Thaur

The rural village of Thaur in the Inntal valley is famous for its customs and traditions.

Altitude: 633 m asl

The village of Thaur is located at the east foot of the Nordkette mountain chain and borders to Hall in Tirol. It is one of the so-called “MARTHA-villages”, lining the road from Innsbruck to Hall. The villages Mühlau, Arzl, Rum, Thaur, Absam and Heiligkreuz, a city district of Hall, belong to the “MARTHA-villages”, the name is composed of their initials. The name of Thaur, however, derives either from the Illyrian term for “rock”, or the Rhaetian “Taur” or “Tgaura” (goat), referring to the cultivation of pasture-land in this area.

Today Thaur is a pleasant holiday resort with rural charm. One of the main characteristics of this village are the so-called Mittertennhöfe farms with their decorative portals and large entrances. An important role to play has also got the cultivation of vegetables, as well as the handmade Christmas cribs of Thaur, as customs and traditions are of utmost importance to the village. Oriental mountains, painted backgrounds and well-known figurines are elements of these cribs. Further customs are the so-called “Mullerlaufen”, a Carnival tradition taking place every four to five years, as well as the palm procession, that is only still held in this village. In this procession, called “Palmeselprozession”, a life-size statue of Christ is carried on a life-size carved donkey from the parish church to the neighbouring village of Rum. Also the entombment of Christ procession on Good Friday is only still held in this place!

Once upon a time there was a castle at Thaur, which was enlarged to a mighty complex in the 13th century. For several centuries this complex served as seat for the court. After a devastating fire and an earthquake, only ruins of the former largest castle of the Inntal valley are left. The emblem of the municipality with its three towers refers to this building today. Moreover Thaur boasts five churches. Their visit can be combined with a pleasant promenade. One of these churches is the Baroque pilgrimage church called “Romedi-Kirchl”, located above the village close to the ruins of Thaur Castle. It is presumed that Saint Romedius inhabited this place. Another church is dedicated to Saint Ulrich, it is the oldest preserved church building of Tyrol. Also worth noticing is the “Kaisersäule” column, reminding on the visit of the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria on October 22, 1815. It is located at 1,700 m asl.

Our recommendation: the ruins of Thaur Castle are venue for open air performances of the so-called “Thaurer Schlossspiele”. Impressive!

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