About this Austria walking region
Set against a stunning mountainous backdrop, Innsbruck is equally well known as a centre for culture and sporting activity – and it makes an excellent destination for walkers. What better way to relax after an energetic day in the mountains, than by stopping off for a tasty pastry in one of the many pavement cafes in Innsbruck? The city is at once tranquil and exciting – and one place definitely worth a visit is the old town (Altstadt), with its stunning architecture.
The many sights and activities in and around Innsbruck mean you will never be bored. The nearby historic valley town of Hall in Tirol certainly merits a visit; back in the 15th century it was twice the size of Innsbruck, now it offers visitors tranquility and beauty. If you’re looking to do some skiing or snowboarding, then you can’t do much better than Seefeld, one of the most picturesque alpine resorts in Austria. A plateau high on the northern side of the valley provides a perfect spot for cross-country skiing in winter and easy hiking in summer.
Running south from Innsbruck to Brenner Pass is the wild beauty of the Wipptal Valley, a paradise for walkers and with tributary valleys which have remained largely untouched by tourism. There are some impressive summits here including Mt. Serles (2,718m/8,917ft) and Mt. Habicht (3,277m/10,751ft), which towers above the glorious Stubai Valley (30km/18.6mi long), around 40km/25mi from Innsbruck. The Stubai Valley (Stubaital in German) has a wonderfully wild and remote feel to it, which naturally attracts walkers. The most notable peaks in this area are Mt. Zuckerhütl (3,507m/11,506ft), Mt. Schrankogel (3,496m/11,470ft) and Mt. Ruderhofspitze (3,474m/11,398ft).
Walking in Central Tyrol & Innsbruck
Tyrol is the most alpine of all the Austrian regions, boasting an impressive number of well-maintained, clearly-marked walking trails. Central Tyrol and the area around Innsbruck are no exception, and provide ideal territory for hiking enthusiasts.
Many walkers will revel in the opportunity to tackle the classic Stubaier Höhenweg (Stubai high route, also known as the ‘rucksack route’), in the Stubai Alps, which for many is one of the finest hut-to-hut treks in the Alps.
The delights of the Tyrol have been summed up nicely over 70 years ago by the British mountaineer Frank Smythe (6 July 1900 - 27 June 1949): "For me, the Austrian Tirol will remain a country for the wanderer, and all who rejoice in the beauty and freedom of the hills."
Late Gothic style in an Alpine setting ● Long ago ancient Hall was the most important salt mining town in Tyrol ● Nature and culture, old traditions and urban chic ● The Inn Valley, the Karwendel Mountains and the Tuxer Alps foothills are simply perfect for walking, hiking and rambling ● Don’t miss Swarovski’s Crystal World in Wattens!
Innsbruck and around Innsbruck
One of Europe’s most idyllic cities ● The famous Golden Roof ● Nestled in the heart of the Alps ● Explore the Tyrolean capital's history at the grand 15th-century Imperial Palace ● A well-maintained network of walking trails ● From easy rambles to demanding hikes in Alpine terrain ● Charming villages: Igls, Lans, Sistrans, Rinn...
Mieming Plateau & Stams
Easy and moderate walking amidst rich and contrasting Alpine landscape ● Popular with tourists for its sunny position and charming villages ● The Mieminger mountain chain and Mt. Hochplattig (2,768m/9,081ft) ● Pretty Stams town with its famous Cistercian Monastery (Stift Stams) and beautiful location in the Inntal Valley.
Laid-back Seefeld is one of the most attractively situated of all Austrian alpine resorts ● Pretty meadows, forested slopes and rugged peaks in almost every direction ● More than 450km/280mi of hiking paths ● Cable cars and the Rosshütte funicular, which brings you up to magnificent views and routes to higher altitudes.
There is no shortage of excellent walking trails in the 30km-long (18.6mi) Stubai Valley ● Discover the world of snow and ice on Stubai Glacier ● The celebrated Stubai Rucksack Route: rugged peaks, amazing views, some of the best mountain huts in the Alps ●High peaks of the Alps: Mt. Zuckerhütl (3,507m/11,506ft).
South of Innsbruck, in the heart of Austria’s Tyrol ● Its wonderfully wild tributary valleys: Gschnitztal, Valsertal, Schmirntal and Obernbergtal ● Gschnitztal and Obernbergtal, extend to the peaks of the Stubai Alps ● Schmirntal rises east into the Zillertal Alps ● A mountain walker’s paradise with over 500km (311mi) of trails.
More great places to go walking in Austria:
Wachau Valley & Krems, Upper Austria, Steiermark (Styria), Salzkammergut, Salzburger Land,
Carinthia, Tyrol - North-Eastern Tyrol, Tyrol - Western Tyrol, East Tyrol, Vorarlberg