Wipptal Valley

The Wipptal Valley begins just a few kilometres south of Innsbruck and extends all the way to the Brenner Pass. It has many side valleys of its own, flanked by the peaks of the Stubai Alps and the Tux Alps.

The Wipptal Valley runs south from the regional capital Innsbruck as far as the Brenner pass, where Austria joins Italy. This 33km valley is flanked by the Stubai Alps and the Tux Alps as it gently rises towards the border crossing and then gently descends as far as the town of Brixen/Bressanone on the Italian side. Its relatively low altitude has made it a busy north-south trading route for many centuries. The main valley and its many side valleys with their traditional villages and untouched landscapes are popular with hikers in summer. Two settlements, Vals and St. Jodok im Valsertal, are designated hiking villages and the starting point for challenging hikes near the main ridge of the Tux Alps, including up to the mighty Olperer at 3,476m.

Ski tours at the Sattelberg mountain and hikes through a sea of alpine flowers

In winter it is Steinach am Brenner, the largest town in the Wipptal Valley, which serves as the starting point for skiers and snowboarders wishing to explore the Bergeralm, a small but perfectly formed ski area with slopes for all abilities. Cross-country skiers will also find plenty of trails in the valley, while at high altitudes there are plenty of options for fans of ski touring. One such option is the Sattelberg mountain near Gries, where skiers can cross over the border into Italy. The mountain is located at the entrance to the Obernbergtal Valley, popular in summer with mountain bikers and hikers thanks to its idyllic lake at the end of the valley. Slightly to the north lies the steeper-sided Gschnitztal Valley with its Rhaetian villages and craggy peaks. From the valley it is easy to access the famous Blaser, famous for having more alpine flowers than any other mountain in Tirol.

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Two quaint villages, majestic mountains and absolute silence – the remote Valsertal Valley below the main ridge of the Tux Alps seems frozen in time. It is this quiet charm which makes it perfect for hikers, mountaineers and rock climbers., © Ch. Schwann
Valsertal Valley: where time stands still

Two quaint villages, majestic mountains and absolute silence – the remote Valsertal Valley below the main ridge of the Tux Alps seems frozen in time. It is this quiet charm which makes it perfect for hikers, mountaineers and rock climbers.



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The Bergeralm ski resort offers snowsure pistes up to 2,200 metres above sea level and fabulous views down into the valley below. Seven standard lifts and conveyor belt lifts give skiers access to slopes catering for all abilities. The resort also has a 5km long toboggan run., © Tirol Werbung/Hörterer Lisa
Small resort, big views

The Bergeralm ski resort offers snowsure pistes up to 2,200 metres above sea level and fabulous views down into the valley below. Seven standard lifts and conveyor belt lifts give skiers access to slopes catering for all abilities. The resort also has a 5km long toboggan run.



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The Peter-Kofler-Klettersteig is a via ferrata climbing route with handholds and footholds as well as a steel rope anchored to the rock face. At 650 metres in length, it is ideal for climbers of all abilities, including beginners, and leads up the Stafflacher Wand and over two hanging bridges to the finish where a wooden bench with great views awaits., © Wipptal/Daniel Ganzer
Peter-Kofler-Klettersteig: alpine experience for all abilities

The Peter-Kofler-Klettersteig is a via ferrata climbing route with handholds and footholds as well as a steel rope anchored to the rock face. At 650 metres in length, it is ideal for climbers of all abilities, including beginners, and leads up the Stafflacher Wand and over two hanging bridges to the finish where a wooden bench with great views awaits.



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The Mühlendorf in Gschnitz is a reconstructed mini village showing how people in this region lived and worked many centuries ago. It includes a blacksmith’s workshop, a water-powered wheat mill and a selection of other huts and houses with ovens and examples of ancient handicrafts., © Cornelia Lackner
Local history up close in Gschnitz

The Mühlendorf in Gschnitz is a reconstructed mini village showing how people in this region lived and worked many centuries ago. It includes a blacksmith’s workshop, a water-powered wheat mill and a selection of other huts and houses with ovens and examples of ancient handicrafts.



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