Goetheweg Trail, © Tirol Werbung/Hans Herbig
Goetheweg Trail, © Tirol Werbung/Hans Herbig

One Day Trek: Innsbruck / Hafelekar Top Terminal - Pfeis Hut

This 10-kilometer long day hike along Goetheweg Trail is arguably one of the best hikes in the environs of Tirol’s capital Innsbruck. The trek is of moderate difficulty and introduces walkers to the rugged terrain of Karwendel Range and to its softer sides, its verdant, flower-studded meadows and lush dwarf pine fields. Destination end of this hike is Pfeis Hut, a rustic lodge with quaint parlors and an ample, sunny outdoor patio at an elevation of 1,950 meters. A truly special experience is to spend the night at Pfeis Hut: Watch the sun set behind the mountains in the evening and see it rise again the next morning. Memories that will stay with you forever!

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Starting point  

Innsbruck – Hafelekar Top Terminal

Finishing point

Innsbruck – Hafelekar Top Terminal

Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains


10.5 km

Approximate hiking time



  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)


2,314m 1,922m

Elevation uphill 720m
Vertical metres downhill 720m

Fitness level


Best time of year



* 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

Goetheweg Trail departs from Hafelekar Top Terminal and meanders eastwards. Close to the ridgetop, the trail undulates up and down (always follow signage to “Pfeishütte”), tops Gleierschjöchl Col and eventually crosses the ridge at Mühlkarscharte Notch. The route continues along the northern side of Nordkette Range and below Mannlspitze Peak. A short, brisk climb takes you atop Mannlscharte Notch, the highest elevation on this walk, topping out at 2,314 meters. On the other side of the notch, a short descent takes you down to wide open meadows and dwarf pine fields which you have to traverse on your way down to Pfeis Hut. Once replete and replenished, retrace your steps to return to the top terminal of Hafelekar. Ride Nordkettenbahn Gondola and space-age Nordkette Funicular down to the heart of Tirol’s lively capital Innsbruck. An alternate route is to walk downhill to the top terminal of Nordkette Funicular at Hungerburg along Trail No. 217. Beginning at Pfeis Hut, this downhill route traverses Arzler Scharte Notch, visits beautiful Arzler Alm Alpine Pasture and takes roughly 3½ to complete; most of the trail is on jumbled talus slopes which require careful footing and experience.

Strongly Recommended: Take some time to get an eagle's eye view of the mountains at the Eagle View Overlooks at Nordkette Innsbruck Seegrube and Nordkette Innsbruck Hafelekar. These special sightseeing telescope viewers offer breathtaking 360° views of the surrounding ranges.

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Your destination address: Höhenstrasse 145, Innsbruck

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