Innsbruck is a city of contrasts. Here, the culture of Tyrol's most populous city meets the nature of the impressive mountains on both sides of the Inn Valley. In particular, the Karwendel and its north chain shape the landscape - and create almost unlimited opportunities for all outdoor fans.
It takes just a few minutes to get from the old town of Innsbruck to the roaring gorge of the Sill - perfect for a short run when time is short. Do you want to go a little higher? Then there is the crisp mountain pasture from the Hungerburg, which combines the most enjoyable trails with fantastic views and culinary delights. Or, maybe you feel like a real mountain adventure? Then you do not have to look far: the high alpine trails on the ridges of the Nordkette are as demanding and impressive as beautiful. Whatever you decide you can be sure to return to Innsbruck city center exhausted and content ready to enjoy the unique city.
In this Collection of hikes, we introduce you to seven trail runs, where you can discover the beautiful surroundings of Innsbruck. Some routes start right in the city whilst others begin just outside. Some routes are designed as a circuit, whilst others are a one-way route. But, all the starting points of the routes can be easily reached. The Inn Valley is easily accessible with very convenient public transport connections. Whether you take the mountain railways of Innsbruck or use the S-Bahn, all start and end points of our routes can be reached within a few minutes.
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If you decide to go on a little outdoor adventure in Innsbruck, then you can start right in the middle of the city! Because most of the time it takes only a few steps (or a few minutes long S-Bahn ride) and you are in the fresh forest, at the foot of an impressive mountain range or in a wild roaring gorge. Just about such a little adventure is this approximately 25-kilometer run, which leads you south of the Inn on narrow paths and paths back to the city center.On the way you run almost exclusively on natural soil. Apshalt there are only at the beginning and at the end of the run and on the few passages through the small villages on the way. Götzens is such a place where a short breather offers itself. If you are hungry or thirsty, you can buy a snack here in between. And then you disappear again on a small path into the trail running luck around Innsbruck.It will be particularly impressive shortly before the end of the route, if you walk over the trail through the Sillschlucht. The roaring water of the mountain river is so loud here that you almost do not notice when the city noise recurs and you suddenly spit out in the middle of Innsbruck. Back in the charming Alpine capital, you can end the day in one of the cozy cafés in the old town of Innsbruck.To start the race at the Bahnbhof in Völs, you can get from Innsbruck in a few minutes by S-Bahn. Of course, the track also works the other way around - then you just end up in the train in Völs and you'll be transported back to the city in a few minutes.
This run connects three really beautiful and interesting places in the Inn Valley: At the start the historic old town of Hall is definitely worth a look. Along the wooded southern slopes of the Inn Valley, you then head towards Aldrans, the popular holiday village on the sunny plateau just outside Innsbruck. From here it goes down into the valley until the track ends in the middle of the impressive old town of Innsbruck.Despite the urban highlights at the beginning and at the end of the route, a lot of nature awaits you in between. When you cross the Inn in Hall, you also leave the city behind. You walk over the Kienbergsteig through several forest sections that give you shade, which is very pleasant, especially in summer. In between, you can always enjoy a great view of the Inn Valley, because here and there the forest opens up and gives a wonderful panoramic view. You reach the highest point of the route just before the idyllic Herzsee lake near Aldrans - you can see the church tower of the small community from afar. From now on, it's just downhill. Past the beautiful forest moors complex Tantegert and along the tracks of the forest railway line 6 you come to the shore of the roaring Sill. A short walk through the streets and alleys of Innsbruck and you have reached the destination in the picturesque old town.From Innsbruck you can reach the starting point of the tour to Hall easiest and fastest with the S-Bahn (line S2). Of course, thanks to the good connection, the route works just as well the other way round. Then you just go to Hall and return from there by train.
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In the middle of Innsbruck, a very special event has been ringing the running season for a few years: the Innsbruck Alpine Trailrun Festival. On different lengths, beginners can get a taste of the sport and experienced runners can take on a real challenge. Away from the roads and always surrounded by the impressive mountain panorama, this event offers a great mixture of the urban flair of the Tyrolean state capital and the rough mountain world. Of course it is a special experience to walk along the beautiful trails together with thousands of participants. But even alone, the routes have their charm.This route describes the almost 18-kilometer "Rookie Trail", which leads you from the historic center of Hall over beautiful paths and paths along the Nordkette in the city center of Innsbruck. This run is also suitable for trail beginners, but with some altitude and the descent to Innsbruck, which requires a little surefooted, already a few challenges ready. It is all the better if you then arrive in the picturesque old town of Innsbruck and can fortify and reward yourself in one of the many restaurants or cafes.To get to the starting point of the race, the best way to get from Innsbruck is by S-Bahn: line S1 takes just 9 minutes. From the train station in Hall you are fast on the trail where your running adventure can begin.
