Today starts rather swiftly with a train ride on the Karwendelbahn/Mittenwaldbahn Train from Innsbruck to Hochzirl. From there, follow signage to Solsteinhaus Lodge. While presenting nothing in the way of technical challenges, the grade is steep in places. It is a beautiful walk along gravel roads, little paths and dirt roads through forests and across gentle pastures. Idyllic Solnalm Alpine Pasture reveals the lodge that is your destination. Solsteinhaus Lodge is located at 1,805 metres above sea level and boasts modern creature comforts. You can look forward to delicious and hearty local specialties and a hot shower. For those who still haven’t had enough: There is even a climbing wall at the hut!
Eagle View ·Marvel at the array of geological diversity at the dramatic mountainous terrain that stretches off in every direction: There’s rugged rock formations, and there’s lots of signs indicating past glaciations, from a time when this area was covered by ice: glacially carved valleys, glacier scoured cirques, glacier moraines and glacial erratics with striations, created in eons past. The Scharnitz Interpretive Trail is a great opportunity to experience the great outdoors, appreciate nature at its finest, and to get factual information about the region, its wildlife and geology. Have fun hiking while learning!
Eagle Kick ·How about a quick quiz on Solsteinhaus Lodge: Why is the smaller mountain called “Big Solstein” (Großer Solstein) and its 100-metre higher brother “Little Solstein” (Kleiner Solstein)? The answer is the following: In the past, the importance of the smaller mountain was greater as it was used to raise cattle on its meadows. The Small Solstein Mountain (elev. 2,637m) is the highest mountain in the Nordkette Range. It boasts an extremely sharp east ridge and its north face is an expert rock climbing terrain.