The municipality of Spiss is located in the Samnauntal valley at the border to the Swiss canton Grisons (Graubünden).
Altitude: 1,653 m asl
Spiss, located on the sunny side of the Samnauntal valley, is not only the highest located municipality of Austria, but is also one of the smallest with a number of some 150 inhabitants. The name of the village derives from the Latin word “spissus” (thicket, bush). A thicket is also illustrated on the emblem of the village, behind which the eagle illustrated on the Tyrolean emblem is peeking out. This points at the fact that Spiss, despite of its rather isolated location, has been part of Tyrol already for a long time.
The municipal area extends along the Spiss country road taking from Pfunds to Samnaun. For a long time only a narrow path via a gorge led to this locality from the Inntal valley. The construction of the Spiss road in 1980 enabled the access of the village also from Austria. Thanks to its network of hiking trails of 180 km in the surroundings of the village, Spiss is an ideal starting point for hiking and mountaineering in the Samnaun mountain range and Switzerland. Those who prefer cycling and mountain biking can look forward to a wide variety of MTB trails. For children, however, there is a huge nature playground. By the way, the location of the village at 1,653 m asl with its crystal clear mountain air pulls its weight to provide a feeling of well-being and relaxation!
As Spiss is located really close to the Swiss border, it is also located only 7 km from the lift facilities of the Silvretta Arena, which is connected to Ischgl. What a wonderful place for skiers and snowboarders! Some 239 km of ski slopes and many km of cross-country ski trails make skiers’ hearts leap for joy. In the village, however, you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, far away from après ski, hustle and bustle. Also snowshoeing is a rather popular activity in the surroundings.
Our recommendation: Spiss is located only a stone’s throw from the duty-free area of Samnaun. Absolutely considerable for a day-trip!