The market town of Steinach am Brenner is located on the road to South Tyrol/Italy.
Altitude: 1,050 m asl
In the northern part of the Wipptal valley, 20 km in the south of Innsbruck, there is Steinach am Brenner, located only a stone’s throw from Passo del Brennero. The name of the village derives from the German word “Stein” (stone) and refers to a large number of stones found in the local streams. Steinach has been mentioned for the first time in 1242 and is the home of several celebrities: Martin Knoller, an important artist of the 18th century, and Heini Messner, the winner of the first Ski World Cup race were born here.
Steinach is conveniently situated along the Brennero railway line and motorway and has thus got good transport connections. In summer the Bergeralm-Bahnen lift facilities take you up into the world of mountains between 1,600 and 2,200 m asl, where you can discover alpine pastures, mountain lodges and the North Tyrolean Alps on foot. However, also in the centre of the village there are several offers that provide varied vacations, for instance a shooting range, a swimming pool, a football field and tennis courts. In the local restaurants you can taste Tyrolean delicacies. We recommend a plate of “Schlutzkrapfen” with spinach-ricotta filling. Enjoy your meal!
In Steinach winter sports begins conveniently in front of the door. The Bergeralm ski & fun arena features 29 km of ski slopes, expanding from 1,048 to 2,231 m asl and offering a great view on the Wipptal valley. Skiing is possible until late spring. The area has even been awarded with a seal of approval “Tiroler Pistengütesiegel”, which means that it offers adequate slopes for all levels. For snowboarders, there is the funpark, which also hosts national and international competitions.
Our recommendation: on a walkabout across the village you can discover some interesting buildings! The court has once been hunting château of emperor Maximilian. Moreover several villas dating back to the turn of the century, a Baroque parish church as well as various chapels characterise the village.