Autumn Hiking in the Tyrol

Last updated on October 13th, 2020 at 04:31 pm

Nature pulls out all the stops in the autumn season before winter spreads its snow cover over the land.

The forests glow in a beautiful golden yellow, orange and red, with grey rock faces towering up behind them. On the mountain tops the first snow is a harbinger of what is to come in winter.

But the autumn sun still retains its power and bathes the landscapes in golden light. For many, this is the best time to discover Tyrol on foot.

Magical landscapes

A classic among the autumn hikes in Tyrol is the excursion to the large and small Ahornboden in the Karwendel Nature Park. Over 2500 sycamore trees grow here, many of which are over 600 years old. They display their full splendour in autumn when they turn bright yellow and rust-red. The special magic of this place in the Eng was recognised in 1927 when the area was protected as a natural monument.

The Pfundser Tschey above Pfunds in the Tiroler Oberland.
Pfundser Tschey above Pfunds
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In autumn, the Pfundser Tschey in the Tiroler Oberland has a fairytale beauty. This high valley lies at an altitude of 1650 metres above sea level and enchants visitors with an extraordinary landscape: golden-brown meadows slowly adjusting to the coming quiet of winter; dark weathered wooden trunks; and the dark blue of the sky and the yellow of the larches. An easy, 2.5-hour family hike leads through the Tschey to the Platzer Alm.

Autumn moods at the lake

A special seasonal view is when the colours of the autumn forests meet a lake reflecting the scenery. This magical lake, forest and mountain view can be experienced, for example, at the somewhat hidden, deep green Berglsteiner See near Kramsach in the Alpbachtal region. An easy, pram-friendly footpath leads around the water.

The Berglsteiner See in Breitenbach
Berglsteiner See in Breitenbach
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The Obernberger See, situated in a side valley of the Wipptal, is a natural treasure in any season, but in autumn the water glows in varied shades of blue, which form a contrast to the light yellow larch forests. With the imposing Tribulaun peaks watching over everything.

Summit tours

As well as all of the scenic features and lake views, you can also celebrate summit victories in autumn. Before the first snow falls, for example, a tour to the Nockspitze is recommended. The reward for the ascent is the view of the Tyrolean capital, bathed in golden autumn light.

The excellent view in autumn can also be enjoyed on the Kellerjoch. The popular vantage point and local mountain of Schwaz has a wonderful panoramic view of the Karwendel and Rofan peaks along with the Hohe Tauern and the Tux and Zillertal Alps.

Autumn Walks Around Innsbruck

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