Schwaz is a city in Tyrol. At the same time, Schwaz is the district capital of the Schwaz district. The city borders on the Karwendel Mountains to the north and the Tux Alps to the south. In the Middle Ages, Schwaz was the second largest city after Vienna due to the silver mining.

Schwaz can be reached centrally via the Innsbruck - Kufstein motorway. You can drive over the Achenpass and Jenbach to Schwaz toll-free. You can take the train by public transport. Schwaz has a train station, where some express trains stop. The nearest airport is Innsbruck (approx. 40 km). Directions are available from the local Silberregion Karwendel tourist office (see links).

With the Klangspuren in Schwaz (September 6-21, 2008) one of the most successful festivals for new music in Central Europe has established itself in the "Silver City" (the name comes from ore mining in the Middle Ages).

Schwaz is "Jazz City" when the Outreach Academy starts a festival with concerts and workshops every year.


The most famous sights of the Karwendel silver region include Tratzberg Castle and the Schwaz silver mine, which is well known beyond Austria's borders.

The Karwendel region offers numerous opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and holidaymakers. In recent years the famous Transalp Challenge mountain bike race has also led through the Karwendel silver region. Follow in the footsteps of the bikers from Hinterriss to the Falkenh├╝tte, into the Eng and on to Schwaz, Weerberg via the Geiseljoch. For some years now there have also been offers for e-bikers. Rental stations in Schwaz offer e-bikes for the city and e-mountain bikes for the terrain.

The Nordic walking routes are also active. The area around Schwaz has the largest Nordic walking network in Tyrol. Several hundred kilometers have been equipped with extra signs.

The region is also ideal for family vacations. In summer there is free childcare in the family nests. There the children can take part in a varied program without parents. From riding, looking for treasure, playing Indians or a visit to the farm, everything is included.

In winter there is a free children's ski course for children at the ski lifts, and in winter there are three toboggan runs in Schwaz alone. If you are looking for winter pleasure away from the lifts, you will also find what you are looking for with snowshoeing and ski touring.

In autumn there is a cattle drive through the pedestrian zone. The cows come the long way from the Engalm to Schwaz and go home to the farm, beautifully decorated.

For more information, see the official tourism website.

The pedestrian zone in Schwaz gives a nice impression of the medieval mining town. There are still many smaller shops that make a cozy impression. Outside the city there are the usual chain stores, discount stores and wholesale markets. Recently there is also a large shopping center ("Stadtgalerien") directly on the B171 federal road.