Fernsteinsee lake, © Tirol Werbung / Aichner Bernhard
Fernsteinsee lake, © Tirol Werbung / Aichner Bernhard

Long-Distance Hike
Starkenberg Panoramic Trail

Emerald green lakes, mighty fortesses and thick forests make the Starkenberg Panoramic Trail – named after a powerful local noble family – a challenge that gives hikers rich rewards for their endeavours. Measuring just under 60 kilometres in length, it is divided up into seven stages and leads through the Gurgltal Valley and the Upper Inn Valley. From the deep blue Fernsteinsee lake on the Fernpass, where Austria and Germany converge, the next section is along an old Roman road known as the Via Claudia Augusta. Hikers will then pass the Salvesenklamm gorge near Tarrenz, before continuing to Starkenberg Castle and climbing up to the mighty Kronburg fortress towering above Zams. The Starkenberg Panoramic Trail concludes at Landeck Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Most of this hiking trail is on paths rated easy and intermediate. With an average of 4.5 hours of hiking per day, it is suitable for families with children.

Want to travel light? A special transport service is offered for the Starkenberg Panoramic Trail, meaning you can enjoy the ease and comfort of hiking without a rucksack safe in the knowledge that your luggage will be waiting for you at the next hut.

Want to travel light? A special transport service is offered for the Starkenberg Panoramic Trail, meaning you can enjoy the ease and comfort of hiking…

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Starting point  


Finishing point


Mountain chain

Lechtal Alps

Mieming Mountains

Ötztal Alps


59.7 km


7 day(s)


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)


1,520m 715m

Elevation uphill 2,247m
Vertical metres downhill 2,562m

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

Bus route 150, get off at the stop Hotel Fernpasshöhe


Fernpass; parking options available next to the Fernpassstraße, around 8.5 kilometres north of Nassereith


Places serving food & drink


Stage 1: Fernpass-Rast (snacks, open all year), Restaurant Zugspitzblick (from 23 May), Raststation Fernsteinsee (open all year), various locations in Nassereith 

Stage 2: Various locations in Obtarrenz

Stage 3: Starkenberg Castle (Schloss-Stube restaurant open from March, for more information click here), various locations in Tarrenz

Stage 4: Various locations in Imst, various locations in Hoch-Imst

Stage 5: Gasthof St. Hubertus in Gunglgrün (December until mid-October, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), various locations in Imsterberg

Stage 6: Gasthof Kronburg (open daily, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Stage 7: Hotel Tramser Hof (open daily), various locations in Landeck


Trail description

Stage 1: Fernpasshöhe – Fernsteinsee – Nassereith

Vertical metres uphill: 373 vertical metres, walking time: 2.5 hours, distance: 8.7 kilometres, highest point: 1,216 metres above sea level, difficulty rating: easy

The first stage begins at the top of the Fernpass at 1,216 metres above sea level. Head west along the Via Claudia Augusta, an ancient Roman road, until you reach a gravel pit. Continue south through dense woodland. After roughly 800 metres, turn left and head to the Schanzlsee lake, then follow the Römerweg trail until you reach the Fernsteinsee lake. From there, walk southwards parallel to the main road up over the Fernpass. Just before you reach the village of Nassereith, turn left and continue through meadows until you get to a road called Schulgasse. After a few hundred metres, turn left and walk around the Nassereither See lake before this first stage concludes at the Postplatz square in the village of Nassereith.

Stage 2: Nassereith – Sinnesbrunn – Obtarrenz

Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 704/529 vertical metres, walking time: 4.5 hours, distance: 10.2 kilometres, highest point: 1,520 metres above sea level, difficulty rating: intermediate

From the Postplatz square in the centre of Nassereith, turn right onto Karl-Mayr-Straße. Walk briefly in the direction of the Fernpass, then after 30 metres turn left towards the fields. After crossing the Briglbach stream, follow it southwards on its western side to the Mühlsprung Kneipp facility, where you can take off your hiking boots and plunge your feet into cold water. This method of relaxation was popularised in the German-speaking world in the 19th century by a pastor by the name of Sebastian Kneipp, hence the widely use term "Kneipp facility". From the Mühlsprung Kneipp facility, the Starkenberg Panoramic Trail leads uphill along several hairpin bends and continues through the forest to Sinnesbrunn. After around 1.5 kilometres, cross a gravel pit above the hamlet of See-Eck at around 1,200 metres above sea level. Follow the panoramic trail to Sinnesbrunn (1,520 metres), the highest point of this long-distance hiking trail, which is known for its pilgrimage chapel. From there, walk back a short distance and turn right at the car park onto the Way of the Cross (Kreuzweg). Soon after you will first reach Kappakreuz and then the finishing point of this second stage in Obtarrenz.

