with a view


When mountains are there, I know I can go up there to get a new perspective on life from above. The musician Hubert von Goisern did not sing that, but said so, and somehow he hits the hearts of alpine people with precision. Anyway, those who do not see any harshly dismissive hurdles in the mountains, but glorious invitations to a little bit to escape the everyday life and to perceive the world around them as a whole again. Mountaineering is much praised, summit victories are echoed, and daredevil tours are often loudly decorated with anglers reminiscent of anglers. It is actually the quiet moments that many
Connect mountain experiences together.

The power of the top
The Kellerjoch may only be one of the many in the Tux Alps, but these moments have a special power on its summit. Perhaps because the mighty peaks of the Karwendel can be captured in their impressive expanse. Perhaps because the urban hubbub in the Inn Valley seems so unreal from up here or because there are also glimpses into more distant rock formations that show no human traces. It is probably the mixture of the bizarre panorama that makes the Kellerjoch what it is: the rock-solid pride of the people from Schwaz and Pill, to whom this 2,344-meter-high yoke is the local mountain. 2,344 meters high? The altitude is correct, but it is true only if the chapel is not included, which crowns the basement yoke and sets off from his colleagues decorated with crosses. That the summit is a radiant place of power, on which it can not be avoided to pay homage to heaven, must have been well aware of the builders of the little church. And they took great pains to make the peculiarity of their mountain visible in a chapel. "The pupils of the Paulinum in Schwaz, among other things, have carried up the boards for the band," says Hannes Filzer, captain of the 1st Schwazer Schützenkompanie. When the students did, there was no comfortable lift. The Kellerjochbahn was built in 1953, but the chapel was inaugurated in 1931, giving the boards additional weight.


Hannes Filzer, Captain of the 1st Schwazer Schützenkompanie

Special place
The people who hiked the Kellerjoch have always been rewarded with the sublime all-round view, but on the day on which the present chapel was inaugurated, the crowd was also a kind of reward for pupils and master builders. "At the inauguration of the Kellerjoch Chapel, 1,200 people were at the summit," says Hannes Filzer. A veritable sea of ​​people had gathered around the chapel at the time, and it was not just the idea that they had all climbed the mountain together that made this event so impressive. Even the image of 1,200 times humbly lowered, sometimes joyfully looking upwards heads is appealing. "Yes, the band is very special and it's always a good feeling to be there," said the captain.

He seeks and finds this feeling 20 to 30 times a year - not only because he, as a Schwazer, is proud of the crown of his Hausberg, but also because it is the first Schwazer Rifle Company to have looked after the band for decades: "We have a blast with it. This is a very special place for us. "
The shooters celebrate their very special day every year at this special location. They not only look after the chapel itself and make sure that it is kept in good shape, but with the Kellerjoch fair they also organize the highlight for the company and all those who want to celebrate with it. "The fair is the highlight in our year of shooting. It always takes place at the end of July. Then we move on the High Women's Day, the tattoo on the National Day and the heroic honor, "says Filzer.

Silent moments
In 1976, the company took over the care of the chapel after its members had taken care of their renovation. The chapel had gotten old, the strong weather changes had left their mark and so the shooters went in the year of monument protection, next to the clubhouse and the chapel to shine in a new light. Since then, it has been a protected gem for the shooters and the center of attention for their big day. "The chapel was then inaugurated by Franciscan patrons and we still ask one of the Friars if he reads Mass for us," says Filzer.

Like the participants - mostly between 200 and 300 people, but 350 have already been counted - the Father must also be well on foot and free from giddiness so that he can not experience any conditions on the last meters to the chapel that could cloud the day. "We have often stomped in the snow," says Filzer to report the cool vagaries of the summer, where the hike across the last ridge from the Kellerjochhütte to the chapel was too dangerous. Two years ago it was raining so wildly that the Mass had to take place at the Hecherhaus, but even the wildest weather can not stop the shooters from celebrating their day on the mountain and commemorating the deceased comrades in prayer.
Mostly they are lucky and the weather plays along. Then the Kellerjoch Chapel is the perfect center to share the quiet moments that have a special power up here. The sky moves closer. He does that at the Kellerjoch just more than anywhere else.

This year's Kellerjochmesse will take place on Sunday, July 29th.


meter high
lies the Kellerjoch