Schwendau and neighbouring Hippach cooperate closely in many ways. For example, these two municipalities at the end of the Zillertal Valley share the same town hall and one district. However, a referendum on the idea of merging the two communities into one resulted in a resounding no vote. After all, each is fiercely proud of its own identity and traditions.
The pride and sense of identity, shared by most other Tiroleans, can be traced back to a deep-rooted understanding of community: work together with your neighbour when it makes sense and help each other when necessary, but always stay independent and never forget the difference between “mine” and “yours”.
Schwendau is a bustling village with a good mixture of tourism, manufacturing and farming. In winter the Horbergbahn cable car provides access to the Zillertal 3000 ski area, while in summer families can practise their putting on the minigolf course and rock climbers can explore the many sheer mountains in the Tuxer Alps. A great tip for visitors to the region in November is the Leonhardiritt, a ceremonial horseback procession of beautiful blond-haired Haflinger horses between Hippach and Schwendau held in honour of St Leonhard, the patron saint of animals.