Just a short walk away from the town centre, you’ll find one of Tyrol’s most stunning biotopes – the Rosengartenschlucht gorge. The Schinderbach stream winds its way for 1 ½ km from the ‘blue grotto’ through the bedrock of Imst’s low mountain terraces to St. John’s church (elevation difference 250 m).
For geologists the gorge provides an insight into millions of years of the earth’s history, but having said that, you don’t have to be a geological expert to marvel at the beauty of the gorge with its abundance of flora and fascinating stones.
Due to the special conditions in the Rosengarten Gorge, alpine plants and animals advance far deeper than it corresponds to their actual distribution. The moist cool climate promotes the growth of ferns and moss, altogether resulting in a unique vegetation. In this place, Mother Nature has been practically left to her free dynamics, thus in a sense you can see her true face. What’s remarkable: the entrance is situated right in the centre of the city.
The special thing about the Blue Grotto is its history: 2000 years ago in Roman times, people worked diligently and searched for silver-bearing galena here. The geologist Peter Gstrein suspects that in the first centuries after Christ people were already mining in this place using the fire-setting method; due to the heating, the rock became brittle and was thus easier to knock off. This is how the Blue Grotto was created, a certainly unique place in Tyrol.
Once you have arrived in Hoch-Imst, you can either walk back to Imst via the Wetterkreuz or continue your tour taking the Imst Mountain Cableways and the Alpine Coaster in Hoch-Imst.
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