Weekend Mountain Blogging

Above, a view of the Retterhof from… well honestly I don’t know where I am exactly. That is to say, I don’t know what to call it. Am I on the Wiltener Berg? The Plumes? I know that I am on the hills and rocky ledges between the autobahn and the Natterer Boden.

Downhill, next to the farm in the top photo, is a hill with no name (my old tattered hiking map, Mayr Innsbruck & Vicinity 1:30,000 is usually helpful but not in this case.) Being a dilettante hunter of pre-Christian sites, I scrambled up. There have been ancient settlements and holy sites excavated at Volders, Fritzens, Arzl, Egerdach, Aldrans, Goldbichl and Bergisel, all along the Inn Valley. (I have my suspicions about Judenstein as well, which would fit right in.)

My amateur eye sees odd terracing on the sides of this circular hill. Maybe from old paths. Has anyone ever considered this hill for excavation? The stone church at the Retterhof also gives me pause, it being built right on the edge of a cliff. Lots of little churches on hilltops around here, but this one seems some how more spectacular and gothic. It would, actually, have been the perfect theatrical setting for a sacrificial burning site. Oh well, it’s private property so I’ll never get a better look at it.

Passing through here is the Andreas-Hofer-Weg, a short wooded trail from Peterbründl* to the Sonnenburgerhof station on the Stubaitalbahn. It’s similar to the Tummelplatz Weg only the city traffic is a bit louder — you feel that you are walking right on top of the autobahn (and, in a sense, you are!)

This trail was made in 1907 for the city folk’s recreation. A cannonball from the 1809 battles was found during the landscaping work.

* Author Norbert Mantl mused that the name is christianized (Peter meaning St. Peter) from Betenbrunn, or the holy spring of the three Beten. There is a Petersbrunnen near Leutstätten in Bavaria, which adds strength to the theory.

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7 Responses to Weekend Mountain Blogging

  1. toonscribe2 says:

    As usual, great pictures, and very interesting text to go with them. Any idea how Judenstein got its name?

  2. Marcellina says:

    Oh yes… see here: https://klavierzimmer.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/judenstein-or-the-jews-stone/

    I am however interested in the theory that “Juden-” may have morphed from “Heiden-” (heathen, pagan). It makes a sort of sense. Mountain folk in the middle ages might not have cared (or been able) to differentiate between ancient non-christians and contemporary ones…

  3. Paschberg says:

    You are right, it is Plumesköpfl.
    Exactyl north of it the Jehlehof ist on the site of an acient castle.
    South of Plumesköpfl two former farms are situated – in “Unterplumes” lived the family of the former Austrian Federal Chancellor Schuschnigg (s. http://www.carto.net/andre.mw/photos/2009/01/16_natterer_boden_runde/20090116-134058_grabstein_der_familie_schusschnigg_in_natters.shtml)

    …Judenstein – maybe the stone should be examined for cups?
    However the antisemitc cult was “invented” on the origin of a probably true crime by Hyppolit Guarinoni on the Simon of Trient scheme (s. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippolyt_Guarinoni),
    we joke sometimes: Triple A (Arzt, Architekt, Antisemit ;-). I however like some of his churches (Volderwildbad, Baumkirchen, Volders) und some of his writings (Die Grewel der Verwüstung menschlichen Geschlechts – I confess I only know excerpts of that)

  4. Paschberg says:

    Ah- you have written all that already in 2009 – sorry.
    Btw. The Anderlkapelle (where Anderls mother saw the drop of blood in her hands) in Amras (just at the foot of the Paschbarg Hill) was torn down when the motorway was built.

  5. Marcellina says:

    Plumesköpfl? Danke!

    Judenstein: yes, I would love to know if there is anything interesting underneath those plaster rocks and disciples, bzw behind the wall…
    Looking around the internet for “Plumes” I stumbed across your scribd entry “Ein Tag im Grünen” http://www.scribd.com/doc/39753466/Ein-Tag-im-Grunen and now I hope to visit the Raetian holy well at Gallhof near Telfes — but how will I find it?

  6. Paschberg says:

    It ist approximtaly here: http://tiris.tirol.gv.at/temp/5148/5148-0326213120.jpg
    On the way from the truetz valley to the Gallhof. A small rock shelter to the hillside of the road closed witth a latticework and a sign nearby. Best walk from Telfes station downhill to the valley floor, then to the north via Gallhof to the Telfer Wiesen.

  7. Marcellina says:

    Werde ich machen, danke. 🙂

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