The market town of Matrei is famous for its lushly decorated town houses and inns.
Altitude: 992 m asl
Matrei am Brenner, with 0.4 sqkm the second smallest municipality of Tyrol in terms of surface area, is located 17 km south of Innsbruck in the northern part of the Wipptal valley. The name of the village derives from the Roman Road station “Matreium”, term from which “locus Matereia” developed, which was first mentioned in 955 AD. As Matrei was bombed and savagely destroyed in WWII, the village has been reconstructed afterwards in its original construction style.
Above Matrei there is the pilgrimage site Maria Waldrast, part of the village of Mühlbachl, which is a popular excursion destination. In winter a cross-country ski run snakes across the beautiful landscape surrounding the convent. The so-called “Lüftlmalerei”, which refers to mural paintings, is popular both in Tyrol (e.g. in the centre of Matrei am Brenner) as well as in Bavaria. This painting style is a variant of the trompe l’oeil (trick the eye), a style that is sometimes referred to as illusionism. With this technique paintings are executed on the façades in fresco technique on fresh plaster. Due to the amalgamation of colours with the plaster, paintings emerge that really stand the test of time. Next to the inn “Zur Uhr” there is also the scale of Matrei which once upon a time was an important item for merchants coming to this place, as Matrei was and is directly located at the main transit route of Passo Brennero.
As Matrei is closely connected with Mühlbachl and Pfons, this village also shares some infrastructures and leisure time facilities with the neighbouring villages, e.g. the tennis courts of Matrei. Of course also the mountains surrounding Matrei both in summer and winter attract visitors who love mountaineering, hiking, cycling and ski touring. Moreover ski shuttles take you to the Bergeralm ski & fun arena, located only a stone’s throw away, as well as to the famous Stubai Glacier.
Our recommendation: in the village there are several panels providing information on various happenings in Matrei and surroundings. Go for a walk in the centre of Matrei, which by the way is a popular photo motif, and learn more about the history of this fascinating little place!