Holidays in Fiss
Enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Fiss, Tyrol!
Fiss is a community with a population of approximately 1,000 and is situated on the “sun terrace” about 500 m above the valley bottom of the upper Inn valley, on a flat, south-facing slope.
The name Fiss itself is hard to interpret. It is thought that the origins of the name are either the Latin “Fossa” (= ditch) or “Fodia” (= pit or hollow), in reference to the depression in the landscape in which the scattered village is located. In 1288, the name “Fusse” was mentioned in records for the first time.
As with the majority of mountain villages in Tyrol, the prehistory of Fiss remains more or less a mystery. However, it can be said with certainty that the “sun terrace” was cleared and then sparsely populated by a Celtic tribe long before the birth of Christ.
In 1st and 2nd centuries, the Romans conquered our land and named it Rhaetia. Over the centuries, the increase in Germanic immigrants (Bajuvarii, Alemanns and colonists from the Valais canton) lead to the two peoples mixing, which subsequently produced the Romansh people.
It is interesting to note that the old Roman road which leads across the Reschenpass to Augsburg did not follow the valley bottom, but rather followed a route leading up and over Serfaus-Fiss. The Romans brought about a revolution in the craft of building, because instead simple wooden huts, they built sturdy houses using stone.
It was only in 1928 that Fiss got an access road and in the years 1939/40 a goods cable lift for transporting heavy loads. Prior to this there was only a manually prepared track for ox-drawn carts.
After the Second World War, Fiss developed into a popular summer residence for holiday guests. Today, the idyllic village is a popular tourist destination for fans of sport in both winter and summer, but still retains its Romansh clustered-village character with parts of its centre up to 600 years old and features such as the unmistakable doorways.
Traditional Tyrolean customs are also upheld including “Bloch-pulling” which takes place in Fiss every four years. It is a fascinating piece of theatre combining colour and masks, an authentic expression of conflicts with the brutal powers of nature over the course of the year and the effect this had on the already difficult existence of the farming community in the Tyrolean Alps. In 2011, Fiss “Bloch-pulling” was added to the UNESCO National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria.
Since 1990 there is a nighttime driving ban from 11.00 pm to 6.00 am in Fiss. Arrival and departure from and to the accommodation are excepted from that. Guests with accommodation booked in Fisser-Höfe or Telfes-Höfe are allowed to drive out of the village on the shortest way (e.g. after night events). During winter there is an additional pedestrian area appointed (find it on the village map). Supervision is carried out by the executive of the municipality of Fiss.