Steinach

Twenty kilometres south of Innsbruck, where the Gschnitztal Valley and the Wipptal Valley converge, lies the municipality of Steinach am Brenner. It is surrounded by the Tuxer Alps and the Stubai Alps.

This village with a population of 3,400 is well connected to the rest of the region by the Brennereisenbahn railway line and nearby motorway. The main highlight is the baroque parish church in the centre of the village with its two mighty spires. Just a few metres away stands what used to be Emperor Maximilian’s hunting lodge and is now the local courthouse. As the largest settlement in the Wipptal Valley, Steinach is an excellent starting point from which to explore the valley’s large network of hiking and mountain bike trails. In winter there is the nearby Bergeralm ski resort as well as a floodlit toboggan run. The cable cars giving access to the pistes in winter continue to operate in summer, enabling walkers and mountain bikers to ascend to the many picturesque huts and meadows at 2,200 m without even breaking a sweat. The Bergeralm resort is also open in summer, when it becomes the "Bärenbachl" water adventure park.

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