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Coat of arms of Terfens
Coat of arms
Terfens is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°19′34″N 11°38′46″E / 47.32611°N 11.64611°E / 47.32611; 11.64611Coordinates: 47°19′34″N 11°38′46″E / 47.32611°N 11.64611°E / 47.32611; 11.64611
Country Austria
State Tyrol
District Schwaz
 • Mayor Hubert Hussl ('Independent' - Unabhängige Gemeinschaftsliste der ARBEIT und WIRTSCHAFT)
 • Total 15.22 km2 (5.88 sq mi)
Elevation 591 m (1,939 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 2,146
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 6123
Area code 05224
Vehicle registration SZ
Website www.terfens.

Terfens is a municipality in the Schwaz district with 2116 inhabitants in the Austrian state of Tyrol.[2] It is located about 20 km northeast of Innsbruck in the Lower Inn Valley.


Terfens lies in the Lower Inn Valley 20 km east of Innsbruck. The Inn forms the southern municipal boundary. On the north and east, the boundary is the Vomper brook, which flows into the Inn.


The arms were granted on September 3, 1974. The name is derived from a Celtic word for oak or acorn.[3] The coat of arms contains five pairs of acorns fesswise in pale Or.[4]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Neighbourghing municipalities of Terfens are Weer, Kolsass, Weerberg, Pill, Fritzens and Kolsassberg.[5]


The Chapel of Terfens (Bundesmusikkapelle Terfens), a traditional brass orchestra, has been founded in 1796 in the course of the reopening of the Maria Larch church. In 2016, the chapel had 55 active musicians.[6]

In autumn it is custom to do an Almabtrieb from Engalm via Lamsenjoch and the streets of Vomp to Terfens, that means the cows from the Alm are brought with traditional flower decoration on their heads to the village.[7]

Grasausläuten in Terfens in the 1930s

Like in other municipalities of the district of Schwaz, there is the custom of Grasausläuten in spring. Boys of the village go through the village with bells in order to announce the end of winter.[8]


The church Maria Larch
Upside down house in Terfens

One of Terfens major landmarks is the Maria Larch pilgrimige church. The church was founded in 1678 in the former location of a statue of the Virgin Mary attached to a larch tree.[9] The statue origins in 1665; it was put there because a farmer's women prayed to the larch tree and when she told the story to a hermit called Johann Weiss, he created the clay statue. [10] The church was renovated in 1994.[9]

Terfens is famous for having an upside-down house which has become a tourist attraction. [11] It was built in 2012 by two polish architects. [12]

Prominent Figures[edit]

The spouses Paul Unterkircher and Karola Unterkircher, who committed bomb attacks in southern Tirol (Pfunderer Buam or Ein Tirol) with the goal of having southern Tirol become a part of Austria again instead of remaining italian[13] lived in Terfens. The municipal council of Terfens campaigned for the pardon of Karola Unterkirchers after she was arrested.[14]


  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Terfens.
  2. ^ "Statistik Austria Bevoelkerungszahlen 2016". Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Heraldry of the world Terfens". www.ngw.nl. Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Terfens, Tirol (Austria)". Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Terfens". Österreich Navigator. 
  6. ^ 220. 1796–2016. Bezirksmusikfest Terfens 2016. 1. bis 3. Juli. Calendar of Bundesmusikkapelle Terfens.
  7. ^ "Die Kühe wandern zum Almabtrieb". Karwendel Urlaub. Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  8. ^ "Die Grasausläuter". Karwendel Urlaub. Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  9. ^ a b "Maria Larch pilgrimage church in Terfens". Silberregion Karwendel. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Maria Larch Pilgrimage Church". Region Hall-Wattens. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Upside Down House, website of the attraction, viewed on the 12th of August 2016
  12. ^ "Upside Down House in Austria". Unusual Places. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Früherer Südtirol-Aktivist Unterkircher ist tot". ORF Tirol (in German). Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  14. ^ "630. Sitzung. Seite 74". Österreichisches Parlament (in German). Retrieved 2016-08-12.