With 80 glaciers and 109 three-thousand-metre (9,842 feet) peaks, the Stubai Valley is an amazing place to hike at all altitudes in summer. Located in Austria’s Tyrolean mountains, the Stubai Glacier offers high-altitude excitement whilst you can also discover the beautiful mountainous scenery on gentle themed trails. Read on to find out five reasons why you should spend your next hiking holiday in the Stubai Valley.
1. Scenic nature
The untouched nature in Tyrol is really something else. These hikes will take you on an impressive journey to the Stubai’s best nature spots.
2. The Seven Summits Stubai
The Seven Summits Stubai are seven of the most distinctive Stubai mountains. From the top, you can enjoy incredible panoramic views.
3. The WildeWasserWeg
The WildeWasserWeg leads past gushing mountain streams and to the impressive Grawa Waterfall, the broadest waterfall in the Eastern Alps.
4. The Stubaier Höhenweg
The Stubaier Höhenweg is a breathtaking high altitude route with breathtaking views. You should be sure-footed, have a good level of fitness, and not suffer from vertigo. More information: komoot.de/collection/336.
5. The Stubai mountain lakes
The Stubai mountain lakes are a magical spectacle, especially in the early morning when the sun illuminates the Wild Freiger mountain whilst the lakes are still in shadow.
So enjoy the fresh mountain air and immerse yourself in the unique panoramas of the Stubai!
Starting point is the parking lot in Obergg above Krössbach. Leisurely ascending leads the forest in about 1.5 hours to the Milderaunalm. From there you walk another 1.5 hours to the natural scene chicken game. The hiking trail starts next to the pasture and leads directly to the natural scene Hühnerspiel, which offers a breathtaking 360 degree panorama. A swiveling seat in the natural scenery allows to enjoy the panorama in every direction.
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The "Hoger", as he is called by the locals. The path leads steeply up to the 3,277 meter high summit with the beautiful summit cross. Technically not the most difficult of the Stubai Seven Summits, it does require a little bit of physical fitness, because you're gaining altitude fast. Although the hawk is not the highest peak in the Stubai Alps, its appearance is so powerful that it is often considered the highest mountain in Tyrol.
The Hohe Burgstall is probably the easiest to climb, the Stubaier Seven Summits, but is not inferior to his brothers and sisters. The summit at the southwestern end of the Kalkkögel is a fantastic view mountain. But above all, it shows you the whole variety of the Stubai Alps, because it stands as limestone on primary rock and when you climb the shapely summit you see this rock change with every step.
On the border between Italy and Austria a mountain rises so beautiful and mighty, with a garment of white firn. The Italians call it "Cima Libera", you could think for its beauty. The Austrians call him the Wild Freiger - and he is also wild. A very popular playground for all adventurous alpinists. He stands next to his big brother the Zuckerhütl, but with his 3,418 meters, he has at least as much to offer.
The first part of the WildeWasserWeg starts in the so-called WildeWasserArena in Ranalt and leads along the Ruetz through the spectacular Ruetz Cataract, a gorge, to the Tschangelair Alm.In the WildeWasserArena you learn everything about the importance of water and there are many wonderful "Platzerl" invite you to breathe deeply and enjoy.Directly on the main road, from where you get to the WildeWasserArena, there is parking as well as a bus stop (Nürnberger Hütte).
The second part starts right at the view of the magnificent Grawa Waterfall. From here you continue on the old alpine trail. Good shoes, sure-footedness and a bit of fitness are required - but it's worth it. As you ascend, you can admire the waterfall on two other platforms. Here you can feel the unbridled power of the water, the roaring, tremors and mist on your skin. And moreover, fresher air you rarely find where.
The Elfer, Neustift's local mountain, is one of the Stubai Seven Summits because of its height and boldness. If you don't want to hike over the steep rock towers of the mountain, you can go around the magnificent mountain range on a hike with great views. The route is just as varied as the rock - rugged, light rock towers made of limestone on one side and the primary rock of the Stubai Mountains, called Ötztal-Stubai-Kristallin, on the other.