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High mountains and city life – unique hiking experiences 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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    4.48 mi
    1.8 mph
    600 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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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    3.27 mi
    1.6 mph
    275 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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 hike up to the lofty heights 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 craggy 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.

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  • Difficult
    3.42 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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    9.73 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This fantastic round trip leads you through the picturesque Siberian valley. Fantastic views and beautiful hiking trails await you on the almost 16-kilometer tour. Starting point is the car park Kaserl in Senderstal. Good physical condition and sure-footedness are required for this hike.You start with a crisp climb past the uncultivated Salfeins Alm to the idyllic Salfeinssee. On beautiful summer days, the mighty massif of the Kalkkögel was reflected in the water of the biotope. How about a short break?It goes uphill, but the slope is a bit flatter. Soon you are standing on the 2,170 meter high Grieskogel and enjoying a wonderful panorama! It continues to look promising, in front of you is the most beautiful section of this tour: the ridge path from Grieskogel to Schaflegerkogel. You hike on a narrow path over the ridge and have a great view of the surrounding peaks on the left and right.
    At the Kreuzjoch, the trail then leads you down to the rear station valley to the Kemater Alm. Time for a break in the cozy dining room or on the sunny terrace. The last part continues gently downhill on the Senderersweg back to your starting point Kaserl.

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    4.61 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Distance
    25.5 mi
  • Duration
    16:24 h
  • Elevation
    8,425 ft
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