Once upon a time …

Stories and legends from Vent

Fantastic hikes and tours, untouched landscapes, and majestic mountains await you in Vent. There is much more to discover – we promise!

Like many Austrian Alps hotels that enchant with their unique nature, our alpine village will certainly charm you with its culture, its stories, and of course, its legends. Did you know that the Hohler Stein stalactite cave proves that this area was already populated around the year 7,600 B.C.? But it’s not only people who have appreciated our wonderful spot for thousands of years. For centuries at the beginning of the summer, you can observe a wild hustle and bustle between South Tyrol and Vent, which is now part of the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage: the Ötztal Transhumance. Defined as the movement of humans and their animals, every summer, a flock of around 4,000 sheep and their shepherds move from South Tyrol’s Val Senales/Schnalstal to Vent. In just two days, human and animal cover a distance of 44 kilometres. According to legend, Duke Frederick IV of Austria, known as “Frederick of the Empty Pockets”, covered even more kilometres when he fled from Constance to Tyrol. He sought protection and refuge as a farmhand at the “Rofenhöfe”, the highest mountain farms in Austria. Today, you’ll find a refuge full of peace and serenity in Vent. See for yourself and discover many more stories during your summer holiday in Ötztal.

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