Innsbruck Mountain Adventures

Summer routes for a multi-activity holiday around the capital of Austria's Tirol

By Sharon Boscoe

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

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)
24 Sep 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
  • Overview

    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!

  • Contents

    History of the region
    Geography and geology
    Plants and wildlife
    Art and culture
    Other activities
    Getting there and getting around
    When to go
    Tourist information
    Health and safety
    Mountain guides
    Using this guide
    Day walks
    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
    Alpine mountaineering
    Route 21 Habicht
    Route 22 Wilder Freiger
    Route 23 Zuckerhütl
    Route 24 Wildspitze
    Sport climbing
    Route 25 Arzbergklamm
    Route 26 OeAV klettergarten
    Route 27 Engelswand
    Route 28 Rofan cragging, Achensee
    Route 29 Klettergarten Oetz
    Route 30 Emmentaler multi-pitch
    Via ferratas
    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)
    Mountain biking
    Route 39 Nordkette singletrail
    Route 40 Karwendel loop
    Route 41 Rinn to Rinner Alm
    Route 42 Aldrans to Aldranser Alm
    Route 43 Maria Waldrast tour
    Route 44 Mutters loop
    Road cycling
    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
    Family activities
    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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  • Reviews
    An ideal place for a short break or a longer holiday

    The Austrian state of Tyrol is a destination seemingly tailor-made for Brits seeking adventure, and the good news is that it is incredibly easy to get to. In fact, a return fare to Innsbruck can usually be had for less than £100, meaning there's money left in the bank to fund your excursions. Base yourself out of this city and you'll have all manner of options, including day walks, trail runs, climbing, via ferratas, mountain biking and mountaineering. It's an ideal place for a short break or a longer holiday, and Cicerone's Mountain Adventures: Innsbruck is the perfect companion. Between the covers you'll find detailed route information and inspiration for all of the aforementioned activities, plus a background of the area complete with useful practical information.

    Adventure Travel magazine

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