St Martin Pfarrkirche in Vill
In the nearby village of Vill is another lovely little church typical of the area. It's the church of St Martin and again it's spire is one of the most useful landmarks whilst walking in the countryside nearby. The churchyard is well maintained and the interior beautiful, although for most of the day you can only see it through a locked gate.
The Kurpark is a pleasant and fairly large park on a hill behind Igls village centre and near the start of the cable car Patscherkofelbahn.
There's a few interesting modern sculptures dotted about the place and the park also has red squirrels which is interesting for those of us from areas where they are now gone.
It's a great place to have a slow walk after dinner on a warm summer evening.
Even if Igls is a very famous winterresort, there are lots of things to do here in the summer too. The most popular is hiking and mountainclimbing which you can read more about in a different tip.
If you don't want to do that, or you want to do something different there are lots of other things too. There are two golfcourses close to the city; a 9-hole in Sperberegg 2 km away and a 18-hole in Rinn 7 km away.
At 2000m in Patscherkofel you can find the highest botanical garden in Europe and it has over 400 different high-alpine plants. Or you can go to the gorge of Imst and try rafting if you prefer that. The trail is 14,5 km and takes about 2 hours. It's also possible to raft on the river of Inn.
Other popular things are biking, tennis, volleyball, bungeejumping, horseriding, swimming, summer bobsleigh and minigolf.
Concerts at Igls Parish Church
During the summer months there are frequent evening concerts taking place at the parish church in the village of Igls. These many be organ concerts or string quartets or many others. A programme of upcoming concerts is available from the tourist office next door to the church and the events are also advertised on boards outside the church, the tourist office and in other places around the village. There is no admission charge for these concerts but they do ask that you consider leaving a contribution towards the cost of putting on the event for your enjoyment. We attended a couple of these concerts and enjoyed them despite the fact that the seating isn't the most comfortable being church pews! The church has a fantastic sounding organ.
Hiking and mountain climbing
Like in most of this area, the hiking here is incredible. The sceneries are so beautiful and it's fantastic to go walking around here.
If you want to try mountain climbing there are lots of possibilities for that. When I was there they used to have free mountain hiking programmes. You could rent the equipment if you needed, and then a guide would help you through different hiking routes. You didn't even have to have any previous experience with climbing, but I'm not sure if they still offer this.
There are also different kinds of events that you can join, f.ex. night-hiking with laterns and hiking to see the sunrise. You should check out some of these if you are in the area.
Zirbenweg is a "stone pine path" in the Patscherkofel. You take the cable car up and follow a 7 km long trail which takes you past some very old stone pines. You also have a great view of the Inn valley from here.
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Igls is a very famous winterresort and has great possibilites for both crosscountry skiing, slalom and downhill. But there is also a lot to do here in summer, so it's a great place to visit all of the year.
It's situated at 900m above the sea, and is very close to Innsbruck. It's a beautiful city, and worth a stop if you are nearby. Close to the city is the mountain Patscherkofel, and there are cablecars that takes you to the top. In winter you can ski in the olympic skislopes, and in summer there are lots of trails for hiking. There are also other mountains in the area where you can go hiking.
Igls is maybe one of the most famous skiresorts close to Innsbruck. It had some of the competitions when Innsbruck hosted the Winter Olympic Games, and the hills here are fantastic. You can find everything from "olympic" slopes, to smaller and friendlier slopes for beginners.
The Patscherkofel is a 2200m high mountain next to Igls where you can go skiing. If you include the Stubai glacier there are more than 130 km of slopes and 63 lifts, where the highest point is 3200m.
There is also a bobsleigh track here which was used in the Olympics. You can even try it with an experienced driver if you want, and it goes more than 100 km/h! If you prefer something a bit more quiet there are some hiking trails in the area too.
Igls Parish Church
The Parish church of Igls is typical of many that we saw in the area in terms of it's outward appearance, the baroque style and yellow and white colour scheme makes it all feel very Tyrolean. The church bells ring throughout the day and add to the atmosphere in the village, whilst the church tower acts as a useful landmark to help you find your way when walking in the surrounding countryside. The small churchyard/graveyard around the church building is immaculately well kept and very pretty.
Don't forget to take a look inside as it seemed to be open most of the day.
Inside Igls Parish Church
The Interior of the Parish Church of Igls is a beauty to behold. This little rural church is a real gem with some really lovely wall paintings and ornamentation. I think the small scale of the place allows it too remain tasteful when much bigger churches decorated in this style often (in my opinion) end up looking tacky and glitzy. You can see this being the centre of a village community.
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