Innsbruck Mountain Adventures
Summer routes for a multi-activity holiday around the capital of Austria's Tirol
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Guidebook to 60 exciting summer mountain adventures in Innsbruck, Austria. Guide includes: alpine mountaineering routes, overnight hut trips, adventure hikes and multi-pitch scrambles, day walks, rock climbing routes, via ferratas, mountain biking trails, road cycling routes, city and trail running, plus mountain activities and walks for families.
- The guide covers summer activities. July and August can get very hot and some routes may still be snow-covered in early spring. Autumn is a wonderful time of year in the Alps, with September and October often being the best months. Note however that the routes requiring lift access will be dependent on operating schedules.
- All the activities are based around Innsbruck city, with many routes starting from the city itself. Other valleys and towns covered include the Stubaital, the Öztal, Kühtai, Seefeld and Achensee.
- The routes included here are not aimed at experts, but instead aim to encompass something for everyone. The activities range from easy days out for the whole family to low-grade alpine mountaineering. Some of the climbing and biking activities may require some previous experience and specialist equipment.
- Must See
- The Zirbenweg and Wilderwasserweg hiking trails; Brandjochspitze ridge scramble; Nordkette singletrail downhill mountain-biking track; Innsbrucker klettersteig via ferrata; sections of the Adlerweg (Eagle Trail) hiking path and the Bike Trail Tirol; ascents of Wildspitze (Tirol's highest peak) and Wilder Freiger; numerous superb mountain huts providing welcome refreshment and unbeatable views; the rugged wilderness of the Karwendel; Kugelwald (a giant outdoor marble-run)
With easy access and a wide range of facilities, stunning alpine scenery and a wonderful choice of activities on offer, Innsbruck – capital of Austria's Tirol region – is an ideal base for an outdoor holiday. This guidebook presents 60 routes covering some of the best day walks, scrambles, hut-to-hut walks, alpine mountaineering, sport climbing, via ferratas, mountain-biking routes, road rides, city and trail runs and family activities the Innsbruck area has to offer. Ideal for a multi-activity holiday or for the keen amateur seeking a summary of the local highlights, it includes suggestions to suit most abilities and ambitions, from gentle strolls to adrenalin-filled mountain adventures, suitable only for those with the appropriate equipment and experience. Nearly all the activities are accessible by public transport from Innsbruck and many take advantage of the region's fantastic network of alpine huts.
Route descriptions are illustrated with maps, profiles and photo topos, and you'll also find practical advice on transport, accommodation and equipment. Also included are brief summaries of local festivals, rainy-day activities and other outdoor pursuits that can be enjoyed in the area. Useful contacts – including listings of local mountain huts and restaurants – can be found in the appendices.
Long popular as a winter sports destination, Innsbruck also has much to offer the summer visitor, with many kilometres of paths and trails, sport climbing crags, via ferrata routes and engaging activity trails for children. Throw in welcoming huts serving refreshing drinks and hearty meals, in addition to breathtaking vistas of the Karwendel and Stubai Alps, Patscherkofel and Serles, and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic outdoor adventure!
History of the region
Geography and geology
Plants and wildlife
Art and culture
Getting there and getting around
When to go
Health and safety
Using this guide
Route 1 Innsbrucker Almenweg
Route 2 Zirbenweg
Route 3 Grawa waterfall
Route 4 Dreiseen hiking trail
Route 5 Elferhütte
Route 6 Three lakes, Seefeld Plateau
Route 7 Arzler Alm
Route 8 Aldranser Alm
Route 9 Bodenstein Alm
Route 10 Kreither Alm
Adventure walks and scrambles
Route 11 Wildewasserweg
Route 12 Südlicher and Nordlicher Polleskogel
Route 13 Glungezer klettersteig
Route 14 Brandjochspitze
Route 15 Nordgrat–Vordere Sommerwand
Route 16 Nordgrat Zwölferkogel
Overnight hut walks
Route 17 Halltal hike
Route 18 Nordkette traverse
Route 19 Karwendel traverse
Route 20 Rofan Range hike
Route 21 Habicht
Route 22 Wilder Freiger
Route 23 Zuckerhütl
Route 24 Wildspitze
Route 25 Arzbergklamm
Route 26 OeAV klettergarten
Route 27 Engelswand
Route 28 Rofan cragging, Achensee
Route 29 Klettergarten Oetz
Route 30 Emmentaler multi-pitch
Route 31 Innsbrucker klettersteig
Route 32 Achensee 5 Gipfel
Route 33 Crazy Eddy klettersteig
Route 34 Peter Kofler klettersteig
Route 35 Ochsenwand/Schlicker klettersteig
Route 36 Geierwand klettersteig
Route 37 Kühtai Panorama klettersteig
Route 38 Absamer klettersteig (plus Westgrat and Eisengattergrat klettersteig)
Route 39 Nordkette singletrail
Route 40 Karwendel loop
Route 41 Rinn to the Rinner Alm
Route 42 Aldrans to Aldranser Alm
Route 43 Maria Waldrast tour
Route 44 Mutters loop
Route 45 Gnadenwald Plateau
Route 46 Innsbruck loop
Route 47 Igls loop
Route 48 Innsbruck to the Mieminger Plateau
Route 49 Innsbruck – Telfs – Innsbruck
City and trail running
Route 50 5 Brücken Runde
Route 51 Bergisel-Lauf city run
Route 52 Sill-Inn-Schleife
Route 53 Wolfele-Wilde-weg
Route 54 Mühlau Runde
Route 55 Wusel lake trail, Achensee
Route 56 Ghost trail, Oberperfuss
Route 57 Scheibenweg trail
Route 58 Kugelwald Adventure World, Glungezer
Route 59 Patscherkofel summit path
Route 60 Piburgersee
Appendix A Route summary tables
Appendix B Useful contacts
Appendix C Glossary
Appendix D Index of routes by location
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