Leaving the city & up into the mountains – hiking around Innsbruck
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Five mountain ranges, the wide Inn river valley and a big city in its centre — only Tyrol, only Innsbruck can do that. And so the Tyrolean capital combines an attitude to life that is unique in Europe: leaving the city early in the morning, alone or with like-minded people, to the rocky peaks of the surrounding mountains, to a rustic hut for a snack and in the evening to the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Innsbruck is framed by five unique mountain ranges that offer leisurely family hikes, sporty day trips and extended multi-day adventures. The northern chain of the Karwendel towers into the sky over Innsbruck. From the valley, it seems invincible but thanks to the cable car you can reach its peaks in just 30 minutes. To the south of the city, the Patscherkofel, Innsbruck's „gentle giant“, enchants with its pristine pine forests. Further to the west, the Mieminger chain lures with steep, gray rock faces, magnificent vantage points and thick larch forests. In the south, right at the entrance to the Stubai Valley, the striking Kalkkögel tower up into the sky. Even if these rugged peaks are reserved for experienced climbers, you can explore the surrounding alpine valleys and enjoy views of the mountain range as a pleasure hiker. The mountains around the Sellraintal valley complete the five, with stunning nature and romantic wilderness. Over 500 named peaks and designated mountaineering villages make the mountains a paradise for hikers.
If you fancy a multi-day hiking adventure, then the Sellrainer Hüttenrunde is the place for you. In just seven days, the nearly 56-mile (90 km) circular trail takes you to the most beautiful vantage points and rustic huts. You can look forward to tranquil valleys, high alpine passes and unique summit ascents in the Sellrainer Alps. Interested? Then you will find the detailed route description here: komoot.de/collection/897704/7-tage-unterwegs-in-den-sellrainer-alpen-sellrainer-huettenrunde.
Whichever mountain range you choose, all five hiking regions can be easily reached from Innsbruck by bus, train or car. Head to Tyrol and enjoy the unique combination of „Mountains and the City“ in Innsbruck.
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The Mieminger chain west of Innsbruck is a compact mountain range of selected beauty. The mountain range runs parallel to the Wetterstein Mountains and has always been a bit in the shadow of the famous neighbors - fortunately, one should say, because the landscape of the Mieminger chain is particularly untouched and natural. For a first impression of the mountains is perfect the ascent to Wankspitze. The summit is relatively easy to reach and on the way you can expect a cozy mountain hut and picturesque larch forests.Starting point of the hike is the hiking car park Arzkasten. From here a signposted hiking trail leads you along the Sturlbachs up to the Lehnberghaus. First you hike here on a wide gravel road and soon afterwards on a natural walking path. If you like, you use the Lehnberghaus already on the ascent for a first break. Alternatively, it continues immediately.
The Sellraintal can be explored on many different hiking trails. Especially nice is the Three Lakes Round, which is due to its manageable length and the good paths also perfect for sporty families. From the winter resort of Kühtai, you can hike across mountain meadows and enjoy three glittering mountain lakes along the way, at a distance of about eight kilometers.Starting point of the hike is Kühtai, which is approached from Innsbruck by bus lines 4166 and 4196. Alternatively, you also find enough parking spaces for your car. Right at the beginning it goes gently uphill to the shore of the Hirschebensees. After enjoying your first lake panorama, you hike on a narrow path up to the middle of the lake. From here, the signposted path leads without major differences in altitude to the cozy Drei-Seen-Hütte, where you can take a break on the terrace.
Huge and impressively beautiful, the rugged world of the Karwendel leaves this impression on you. On this hike you can savor the beauty of this area particularly well, because you only cover 450 meters in altitude thanks to the cable car support, but you are still at lofty heights. With the Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen cable car you can reach a place with a fantastic view right at the start of your hike - the Seegrube mountain station.Via the Goetheweg you continue to hike to the Gleirschspitze, which impresses you with its 2,317 meters. The view from the summit with the beautiful summit cross is magnificent: in the north you can see the main peaks in the Karwendel, in the east the Rumerspitze and the Lower Inn Valley, in the south and southwest the Tux and Stubai Alps and the Tyrolean capital Innsbruck.