Pfons is the neighbouring village of Matrei am Brenner in the northern Wipptal valley.
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Altitude: 1,043 m asl
The 10 hamlets Gedeier, Wiesengrund, Ried, Obpfons, Pfons, Bergstein, Waldfrieden, Schöfens, Haslachsiedlung and Rossiggengasse together form the village of Pfons, which has first been mentioned in the 11th century as “Phunzun”. This term probably derives from “phanes” or “fanes” (mountain slope) or from “pons” (bridge).
Once upon a time in the village the “Matrei marble” was quarried, which was not only used to build numerous churches all over Tyrol, but also to furnish and decorate the Burgtheater (former Imperial Court Theatre) and the Natural History Museum of Vienna. Also the hammer held in the talons of a cock illustrated on the emblem of the village refer to this matter of fact. The cock itself is the heraldic animal of the first possessors of the Narrenholz or Nornholz Castle, located in the locality of Schöfens. This castle, first mentioned in the 13th century, was repeatedly changed and was called “Arnholz” later on. Close to this castle in 1710 the Latschburg residence has been established in Baroque construction style. The so-called “Paradieszimmer” (paradise room) covered with frescoes by Kaspar Waldmann from Innsbruck is one of the major Baroque treasures of Tyrol!
In winter the ski shuttle takes you to the Bergeralm ski & fun arena, located only 5 km from Pfons, alternatively to the Stubai Glacier in the Stubaital valley. Beside establishments such as schools and sports facilities, Pfons also shares other leisure time facilities and offers with the villages Mühlbachl and Matrei. There is for example the high-altitude cross-country ski trail round the Maria Waldrast convent. In summer, however, you can choose from two educational trails, also located in the surroundings of the convent. The “Schöpfungsweg” (Creation Trail) is 2.7 km long and makes you regain your strength, while the “Quellenweg” (Spring Trail) focuses on the element water on a lenght of 5.3 km. Pfons is also an ideal place for cycling, tennis, swimming and hiking.
Our recommendation: also the St. Margarethen church is worth to be visited! It was built in Gothic style and completely redesigned in the 16th century according to plans of Paul Jenewein.