Moos in Passeier

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Moos in Passeier
(Italian: Moso in Passiria )
coat of arms
Coat of arms of Moos in Passeier
Moos in Passeier in South Tyrol - Positionskarte.svg
State : Italy
Region : Trentino-South Tyrol
Province : Bolzano - South Tyrol
District community : Burgrave Office
Inhabitants :
(VZ 2011 / 31.12.2019)
2,160 / 2,066
Language groups :
(according to 2011 census )
99.58% German
0.33% Italian
0.09% Ladin
Coordinates 46 ° 50 ′  N , 11 ° 10 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 50 ′  N , 11 ° 10 ′  E
Altitude : 774– 3480  m slm (center: 1007  m slm )
Surface: 194.58 km²
Permanent settlement area: 6.3 km²
Parliamentary groups : Moos , Pfelders , Platt , Rabenstein , Stuls
Neighboring municipalities: Partschins , Ratschings , Riffian , St. Leonhard in Passeier , St. Martin in Passeier , Schnals , Sölden ( North Tyrol ), Tyrol
Postal code : 39013
Area code : 0473
ISTAT number: 021054
Tax number: 00177740214
Mayor  (2015): Gothard Gufler

Moos in Passeier ([ moˑs ]; Italian Moso in Passiria ) is an Italian municipality in Passeier in South Tyrol . It belongs to the district community Burggrafenamt and has 2066 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019). Located north of Merano , the community borders directly on Austria and is largely protected in the Texel Group Nature Park .



Moos in Passeier is located in Hinterpasseier, as the upper section of the Passeier Valley is called. The municipality comprises the northernmost section of the Passeirer main valley, two larger ones ( Pfelderer and Seebertal ) and several small side valleys as well as the surrounding mountain areas.

The main town of Moos is centrally located in the municipality in the valley floor on the Passer at around 1000  m altitude. Two fractions are located on elevated terraces a little down the valley towards St. Leonhard : on the orographic right side Platt ( 1140  m ), on the orographic left side Stuls ( 1350  m ). To the north of Moos, Rabenstein , the highest village in the main valley at 1,410  m , occupies a hill west above the Passer. The Pfelder valley branching off towards the southwest at Moos offers space for the village of Pfelders ( 1630  m ).

The mountains to the west of the Passeir main valley are counted as part of the Ötztal Alps , while to the east they belong to the Stubai Alps . The mountain groups meet at the end of the Passeir valley on the Timmelsjoch ( 2474  m ), a transition to the North Tyrolean Ötztal . The mountain ridges on both sides of the Timmelsjoch are part of the main Alpine ridge and bear the Italian-Austrian border with the state of Tyrol . Within the Ötztal Alps, the mountains on the south side of Pfelders are included in the Texel group. The most important Mooser peaks here include the Hochweiß ( 3281  m ), the Lodner ( 3228  m ), the Lazinser Rötelspitze ( 3037  m ) and the Tschigat ( 2998  m ). The Gurgler Kamm extends north of the Pfelderer and west of the Seebertal between the Hochwilden ( 3480  m ) and the Timmelsjoch . Other mountain peaks worth mentioning here are the Hintere Seelenkogel ( 3470  m ), the Hochfirst ( 3403  m ) and the Liebenerspitze ( 3399  m ). The Mooser part of the Stubai Alps finds its highest point at the Schwarzwandspitze ( 3354  m ) northeast of the Timmelsjoch. From there, the Botzer Group branches off in a southerly direction , in which the eastern municipal boundary of Moos runs over the eponymous Botzer ( 3250  m ) to the Hohen Kreuzspitze ( 2743  m ).

Substantial parts of the municipality are placed under protection in the Texel Group Nature Park . This almost completely includes the Mooser parts of the Ötztal Alps (both in the Texel group and on the Gurgler Kamm) and extends north-east of the Timmelsjoch a little way into the Stubai Alps.

Localities of the municipality

View of moss and pill


Moos, located at around 1000  m above sea level, has a late Gothic parish church (1402/03), dedicated to the Assumption , with a 52 m high tower. The interior is baroque, u. a. with paintings from the Passeirer Malerschule , an art school from the 18th and 19th centuries from St. Martin.

The Stieber waterfall is a popular hiking destination ; on the western edge of the village, the Pfelderer Bach falls into the Passer in two cascades of 19 m and then 18 m. The canyon walls with various rock formations, pools and whirlpool holes consist of dark paragneiss .

Above the waterfall - near the road to Platt - there was a sulfur spring that was used medically until the beginning of the 20th century (dried up) for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and rheumatism. The doctor Dr. Mathias Felderer had set up a bathhouse here for hip baths, full baths and drinking cures ("Bad Sand"). The dilapidated fountain and an explanation board are the relics of this spa, which today only has holiday apartments and a café.

