Autumn Walks near Innsbruck

Last updated on October 13th, 2020 at 04:29 pm

Autumn is probably the most beautiful time for hikers with its spectacular colours and temperatures perfect for exercise in the fresh air.

Walks around Innsbruck are a great way to recharge the batteries. Many of the mountain huts are open until late autumn, which means visitors can enjoy the family-friendly hikes and challenging long-distance trails for a particularly long time.

Family-friendly hikes in Mieming

Accessible from the Lehnbach car park in Obermieming, a popular circular hiking and cycling trail runs around the Mieming golf course. On the direct route to the Stöttlalm, the well-maintained path is suitable for prams and is ideal for young and old.

There is a panoramic view of the Mieminger plateau from the Stöttlalm, despite it being only 980 metres above sea level, and of course the sight of the “burning” larches which change colour from October onwards.

Larch trees on the Mieminger plateau
© Innsbruck Tourismus | Klaus Kranebitter

The alm also has a lot to offer from a culinary point of view: from the breakfast buffet to the snack menu to the seasonal Törggelen, which marks the start of autumn for many visitors. The large sun terrace and the fact that the alm is open daily all year round makes it the perfect family hiking destination.

Of course, the Mieminger Plateau also offers hikes for more demanding mountain enthusiasts. From Wildermieming, for example, you can reach the Neue Alplhütte in around two and a half hours via the Ochsenbründl-Steig, which is open until November.

The Almenweg 1600

The Almenweg 1600 opens up five alpine pastures on the Patscherkofel just outside Innsbruck. The route starts at the middle station of the Patscherkofel cable car, which can be reached from the city with bus line J.

From there you can reach the Patscher Alm in just five minutes on foot, where you can enjoy delicacies such as cheese dumplings and homemade cakes. From the Patscher Alm, the path leads over the Igleralmboden to the Lanser Alm at around 1730 metres, which is particularly sunny and offers a unique view of the Nordkette mountain range.

Continuing along the Almenweg, the route leads to the Sistranser Alm, which can be reached in about 20 minutes.

After a further 30-minute walk, the Aldranser Alm welcomes hikers with homemade goat’s cream cheese and freshly baked bread.

The Rinner Alm, which can be reached via a forest path or on a trail, is the final stop on the Almenweg.

Tasty refreshments at the mountain huts
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All mountain pastures as well as the Patscherkofel cable car are open until 26 October, and the rest days are also coordinated.

The path down into the valley then follows a wide forest path and ends in Rinn. From there, the bus is the best choice for the return to the valley station of the Patscherkofel cable car or directly to the town.

The Welcome Card – the free guest card in the Innsbruck region – not only includes public transport in the region from three nights on, but also offers a 20% discount on the ride with the Patscherkofel cable car.

From a golden autumn into winter

The alpine pastures on the Nordkette, Innsbruck’s “city mountain range”, invite you to hike directly from the golden autumn into the winter.

Thanks to its south-facing location, it is still possible to bask in the sun in November and later in the year experience the change from the golden autumn to quiet winter peace. The alpine pastures can be reached from the valley station of the Nordkettenbahn cable car on the Hungerburg in walking times between 30 minutes and two hours – they are expected to be open until:

  • Arzler Alm: end of November 2020
  • Höttinger Alm: Mid November 2020
  • Rumer Alm: beginning of December
  • Umbrüggler Alm: February 2021
  • Bodenstein-Alm: beginning of November 2020

Check the current opening times of the mountain railways, mountain pastures, huts and mountain inns before embarking on a hike.

Winter Walks Around Innsbruck

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