"Urban to Glacier" is the motto of the Stubai Ultratrail, a trail running event that is quite challenging at 65 kilometers and over 6,000 vertical meters. In order to pass this extreme run from Innsbruck up to the Stubai Glacier, you have to be damn fit and have a lot of time. That's why we changed a part of the track a bit and made a nearly 20-kilometer trail run, which mostly uses the track of the Stubai Ultra. Only in the opposite direction - "Glacier to Urban" is our reversed motto.In fact, you do not even start on the glacier, but in the tranquil Rosendorf Telfes, which you can reach with the cozy Stubaitalbahn - before you start, you can look quite comfortable off the track and enjoy a bit of the views into the beautiful mountains. Then it starts. As soon as you leave the village, you turn off onto a natural hiking trail and feel the asphalt under your shoes again when you have almost reached your destination. The route is not difficult, but totally natural and framed by the beautiful landscape, which is characterized by the rivers Ruetz and Sill. Although the Brenner motorway runs more or less parallel to the running track, you often hear nothing but the sound of the water.To get to the start of the race, it's best to take the Stubaitalbahn, which takes just under an hour to get to Innsbruck central station. Of course, the route works the other way too - then you follow the original course of the Stubai ultratrail for the most part. The uphill share is accordingly higher. From Telfes you can then enjoy the return journey by train. You can find the timetable here: stubai.at/fileadmin/userdaten/tvb-stubai/dokumente/fahrplaene/2017-18/fahrplan-stubaitalbahn-2018.pdf
Innsbruck is simply a great place for all sports-crazy outdoor fans. You are just in the middle of the pulsating Alpine capital, a little later you are in the beautiful nature of the Alps - around you nothing but breathtaking views. This is exactly what you can experience on this approximately 15-kilometer run, which takes you from the center of Innsbruck to the foot of the Nordkette and brings you to Völs in a varied up and down almost asphalt-free.You start in the beautiful old town of Innsbruck and walk first along the Inn for a little while before you reach the Zoo over the rather steep Wilhelm-Greil-Weg your "travel height" reach. Most of the vertical meters you earn on this route are collected over the first four kilometers. When you've left the first climb, you're walking relaxed on the Stangensteig Trail, which is made for running. Completely asphalt-free and with great views of the city and the Inn Valley, you can now enjoy the beautiful Tyrolean mountains for a few kilometers, until you can see the buzzing bustle of Innsbruck Airport down in the valley. Then the route bends towards the valley - you cross the Inn, walk past the end of the runway, pass under the A12 and reach your destination, the station of Völs. From here, the S-Bahn (line S1 or S2) takes you in just eight minutes back to Innsbruck Central Station.Of course, this route also works in the opposite direction. If you prefer to end the day quite relaxed in the old town of Innsbruck, just take the train to Völs and start your run from there.
The Karwendel Höhenweg is a long-distance hiking trail that leads over 60 kilometers through Austria's largest nature park. It also offers a great way to discover the breathtaking alpine world at a fast pace. However, 60 kilometers and around 7,000 meters in altitude are a bit too much for a single run. Of course, because of the distance, but also because the road itself is quite demanding and requires physical fitness and surefootedness. If you want to experience the unique insights into the Tyrolean mountains in a single run, then our variant of parts of the mountain trail is just right for you. But be aware that the route is a challenging run in alpine terrain. Part of the trail leads over narrow serpentine walkways, which are even secured with wire ropes. Allow enough time, consider a possible change in the weather, and bring enough food and a first aid kit.The Karwendel High Trail leads past the top station of the Seegrubenbahn, which we take advantage of. From Innsbruck you can be relaxed from the cable car to the start of the route - your run begins directly at over 1,800 meters altitude. Over demanding mountain trails, you will now first run steeply uphill to the Mühlkarscharte, from where you will enjoy an absolutely breathtaking view of Innsbruck and the Stubai Alps. Now it goes up and down on tight nature trails that are sometimes so steep that they are secured with wire ropes - demanding, but enjoyable! On the way the Bettelwurf hut is a great opportunity for a short break. Then the descent begins down to the Inn valley to Hall. Here you can relax in the cozy old town and then take the S-Bahn (line S1) in a few minutes back to Innsbruck.
If the day is already advanced and you still feel like moving, then this short round is just right for you. A few beautiful trails and a hearty snack on the Alm - can a day end better? In this case, you are even spoiled for choice because our route takes you straight to three cozy mountain restaurants. And all you have to do is lace up your running shoes, ride the Hungerburgbahn for a few yards, and run.From the valley station of the Seegrubenbahn, your run starts on the Arzleralmweg, which brings you straight to the first alp of the day. If you have not eaten yet, here's your chance to make you stronger for the run. Then it continues, under the mountain railway and up to the highest point of the run: At around 1,500 meters altitude, you have earned yourself a little breather in the Höttinger Alm. The view up here is so grand that it will be hard for you to keep walking. If the delicious food and soft drinks do the rest, the cozy berths up here could make a great Plan-B. Or you get upset and motivate yourself with the prospect that it only goes downhill and in the Umbrüggler Alm already calls the next stop. From there it is really not far to the city center of Innsbruck.To get to the starting point of the round you can easily get on the Hungerburgbahn. The short mountain railway is, so to speak, the entrance portal to the Karwendel and brings you directly from the city center to the foot of the Nordkette. The train operates from Monday to Friday from 7am to 7.30pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 8am to 7.30pm.