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© ©Osttirol Werbung/Zlöbl

Nationalparkhaus Matrei in Osttirol – Virgen

This stage boasts memorable experiences for all senses. Deeply rooted history and cultural highlights with the mighty 3000-meter tall peaks of Virgental Valley as lovely backdrop. Hikers with an eye for little details can indulge in the area's rich fauna and flora along the scenic route.

  • The hiking trail offers uninterrupted views of the area's highlights: for example, the 1000-year old St. Nicholas Church in Ganz or the mighty 3000-meter tall peaks of Virgental Valley.
  • Virgen's fields and alpine pastures feature an extremely rich fauna and flora - among them 450 species of beetles, 246 butterflies, 53 different types of birds, 37 snails and 20 different mammal species. Nature and wildlife obsevation makes a great adventure for the whole family!
  • A 20-minute walk takes you to the Rabenstein Castle Ruins located above Virgen. Dating back to the 12th century, today the mighty building has already fallen into decay.
  • One of the stage's special highlights: hikers can explore the fantastic „Trail of Senses“ leading through a natural area of dry stone walls, bushes and shrubs, hay barns, meadows and pasturelands, flower-strewn fields, dry grasslands, mountain brooks and marshlands.
  • This stage has no major difficulties and is suitable for children from 7 years. But take care on the precipitous footpath located above Isel River!

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Starting point  

Matrei in Osttirol, National Park House (975 m)

Finishing point

Virgen National Park Visitor’s Centre (1.194 m)

Mountain chain

Venediger Mountains


9.5 km

Approximate 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

Trail description

Starting at Matrei National Park House, walk along the left bank of the brook down to Lienzer Straße Road. Proceed downward on Virgener Straße Road. Having crossed Tauernbach Brook, turn left and continue along the right bank of the brook until you reach Isel River. Hike into the valley along Isel River. Take the first bridge to cross Isel River and then the right fork onto an access road leading to Saint Nicolas Church located on a hill that can be seen from afar. When reaching a small chapel turn left to “Nikolaus-Kapelle”; later keep left again and follow “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 Isel River to reach the “Weg der Sinne” (“Trail of Senses”) leading upward to Virgen where you walk along the main road to the National Park Visitor’s Center.

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Ihr Ziel: Nationalparkhaus Matrei in Osttirol – Virgen (47.00062,12.54079)

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