Schwaz Travel Guide

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    Franz Josef Strasse is the main street to walk along in the historic centre of Schwaz. This street is a beauty to walk along, because of the architecture of the old buildings, the old frescoes and newer frescoes, the gorgeous wrought iron signage hanging from the buildings, statues and reliefs, it has everything! Do detour into some side streets...


    The beautifully decorated Rathaus used to be a trading company. It was built between 1500-1509 by the trades and is the most powerful non-church building from the mine time. Several times a year, exhibitions by renowned artists are held. Under the bay in the town square stands the bronze statue of George Von Berg, friend of Ludwig Penz, one of the...


    They call it the "new" Bell tower, even though it was built in 1911. This Tower was built, as it was feared the old church tower may have tilted or toppled over one day, when the bell was being rung. Above the huge bell (4480 kg) is the saying: ‘I am called Maximiliana, I know all about the weather and I feel good whatever the weather, if I can...


    How lucky were the Franciscan Monastery to receive a much needed water right under the reign of Maria Theresa. The Lahnbach water was used in home and garden, probably operated the brothers as they had their own small mill. In 1882 the monastery had a walled park, where there were meditation paths, a fountain and a wide variety of trees and shrubs....


    Located in Schwaz is a Franciscan Monastery and Church. Planning for a Church began in 1508. The church was completed in 1515Six Gothic altars were built. The high altar was placed in the central shrine, the stigmata of St. Francis, the side altars of Maria Pain, Clans, Apostle and Passion altar. (The pain altar was donated in 1512 by the...


    The parish church of "Our Lady" is the largest Gothic hall church in the Tyrol. On a cold and wet day, this Church didn't hold much appeal at all for me. It looked a little neglected and the grey masonry was very dull. The roof is much better, as it's covered in 15,000 copper plates.The Churches present appearance was created by the famous Munich...


    Covered in Lüftlmalerei, I decided this was the prettiest house in Schwarz! It is used as a Gallery for Schwaz locals and for well known artists that live in the Tirol.Toni Knapp was a Schwaz artist.


    I really liked this over-large sculpture of Ludwig Penz, but had no idea who he was! It turns out he was a famous sculptor, born on 13 August 1876 in Telfes in the Stubai Valley, dying in Schwaz on 4 November 1918. His life wasn't a long one, but in that time he did a 15 years apprenticeship in the workshop of Christian Art of Franz Cobalt in...


    Totenkapelle [Chapel of the dead] Michael-Veitkapelle.This cemetery Chapel is on the northern side of the town park. It is two stories high and I was able to enter, but didn't see anything at all. There are two floors, The ground floor is the chapel of St. Michael, and the upper floor the Veitskapelle. It is home to the altar erected in 1511 by...


    What architectural masterpiece the Fuggerhaus was! And what about the Fugger family who it is named after, they are called a "Swabian success story!"They started the Fugger company in 1367, which grew into one of the most important companies in the German Empire. They were the bankers of the Popes and Emperors and operated trade throughout the then...


    Palace Enzenberg was built in 1515. When I was looking at Maria Himmelfahrt parish church, I noticed an arcade connecting a building, this happened to be the Palace. The palace also has a nice portico and wall paintings.Only part is open to the public and that is the Contemporary Art Gallery of the City of Schwaz where regular art exhibitions are...


    Beside the Maria Himmelfahrt Parish church is a walled area that is most interesting to walk around, and SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!This town park in Schwaz is where the old town cemetery is located. No longer are the graves in the ground, instead, the plaques and memorials are situated on the walls under the beautiful arched arcades. The exterior of...


    Maria Himmelfahrt Parish church was lovely old Church that came about because of a sharp rise in population. By the year 1460, there were 3000 people living in Schwarz, many of them attending the small ‘Liebfrauenkirchlein which was too small for the large congregation.In 1460, the foundation stone was laid, paid by guilds and in particular Ludwig...


    Burg Freundsbergauf is the landmark of the City of Schwaz. That is easy to understand, as even on a wet and foggy day, this Burg could easily be seen sitting high on the hill overlooking Schwarz.The Burg is very old, as records go back till 1122, when it was the ancestral home of Herren von Freundsberg..The Tower of Burg Freundsberg, still has the...

  • Visit the Musem der Völker

    The renovation and construction of the museum is finished. Since the House of Peoples has matured over the past 17 ​​years into a veritable museum, you want to make this circumstance also in his name more clearly visible than in the past. Is the museum of the peoples of MDV, which will expand its exhibition program in the years to come...

  • Castle Freundsberg

    It was first mentioned in 1128. The adjoing church was only built in 1634. There is a museum in the tower. Open April till October daily except Thursday from 10-17.00.

  • Summer party

    Saturday, Augutst 4th 2007. Summer party at the Pfundsplatz in Schwaz. In the first weekends of August there are parties everywhere, in towns, in villages and in the mountains too..........

  • the schwazer silberbergwerk

    on a rainy day all the tourist of Tirol thougt:"lets go dig up some silver". I mean: it was a long time waiting before we went into the mine. For people with claustrophobia it is not so nice. Firtst you go in a very small train, keep legs and arms inside please, and for 15 minutes you go deeper and deeper into the mine. Then a long walk and the...

  • Schwaz Silvermine

    The reason to come to Schwaz is the silvermine. It's quite a distance from the railway station so make sure you don't get lost. The best way is to get a piece of paper and a pen and sketch the map that is at the railway station, including main streets, etc. Oh, and mind your head on the way into the mine!!!

  • Historical Hotel Post

    This old building is very much in decay and may be ripped down soon. On the outside wall you can read what famous people stayed there in the old days like i.e. Kaiser Ferdinand of Austria in 1849.

  • Cloister outside the Pfarrkirche

    This cloister that goes along two sides of the park has lots of grave plates on the walls. The garden itself used to be a cemetary which was transfered outside as it became too small.


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    We had decided before arriving at Schwaz that this would be our stop for lunch. For once, we struck it lucky, as we found the big Schwaz galleries, a modern shopping centre with 40 variety stores and a carpark. THE CARPARK ALLOWS 1 HOUR OF FREE PARKING.Upstairs we went for food and found "Die Gallerie." It was a big open plan Restaurant with large...

  • Have some Tyrolian cheese

    It´s a shop selling cheese and other milk products, where you also can sit and eat some light snacks. "Grauer Käs" a tyrolian cheese made from skimmed milk, eat it in a roll with pepper and salt (€ 1,50-2 depending on wight) or with vinegar and onions.

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Schwaz Transportation

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    by lotharscheer Written Aug 11, 2011

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    Bus 1, 3 and 4 from train station to the center, Bus 1 and 2 from the center to the "Schau Silberbergwerk" (silver mine), bus 2 also near the Burg Freundsberg (but you still have to climb the hill), bus 3 also to Kloster Fiecht.

    Map of the city center Franz Josef Strasse Townhall Stadtpark Kloster Fiecht
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    We were coming into Schwaz from Innsbruck when I noticed what looked to be a Castle on my left side. Of course I had to find it! We turned left and crossed the River, following our nose until we found the impressive structure.I was correct, it was once Schloss Mitterhart, built as a family residence between 1515 - 1520!In the 1700's, the Castle...

  • Tourist Information

    The tourist information is located in the Rathaus. They are closed over lunch time.You can get online info at

  • 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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