The municipality of Pfafflar is located in the quaint Bschlabertal valley, branching off at Elmen in the Lechtal valley.
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Altitude: 1,314 m asl
The mountain farmers’ village of Pfafflar is made up of the three rather widely spaced component localities Bschlabs, Boden and Pfafflar in the Bschlabertal valley, a side valley of the Lechtal valley. Pfafflar has been mentioned for the first time in 1300 AD as “Pavelaers”, which is based on the Latin term “pabularium” (alpine pasture, pasture ground) or “pabulariu” (feeding stable). The three hay barns on the emblem of the municipality on the one hand represent the name of the village, on the other hand they represent the three villages Bschlabs, Boden and Pfafflar. A curiosity: up to the 20th century the parish estate was also a tavern called “Zur Gemütlichkeit”!
The rear border of the village is marked by the 1,894 m high Hahntennjoch pass, connecting the Lechtal valley to Imst in the Inntal valley. In summertime this road is very popular with motor bikers and cyclists. Beside cycling, Nordic Walking, jogging and hiking are absolutely popular activities in this area, as the Bschlabertal valley offers plenty of ideal forest paths and trails. One of these trails is the so-called “Weg der Sinne” (trail of senses), taking from Bschlabs via the Hölltal valley to Boden. Local artists decorated this trail with pieces of art, adorned with verses that are thought-provoking. Starting point is the pilgrimage church Saint Mary of the Snow (Maria Schnee) at Bschlabs, where you follow the signpost “Weg der Sinne” until you reach the pending bridge, taking you to the “place of silence”. This trail takes 50 minutes and at its end you are free to visit the Hölltalschlucht gorge. If you proceed for about 1 hour you reach Boden, or you walk back to Bschlabs via the Bschlaber high path, which takes about 2 hours.
The locality Boden is a perfect starting point for hikes in the world of mountains surrounding the village, such as the 1,920 m high Hanauer, offering a great view. Also several mountain huts are pleasant excursion destinations, e.g. the Muttekopfhütte refuge (1,934 m asl - 5 hours) above Imst. The 5-hours’ route to the Steinseehütte refuge (2,061 m asl), however, is challenging and only recommendable to experienced mountaineers! Thanks to its beauty and naturalness the Bschlabertal valley has also been discovered by film teams. In winter, Boden offers an exercising slope, while at Bschlabs there is a ice skating ground. Also cross-country skiing on the high-altitude trail Angerletal valley (3.6 km) and tobogganing on the 2.5 km long toboggan run Hahntennjoch Boden provide for great winter days.
Our recommendation: in the municipal area there are several ancient buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th century, making Pfafflar one of the oldest high altitude settlements of Tyrol (which by the way has entirely been connected to the electrical grid only in 1955).