Innsbruck Water Trail

Last updated on June 25th, 2021 at 08:39 am

The quality of the drinking water in the Tyrolean capital is considered to be particularly good. The Innsbruck Water Trail (Innsbrucker Wasserweg) discovers its sources and explores the Mühlau gorge.

It takes around ten to fifteen years for the rain and melt water from the depths of the Karwendel mountains to emerge into the daylight again at the Mühlau springs. Pipelines transport the top-quality water from the area of the springs above Innsbruck to the central collection tunnels down in the valley. From there it is transported to the houses and apartments of the Innsbruck residents.

The avalanche barrier above the Mühlau gorge
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The Innsbruck Water Trail leads from the fountain in the central square of Mühlau along the right side of the stream and through the magical Mühlau gorge to the source area. Hikers can head back to the city on the Panorama Trail via the Arzler Alm, with the option of taking a bus or the mountain railway from the Hungerberg above the city centre. The refreshing water hike, which climbs 500 metres in altitude, takes about two and a half hours.

Video of the Innsbruck Water Trail

Those interested can also follow the path of Innsbruck’s water on film, in the form of a 360° virtual reality all-round experience. The 3D film project of the city of Innsbruck was honoured with the Neptune Water Prize in 2019.