Holidays in Franzensfeste
The name Franzensfeste refers to quite many things: first of all to a small village in the narrow part of the Eisacktal, primarily known as railway junction.
But also a mighty fortress and an artificial lake bear the same name.
The municipality Franzensfeste is the southernmost village of the Wipptal and it includes also the hamlets Oberau, Mittewald and Grasstein – starting points for many hikes through the surrounding mountains. Due to its central position, Franzensfeste is generally a good point of departure for excursions to all directions.
The imposing fortress of the same name was built by command of the emperor Ferdinand I. during the first half of the 19th century, in order to protect the important north-south-link. But the area around Franzensfeste has been a transit country already in earlier time – proved by the remains of the ancient Via Claudia Augusta.