The people of Tirol realised early on just how unique and valuable the “Großer Ahornboden” at the end of the Rissbachtal Valley is. A preservation order was issued for the Großer Ahornboden (as well as the Kleiner Ahornboden) as early as 1927. With around 2,500 sycamore-maple trees covering this alpine terrain in the Karwendel Mountains north of the Inn Valley, it does in fact exude an almost fairytale charm when the leaves turn from yellow to vibrant red during the autumn months. Those wanting to find out more should visit the Hinterriss Nature Park House for information on the fauna, flora and geology of the Großer Ahornboden.
The Großer Ahornboden forms part of the 9th stage of the Eagle Walk from the Lampsenjochhütte hut to the Falkenhütte hut. It can be accessed via a toll road into the Rissbachtal Valley and is a popular destination for walkers and mountain bikers, as well as a starting point for many challenging hikes. Parents with prams and small children will find the walk easy from the Eng carpark into the “Enger Grund”.
A special tip for an exclusive break is the Bauernladen farm shop at Eng-Alm, which rents out affordable rooms with shower and WC.
There are plenty of ways to reward yourself for all your mountain efforts, for example by savouring the last warm rays of the sun on the terrace at the Rasthütte Eng as well as their excellent food. Visitors to the Gasthof Post in Hinterriss are treated to game and fish dishes from their own breeding stock.