This stage of the Eagle Walk is where you get the best of both worlds – the urban sophistication of an historic city and remote mountain wilderness. Follow the track towards the Lafatscherjoch ridge, continue onto the Wilde-Bande-Steig trail towards the Stempeljoch ridge and then make a steep ascent to Stempeljoch saddle before you gently descend to the Pfeishütte hut. On a gentle upward path, proceed towards the Arzler Scharte col, where the Goetheweg trail starts. From there on out, a steep climb leads up to Mandlscharte and then on to the Mühlkar. Make your way uphill between Gleirschspitze summit and Mandlspitze summit, where the view extends over the Inn Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges such as the Tux Alps and the Stubai Alps. Continue hiking on the Goetheweg trail towering high above the glistening Inn river in the valley below. From Hafelekar, you can take the Nordkette Gondola down to Innsbruck, the lively capital city of Tirol. Architectural gems lurk around every corner in the oldtown. Stroll around the quaint streets of this magical town, where you will find a host of exciting sights and attractions.
Eagle View ·The Hafelekar measuring station is an observatory for cosmic radiation of the University of Innsbruck. It was initiated by Victor Franz Hess (1883-1964), a Nobel Prize winner in physics. Cast a glance through a window opening and see the beginnings of high-energy physics. However, the magnificent views into the Inntal Valley from Goetheweg trail also have a highly energetic effect. The mountain town is a most welcoming place!
Eagle Kick ·Noted for being among Europe’s longest and most difficult downhills, Nordkette Singletrack Trail provides a stack of options for downhill riders. Trailhead of Nordkette Singletrack Trail is Seegrube at an elevation of 1,905 metres. Daredevil, seriously expert level riders master the Nordkette Singletrack Trail downhill in 10 minutes. Not for the faint-hearted this one!