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Even just after the snow disappears, you will find quite some hardy flowers that grow at high altitude. On our walks we discovered quite a few, mainly small flowery ones, that somehow manage quite well up here. The Edelweiss and Enzian are off course well known, but others shouldn't be overlooked.
More to come here...
Written Jan 28, 2006
Fendels, as many of the Austrian villages, however small, have a tradition of summer (and winter!) festivities from precession and other catholic celebrations to an outdoor grillparty in August.
It will give you some insight in village life, music tradition and just great fun, with drinks, barbeque food and great company!
Updated May 11, 2003
... from the bathroom(!) of the Gepatschhaus, another mountain hut in the nearby Kaunertal!
The location is perfect, alongside a scenic road leading to the nearby glacier skiing area. It sits above a huge reservoir, the stone dam in the background is 200m high at the base, and the length of the circular walk is 6km!
It was built in the late 19th century by the German Alpine club, and is still managed by the Frankfurt branch of it.
More to come....
Written Jan 26, 2006
One of the great mountain walks from Fendels is to the Anton-Renk-Hütte, about 2-3 hours from the Fendels Alm and a bit more from the village. It's location above a waterfall, the "falling water/brook" ("Fallender Bach") is as spectaculair as the way there, with different views from every corner of the path.
The hut itself is special, also because it doesn't have a caretaker during most of the season, leaving it one of the few remaining self-catering huts in the Oetztal Alps.
It leaves the hut an often overlooked getaway, surrounded by several less frequented mountain tops of around 3000m. The hut itself is on an altitude of 2260m.
Updated Jul 11, 2005
When planning your trip to Fendels, especially for skiing, it's a good idea to check out the various websites for snow, weather, etc. I always like checking out the webcams, even when I'm not going there... :-)
Equipment: Skiing gear when you go there - but also a certain amount of common sense, to not get into avalanche exposed slopes and frozen ridges!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: above the village - or down the road to other area
Especially outside the main season (Christmas and most of February) the slopes will be more or less deserted compared to the main resorts! And although the area is small, the variation is enough. Slopes go from 1400 to 2300m, and vary from easy blue to (almost) black. Regional passes can also be obtained, with more famous resorts as Serfaus and Nauders included. They can be reached by car within 30 mins, or by cable car and ski bus (free use with the pass!).
Equipment: If you have your own and come by car, just take it there. But it's not necessary - the local Sport shop has a good choice of ski, rodel and snowboardequipment for rent!
Written Mar 28, 2003
Favorite thing: Some of the trails directly around the village are rather easy and partly paved, offering good walks to enjoy the scenery. The chairlift and cabin to the valley operate in summer at least twice a week, on tuesdays and thursdays, offering access to more trails up to 1900m in altitude.
Above this, you'll find more mountainous walks up to 3000m and over, if you include some bordering valleys.
General info on: Fendels (www.fendels.net)
More images on the area (summer and winter): http://www.pult.at/galerie.html
Fondest memory: You'll be able to enjoy wildlife higher up - marmots, mountain goats, eagles, and red deer are all quite numerous. Capricorns also flock over from time to time from the nearby Kaunertal.
Updated Feb 24, 2004