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Sights and attractions in Scharnitz

In 1632, during the time of the Thirty Years’ War (1618 – 1648), the government in Innsbruck obtained permission to erect a fortress on a piece of land located in the narrow Scharnitz valley that belonged to the Bishopric of Freising. The impressive fortification was named after the reigning Regent of Tyrol, Claudia de Medici, who was present at the ceremony.

Source of the river Isar

The source of the river Isar is located in the municipality of Scharnitz in an area surrounded by the majestic craggy peaks of the Karwendel massif. In the Hinterautal valley, the Isar begins its long journey to the Danube and the Black Sea. Today the river still plays a major role in the…

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Porta Claudia

In 1632, during the time of the Thirty Years’ War (1618 – 1648), the government in Innsbruck obtained permission to erect a fortress on a piece of land located in the narrow Scharnitz valley that belonged to the Bishopric of Freising. The impressive fortification was named after the reigning…

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