Lans

Located at the foot of the Patscherkofel mountain overlooking Innsbruck, Lans is a quiet village with a population of 1,030. It lies a sunny plateau just a few kilometres south of the regional capital.

To the north, visitors can enjoy unrestricted views of the Nordkette mountain chain, while to the south there is no overlooking the mighty Patscherkofel (2,246 m) popular with hikers in summer and skiers in winter. The village itself, which was a stopping point along the salt trading route between Hall in Tirol and the Brenner pass, is today characterised by pretty traditional farmhouses. During the warm summer months, many tired city dwellers make the short journey up from Innsbruck to the idyllic Lanser See, an alpine moorland lake fed by natural springs, to swim and relax. In winter a cable car runs from nearby Igls up to the top of the Patscherkofel, which hosted the downhill skiing competitions of the 1964 and 1976 Olympics. Adrenaline junkies can have a go at skeleton or bobsleigh on the Olympic track in Igls. Last but not least, golfers will enjoy the nine-hole Sperberegg course offering breathtaking views from the tee to the green.

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