Tannheim is the main settlement in the Tannheimer Tal Valley in the north-west of Tirol. The local mountain is called Einstein, and the history of the village has been characterised over the centuries by strong personalities.
The Felixe Minas Haus is an impressive farmhouse in Tannheim which tells the story of a rural family who once lived a wealthy, even urban, lifestyle.
Strongly shaped by Catholic and farming traditions, Tirol was for many centuries a very patriarchal society. However, in the Tannheimer Tal, a high valley in the north-west of the region, traces long remained of a time when mothers were admired above all else and women had the last word. For example, farms in the valley were inherited not by the oldest son but by the youngest daughter of the family. With it came, of course, the responsibility to stay in the village and look after her parents in old age.
Wilhelmine, known as “Mina”, Schmid was one of these women. She was a member of the Zobl clan, a family with deep local roots which had lived in the same farmhouse in Tannheim for seven generations since the end of the 17th century. The house remained empty for many years before its fascinating story was finally revealed. Today the Felixe Minas Haus is a local history museum.