Fritzens is the perfect starting point for hikers and families
800m above sea level, population 2,003
The small, but pretty village of Fritzens is much revered in gourmet circles and also way beyond the region's boundaries. The striking bottles of the Fritzens-based Rochelt company, which makes high-class schnapps and brandies from the finest fruit, are essential stock items for every award-winning restaurant. But there are other brandy distilleries in Fritzens, such as Zalesky and Zimmermann, and guided tours through the fascinating world of fruit brandies are available to interested parties.
The history of this attractive village, which is repeatedly voted the prettiest floral village in the district, goes back to the La Tène era. Fragments of pottery, known as "Fritzner Keramik", played an important part in unravelling the mysteries of the Tyrol's distant past. The gently rolling countryside around Fritzens is inviting territory, particularly for families keen to undertake interesting days out and explore higher altitudes. But one special attraction well worth a visit is the parish church, where precious carvings and portrayals of the church's patron, John the Baptist, provide good opportunities to stop and reflect.
Parish church Fritzens
Nature lovers might like to use Fritzens as a base for a wide variety of activities. There are a variety of walking trails for all levels, from an easy stroll to more arduous walking tours. The gently rolling hills around the Tyrolean village are much loved by families, even those with buggies. It's a great place for a day out in the beautiful Alpine countryside.
In recent years more and more pilgrims have been passing through the municipality as they make their way along the Tyrolean section of the Way of St James. And they often stop off here for a break.
It is actually very easy to get from the village to the Hall-Wattens region's Nordic walking trail network. Also the neighbouring villages of Wattens and Baumkirchen make good starting points for a varied range of tours. Mountain bike trails and cycling routes, such as along the Inn cycle path, are within easy to reach.
When the temperatures rise in the summer and you feel like a dip, then the cool waters of the Weislahnsee are not far away.
In winter, you can explore the Tyrolean section of the Inntal Valley on snowy winter walking trails. Visitors from near and far come to Fritzens, particularly at Christmas time, to admire the handmade cribs.
If you enjoy some cultural sightseeing, then both Hall in Tirol, with the largest medieval Old Town area in western Austria, Hall Mint and the Mint Tower and Wattens, the home of the famous Swarovski Crystal Worlds, are within easy reach.