Stage 3: Obtarrenz – Schloss Starkenberg 
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 155/275 vertical metres, walking time: 1.5 hours, distance: 4.5 kilometres, highest point: 1,071 metres above sea level, difficulty rating: easy

In Obtarrenz, keep right and follow the path past the Lenzenanger football pitch. A forest path leads uphill into the forest, where you pass a wild animal feeding centre. Follow this forest path, take a left at the first fork in the trail and walk to the "Hohe Übergang" bridge. Forty metres below the bridge you can look down on the rushing water of the Salvesen Gorge. From there, the path continues southwards to the hamlet of Oberer Rotanger. Just five minutes later, you will see the Starkenberg Castle Brewery.

Stage 4: Schloss Starkenberg – Imst – Hoch-Imst

Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 537/378 vertical metres, walking time: 3.5 hours, distance: 8.5 kilometres, highest point: 1,520 metres, difficulty rating: easy

From Starkenberg Castle, follow the wide Schlossallee road over the Vogelbühel hill in a south-westerly direction a lake called the Starkenberger See. From there, follow a path above the Lassig housing estate in Imst and below the Rastbühel hill until you reach the Lehngasse road. Cross the Hahntennjochstraße at the hairpin bend and hike into the forest. After about half an hour, turn left. The panoramic trail now leads slightly uphill in several hairpin bends and across streams in a southerly direction. On the way, it is worth making a detour to the Vorderer Scheibenbichl with its beautiful views. Once you reach Hoch-Imst, the trail joins a road. Now turn sharp left back into the forest and walk over the Wetterkreuz above the Rosengarten gorge down to Imst and the Johanneskirche church. Return to Hoch-Imst directly through the gorge. Once at the top, the bathing lake is ideal for a refreshing dip. 

Stage 5:  Imst – Imsterberg
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 299/460 vertical metres, walking time: 3.5 hours, distance: 10.4 kilometres, highest point: 1,043 metres above sea level, difficulty rating: easy

In Hoch-Imst, walk past the Sonnecksee lake at the southern end of the large car park and cross the Schinderbach bridge at the blue grotto. From here, the wide path leads uphill and downhill in many hairpin bends towards Gunglgrün. Keep right at the elevated reservoir on the Sonnberg mountain and follow the forest path to Gunglgrün. Once there, head west through a settlement into the forest again and finally downhill to a collection of farm buildings known as the Gschnallenhöfe. Walk down the steep road into the Imster Au. In the valley basin, cross the bridge over the Inn river and walk towards the hydroelectric power station. Turn right before the power station and hike uphill along a series of switchback corners in the forest, past a viewing platform, until you reach Imsterberg at just under 850 metres above sea level.

Stage 6:  Imsterberg – Kronburg
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 502/447 vertical metres, walking time: 3.5 ours, distance: 10.2 kilometres, highest point: 1,173 metres above sea level, difficulty rating: intermediate

Stage six leads from Imsterberg along a winding village road uphill to the settlements of Vorderspadegg and Hinterspadegg. The route continues in a southerly direction uphill through fields and forests and finally via a path through the Risselbach gorge and several hairpin bends downhill to Obsaurs. There, follow the road further downhill to the west via a hairpin bend and past the Roman tower of St Vigil's Church. The road joins a hiking trail again here, which continues through the dense forest above Schönwies over the Kronburg Gorge and up to the Kronburg fortress itself.

Stage 7:  Kronburg – Landeck
Vertical metres uphill/downhill: 179/270 vertical metres, walking time: 2 hours, distance: 7.5 kilometres, highest point: 978 metres, dificulty rating: easy

From the Kronburg fortress, the route heads west towards Landeck along a mostly flat forest path. Past the Zammerberg and through Rifenal, the trail leads to Anreit and finally south-westwards through dense forest. Hikers then pass Trams, a small settlement between Zams and Landeck at around 950 metres above sea level. From there, hike along the Tramser Weg trail to Landeck Castle, the end point of the Starkenberg Panoramic Trail.


Information about travelling back to the starting point. Bus routes 150 and 4206 operate between Landeck and the Fernpass. The Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) runs trains between Landeck and Imst. It is also possible to book luggage transport for the Starkenberg Panoramic Trail, leaving you free to hike with just a small backpack while the rest of your luggage will be waiting for you at the next stop. For more information click here


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