Nesselwängle with its three component localities Rauth, Schmitte and Haller is located at the entrance of the Tannheimer valley.
Altitude: 1,136 m asl
The municipality Nesselwängle is located at the foot of the beautiful mountains of the Tannheimer valley. In 1434 AD “Nesselwängli” has been mentioned for the first time and despite of two devastating fires in the 19th century the village was able to preserve its basic structure. The emblem of the municipality illustrates three nettle blossoms as well as a green field, representing a meadow, as “Wängle” means “little meadow”. By the way: the hamlet of Rauth, located on the slopes and offering a great view down into the Lechtal valley, is also called “Klein-Meran”, referring to the city of Merano in South Tyrol!
In Middle Ages the transport of salt from Hall in Tirol across the Tannheimer valley to Lake Constance was of particular importance, while today the little village is a cosy and popular holiday village offering plenty of leisure time activities. This valley is popular with those who love cycling and hang-gliding. Furthermore many hiking trails snake from the surroundings of Nesselwängle up into the mountains, as not for nothing the Tannheimer valley has been declared twice Austria’s “Hiking destination of the Year” in the last years. The reasons why this area has been awarded with this title are not only the impressive panoramic views, but also the alpine flora with its 1,200 diverse species, resulting in a unique natural landscape.
At the locality of Haller, there is Lake Haldensee (1,124 m asl), representing a popular destination both in summer and winter. Hiking and Nordic Walking trails snake in the surroundings, while the lake is a perfect spot for surfing, swimming and sailing. Moreover, directly at the lake, in the municipality of Grän, there is the leisure time facility “Wasserwelt Haldensee”, offering utmost pleasant water temperatures thanks to a solar plant. In winter, however, this lake transforms into an ice skating and curling ground, in case the ice is thick enough. Also skiers and snowboarders are going to feel at ease in Nesselwängle: from here you can easily reach the small but mighty skiing area, with the double-seater chairlift Krinnalpe for experts, the Almboden lift facility for snowboard freaks, the Neuschwand ski lift for sun worshippers, an exercising lift for beginners, and the adventure park for kids at the valley station.
Our recommendation: there are several sacred buildings in the municipal area that are going to be of particular interest for those who love culture, such as the Dreifaltigkeitskapelle chapel (Holy Trinity), the Antonius chapel, the Maria Hilf chapel as well as the Maria Hilf and Stanzle churches.