Absam is a place of pilgrimage and one of the most attractive villages near Innsbruck. The municipality is home to around 6,800 inhabitants and lies on the edge of the Karwendel Mountains at 632m altitude.
Just a stone's throw from Absam is the small town of Hall in Tirol with its many cultural and architectural highlights, while to the west lies the regional capital Innsbruck. The village itself also has plenty to interest visitors, with many pilgrims hiking the St. James's Way stopping off in Absam to visit the Marienbasilika church of pilgrimage. Absam is also the starting point for a hiking trail leading into the Halltal Valley, home to the former St. Magdalena monastery and formerly an important salt mining area. The local history museum in Absam is a good place to learn more. The museum also has an exhibition dedicated to the famous violin-maker Jakob Stainer, who was born in Absam.