Natters is a village to the south-west of Innsbruck on a plateau overlooking the Inntal Valley. It was here at 800 metres above sea level that Emperor Maximilian built one of his summer residences.
Today this village near the start of the Wipptal Valley, the main valley connecting Austria to Italy via the Brenner pass, is home to 1,940 inhabitants and popular thanks to its beautiful natural surroundings and proximity to the regional capital. This popularity has seen a number of new residential areas built in recent years, yet the heart of the village has still managed to maintain its traditional appearance. On the western edge of the municipality lies Lake Natterer See, a moorland lake used in summer for swimming, canoeing and windsurfing. Accommodation is available at the award-winning campsite next to the lake. Among those drawn to Natters was Emperor Maximilian, who liked it so much that he had Waidburg Castle built here as one of his summer residences. Today this building houses the local government administration. During the cold winter months the nearby Mutterer Alm ski area is popular with families and can also be easily reached via cable car from the neighbouring villages of Mutters and Götzens. In summer the region is a haven for hiking enthusiasts and offers top views of the Nordkette mountains.