Hiking towards Maria Waldrast, © TVB Wipptal
Hiking towards Maria Waldrast, © TVB Wipptal

Winter hike
Maria Waldrast

Maria Waldrast is the highest monastery in Europe, at 1,600 metres above sea level, and the spectacular setting for this winter hike at the foot of the mighty Serles mountain with views of the Zillertal and Tux Alps, the Patscherkofel mountain to the south of Innsbruck and the craggy Kalkkögel mountains all the way to the ski resort of Schlick 2000 in Fulpmes. The hike itself is 12km in length and the ideal preparation for a hearty meal at the monastery's own restaurant and café.

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Starting point  

Mühlbachl, Klostergasthof Maria Waldrast

Finishing point

Mühlbachl, Klostergasthof Maria Waldrast

Mountain chain

Stubai Alps


8.3 km

Total hiking time



  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating



1,710m 1,550m

Elevation uphill 290m
Vertical metres downhill 290m

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.


Car park at Klostergasthof Maria Waldrast
There is a tarmac road from the village of Matrei up to Maria Waldrast (cars must use snowchains) as well as a shuttle service from the train station in Matrei


Trail description

The hike begins at the start of the cross-country skiing trail in Maria Waldrast, which runs parallel to the hiking path. The first section is up and down through open meadows towards Schön Anger and then (following the signs) along the cross-country skiing trail towards Schönberg-Mieders. After climbing over the mountain ridge, there is a further gentle uphill section to the Miederer-Ochsenhütte and then back down to the Maria Waldrast monastery at 1,600 metres. Those who still have energy to burn can walk to the "Altes Serleskreuz" 500 metres below the car park at the monastery.

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Ihr Ziel: Maria Waldrast (47.130792,11.405074)

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