Eagle Walk Stage 13, © Tirol Werbung/Jenewein Markus
Eagle Walk Stage 13, © Tirol Werbung/Jenewein Markus
Eagle Walk Stage 13, © Tirol Werbung/Koopmann Jörg
Eagle Walk Stage 13, © Tirol Werbung/Koopmann Jörg
Eagle Walk Stage 13: Patscherkofel Gondola, © Innsbruck Tourismus
Eagle Walk Stage 13: Patscherkofel Gondola, © Innsbruck Tourismus

Eagle Walk Stage 13: Innsbruck - Zirbenweg Trail - Innsbruck

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.

Interesting Facts

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!

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Starting point  

Innsbruck

Finishing point

Innsbruck

Mountain chain

Tux Alps

Length

8 km

Approximate hiking time

2 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,060m 1,940m

Elevation uphill 300m
Vertical metres downhill 200m

Fitness level

Technique

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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Eagle Walk

This is a stage of the Eagle Walk, Tirol's most famous long-distance hiking trail.

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Trail description

Starting point: Igls / Innsbruck

From Innsbruck Main Railroad Station ride a bus or tram to Igls to the base of Patscherkofel Gondola. Take the easy way up in the Patscherkofel Gondola: From the base in Igls enjoy a scenic gondola ride up to Patscherkofelhaus Lodge. From the top of the gondola (elev. 1,964m), access signed “Zirbenweg” Trail (No. 350) that heads eastward on a broad trail right above Patscherkofelhaus Lodge.

Trailside Eateries: Patscherkofelhaus Lodge

This is as well the trailhead of the Alpinist Association’s Patscherkofel Nature Interpretive Trail. The route undulates along and slightly above an elevation of 2,000 metres above sea level. Zirbenweg Trail is lined by Europe’s largest and oldest stone pine populations (“Zirbe” in German, giving the trail its name); some of these trees are several hundred years old. Just a few metres above timberline, yet not in completely treeless terrain, the broad path winds gently up to slightly hidden Boscheben Alpine Pasture Hut (elev. 2,035m).

Trailside Eateries: Boschebenalm Alpine Pasture Hut, Tulfeinalm Alpine Pasture Hut, Glungezer Hut

From there, hikers can branch off to Meißnerhaus Lodge in Viggartal Valley. This is the point where the Interpretive Nature Trail along Zirbenweg Trail ends. Proceed from Boscheben in the same direction, stay beneath the small mountain peaks on the northern side, and do not descend to the valley. Follow the path over to Tulfeinalm Alpine Pasture Hut and from there walk a few metres up to Halsmarter Lift. Ride a chair lift down to Tulfes. From Tulfes, take a bus to Igls and from Igls get back to Innsbruck by bus or tram.

If you want to walk to Patscherkofel Base Terminal, take Speckbacherweg Path from the Glungezer Gondola Base via the villages of Rinn and Sistrans to Igls (walking time approx. 3 hours). The route from Patscherkofel/Igls Base Terminal to Innsbruck leads to Vill and across the forest to Polten Hut. From Tantegert Terminal, the route branches off towards Bretterkeller and crosses the highway bridge. Then, the path leads westward for around 200 metres to Bierstindl Inn, Wilten Monastery, Leopold Street, the subway of Olympia Bridge on the right and via Südbahn Street to Innsbruck Main Railroad Station (walking time approx. 1½ hours).

Finishing point: Igls / Innsbruck

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