True mountaineers will be drawn back into the mountains again. Therefore, this easy walk will be just right after living the high life in town. Your feet can still relax for a little while as you first take a bus or tram to Igls. From there, ride the gondola to Patscherkofel Top Terminal. Zirbenweg Trail has many easy ups and downs as it meanders to the east and is lined by Stone Pines, a species that is adapted to extreme conditions imposed by elevation and latitude. The broad path winds gently up to slightly hidden Boscheben Alpine Pasture Hut. From there, hikers can branch off to Meißnerhaus Lodge in Viggartal Valley or to Tulfeinalm/Halsmarterlift where you will ride the chair lift down to Tulfes and get back to Igls and Innsbruck again. However, if you are in Tulfes, it is also recommended to visit the beautiful and historic town of Hall in Tirol.
Eagle View ·Wildflowers galore! Turn your focus from the beautiful scenery to your feet as you near the Alpine Gardens next to Patscherkofel Top Terminal, the highest-altitude botanical gardens in Austria at an elevation of almost 2,000 metres. Rare, exotic and imperilled Alpine wildflowers and plants can be found here, from high forest to dwarf shrub heaths, Achillea millefolium and Vitaliana primuliflora, or in other words, from yarrow to golden primroses.
Eagle Kick ·Ampass Basin is home to what is considered the oldest tree of Tirol, a more than 700 year old Stone Pine. It was declared a Natural Monument in 1926. Growing near the tree line at elevations of up to 2,500 metres, in this Alpine borderline zone where only the most rugged trees survive, the Stone Pine resists destructive natural forces that rage in high mountains. The gnarled Stone Pine easily withstands these extreme conditions. It is very tolerant of severe winter cold, hardy down to at least -40°C, and also of avalanches and thunderstorms. The resinous fragrance of Stone Pine Oil is said to have mind-soothing effects. Watch pine stone wood balls roll into motion through the world’s largest wooden track at Kugelwald, literally “Ball Forest”, on Glungezer Mountain, 1,560 metres above sea level. Marvel at the beautiful and cleverly designed wooden ball track and enjoy stunning nature exploration—you and your kids will be playing all day. Click-clack the balls drop down!