A medieval town centre and a glistening crystal world – strolling through the historic centre of Hall in Tirol is like taking a journey back in time, while no visit to the Hall-Wattens region would be complete without a trip to the fascinating Swarovski Crystal Worlds.
A visit to Hall in Tirol with its pretty medieval old-town and narrow cobblestone alleys is like a journey 700 years back in time. The residents of this town 10km east of Innsbruck achieved great wealth through salt mining many centuries ago and are proud of its many architectural highlights, including Hasegg Castle, once an important mint and today a museum. In fact, the old town in Hall is among the largest and best preserved in the whole of Austria. At the top of the old town you will find the Oberer Stadtplatz square with the town hall, Hasegg Castle and an interesting mining museum.
Nine holiday villages ideal for hiking, mountain biking and relaxing
East of Hall in Tirol lies the town of Wattens, a popular destination for tourists thanks to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds. This eye-catching museum built by the internationally renowned cut glass company Swarovski, itself based in Wattens, takes visitors on a journey into a realm between dream and reality. Hall and Wattens are surrounded by nine holiday villages, including Absam with its pilgrimage church, Volders with its mighty Friedberg Castle and Wattenberg overlooking Wattens at an altitude of 1,000m and offering magnificent views of the Inntal Valley. Fritzens to the north of Wattens is home to a number of famous schnapps distilleries and has been named the region‘s most beautiful village in bloom on several occasions. The holiday villages are excellent starting points for walks, hikes and mountain bike rides through the surrounding countryside, especially in the Karwendel Alpine Park.