If you choose to start your chapel hike in the centre of Oberperfuss, you should set off from the free car park next to the Parish Church of Saint Margaret. According to official documents, the original church was constructed back in 1391. The old late Gothic building was replaced with a new church building in 1729. The current church is a Baroque single-nave construction with a large north tower and is surrounded by a cemetery. Its impressive features include a sundial created by Peter Anich on the south side and vault paintings by Franz Altmutter inside the building. The fact that religious folk art flourished during this period made the church a treasure of the Baroque era. On 20 July every year, the church celebrates the patronage of Saint Margaret by holding a special mass and festival.
After admiring the parish church, walk a few steps west to the Peter Anich House, to the left of which you will find the Gasslerkapelle chapel. The building, which is also known as the “Chapel of Our Lord in Misery”, is home to an old statue of Christ based on the statue of the Man of Sorrows at the Pilgrimage Church of Wies in Upper Bavaria. The chapel was formerly used for the blessing of the deceased, who were brought to the cemetery from the local district. On Palm Sunday, the chapel holds a palm ceremony followed by a procession to the parish church.
Continue your hike past the Hotel Krone to the road and then follow it north until you reach the Huebe-Hinterhof crossing. Here you will find the Albis Chapel, which was constructed as a plague chapel by a farmer from the Albis family in 1676. In 1959, a commemorative year marking 150 years since the Tyrolean Rebellion in 1809, the chapel was restored by an 80-year-old farmer from the Albis family and the Young Farmers Association. A Sacred Heart painting was consecrated on 6 September 1959 in place of the painting of the Virgin Mary by Zötsch.
After leaving the chapel, continue west for approximately one kilometre until you reach the address Völsesgasse 21. The Zischgen Chapel is located on the right of the courtyard of Johann Witting. According to the Monuments Authority for Tyrol, the building dates back to the late Gothic period and was decorated in Baroque style in the 17th century. The altarpiece depicts the Black Madonna of Einsiedeln. The chapel was damaged during the Second World War and subsequently repaired. In 1991, the chapel was completely refurbished by Johann Witting.
Continue along Völsesgasse until you reach the Sattlerbauern farm (Völsesgasse 47). On the left you will find the Hueber Chapel, which is adorned with a Sacred Heart painting.
The Polten Chapel is located at the end of Völsesgasse road. It was built by a farmer from the Grünfeld family in 1837. The altarpiece depicting Our Lady of Sorrows was created by the painter Schnaiter from Zirl. The main ceiling painting depicts the Descent from the Cross and was painted by Anton Krömer in 1838. The four spandrels of the chapel ceiling feature images of the four Evangelists and their corresponding symbols. After being completely renovated, the chapel was re-consecrated on 12 October 1982. It is named after the nearby farm, which was formerly known as the Poltenhof and now belongs to the Stackler family. The chapel is now owned by a group of ten farmers. It is also the destination of one of the local processions.
Continue along Peter-Anich-Weg back towards the village. On your right by the Studlerhof farmhouse, you will see the Dickicht Chapel, which looks like a wayside shrine and used to stand to the right of the farmhouse together with a large old statue of the Virgin Mary. In 1935, the farmer’s wife was offered a large sum of money for the statue but replied that the Mother of God is not to be sold. The Mother of God was stolen one year later. When work was carried out to straighten the road, the chapel was moved to its current position in the thicket.
Continue along Peter-Anich-Weg and you will find the little Hütter Chapel tucked away on the mountainside on the right-hand side of the road, opposite the cable car station. The chapel contains carved figures of the Holy Family and was a wayside chapel until the road was rebuilt.
On the right-hand side of the mountain, you can also see the nearby Tschoner Chapel. The construction of this chapel as an Our Lady of Lourdes chapel with a small bell tower was commissioned by Mrs Tschoner around the turn of the century.
Opposite the electrical shop Hörtnagl, you will find the Aigen Chapel, formerly known as the Ela Chapel. The chapel was constructed in 1858 and restored by the Young Farmers’ Association in 1985. It is adorned with a large carved cross. In the early 1990s, the figure of Saint John was stolen and the figure of the Virgin Mary was recovered from the neighbouring farmhouse.
At the point where the Peter-Anich-Weg branches off towards Aigen, you can find the Marxerhof farm on the left-hand side of the road. In 2015, a stunning wooden chapel was built in the courtyard of the Triendl family home, the Marxer Chapel. In the past, the local processions led from the parish church to Aigen and on to the Marxerhof, where the gospel was also preached. In recognition of this, a chapel was constructed in the courtyard and now houses the old procession altar. Next to the chapel you will find the old summit cross from Rosskogel mountain, which was replaced in 2011 after 46 years and is also well worth admiring.
Finish off your journey by following Peter-Anich-Weg back to the starting point of your chapel hike, the parish church in the village centre.
Sources and literature: “Gemeindebuch Oberperfuss” (Oberperfuss Parish Chronicle)
Rest stops: Hotel Krone – m1 Cafe Restaurant Bar Lounge (closed on Thursdays), Vormittagscafe Kleißl (open mornings only, closed on Mondays), Baguette Cafe Bistro and the Bäckerei Oberperfuss bakery