Kaunertal


The municipality of Kaunertal covers the whole of the Kaunertal Valley and comprises 12 settlements, some of which (Platz, Loch, Boden) have rather unusual names.

If you spend a little time in the Kaunertal Valley then sooner or later you are likely to hear the name Wiesejaggl. According to legend, this infamous 16th century poacher took exception to Emperor Maximilian banning hunting in “his” Kaunertal mountains and waged his own personal war against imperial and divine authority on behalf of the farmers who had lost a significant part of their income through the ban.

The many local stories about Wiesejaggl’s unshakeable courage and poaching expertise express the archetypal Robin Hood struggle pitting the “poor” against the “rich”. At the same time, they also highlight many characteristics which are said to be typical of those living in western Tirol’s often harsh alpine environment: grim determination, quiet sincerity and bravery in dealing with tough conditions.

The Kaunertal Valley has been inhabited for many millennia. The first people to settle here were the Romansch from neighbouring Vorarlberg and Switzerland, who came in search of grazing land. Today the valley attracts many tourists thanks to its excellent skiing and hiking areas, while the steep and winding toll road leading up to the Kaunertal Glacier is popular with cyclists and motorbike riders across Europe.


The Pitztaler Glacier, the mountains around Imst and the Kaunertaler Gletscherpark together form the Glacier Park, a collection of Tirolean glaciers offering spectacular views far away from the crowds of tourists., © Daniel Zangerl
Glacier Park

The Pitztaler Glacier, the mountains around Imst and the Kaunertaler Gletscherpark together form the Glacier Park, a collection of Tirolean glaciers offering spectacular views far away from the crowds of tourists.

This fine medieval castle watches over the entrance to the Kaunertal Valley. It was bought by a family from Innsbruck in the 1970s and has since been restored to its full glory. Guests can visit the castle in the summer months., © Kaunertal Tourismus
Burg Berneck

This fine medieval castle watches over the entrance to the Kaunertal Valley. It was bought by a family from Innsbruck in the 1970s and has since been restored to its full glory. Guests can visit the castle in the summer months.

Do you know what a “Zygaena ephialtes” is? This fragile animal has neither horns nor hooves. Instead, it relies on antennae and paper-thin wings. Any idea? It is, in fact, one of the 1100 (!) different species of butterfly found in the Naturpark Kaunergrat, a protected area of natural beauty., © Vorauer
Naturpark Kaunergrat

Do you know what a “Zygaena ephialtes” is? This fragile animal has neither horns nor hooves. Instead, it relies on antennae and paper-thin wings. Any idea? It is, in fact, one of the 1100 (!) different species of butterfly found in the Naturpark Kaunergrat, a protected area of natural beauty.

Road bike riders and motorcyclists love mountain roads with plenty of corners, so the climb up to the Kaunertaler Gletscher with its many switchbacks and fabulous alpine views is very popular with two-wheel enthusiasts., © Tirol Werbung/Esther Wilhelm
The long and winding road

Road bike riders and motorcyclists love mountain roads with plenty of corners, so the climb up to the Kaunertaler Gletscher with its many switchbacks and fabulous alpine views is very popular with two-wheel enthusiasts.

The frescoes painted on three traditional farmhouses in Kauns tell of the turbulent struggle between Emperor Maximilian and Wiesejaggl the poacher. The buildings used to belong to the Burg Berneck castle and today house families., © Kaunertal Tourismus
Living history

The frescoes painted on three traditional farmhouses in Kauns tell of the turbulent struggle between Emperor Maximilian and Wiesejaggl the poacher. The buildings used to belong to the Burg Berneck castle and today house families.

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