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In Vent you will find some historical places that will give you an insight into the history of the mountain village and the rear Ötztal. Go on a journey of discovery and immerse yourself in the fascinating past...
Hohler Stein area in close vicinity to Vent (2,050m) is an ancient hunters' and shepherds'' base dating back to the Stone Ages (8000-4000 BC). Archaeological findings prove that Vent was a hunting are even in 8000 BC.
After the finding of the iceman Dr. Leitner of the University of Innsbruck made further investigations. He proved the existence of more Stone Age hunters' bases in the Ötztal valley, e.g. at the Hohler Stein mountain in Niedertal/Vent which is at an altitude of 2,050m and only 10km (beeline) from the place where the iceman was found.
The Rofenhöfe farms are located 2km above of Vent at an altitude of 2,014m. Visit the famous Haflinger breed of the farmer Franz Klotz. Leander Klotz was an ancestor of today's inhabitants. In 1848 he was the first man to climb the Wildspitze mountain. He and his brother Nikodemus were trained to be mountain guides by the glacier priest Franz Senn.
The suspension bridge was built by the Klotz brothers in 1967 and renewed by the provincial government in 1984. The bridge is 46m long. The Rofnerschlucht gorge is 31m in depth. Earlier only a small footbridge led across the Rofnerache river. Climb a number of small rocks to get to and from the bridge.
After the finding of the Iceman further investigations proved the existence of more Stone Age hunting bases in the Ötztal valley, e.g. at the Hohler Stein mountain in Niedertal/Vent which is at an altitude of 2,050m and only 10km (beeline) from the place where the Iceman was found.
A wide range of archeological findings within this area prove the existence of early settlements in the Rofental Valley, dating back to 7600 B.C.
On 19 September 1991 two German tourists found by chance a mummified corpse in the ice of the Similaun glacier at the Hauslabjoch mountain. "Ötzi", the iceman, was found at an altitude of 3,200m and is the most ancient finding of a European hunter.
By means of radiocarbon dating it was proven that the finding dates to the chalcolithic period of the southern Alpine region. Some 5000 years ago the man left the Vintschgau area in the Italian Tirol for the mountains. Pollen analysis showed that the back of the Ötztal valley was already typical pastureland some 6000 years ago.
1502: the church and the graveyard were consecrated.
1701: Matthäus Gerstgrasser became the first pastoral assisant.
1862: the baroque-style church was consecrated and Vent became a parish. The high altar probably comes from a former church in Karthaus in Schnalstal valley (statues, St. Bruno, St. Benedict). Next to the high altar you find John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, an altar dedicated to the Virgin Mary with a statue of the Virgin made by the Tirolean Andreas Kölle.
1999: the church received a new main altar and a lectern. Josef Singer, the priest of Sölden, is also responsible for the parish of Vent.
Wildspitze summit cross On the way from lovely Vent to the Rofenhöfe farmhouses you walk past the legendary summit cross of Wildspitze peak. The cross was put up by mountain guides and innkeepers from the Ötztal in 1933. In August 2010 the old cross of Wildspitze summit was replaced by a new one. Today you can admire the old cross if you take a walk from Vent to the Rofenhöfe farms – offering great views of the Wildspitze. The location is almost the same where the Schlagintweit alpinists started their mountain conquest in 1847, which failed. The very first ascent by Leander Klotz and his team took place in Rofen. Today all mountain fans can take a look at the original summit cross close-by. The easy walking tour to this famous cross is suitable also for families, children and elderly people. Admire the former summit cross by enjoying splendid views of Wildspitze – The Peak of Tirol.