Gschnitz is located in the rear Gschnitztal valley, a side valley of the Wipptal valley.
Altitude: 1,242 m asl
At Steinach am Brenner the Gschnitztal valley branches off, in the rear part of which Gschnitz is located. The municipal territory extends to the head of the valley with the striking 3,277 m high Habicht, a mountain that belongs to the Stubai Alps. Proceeding out of the valley, at the village there are the Kirchdachspitze mountain as well as the Tribulaun mountains located, bordering to South Tyrol. The nine black-silver gables on the emblem of the village represent the nine primeval Mediaeval farms forming the centre of Gschnitz: seven in the village and two at the Laponesalm pasture. By division all other farms of the village came up in the course of time…
Today Gschnitz is a well-liked holiday resort with those who seek relaxation far away from hustle and bustle, and focuses on soft and sustainable tourism. Several hiking trails make you experience the landscape in summertime. Particularly popular are on the one hand the “Gschnitzer Hüttenrundtour” (Tour of the Refuges) taking you past the Tribulaun, Bremer, Innsbrucker, Blaser and the Padasterjoch refuges, on the other hand the hike on the Habicht at the head of the valley. An equally popular destination is the pilgrimage church St. Magdalena at 1,661 m asl, located between Trins and Gschnitz. In a two-hours’ walk on the rather steep “Jubiläumsweg” (Jubilee Trail), once reached the church you are rewarded by a fabulous panoramic view!
A special place of interest is the mill village at the head of the valley, close to the Sandes waterfall. Based on ancient models, granaries, mills, baking ovens and fences were rebuilt with original materials and manufacturing techniques. Several stations provide useful information on Tyrolean arts and handicrafts, unique! In winter the Gschnitztal cross-country ski run snakes through the Gschnitztal valley, including 18 km and several taverns where this trail goes by. Winter hiking as well as horse-drawn sleigh rides and a lift facility make you fully savour your winter holidays. If you prefer skiing, there are four skiing areas to choose from in the neighbouring Stubaital valley.
Our recommendation: the parish church of Gschnitz “Zu unserer Lieben Frau im Schnee” has been converted to Baroque style by the architect Franz de Paula Penz in 1755, only 25 years after its construction. This famous church architect also established the Wilten Basilica of Innsbruck.