Rugged alpine nature and vibrant city life — nowhere else in the Alps are these two contrasts found so close to each other as in Innsbruck. Head up to the Nordkette in the morning, spend lunchtime eating in the Pfeishütte and relax in a restaurant in the historic center in the evening — just as the motto “Mountain and the City” suggests. We have selected seven unique hiking experiences for you, to help you to discover the mountain landscapes around the Tyrolean capital.
Innsbruck is framed by five unique mountain ranges which offer leisurely family hikes, sporty day hikes, and extended multi-day hikes. The Nordkette of the Karwendel is omnipresent and rises steeply above Innsbruck. Although it is seemingly impossible to climb from the valley, it can be reached in just 30 minutes by cable car. The Patscherkofel, Innsbruck's “gentle giant”, lies in the south of the city and delights with its unspoiled pine forests. Further to the west, the Mieminger mountain range charms with its steep, gray rock faces, magnificent vantage points, and enchanted larch forests. In the south, directly at the entrance to the Stubaital, the striking Kalkkögel rise up into the sky. Even if its rugged rocky peaks are reserved only for experienced mountaineers, you can enjoy the surrounding alpine valleys and views over the mountain range as a novice hiker.
Finally, the mountains around the Sellrain Valley offer unique wild and romantic scenery. With more than 500 peaks and designated mountaineering villages, these mountains are a paradise for hikers. Whether you are looking for a family tour to glittering mountain lakes, the panoramic Sellraintaler high-altitude hiking track or the seven-day Sellrainer Hüttenrunde — everyone will find their hiking pleasure here.
Whichever massif 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.
The northern chain of the Karwendel is omnipresent in Innsbruck. And even if the mighty rock face seems invincible from the Inn Valley, you can get up to lofty heights here by cable car to the Hafelekarspitze. The Goetheweg - also known as Hermann-Buhl-Weg - leads from the mountain station of the cable car with breathtaking views of Innsbruck and the Karwendel summits to the lonely Pfeishütte.From the Pfeishütte there are several possibilities for your descent.
1st variant: hike back the same way and take the Hafelekarbahn down to the valley.2nd variant: Descend from the Pfeishütte over the Kreuzjöchl. Then you pass the Vintlalm and Rumer Alm and then drive from the holiday village of Rum back to Innsbruck by bus.3rd variant: The third option leads you down the Arzler Scharte down to the Arzler Alm. From the alp you hike for around 40 minutes to the Hungerburg. From here you can travel back to Innsbruck by public transport.The starting point of the Goetheweg is the mountain station of the Hafelekarbahn. After you have climbed out of the gondola here, you follow the signposted hiking trail with magnificent views under the rugged peaks of Hafelekarspitze and Gleirschspitze to the Mühlkarscharte. Here the mountain trail leads you past the northern flank of the Mandlspitze. After you have crossed the Mandalscharte, the landscape changes. Over alpine meadows and along pines, it goes gently downhill to the Pfeishütte. After your well deserved rest at the hut you can start your way back.
The Patscherkofel is the local mountain of Innsbruck - and thanks to the cable car, it can easily be reached without long climbs. In addition, there is one of the largest pine forests in the Alps on the wide summit ridge and the wide slopes. On the signposted Zirbenweg you can explore the forest on your own and be spoiled on the way again and again with beautiful views of the Tyrolean capital. The hiking trail has been awarded the Tyrolean Mountain Path Seal of Approval and is also ideal for families.At the beginning of the hike you glide from Igls with the gondolas of the Patscherkofelbahn up to the mountain station. This is where the Zirbenweg begins. First it goes over open mountain meadows and then into the light mountain pine forest. The natural trail meanders gently up and down the ridge between Patscherkofel and Neunerspitze. On the way you can also plan a rest in the cozy Bochebenhütte. Alternatively, you wait with your retreat to the end of the tour, where you - surrounded by vast alpine meadows - the Tulfeinalm receives. Just a few minutes from the Alm, the Glungezer Bahn takes you down to Tulfes. From here there is a bus connection back to the starting point in Igls or just to 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.About one kilometer from the Lehnberghaus, the Lacken observation deck welcomes you with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Mieminger Plateau. Now the way becomes noticeably narrower and steeper just before the summit. Via the south ridge we finally reach the summit cross, where you will be rewarded with a magnificent view. From the summit, it's the same way back to the valley.
