Mühlbachl, including eight component villages, is located on the west side of the Wipptal valley, close to Matrei am Brenner.
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Altitude: 995 m asl
First mentioned only in 1811 AD, the area round the village of Mühlbachl has been settled much earlier in time, already about 3,000 years ago. This matter of fact is testified by excavations of several Illyrian urn graves. This place is also the junction of two main trade routes, which are the Brennero road and the Salt Road to Hall. The municipal area is vast and includes the territory from the southern slope of the Schönberg mountain and the Matreierwald forest to the Navistal valley and the summit of the Serles (2,718 m asl) as its highest point. The Serles mountain, also known as Waldrastspitze, has been poetically called the “high altar of Tyrol” by Goethe.
Part of the village, which by the way has no real centre, are the eight component localities Matreierwald, Zieglstadl, Altstadt, Statz, Mützens, Mühlbachl, Obfeldes and the pilgrimage site Maria Waldrast. According to legends, the foundation of the pilgrimage site dates back to the year 1407 when two shepherds found a statue of the Virgin Mary grown out of a tree trunk. A few decades later the church was built, while the convent followed about 200 years after. The Severites’ convent Maria Waldrast at the foot of the Serles mountain on 1,641 m asl is considered to be the highest located convent of Central Europe. Medical properties are attached to the water of the spring that rises in this place. Also Trautson Castle, dating back to the 12th century, is part of the municipality, but only the agricultural building has been preserved up to present times. All other components were destroyed in WWII bombings.
In summer the mountains of the Wipptal valley cast a spell over visitors, as this area is perfect for cycling and mountaineering. The village itself offers a climbing wall as well as tennis courts. In winter, however, you can look forward to the high-alpine cross-country ski trail round the convent of Maria Waldrast, snaking up to an altitude of 1,770 m. Moreover shuttle services take you to the Bergeralm ski & fun arena which is located 5 km from the village, as well as to the Stubai Glacier. And there is also a toboggan run, the Maria Waldrast run of 4 km length.
Our recommendation: a visit to the parish church, which is dedicated to the Saints Peter and Paul, dating back to the 13th century!