Schwendau

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.

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The Mayrhofen ski area has 136 kilometres of pistes and 57 lifts and cable cars. It can be accessed from Schwendau via the Horbergbahn cable car., © Mayrhofner Bergbahnen
Horbergbahn

The Mayrhofen ski area has 136 kilometres of pistes and 57 lifts and cable cars. It can be accessed from Schwendau via the Horbergbahn cable car.



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While the beautiful blonde Haflinger horses are undoubtedly the stars of the show at the annual Leonhardiritt, animals of all shapes, sizes and species are welcome at the blessing of the animals carried out in the nearby church., © Archiv Gemeinde Schwendau
Leonhardiritt

While the beautiful blonde Haflinger horses are undoubtedly the stars of the show at the annual Leonhardiritt, animals of all shapes, sizes and species are welcome at the blessing of the animals carried out in the nearby church.

This chapel in the middle of the village takes its name from the typical Tirolean word “Schrofen”, which designates rocky, inaccessible terrain. It was built in the 1830s as a symbol of the successful counter-reformation and designed to be visible from far away., © Archiv Gemeinde Schwendau/www.cicero.at
Burgschrofenkapelle

This chapel in the middle of the village takes its name from the typical Tirolean word “Schrofen”, which designates rocky, inaccessible terrain. It was built in the 1830s as a symbol of the successful counter-reformation and designed to be visible from far away.

Until the middle of the 19th century the Schwendauer Bäche streams served as a source of power for eight millers and one blacksmith. Today the Zimmererhäuslmühle has been restored to its former glory and is a reminder of times gone by which can be visited in summer., © Archiv Gemeinde Schwendau
Zimmererhäuslmühle

Until the middle of the 19th century the Schwendauer Bäche streams served as a source of power for eight millers and one blacksmith. Today the Zimmererhäuslmühle has been restored to its former glory and is a reminder of times gone by which can be visited in summer.

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