If you spend your holiday in Kappl, you can’t help but notice the village’s many churches and chapels. Some of them are in plain view, lining the village streets, others are hidden away further upwards, peaking through the shady forest trails. The entire Paznaun Valley is dotted with chapels, with three of the most famous ones being located in Kappl. It’s no coincidence that this part of Tyrol is full of parochial sites.
Most of the chapels were built during the Baroque era, when missionaries were sent to Tyrol to sustain the locals’ devoutness. As winters in this region are known to be severe and long, small shelters were built for the missionaries to sleep, pray and rest – miniature churches, if you will.
However, the shelters weren’t just meant as accommodation for the missionaries. They were also built as a kind of “barter”: If a misfortune could be prevented, the locals showed their gratitude by building a new chapel. There are also many private family chapels in Kappl that are still lovingly decorated and cared for.
Don’t miss the three top chapels of Kappl:
- Kerker Chapel with its distinctive three wooden figures.
- Rotweg Chapel with its picturesque location amid trees.
- Ruhestein Chapel with its 110 cm crucifix.
Kerker Chapel is one of the Paznaun region’s most famous chapels. In 1760, well-known local sculptor Johann Ladner carved the three life-sized wooden figures that came to be the characteristic feature of the chapel. The figures depict two wild soldiers taunting Christ at the whipping post. Grab your hiking poles and visit this unique chapel!
Rotweg Chapel is situated in a picturesque forest glade near the Visnitz waterfalls – a must on your hiking agenda!
Ruhestein Chapel is situated in an awe-inspiring location along the way to Dias. Its most characteristic feature is the 110-centrimeter crucifix sculpted by local artist Johann Ladner.