Pfunds

Dating back more than 700 years, Pfunds is a pretty village in the westernmost section of the Inntal Valley. The medieval houses on both banks of the river are famous for their beautifully painted facades.

Pfunds is nestled in a quiet corner of Tirol at the point where three countries (Austria, Italy and Switzerland) meet, between the mighty peaks of the Samnaun Mountains and the Ötztal Alps in the east. The village itself comprises the main settlement and a smaller hamlet, Stuben. Together they have a population of 2,500. Medieval farmhouses dominate the village centre, with their magnificent frescoes painted in a typical Engadin style documenting the wealth and history of this area. In centuries past it served as a stop for traders travelling between Venice and Augsburg via the Reschenpass, a high mountain pass to the south of Pfunds. Visitors in winter appreciate the large nearby ski resorts such as the Kaunertal Glacier and the Silvretta Arena. Popular throughout the year is the Tschey, a high plateau which draws cross-country skiers in winter and hikers in summer. Another attraction in the warm summer months is the Klammsteig to the south of the village, a gorge with hanging footbridges and thundering waterfalls.

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