Rosengartenschlucht gorge, © Imst Tourismus
Rosengartenschlucht gorge, © Imst Tourismus

Rosengartenschlucht Imst

This natural gorge is located on the edge of Imst and represents one of the most important biotopes in Tirol. The Rosengartenschlucht measures 1.5 kilometres in length and is traversed by the rushing Schinderbach river starting at the enchanting Blue Grotto. Wooden walkways, paths blasted into the rock and small tunnels through the mountainside invite visitors to explore this fantastic landscape. The entrance to the gorge is a highlight in its own right, with a number of houses which have been built into the rockface. The gorge is open from May until October. Sturdy footwear is required.

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Starting point  

Johanneskirche, centre of Imst

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Finishing point

Johanneskirche, centre of Imst

Mountain chain

Lechtal Alps


4.6 km

Total hiking time

2 h 30 min


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)


1,050m 795m

Elevation uphill 355m
Vertical metres downhill 355m

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 routes 4194, 4204, 8352, get off at stop Imst Terminal Post


Sonneparkplatz car park (pay-and-display)

Places serving food & drink

  • Wald-Café Hoch-Imst
  • Gasthaus Sonneck Hoch-Imst
  • Hotel-Gasthof Winkler Hoch-Imst
  • Café-Konditorei Regensburger 
  • Gasthof Sonne



Trail description

The hike begins at the Johanneskirche church in the centre of Imst. There is a trail (2 kilometres, 350 vertical metres) from the church through the gorge. At the end of the gorge you will find the Blue Grotto, a cave with two waterfalls created by mining in the region. It dates back to Roman times, when the area was used to mine galena. In Hoch-Imst the route leads past the Gasthaus Sonneck, through the meadows of the Neureitwiesen and via a few switchback corners to the Wetterkreuz vantage point. From there, the final section leads down along the edge of the Rosengartenschlucht back to the Johanneskirche.

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Ihr Ziel: Rosengartenschlucht Imst (47.24191,10.73851)

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