From the craggy summits of the Karwendel Alps via the Lower Inntal Valley between Kolsass and Jenbach as far as the lush foothills of the Tux Alps, the Karwendel Silver Region is home to a diverse landscape and many cultural attractions.
The Karwendel Silver Region stretches from the craggy limestone summits of the Karwendel Alpine Park via the wide Lower Inntal Valley between Kolsass and Jenbach as far as the tree-covered foothills of the Tux Alps. It is this diversity of landscapes which makes the region so special and draws many visitors in summer, especially hikers and mountain bikers. The largest town is Schwaz, a hub of silver mining in the 15th and 16th centuries and today the centre of the Karwendel Silver Region. At the heart of the town lies its medieval old town with a Franciscan monastery, Tirol’s largest gothic hall church, several art galleries and a mining museum. The region includes twelve surrounding towns and villages, including Jenbach with its historic rack-and-pinion Achenseebahn railway, the quiet village of Hinterriss close to the border with Bavaria and Weerberg in the foothills of the Tux Alps.
Hike to the Engalm, ski tour to the Großer Gilfert
Ideal for hiking and mountain biking, the barely populated Karwendel Nature Park is the polar opposite to the busy and vibrant Inntal Valley. One popular hike is to the Engalm in the Risstal Valley. This quiet hamlet surrounded by high mountains has been shaped over the centuries by farming. As you move to the south of the Inntal Valley, the landscape changes into lush rolling foothills covered with thick pinewood forests. Here in the foothills of the Tux Alps visitors in winter will find three small ski resorts and a whole host of off-piste ski touring routes leading up onto nearby mountains such as the Großer Gilfert near Weerberg. The area is also a haven for tobogganing enthusiasts, with the longest of the 17 toboggan runs located in Vomp (3km) and floodlit until midnight.