Below the road to Timmelsjoch (access from the town center) is the bunker - “Mooseum”, which opened in 2009 and belongs to the MuseumPasseier .


Pfelders is located in the Pfelderer Tal , a right side valley of Passeier, at an altitude of 1630 m. It houses a small ski area.


Platt is 1140 m above sea level on a terrace southeast of the main town, on the orographic right (southern) side of the valley. 15 so-called " glacier mills " - actually meant are glacier pots - can be reached from here on signposted hiking trails. The largest is eight meters deep.


Stuls (it. Stulles ) is 1350 m high across from Platt on the orographic left (northern) side of the valley. It occupies a terrace on the slope of the Jaufenkamm. In contrast to Platt, this terrace gets a lot of sun from the south and is therefore a popular hiking holiday destination in summer. Stuls is the starting point for hikes to the Eggergrubalm and the Hochalm, as well as the ascent of the Hochwart (2608 m) and the Hohen Kreuzspitze (2743 m).

From this terrace, the Stuller waterfalls plunge in two cascades 342 m into the depths of the Passeier Valley.


Rabenstein (it. Corvara ) is 1410 m high on a small hill west of the Passer and is characterized by agriculture.

There was once a lake on the meadow plateau south of the village. It was created in 1401 by a landslide that formed a dam that dammed the water of the Passer. This dam broke eight times, the last one in 1774. The lake was called Kummersee because of the destruction caused by the dam breaks . Today there is a signposted hiking trail around its former banks.

A special attraction - which can only be reached by a two-hour march - is the "Adventure Mine" on the Schneeberg at an altitude of 2355 m. It was the highest mine in Europe. From the Middle Ages to 1967 silver, lead and zinc were mined here. It was restored in 1995, and since then guided tours through the tunnels, meals and overnight accommodation have been offered in the Schneeberghütte .


Ulfas is located above Platt and is a hamlet. In Ulfas you will find the Kratzegg, Bastl, Veitner, Micheler, Pöll, Pichler and Hofer farms as well as the Church of St. Korbinian von Freising (built in 1903; small altar with a statue of the saint and the Korbinian bear as his attribute). At the Kratzegghof (hikers' car park for the way to the Ulfaser Alm) there is still a mill in operation.

The Ul fiber Alm, located at 1600 m (30 minutes walk), is managed in summer. From the Saldernbach flowing by here, a Waal (built 1862–1865) is derived, which also gives water to the animals. The Matatzer Waalweg , which runs through the forest above Ulfas, accompanies one of the last of its kind in the Passeier Valley that still carry water. It ends after about 3.5 km at a log cabin, where the Waalwart also runs a tavern in summer.


Hütt (it. La Capanna ) lies between Platt and Pfelders and is also a hamlet. The Joseler, Jenner and other small farms are located in Hütt. The church of Hütt is dedicated to St. Consecrated to Joseph .


Pill (it. Bovile ) is located at the entrance to the Pfelder valley. The farms Goster, Pamer, Brugger, Weiher and around 20 other farms are located in Pill. Since Pill is a hamlet and has no church, the Pillers have to go to Moss to worship. The former mayor of Moos, Josef Ennemoser, comes from Pill.


Economy and Infrastructure

In addition to the lower Passeier Valley (SS 44), Moos can also be reached from the Austrian Ötztal via the Timmelsjoch (SS 44 bis) . The Timmelsjochstraße, built in 1967, can only be used in summer.

Tourism in the sparsely populated and rural Hinterpasseier is still subdued compared to the Vorderpasseier. Small hotels and family guesthouses that are primarily geared towards hikers predominate. The winter season plays a role especially in Pfelders, where there is also a ski area.


Mayor since 1952:

  • Josef Hofer: 1952–1955
  • Josef Raffl: 1955–1958
  • Josef Ennemoser: 1958–1985
  • Franz Raich: 1985–1990
  • Karl Lanthaler: 1990-1995
  • Franz Raich: 1995-2000
  • Wilhelm Klotz: 2000–2015
  • Gothard Gufler: since 2015



  • Manfred Schwarz: "People write to us from Passeier: ..." Curios and everyday things from newspapers from the monarchy 1848–1918. Verlag Passeier, St. Martin in Passeier 2018.

Web links

Commons : Moos in Passeier  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The mayors of the South Tyrolean municipalities since 1952. (PDF; 15 MB) In: Festschrift 50 Years of the South Tyrolean Association of Municipalities 1954–2004. Association of South Tyrolean municipalities, pp. 139–159 , accessed on November 16, 2015 .