Imst Travel Guide

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Imst Things to Do

  • Carnival & Museum - UNESCO Intangible...

    This museum was another highlight of my trip to Imst & Tarrenz, especially because it is about another type of carnival than the one I grew up with (I grew up with Mainz’ Carnival). So it was especially interesting to learn about this other type of carnival.It seems that middle European carnival can be put into two categories: a parody, satire kind...

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  • Houses, cut into the rocks -...

    At the beginning of Rosengarten Gorge you will notice these very interesting houses, cut into the rock or cliff. This cliff is very interesting too because it is solidified layers of river gravel (maybe visible in my fourth photo). These houses were partially cut into the rock some time ago, especially because the rooms inside the rock layers...

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  • Fabulous gorge for hikers

    My personal „drama“.. was this gorge. But more about this later.Rosengartenschlucht, rose garden gorge, is a fantastic wild gorge which starts (or ends) almost directly in Imst’s centre. It is approx. 1 ½ km in length, cut into the rocks by Schinderback River. It leads up to Hoch-Imst, a kind of high located suburb of Imst.Directly behind where the...

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  • For the adventurous - an alpine coaster

    I am not really sure if I shall add this as to-do or into the sports section, but given that people might not look up sports reviews that much, I’ll add it here. And I must say that I didn’t make the ride, but many in our group did. So at least I watched it.Decide yourself if this is something for you. It is said to be the longest coaster in the...

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  • Imst's surroundings

    Imst is centre of this region in Tyrol, Austria, with heaps of interesting sights and activities. Of these many I would like to point out some which I visited:Museum and exhibition devoted to a female healer:This was my personal highlight: it is an exhibition and explanatory centre devoted to a woman whose remains have been found buried away from...

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  • The churches of Imst and some specials

    Imst has several churches, some are quite remarkable for such a small town.Especially St. Laurentiús on the little hill called “Bergl” is interesting because inside it has remains from an earlier church: a stone from a rood screen with Christogramm, dated 5th century. On the day when I was in Imst with my group of students it was closed when I...

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  • Beautiful fountains and paths through...

    A special feature in Imst are the fountains. Once very important meeting places in times when the houses didn’t have running water, let alone washing machines, they were the centre of the community where things were talked about and newest gossip was spread. The town council has restored the many fountains and has established paths through upper...

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  • Parish Church Mariae Himmelfahrt

    The Parish Church Mariae Himmelfahrt is a late gothic church that was rebuilt in 1462 to 1493. In the 18th century the church was partly changed to baroque style, but end of the 19th century beginning 20th century changed back to gothic style with an enlargement of the tower to 84 meters. Especially the paintings on the outside wall of the church...

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  • Admire the Fountains

    Throughout Imst there are 42 (!) fountains that can be admired. They have information plates attached, that explain about them. A proposed walk connects the fountains. There are even guided tours with water tasting.Please check the link for more details about the many fountains.

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Imst Hotels

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  • Hotel Stern

    Pfarrgasse 42, Imst, 6460, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Alpenblick

    Gunglgrun 4, Imst, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Alpenhotel Linserhof

    Teilwiese 1, Imst, 6460, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Imst Restaurants

  • Excellent second breakfast or more

    On the day when we went up to Hoch-Imst to see the Alpine Coaster and the various possible activities in Imst’s higher located suburb, we had our second breakfast in Untermarkter Alm. I forgot to take a photo of the delicious goodies we were served, but it was very good: local fresh cheese and sausages, coffee at our liking and bread rolls. It...

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  • Delicious cakes

    While I was waiting for the rest of our group in Imst I needed a coffee fix and was happy to find Café Regensburg in the middle of town. Even more delighted I was when I entered the café and saw the cakes on display. To choose one was a tough decision because all looked good. Finally I choose this orange-caramel cake. Oh good decision, another café...

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Imst Local Customs

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    The bird seller

    by Trekki Updated Mar 9, 2015

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    When we visited Imst’s Fastnachtsmuseum (museum for carnival, the alpine specific one) we saw this figure, the bird seller, bird dealer. Of course I knew the famous operetta “Der Vogelhändler” by Carl Zeller, but I never really thought about this business or what was behind it and why. More about the operetta: please read Don’s page about Dessau.

