The market town of Zirl, located only 10 km from Innsbruck, boasts a popular climbing area, the so-called Martinswand.
Altitude: 622 m asl
The component localities Zirl, Zirl Bahnhof, Hochzirl, Eigenhofen and Dirschenbach form the municipality of Zirl. Also the climbing area Martinswand, the Ehnbachklamm gorge as well as parts of the Nordkette mountain chain belong to the municipal territory. The village was first mentioned in 799 AD, but due to its location at the Roman road Via Claudia Augusta, already in early times Zirl represented an important traffic junction. The grapevine illustrated on the emblem of the municipality refers to viticulture tradition in the village and thus also to the mild climate that prevails in this area. The sheep scissors in the right area of the emblem refer to the aristocratic family that inhabited Fragenstein Castle once upon a time.
Zirl, the idyllic holiday resort, is located at the end of the Karwendel mountain chain at the south-east end of the Zirler Berg mountain (1,057 m asl). Consequently it is an ideal starting point for numerous hikes and mountain tours. Among the most popular destinations are the Neue Magdeburger Hütte mountain hut (Martinsbergalm pasture) or the Solsteinhaus refuge, located at the foot of the Grosser Solstein mountain. Another popular excursion destination is the rock face Martinswand with its fixed-rope route and its variety of climbing routes. It is not only a well-known climbing area, but also a nature reserve in the Karwendel mountains and part of the Alpine Park Karwendel. In the village there are tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a miniature golf facility and a shooting range.
In winter Zirl offers great fun on the slopes: within 15 to 45 minutes you comfortably reach various skiing areas in the surroundings such as the Rangger Köpfl, Seefeld, Axamer Lizum and Kühtai skiing areas as well as the skiing areas of Innsbruck and the Oetztal valley. Sights in the village are the parish church “Zum Heiligen Kreuz” decorated with frescoes of the painter Franz Plattner. In 1391 it was mentioned for the first time, and after its destruction in the 19th century is was reconstructed. Further sacred buildings are the Saint Michael chapel and the Geisterbühel chapel. High above the village, there is the ruin of Fragenstein Castle, built in 1209. In the course of the 18th century, in the Spanish Succession Wars, the castle got destroyed. Today Fragenstein is part of a nature reserve.
Our recommendation: from the 17th century, Zirl and Thaur have been centres for the production of Christmas cribs. Also the folklore museum of Zirl, exhibiting several cribs, is dedicated to this topic!