The Bschlabertal is part of the Lechtal region in the Tyrolean district Außerfern/Reutte. It is a side valley of the Lechtal situated in high alpine terrain.
Bschlabs is a village in the Bschlabertal and the main village of the municipality of Pfafflar. The villages of Boden, Aschlen, Sack, Windegg, Mitterhof, Taschach, Egg, Zwieslen, Brandegg, Unterhaus, Ebele and the summer settlement of Pfafflar are also part of the municipality. The venues of the medienfrische are located in Bschlabs, Boden and Pfafflar.
Altitude: 1314 mNumber of buildings: 65 (as of 2001)Inhabitants: 62 (as of 2021)
In 1448 Bschlabs was first mentioned as Bislaves, sometimes also in a modified form Pislaves, Pshlavess or Pischlaabz. This derives from pos l’aves (behind the waters) and refers to the Streimbach and its side streams, which flow together in Boden.
Altitude: 1356 mNumber of buildings: 39 (as of 2001)Inhabitants: 43 (as of 2021)
Altitude: 1619 mNumber of buildings: 14 (as of 2013)Inhabitants: 0 (as of 2022)
In 1284 Pfafflar was still called Pavelaers, which derives from the Rhaeto-Romanic word pabulariu, meaning “feed barn”.
Pfafflar is considered the oldest hilltop settlement in Tyrol and is not permanently inhabited. The rustic wooden houses date back to the 13th century and are primarily used as holiday homes in summer.
The total area of the municipality is about 33.6 km².
Distance Bschlabs – Boden: 5.3 kmDistance Bschlabs – Pfafflar: 6.5 kmDistance Boden – Pfafflar: 2.7 km
The Hahntennjoch (or “Hahntennen”) is a mountain pass situated at 1894 m. It connects the Inntal with the Lechtal and is the fastest way to get from the Inntal to the Bschlabertal in summer. In winter (until May/June), the Hahntennjoch is closed due to danger of avalanches. In some places the winding, partly narrow road has a gradient of almost 19%. It is repeatedly exposed to natural hazards such as rockfalls, mudslides and avalanches. Safety is ensured by an automated early warning system, which controls traffic lights that switch to red in case of imminent danger, thus causing an immediate road closure.
An architectural peculiarity can be found on the Bschlaber Landesstraße, coming from the Lechtal towards Bschlabs. The “Große Gröben” is an 80 m long concrete pipe bridge enclosed between two tunnels on the hillside. The background to the construction was to create an avalanche-proof connection from the Lechtal to the Bschlabertal, which is why the bridge is closed on all sides. From inside the tunnel, road users do not notice that they are passing a bridge.