Innsbruck Mountain Adventures
Summer routes for a multi-activity holiday around the capital of Austria's Tirol
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.
SeasonsThe 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.
CentresAll 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.
DifficultyThe 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 SeeThe 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)
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. 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.
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Originally from Shropshire, Sharon Boscoe spent several years in the French Alps and now lives in Innsbruck, where she teaches at the University of Innsbruck. A real outdoor enthusiast, she spends as much time outside as possible exploring the lakes and mountains of Austria. Her love of mountain sports, both summer and winter, has seen her travel far and wide across both Europe and America, always seeking out new and exciting adventures.View author profile
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