Lying at an elevation of 2,000 meters on Hochzeiger Mountain in Pitztal Valley, the Zirbenpark (Stone Pine Park) with its natural beauty and many family-friendly activities makes for a perfect summer day out.
Known as the “Queen of the Alps”, the hardy species of Swiss Stone Pine grows at the upper limits of the forests and yields a resinous exudate that is said to have constitutional and calming properties. Some of the most beautiful old-growth stands of this slow-growing tree are to be found at Hochzeiger Mountain in Pitztal Valley—and now you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about this gnarled tree at the Stone Pine Park: The one-kilometer loop trail has its trailhead at the mid-mountain terminal of Hochzeiger Gondola and offers interactive stations to pique the interest of children and adults, and to play and relax. Top crowd pleaser is the 12-meter Stone Pine Cone Tower with its 16-meter tunnel slide. There are plenty of fun activities for all ages and some relaxing scenic spots to enjoy, such as the amazing “ZirbenWasser” water playground at the gondola’s mid-mountain terminal. There is also the “ZirbenCart”, an exhilarating, twisting, turning mountain cart track that winds down the hillside from the top of Sechszeiger Gondola to its mid-mountain terminal for 3.7 kilometers. New features in the summer of 2018 include the “ZirbenNest” and the “ZirbenKugelbahn” stone pine ball track. Moreover, the wide open, mountainous area of Hochzeiger Mountain is perfect for delightful family walks—and you can take in that characteristic pine scent as you walk along these fragrant branches! And those stunning views! Guided walks of the Stone Pine Park are offered Mondays and Fridays at 10:00am.