A towering, jagged summit chain, almost vertical rock walls and a lovely valley below - the sight of the Kalkkögel will also awaken you in awestruck wonder. The most beautiful is the view of the mountain range from the summit of Salfeins. You can reach the approximately 2,000 meter high mountain on well-developed and signposted hiking trails. Our tour will also take you to the romantic station valley and on to the Kemater Alm. Even though the ascent of more than 1,100 meters requires a good physical condition, the hike is also suitable for sporty, ambitious families due to the good routes.Starting point of the tour is the small town Grinzens, which is approached from Innsbruck by the bus line 4162. In some hairpin bends the Figlsteig leads you from the village up to the summit. First you walk through dense mountain forests, but just below the summit, the trees suddenly give you a view of the breathtaking landscape. At the Salfeins, not only the view of the Inn valley and the Kalkkögel, but also the mountain lake of the same name inspires you.After a short break, you follow the route through sparse forests down to Senderstal. Here you turn right and reach after about two kilometers, the idyllic Kemater Alm. With a beautiful view of the towering Kalkkögel enjoy here your snack, before it goes on wide paths through Senderstal back to the starting point of the hike.
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.With fresh energy you continue hiking to the reservoir Finstertal. The large reservoir is of artificial origin, but still very impressive. The mountain scenery, reflected here in the water, is also worth a break. The last section of the trail meanders from the dam to Kühtai.
The Sellraintal valley is a side valley of the Inn Valley and is only a short bus ride away from the Tyrolean state capital. For experienced hikers, the Sellrainer mountains are a real paradise. Especially recommended is the signposted Sellraintaler Höhenwanderweg, which leads you from the Kühtaier Landesstraße to the Rosskogelhütte. Wonderful views, exciting route, cozy cabins and easy accessibility make it a mountain adventure with enjoyment guaranteed.There are several ascent and descent to the Sellraintaler Höhenwanderweg and so you can easily put together your personal hike. You can start your tour in Haggen or in the mountaineering village of St. Sigmund. From here, sign-posted hiking trails lead to the Höhenwanderweg. As descent possibilities you find down to Gries and over the pilgrimage church St. Quirin to Sellrain. If you hike to the Rosskogelhütte, the chairlift Peter-Anich II awaits you just a few meters from the hut, with which you can glide comfortably down to Oberperfuss.The starting point of the Sellraintaler Höhenweg can be found directly on Sellrainstraße. From here, the signposted path meanders steadily uphill along narrow paths. With each step, the view of the surrounding mountain landscape becomes better. After about three kilometers you reach the Sonnbergalm, which is perfect for a first break.Immediately afterwards it will be even more beautiful and at the same time more exciting. Above the tree line you now hike on a narrow mountain path over barren mountain meadows and enjoy the magnificent view of the Sellrainer mountains. The trail leads you over gravel fields and along the summits of Köegele and Rosskogel. The aim of the tour is the cozy Rosskogelhütte. After a well deserved stop, you can make a detour to the Rangger Köpfel before going down to the valley with the chairlift.
The Sellrainer mountains - framed in the west by the Ötztal, in the east by the Stubai Valley and in the north by the Inn Valley - enchant with untouched high mountain nature and marvelous alpine views. They are only a half-hour bus ride from Innsbruck and are perfect for a weekend hike. But if you want to get to know the picturesque mountain range from its most beautiful side, you should definitely take a look at the Sellrainer hut tour.In seven daily stages, you hike on some high alpine paths up to summits, over passes and through untouched valleys. You will stay overnight in cozy mountain huts, where you will be spoiled with wonderful views at breakfast. In addition, you can easily schedule more summit ascents along the signposted hut trail. The best time for the Sellrainer hut round is the summer between the end of June and the end of September. If you start earlier, you have to expect snowfields here. But since most of the huts are also cultivated in winter, you can also plan the hut round as a ski tour - experience and condition provided. The very long seventh stage can also be easily shortened from Kühtai to the Postbus.Stage 1: From Sellrain to Potsdamer Hütte
9.3 kilometers - 1,101 meters climbStage 2: From the Potsdamer Hütte to the Westfalenhaus
15.9 kilometers - 1,520 vertical meters climbStage 3: From the Westfalenhaus to the Pforzheimer Hütte
6.9 kilometers - 770 meters climbStage 4: From the Pforzheim hut to the Schweinfurter hut
5.8 kilometers - 460 vertical meters ascentStage 5: From the Schweinfurter Hütte to the Neue Bielefelder Hütte
12.3 kilometers - 1.357 meters in altitude ascentStage 6: From the Neue Bielefelder Hütte to the Dortmunder Hütte
9.4 kilometers - 730 vertical meters ascentStage 7: From the Dortmunder Hütte to Sellrain
24.7 kilometers - 1.362 vertical meters ascent