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Culture & highlights in Igls-Vill, Patsch and Ellbögen
Igls and its winter sports pioneers
Winter sports and international flair have made Igls the holiday destination it is today. The sliding sports (bobsleigh, luge and skeleton) enjoyed particular fame in the early days. However, alpine skiing and snowboarding also made history here and people from Igls have even invented several interesting winter sports items. This fascinating exhibition shows how winter sports developed over the decades. It features special exhibits and items on loan from winter athletes from Igls, revealing a side of alpine skiing that is perhaps still unknown and surprising.
Unfortunately, it's not possible to display Wolfgang Platzer’s entire collection due to a lack of space. The complete collection is actually much larger.
The exhibitor is happy to provide further information, answer any questions you may have and hear your suggestions. Personal guided tours are available on request.
Contact info: Wolfgang Platzer
Tel: +43 512 377377
If Patsch could tell its own story ...
If we could hear the history of Patsch told by the village itself, we’d first hear all about its prime location on what has been one of the most important roads in Central Europe since pre-Roman times. But it wasn’t only the Roman Empire who had key roads in this area – evidence found in the later demolished “Gasthof Altwirt” in 1994 shows that a busy traffic and trade route known as the “Salt Road” also led through Patsch in the Middle Ages. Sewage works at the old guesthouse revealed a deeply-rutted stone-paved road. The stones were transferred to a site north of Patsch Primary School and re-laid in the same way they were found.
The “Zollerhof” was a former customs office for collecting road tolls.
Gasthof Bär was an important resting and trading spot for Roman merchants as early as the 12th century thanks to its location on the Old Roman Road. The guesthouse is still a popular destination today and also the legendary site of strategic meetings held between Andreas Hofer and Tyrolean freedom fighter Josef Speckbacher in 1809. “Gasthof Grünwalderhof” in Patsch has existed since 1550 and was originally the hunting lodge for the Count of Thurn and Taxis, the Postmaster General of Tyrol. The Grünwalderhof was lovingly restored in 1931 and is now being run as a guesthouse once again, as it was in medieval times.
Ellbögen – discoveries, churches and history
The first settlers are believed to have set up home on this sunny alpine plateau as far back as the New Stone Age or Early Bronze Age – between forest wildernesses, bears, wolves and aurochs wild ox. This is corroborated by an urnfield originating from 1300 BC to 1000 BC found in the district of St. Peter. Ellbögen, as this area 16 kilometres south of Innsbruck is known today, is thought to have originally have attracted people who were on the search for copper. The Romans later shaped the land for over 400 years and would pass by Ellbögen on their way along the “Salt Road” trade and travel route.
There is also a long religious tradition here: St. Peter’s Parish Church was first documented at the start of the 14th century but it’s believed that a church was actually located in this sunny spot much earlier.