The little municipality Tarrenz attaches great importance to custom and traditions.
Altitude: 836 m asl
The six component localities Obtarrenz, Strad, Walchenbach, Dollinger, Dollinger-Lager and Rotanger form the municipality of Tarrenz, located in the Gurgltal valley at Imst. The focus in the village is set on sheep breeding. The emblem of the municipality shows several shifted red-silver stringers, which were adopted from the emblem of the Starkenberger knights’ family.
The little village with a heart that is characterised by the Rhaeto-Romanic construction style attaches great importance to customs and traditions. Carnival for example is lavishly celebrated every four years, the next huge celebration is taking place in 2017. This is when Tarrenz transforms into a village of witches! Also the yearly celebrated “Gassenfest” is one of the main events in the course of the year. And at the end of the summer, the return of the cattle from the alpine pastures is celebrated in the so-called “Schafschied”. The local culture and museum association offers several special exhibitions that are really worth to be visited. Also for those who love active holidays there is much to do and see in the surroundings of Tarrenz, e.g. the keep.fit-trail “Fit 2000″, the Seehof riding stable, the Starkenbach climbing garden and the “Witched Children Educational Trail” (Verhexter Kinderlehrpfad) starting from above the parish church. In winter ice skating is one of the most popular activities in the village.
For Tarrenz the former knights’ family Starkenberger was particularly important, as they had Altstarkenberg Castle built in the 12th century, while in the 14th century they let Neustarkenberg Castle built in order to guard the important transit route Via Claudia Augusta. In 1810 this facility, located close to Lake Starkenberg, got the permission to brew beer and still today this brewery exists. In 2005 the “Beer Swimming Pool” of Neustarkenberg Castle was inaugurated, which offers seven swimming pools of 4×4 metres, all filled with rests of beer production. This facility is particularly famous in the field of well-being, as skin diseases such as psoriasis can be alleviated.
Our recommendation: you absolutely have to taste a “Starkenberger” beer, brewed according to the German purity lay with own spring water. At the beer Olympics “Monde Selection” it is the most awarded beer of Austria, as it has so far won 40 gold medals!