    But our excellent guide in the carnival museum filled this gap and told us the story behind the sellers, which is partly not very nice because it was before animal rights were protected: canary birds were very popular among noble folks but also in the miners’ societies because.. yes, because they were used as “indicator” of the air inside the mines: lack of oxygen or increase of methane or carbon monoxide, which could lead to firedamp. The sensitive birds did show these buy .. well, by dying. Given the guild slogan “Yellow birds I deliver, golden birds I bring back home”, golden birds being the money they received, it must have been a very lucrative business. Moreover, our guide told us that in these cages approx. 300 birds could be transported. Which I find as equally cruel as to use the birds as atmosphere indicator.

    But this business is long gone! I have asked my father who worked in coal mines almost directly after WW II, and he said that he never heard about the birds being misused as indicators. Since long time, specific safety lampsare being used to show any kind of unhealthy air inside the mines.

    © Ingrid D., March 2015 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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Imst Warnings and Dangers

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    "Weather" can come ... very quick

    by Trekki Written Mar 6, 2015

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    Of course this isn’t a real warning, more one of the “be aware” tips. Imst, especially its "suburb" Hoch-Imst is located in the Austrian Alps, just behind the border to Germany and Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze. Winter and snow can come quickly, even if it is sunny and warm in other parts or the lower regions.

    This happened to our group, when we were in the region (in Imst's neighbour village Tarrenz to be precise) end of October, usually a time when one has to be prepared for snow. Our host in told us about the forecasts and that snow was announced in the night of Wednesday to Thursday. I am always amazed how precise these weather reports in mountain regions are and – with the precision of a clockwork – Thursday morning greeted us with a layer of white on houses and streets. Since the temperatures during the day haven’t been below zero, it quickly melted, but the next night more snow fell and we had a winter wonderland outside.

    But this was nothing compared to what awaited us on the Friday when we went up to Hoch-Imst, located at 1085 m above sea level, and from there with chair lift to the mountain hut "Untermarkter Alm" at 1550 m. It was a winter wonderland. Here, high up, the snow was more than 1 metre high and I couldn't resist to make snow-angels :-) It was a strange weather, with fog in the valley and fog higher up - but with clear air around the hut and the sun shining into this free weather layer from the side. I did regret that I didn't bring my big camera.....

    So the moral to this story is: be prepared, bring warm clothes, shoes with good profiles and make sure your car has winter tyres, in case you are here by car.

    © Ingrid D., March 2015 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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Imst Sports & Outdoors

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    Looks like paradise for indoor climbers

    by Trekki Updated Mar 9, 2015

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    We were here just to have a look and see the possibilities for sports activities. My active climber days are long gone, and apart from that I preferred the outdoors and real rocks and not a hall for climbing.

    But from what I could see it is really a good climbers’ centre, with indoor and outdoor climbing, both approx. 1350 m2 in space. The highest wall is 22 m high, and all various routes are easily distinguishable given the very colourful grips.
    There is a sports shop with all kinds of climbing needs and accessories (I was tempted by cute edelweiss earrings but did resist) and a cafe where one can get snacks and beverages.

    The opening hours are ideal for those who want to climb some routes after the daily activities:
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 14:00 – 22:00, Wednesday: 10:00 – 22:00, weekends and holidays: 10:00 – 18:00.
    The prices look ok to me, with 8,50 Euro for adults for the day, less for kids. They also offer hour-tickets, although we didn’t ask how these work.

    The climber centre is slightly east of Imst’s town centre. The local bus stops here and it has a large parking area.

    Sadly the website is in German only:
    Opening hours.
    Prices.

    Location of Climbers’ Centre, Imst on Bing Maps.

    © Ingrid D., March 2015 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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Imst Favorites

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  • SOS Children’s Villages – here was the...

    The NGO SOS Children’s Villages have been established 1949, in the post WWII period, by Austrian Hermann Gmeiner, to help children in need who lost their families. In the following years it expanded worldwide and is now home and care for any children in need providing schools, kindergartens, education, emergency programs and medical centres in...

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  • Excellent tourist office and free WLAN

    I cannot praise the tourist organisation of Imst region high enough – they are excellent! They do not only cover the town of Imst but also the neighbour villages along Gurgl Valley (Imsterberg, Karres, Karrösten, Mils, Nassereith, Roppen, Schönwies and Tarrenz) and the surrounding mountains,namely Lechtaler Alps in the northwest.The brochures and...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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