The village of Fulpmes with its 4,000 inhabitants is located in the beautiful Stubaital valley.
Image gallery: Fulpmes
Altitude: 937 m asl
Located on the sunny side of the valley, Fulpmes is the terminus of the Stubaital Railway, which since 1904 has been running in this area, starting from Innsbruck. In 1286 AD the village has been first mentioned as “Vultmeis”, which means “wolfs”. Later on for centuries Iron, gold and silver have been exploited in this area, resulting in the construction of several smitheries which processed the metals directly on site. Still today, Fulpmes is considered to be the centre for iron industry in the Stubaital valley and therefore also referred to as the “village of smithy”. This is also shown by the anvil on the emblem of the village. By the way: the “STUBAI Werkzeug” is an world-famous trade mark for tools!
In summer the Stubai Alps are a perfect place for hiking and cycling tours. From the village the Kreuzjochbahn funicular starts, heading for the hiking area Schlick 2000 with the panoramic trail and the nature trail. The only 500 m long panoramic trail takes you past sitting accommodations established by artists of the Stubaital valley as well as the “StubaiBlick”, a panoramic platform at 2,160 m asl, offering a hilarious view from the Stubai Alps to Innsbruck, and from the Wilder Kaiser mountain chain to the Zillertal valley. The nature trail, however, extends between the mountain station and the Schlicker Alm pasture and is also suitable for prams. Along this 1.5 hours’ walk you will learn more about trees and plants of this area. Paragliding, hang-gliding and tandem flights from the Kreuzjoch, however, are not for the faint-hearted!
In winter there is the lower terminus of the Kreuzjochbahn funicular, taking you into the skiing area Schlick 2000, offering 23.5 km of ski runs, a toboggan run as well as a high-altitude ski trail. There are three further skiing areas, that are the Stubai Glacier, Serlesbahnen Mieders and Elferbahnen, which can comfortable be reached by a shuttle service. For those who are rather interested in culture there is also much to see, for instance the St. Vitus parish church of Fulpmes, decorated with Rokoko stucco by Anton Gigl. Moreover there is the “Kranerhaus” at the church square dating back to 1755 AD, characterised by rich window decorations, as well as the succursal church, built in Rokoko style and dedicated to St. Margarethe, and finally the instructive Smithy Museum.
Our recommendation: the lake at the Waxeck is one of the most beautiful panoramic lakes of the Alps! With its mountain streams and relax camp-beds it represents an oasis of calm in the “Schlick 2000″ hiking area, in the heart of a fairytale mountain scenery.