Navis is located in the 10 km long Navistal valley, a side valley of the Wipptal valley.
Altitude: 1,337 m asl
The Navistal valley branches off at Matrei am Brenner and is run through by the homonymous river. The municipal area of Navis with its almost 2,000 inhabitants extends from the Sill river to the Klammjoch (2,359 m asl) and the Lizumer Reckner (2,886 m asl) mountains in the Tux Alps. The name of the village probably derives from “nav” (run) and from the Latin term “in abisso” (in the gorge), referring to the narrow and steep Navistal valley. The owl on the emblem of the village reminds on a noble family who was resident here in the Middle Ages, while the yellow chock is representing the Navistal valley.
Already the Baiovarii used this area as pasture-land and hunting area, before the valley has permanently been settled, when the so-called “Schwaighöfe” farms were established in this area. Many farms have been in the hands of the same family for centuries now. At the entrance of the valley there is the impressive ruin of Aufenstein Castle, which is part of the municipality of Matrei am Brenner. In the Middle Ages it has been built as family seat for the Lords of Aufenstein. Already in the 13th century the troupes of Margarete Maultasch (Margaret, Countess of Tyrol) destroyed this castle when one of the Lords handed over the region of Carinthia, which was administered by him, to Austria and not to the Counts of Tyrol. What was left was the castle chapel characterized by one of the most beautiful and important early Gothic frescoes of North Tyrol. The other parts were used to rebuild the parish church of Navis.
In summer the so-called “Naviser Almenrunde”, an alpine pasture trail, is absolutely recommendable. From the parking space Grün the trail n° 16 takes hikers to the Peer pasture and further on to the Klammalm pasture at 1,947 m asl, which is the highest point of this hike. Along the path n° 18 you reach the Poltnalm and the Stöcklalm pastures offering a great panoramic view on the surrounding mountains. On a forest road you can reach the starting point of this hike. We recommend you to schedule one whole day for this walking tours in order to fully enjoy it. The altitude it includes is 462 metres of altitude difference and the approximate hiking time is about 3.5 hours. In winter this area is particularly popular for ski tours in the Tux pre-Alps, while cross-country skiers prefer the Navis trail. The toboggan runs Peer Alm and Schranzberg complete the leisure time offers in winter. Snow is guaranteed in this area!
Our recommendation: only a stone’s throw from the chapel of Aufenstein Castle there is the St. Kathrein parish church enthroned on a hill. In the 18th century it has been converted to Baroque style. The church contained a life-size early Gothic Annunciation Group, but this carved statues, which are considered to be the oldest preserved ones of Tyrol, are not open to the public any longer due to the high risk of a theft.