Hopfgarten im Brixental

Visitors to Hopfgarten im Brixental wishing to blend in with the crowd should know that the locals refer to the village not as “Hopfgarten” but as “Hopfgoscht” in their local dialect.

Visitors to Hopfgarten in Brixental valley wishing to blend in with the crowd should know that the locals refer to the village not as “Hopfgarten” but as “Hopfgoscht”. This is just one example of the Hopfgarten dialect which even those from other parts of Tirol often find difficult to understand – let alone imitate! But if you want to have a go then a good word to start with is “gschtiascht”, roughly translated “nice”, “good”, “pretty to look at”, which can come in very handy throughout the Brixental Valley.

Despite its large baroque church with two towers, Hopfgarten is not (and has never been) a diocesan town. Nevertheless, this imposing building is still known throughout the valley as the “Brixental Cathedral” – just one sign of the confidence and aplomb with which the residents of the Tirolean Unterland in general and Hopfgarten in particular are associated. This may be linked to the fact that, unlike many places in Tirol routinely awarded the status of market town during the second half of the 20th century, Hopfgarten has carried this title with pride for over 650 years and is today still a lively hub of trading and tourism.

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The dome-shaped Hohe Salve peak is said by locals to offer the finest views of any mountain in Tirol. It is directly linked to the Wilder Kaiser massif with its wide range of summer and winter activities., © Stefa Astner
Local mountain

The dome-shaped Hohe Salve peak is said by locals to offer the finest views of any mountain in Tirol. It is directly linked to the Wilder Kaiser massif with its wide range of summer and winter activities.



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The baroque style parish church in Hopfgarten is large even by Catholic standards. The two 52m high towers are dedicated to the saints Jakobus and Leonhard., © Tirol Werbung/Bernhard Aichner
Brixental Cathedral

The baroque style parish church in Hopfgarten is large even by Catholic standards. The two 52m high towers are dedicated to the saints Jakobus and Leonhard.

The historic centre of Hopfgarten with its narrow alleys and splendid town houses reflects the fact that Hopfgarten has always been relatively wealthy thanks to its good transport connections., © Stefan Astner
Town centre

The historic centre of Hopfgarten with its narrow alleys and splendid town houses reflects the fact that Hopfgarten has always been relatively wealthy thanks to its good transport connections.

This open-air activity park has plenty of rides and activities set around a beautiful natural swimming lake., © Simon Oberleitner
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This open-air activity park has plenty of rides and activities set around a beautiful natural swimming lake.



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