site, in which you have to overcome a 109 m long pending bridge over the Inn river. And if you would like to experience the mountains, we recommend you a tour on the Stamser Alm pasture, which can be reached in a hike of 3.5 hours from the village.
Our recommendation: both summer and winter ski jumping is practised at the Brunnentalschanze ski jump in Stams, as there is also the ski gymnasium with alpine and Nordic orientation. Most of the Austrian ski jumpers are trained right here!