Running in a southerly direction from the gates of Innsbruck to the main alpine ridge, the Stubai Valley culminates in some of the most spectacular glaciers anywhere in Tirol.
The Stubaital Valley, known among locals simply as the Stubai, runs straight as an arrow from the Wipptal Valley all the way to the glaciers of the mighty main alpine ridge. From Innsbruck it is just 10km to the valley, yet the views of the majestic Stubai Glacier make the hustle and bustle of city life seem a million miles away. The first settlement is Mieders, a small village at the foot of the Serles, a mountain once coined the “High Altar of Tirol” by Goethe. Down in the valley the Ruetz river carves its way through the lush mountain meadows, while up above the summits of the Stubai Alps appear to rise ever higher. The highest of all is the Zuckerhütl at 3,507m, and the valley boasts a total of 20 glaciers.
Skiing and hiking on the glacier
The Stubai Tirol Region is the ideal destination all year round for outdoor enthusiasts and those in search of peace and quiet on holiday. A popular attraction in summer is the Stubai High Trail with its lush meadows, thundering waterfalls, clear mountain lakes and icy glaciers over 3000m. Hikers can also visit eight huts run by the Austrian Alpine Club as well as many other huts and themed hiking trails such as the Franz-Senn-Weg and the WildeWasserWeg leading to the mighty Grawa Waterfall. In the winter months the region‘s proximity to the main alpine ridge guarantees excellent conditions for skiers and cross-country skiers. The most famous of the valley’s four ski resorts is the Stubai Glacier, the largest glacier skiing area in Austria. Visitors interested in culture will find several museums in Neustift and Fulpmes. In the small town of Telfes there is a birds of prey centre.