Nearer, My God, to Thee – those who undertake a pilgrimage in order to give thanks to his/her Creator, ask for forgiveness for any wrongdoing, or beg for help in a difficult situation, must be prepared to make a little effort. Otherwise, it does not count as a pilgrimage. Visitors who feel the need to visit the ancient pilgrimage site of Maria Waldrast should make their journey in early autumn. It is quite possible that stress and anxiety levels dissolve of their own accord as you walk through the vibrant larch groves and take a welcome break to catch your breath at the well-hidden Eulenwiesen meadows.
Maria Waldrast lies at the foot of the Serles mountain in Mühlbachl and can be reached via numerous hiking trails, including a 1.5-hour walk from Gleins in the Stubai Valley (public carpark) via the Gleinser Mähder and Eulenwiesen meadows. A tarmac road leads from Matrei am Brenner up to this pilgrimage site. Those who prefer mountain biking can discover the autumn landscapes around Maria Waldrast on stage 7 of the Tirol Mountain Bike Safari.
Not only hikers, climbers and seminar groups take advantage of the fabulous location of the Maria Waldrast monastery for overnight stays. The former monks’ cells are today simple yet beautiful guest rooms.
Maria Waldrast, one of the highest monasteries in Europe at 1,600 metres above sea level, impresses visitors with regional cuisine and a sun terrace with magnificent views. Both kitchen and cellar are able to cater for private parties for up to 60 people. The Hammer family at the Alpengasthaus Gleinser Hof above Schönberg serve Stubai specialities produced on their own farm.