The small mountain village of Gschnitz lies at 1,242 m above sea level at the end of the Gschnitz Valley, surrounded by the majestically burgeoning mountains of the Stubai Alps and in the midst of the Serles-Habicht-Zuckerhütl and Nößlachjoch-Obernberger See-Tribulaune landscape conservation areas.
There is something on offer for everyone: whether a peaceful stroll, a hike to Alpine mountain huts or a mountain trek to lofty summit peaks. Since May 2019 the Gschnitztal valley is also part of the initiative "Bergsteigerdörfer" of the Austrian alpine club. Find out more...
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As long ago as the 12th century, Gschnitz consisted of nine farms set up primarily by local landowners for cattle breeding at higher elevations. At this altitude, the growth of cereal crops was limited, and they often failed to ripen. The name “Gschnitz” probably comes from the Celtic “Gasnitz”.
In the mill village (Mühlendorf) in Gschnitz, the way of life and work of the local people is shown as it was 100 years ago. There is much to admire here, including the water-powered grain mill, the smithy and the craft workshops. The “Sandeswasserfall” waterfall near the mill village has a positive health impact on the respiratory organs which has even been scientifically demonstrated.
This mountain church with adjacent snack bar is well known as a popular hiking destination in the Gschnitz Valley. Not least because of its Romanesque frescoes, which are among the oldest wall paintings in Tyrol. The pilgrimage church of St. Magdalena itself is a mysterious centuries-old place of spiritual power surrounded by crags. Since 2017 there is a new via ferrata (B/C - medium difficulty) going up to the pilgrimage church. Somewhat hidden above the snack bar there are climbing crags with several climbing routes of varying difficulty.
The Gschnitz Valley boasts a number of mountain huts which are connected by hiking routes. On the Gschnitz Valley Mountain Hut Tour, you can either hike all around the valley in 7 days ( 6 mountain huts) or simply complete one stage in 2 days. Surefootedness and a head for heights are, however, required. The mighty mountains of the Stubai Alps around Gschnitz are home to a very extensive network of hiking and mountain bike trails.
Gschnitz is ideal for cross-country skiers and winter hikers who want to enjoy fresh, clear mountain air in the winter. The 18 panoramic trail is laid out in classical and skating style and different shorter trails; parallel to it runs a premium path for winter hiking.
Gschnitz is a municipality with 424 inhabitants in the district of Innsbruck Land in Tyrol. The municipality is in the judicial district of Innsbruck.