Virgen in the Virgental Valley, © ©Osttirol Werbung/Zlöbl
Virgen in the Virgental Valley, © ©Osttirol Werbung/Zlöbl

Mountain Hike
National Park Centre Matrei in Osttirol – Virgen

This hike is also suitable for children aged around 7 years and older. It is at the end of the valley and offers fine views of the mighty 3,000-metre peaks overlooking the Virgental Valley as well as the rushing Isel river below. We recommend a short detour to the St.-Nikolaus-Kirche church, which is 1,000 years old, and to the Ruine Rabenstein in Virgen, the ruins of a fortress dating from the 12th century. Hikers can look forward to a huge range of flora and fauna as well as a "Senses Trail" leading through pasture and meadows, grasslands, streams and marshes.

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Starting point  

National Park Centre, Matrei in Osttirol

Finishing point

National Park Info Point, Virgen

Mountain chain

Venediger Mountains


9.5 km

Total hiking time

3 h 12 min


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)


1,194m 932m

Elevation uphill 460m
Vertical metres downhill 254m

Fitness level


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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.

Public transport

  • Accessible using public transport

Bus route 951, get off at stop Matrei i. O. Mittelschule


National Park Centre, Matrei in Osttirol


Places serving food & drink


  • Gasthof Panzlbräu, Virgen
  • Gasthof Neuwirt, Virgen
  • Gasthof Rose, Virgen


Trail description

Starting at National Park Centre in Matrei, walk along the left bank of the river down to the "Lienzer Straße" road. Proceed downward on the "Virgener Straße" road. Having crossed the Tauernbach stream, turn left and continue along the right bank of the stream until you reach the rushing Isel river. Hike into the valley along the banks of the Isel river. Take the first bridge across the Isel river and then the right-hand fork onto an access road leading to the Saint Nicolas Church, which is located atop a hill and can be seen from afar. When reaching a small chapel turn left to “Nikolaus-Kapelle”; later keep left again and follow the “Fußweg St. Nikolaus” (Saint Nicolas Footpath) to the cultural monument. Take the same route back to the already mentioned small chapel and turn left onto the access road. Cross the hamlet of Ganz proceeding into the valley. Follow a forest road marked with “Waldweg Mitteldorf” and “Mitteldorf” and stay on the right bank of Isel River (“Iselweg Virgen”). At some point the trail turns into a singletrack. Take the second bridge and cross the Isel river to reach the “Weg der Sinne” (“Senses Trail”) leading upward to Virgen, where you walk along the main road to the National Park Info Point.

Return to Matrei on foot along the way you came or, alternatively, by bus.

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Ihr Ziel: National Park Centre Matrei in Osttirol – Virgen (47.00062,12.54079)

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