Obsteig is a small village on Mieming’s plateau with about 1,200 inhabitants. Situated at 1,000 meters above sea level, Obsteig is the highest municipality on Mieming’s plateau, embedded in ample meadows and surrounded by larch-tree woods. The name “Obsteig” means “above the gradient” and describes its location at the end of the extremely steep road from the village Moetz in the Inn Valley to the Klamm castle on the plateau. In the past this road was feared by all carters. In the Middle Ages the road was part of the North-South route between Bavaria and Italy and was used by travelling salesmen like the Fugger family. Also Johann Wolfgang von Goethe took this route to get from Germany to Italy.
Obsteig consists of fourteen small hamlets spread out over a big area: e.g. Arzkasten, Holzleiten, Wald or Gschwent, to name just some of them. We can highly recommend going for a walk in Obsteig and its hamlets, which are well-maintained by its residents. Admire the little chapels and take a rest at one of the lovely wells.
The area of Obsteig was already colonised at around 1,000 BC and was later Bavarii territory. For the Tyrolean emperors the area was important because of its mines and its position at a strategically important traffic route. Apart from that, the beautiful landscape was a highly appreciated hunting ground. The Klamm castle, situated on a rock outcrop over a deep gorge, is proof of the area’s historically important role. The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century with the aim to watch over the frequent traffic, mainly the transport of salt and ore. Today the castle is privately owned and can not be visited. However, the view from outside and a hiking tour through the gorge to see the waterfall are absolutely worth it.