Hiking Into the Patscherkofel, Innsbruck

Thetraveljunkie.org – Innsbruck in Austria is one of our favorite cities in the world. Its valley, the sounds of the winds, its brick buildings pointing to the sky and all the stories that cross its streets make it one of our favorite European cities. In this post we will bring you hiking into the Patscherkofel. It doesn’t matter when you read this: we want to go back.


Arolls Pine Trail (Zirbenweg) above Innsbruck. A famous, popular and well-trodden path that is still an uplifting experience every time! The Arolla Pine Trail (“Zirbenweg”) above Innsbruck runs from the Patscherkofel mountain station to the Tulfein Alm chalet in Tulfes.

You can take a bus from Tulfes to the Patscherkofel valley station in Igls, from where you can take the cable car to an altitude of 1,965 m in the greatest of comfort. The trail begins above Schutzhaus Patscherkofel, heading east. The ÖAV Patscherkofel nature trail also starts here.

The Zirbenweg trail follows a wide, steep path to the Boscheben chalet, which is somewhat hidden away. The trail ascends and descends gently without significant changes in altitude as it runs along the edge of the forest, at an altitude of over 2,000 m, to the Tulfein Alm.Throughout the entire walk, you can look down at the Inn valley and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Karwendel mountain chain opposite. Near Tulfein Alm, you can catch the Glungezer chairlift and travel down to Tulfes in comfort.

Stay tuned for more of our adventures in Innsbruck, Austria.


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