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.