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Wilten : Michelin's recommendations
The Wilten district spreads out at the foot of the wooded heights of the Bergisel, where the Sill emerges ardently from its final gorge, to flow down the alluvial cone that it erected over thousands of years, via its alluvium that forces the Inn back to the other side of its own valley. This is a strategic location, as the presence of motorways and railways linking northern Europe to Italy suggest. It leads to the Brenner pass, which is the lowest Alpine pass at an altitude of 1,375 m. The Romans had already been aware of this and founded the town of Veldidena here. At the start of the Middle Ages, an abbey was built here amidst a legendary atmosphere of fights between giants and dragons, depicted by the abbey's sculptures. According to tradition, the Giant Aymon, who came from the Rhine Valley, founded the abbey as an act of expiation for his murder of the local Giant, Thyrsus, after having rid the river gorge of a most unpleasant dragon. Later, in 1128, the abbey was entrusted to the Premonstratensians, whose agreement with the Counts of Andechs, led to the founding of Innsbruck. Much later, the Battle of Bergisel, which took place on the mountain slopes in 1809, between Andreas Hofer's peasants and Napoleon's soldiers, turned this hill into one of the Tyrol's great historical locations. More recently, but not too far removed from these legendary and patriotic feats, this district became one of the major sites of the Winter Olympic Games of 1964 and 1976, thanks to the mountain ski-jump, and Olympic Stadium and ice-rink in the valley. Drive to the top of the Sonnenburgerhof, in order to enjoy a full view of the city.
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