Obernberger See (lake Obernberg)

The Obernbergtal is a valley where nature can be found in it's full beauty and glory.
One of the most beautiful tributary valleys of Tyrol. Recreation, ease and time to enjoy with the family.
The lake of Obernberg (Obernberger See) is situated in the middle of a landscape protection area and reflects the beauty of the surroundings.
A trip to the Obernbergersee is an unforgettable adventure.

A rockfall many years ago had also positive aspects...
On the ruins the chapel "Maria am See" has been built, which is located in the middle of the lake and can be reached by a footbridge.
Due to the large variety of fish it is not allowed to take a bath in the lake, but also a romantic rowboat trip on the sparkling water is a nice experience.
From the end of the village you can get to the lake within 45 minutes (155 m difference in altitude).

The inn „Obernberger See“ has a large sun deck from which you can enjoy the wonderful view to the lake. If you're planning a prolonged tour to the surrounding mountains you can also stay overnight.
Idyllic and recreative holidays in the fresh air of the mountains.


Arms were granted on May 22nd 1973.
They show two golden pins and a king with crown on red background.
The colours are yellow - red.
It reminds of the legend of the Golden Skittles, which was buried in the "Rasselstein" and guarded by the mountain king.

Gemeinde Obernberg Tourismusverband Wipptal
Innertal 39 a Ost. Obernberg
6157 Obernberg 0043-(0)5274-874621 or Steinach
0043-(0)5274-874621            0043-(0)5272-6270
fax – 874624  fax – 2110
gemeinde@obernberg-brenner.tirol.gv.at obernberg@wipptal.at; www.obernberg-tirol.at
www.obernberg.tirol.gv.at tourismus@wipptal.at; www.wipptal.at


  • Obernberg is situated at 1393 m altitude and has a total area of 325 hectare.
  • The municipal territory extends from 1320 – 2.917m (Leite - Schwarze Wand), the settlement area from 1320-1460m.
  • 34 stock farmings, prevalent as sidelines.
  • The municipality has 7 hamlets (Leite, Außertal, Innertal, Gereit, Eben, Frade and Obernbergersee).
  • Population 1951 – 355 and 2011 – 367
  • Partnership with Heddesbach / Rhine

The village:

One of the most popular calender themes of Tyrol, the church of St. Nikolaus with the mountains of the Tribulaun can be found in the valley of Obernberg. A rural road leads from Gries / Brenner to the valley of Obernberg.

Just at the moment you reach the valley floor of Obernberg, you get a fantastic view to the end of the valley with the Obernberger Tribulaun (2780m) and the  Schwarze Wand (2917m). In front of these mountains you can find green meadows and lovely ease.

Homesteads tell stories about old tradition, family homes show the recent architecture in the rural area.

In the clear water of the creek of Obernberg trouts and chars are splashing around, while at the end of the valley, at the parking area at the inn Waldesruh people are starting their trips to the surrounding nature.
From here you can reach the beautiful lake of Obernberg within one hour.

In former times Obernberg has been a mining center, famous for fahlerz, barite, blue lead, malachite and quartz. It was one of the oldest mining areas of Tyrol. At the same time there was a rich deposit of marble, used for the building of churches (e.g. Hofkirche Innsbruck).


The first settlers came from the South even before Roman times to graze their cattle and do mining.
15.B.C. the Roman commander Drusus and his legion are coming from the South in direction Innsbruck
13th C. first mention of the valley and a silver mine of the monastery Brixen
1339 first mention of a St. Nikolaus church at Obernberg
14th-16th C. prosperity of mining
1490 emperor Maximilian buys the mining from the bishop of Brixen
1569 the sculptor Alexander Colin orders marble from Obernberg for the ornamentation of the Hofkirche (church in Innsbruck)
1760 reconstruction of the church St. Nikolaus
1810 Obernberg becomes an autonomic municipary
1834 reconstruction of the tower with cambered helmet
1900 closing of the settlements Unter- and Oberains
1935 the lake of Obernberg becomes a protected area
1935 construction of the chapel "Maria am See"
1988 last restoration of the church

Churches, natural monuments and landmarks

As mentioned above the church of St. Nikolaus has already been alluded in 1339. 1760 a reconstruction has been carried out. 1834 the church got the onion dome and its current appearance.

Constructor was Johann Umhauser, an associate of building director Franz de Paula Penz.  Decorations were made by stuccoworker Josef Schmutzer, altar and statues by Johann Perger, the most famous sculptor of the transition period between late baroque and classicism.

Paintings and ceiling frescos were made by Anton Mayr from Schwaz. Also the altarpiece on the main altar and the tributary altars. The curved shapes of the interior are completed by a rococo pulpit.
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