Located at the foot of the mighty Serles mountain, once described as the "Altar of Tirol" by none other than Wolfgang von Goethe, Mieders is a small village nestling between the lush slopes of the Stubaital Valley.
It has a population of just over 1,800 and lies around 11 km to the south of Innsbruck. The first settlers arrived here in the Middle Ages and established a flourishing mining industry which brought wealth to the Stubaital Valley in the 16th century. Baroque frescoes on some of the village buildings serve as a reminder of this golden age. The restored village watermill, the Alte Mühle, is also worth a visit. There is a cable car open both in summer and winter taking visitors from the village up onto the slopes of the 2,718m high Serles overlooking Mieders. A popular attraction is the 2.8 km summer toboggan run, which starts at the top of the cable car and whizzes 640 vertical metres back down into the valley. Plant and flower lovers will enjoy exploring the high alpine moorland and the nearby Blaser mountain (2,241 m), widely considered as being home to a greater diversity of alpine flowers than any other mountain in Tirol. During the cold months of the year, wintersports enthusiasts can choose between the slopes of the Serlesbahnen and the nearby Schlick 2000.