Holzgau in the Lechtal
Holzgau in the Tyrolean Lechtal
A small ꞌvillageꞌ that houses approximately 414 inhabitants, embedded in the marvellous landscape of the Tyrolean Lechtal Nature Park, the Lechtal Alps and Allgäu Alps. The view out onto the mountains, the green meadows and forests and, in winter, the magical landscape cloaked in snow: all this urges you to stay a little longer in Holzgau.
Holzgau, situated 1,103 metres above sea-level, has retained its rural character to this day, embedded in a highly-varied Alpine landscape and still largely unspoiled. The perfect setting for a very enjoyable holiday, a contrast to urban life, offering tranquility and pristine nature to those who ꞌreally feel in need of a holidayꞌ.
It’s a place steeped in history! First referred to in historical records around the year 1315, this place received its present name - Holzgau - from ꞌAuꞌ, meaning ꞌmeadow, pastureꞌ (Holz = wood). Through to the 19th century, life proved very difficult up in the Lech valley’s high Alpine terrain. Agricultural yields were mostly too meagre to maintain house and farm, as well as feed the large families of those days. That is why, every spring, many children travelled from place to place through the Alps, e.g. into Swabia (southern Germany), to earn money as labourers – now they are known as the ꞌSwabian childrenꞌ.
Tourism improved the Holzgauersꞌ living conditions and valuable trading relationships emerged. The skilfully decorated facades of Holzgau houses and a local-history museum provide an insight into early life in the upper Lechtal valley.
Culture and tourist attractions
|Parish church of "St. Mary’s Assumption"||St. Sebastian’s Chapel|
|War memorial with the image of Pietá||Distinctive parish building with a hipped roof (18th century)|
|Chapel of St. Joseph in Dürnau||Chapel of the Holy Trinity|
|Simms Waterfall||Suspended bridge|
|Traditional local-style paintings on the housesꞌ facades|