The villages of Elmen and Martinau form the municipality of Elmen in the beautiful Lechtal valley.
Altitude: 976 m asl
Elmen has first been mentioned as “Imenoe” or “Ellmo” and “Elbnau” (meadow with elm trees) in 1312 AD. Also the elm leaves on the emblem of the village refer to these elm trees. The municipality with its 400 inhabitants is located where the road via the Hahntennjoch pass (1,894 m asl) joins the valley.
For mountain tours, Elmen is a perfect starting point. One of the most popular excursion destinations is located above the village, the Stabalpe alpine pasture at 1,410 m asl, offering a splendid view. In summer guided torchlight tours are offered to this pasture. Those who aim even higher can scale the Rotwand mountain (2,334 m asl - 4-hours’ tour) or the Klimmspitze mountain (2,464 m asl - about 5 hours). At the bottom of the valley, however, the wide meadows and landscapes along the Lech river invite you to make cycling tours and pleasant promenades. And for motor-bikers the road to the Bschlabertal valley is of particular interest. This road branches off right behind the village, taking you via the Hahntennjoch pass (1,895 m asl) to Imst. In winter Elmen offers an ice rink and the possibility for curling. For skiers and snowboarders, however, Martinau offers a T-bar lift and Elmen an exercising lift. There is also a ski bus taking you to the Jöchelspitze skiing area, featuring 5 km of ski slopes and two lift facilities.
There are several beautiful ecclesiastic buildings which are above all interesting for those who love culture! The parish church dedicated to the Three Kings has been constructed at the beginning of the 15th century. In the Totenkapelle (chapel of the dead) you can admire the famous “Totentanz” (dance of the death) panel painting by Johann Antol Falger (1791-1876). The second church, the succursal church, is dedicated to St. Joseph and has been established in 1634. After a fire it was restored and boasts several precious furnishings of diverse centuries. And finally at the Martinauer Lechbrücke bridge, there is the so-called Nothelferkapelle (Holy Helpers’ chapel), which seems to be chiselled into the rock. Wall paintings from the 19th century decorate the interior of this chapel.
Our recommendation: Martinau, part of the municipality of Elmen, is particularly popular for its lady’s slipper blossom in late spring, as this is the largest area of Europe covered by lady’s slippers. Beside this special flower, also 10 further orchid species are native. A paradise for botanics!