TOURS, TRAILS & CHEESE DUMPLINGS
That is mountain biking in Innsbruck. First you pedal hard uphill. Then you enjoy a summer bike stop at one of the many mountain huts and alpine restaurants that are often located right on the route or may even be your destination. Refuelling à la Innsbruck: Kaspressknödel cheese dumplings. Are your calves burning? If so, simply relax and enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains a little longer before getting back on the saddle.
The classic local tour for Innsbruck's bikers - challenging, and with an optional single trail descent on the Arzler Alm Trail.
The tour leads from Innsbruck up along route 506, initially at a moderate incline followed by a steep climb up to the edge of the forest at the end. From there, the route continues past the Bodensteinalm mountain hut, where bikers can stop in for a break and a bite to eat, and then leads steeply uphill to the Seegrube mountain lift station with its wonderful views of the Zillertal and Stubai Alps.
The descent initially follows the same route but then takes a left turn at the Rastboden junction onto the Lackenweg trail towards the Arzler Alm mountain hut. Roughly 300 m east of the Arzler Alm, at the crossing with the forestry road, you come to the start of the Arzler Alm Trail, the downhill highlight of this tour (difficulty level S2, for advanced bikers).
The first section to the avalanche barrier is playful and flowy, featuring berms and jumps (including "chicken runs" for beginners). The second section leads from the avalanche barrier down into the city. Long banked curves, tight turns, blind crests, jumps, waves, narrow gullies and rocky areas provide plenty of flowing fun.
After covering almost 400 vertical metres and a distance of three kilometres, the trail joins the new Hungerburg - Mühlau mountain bike route. Beginners can avoid the trail by following the forest road or take one of the numerous linking tracks along the way.
Arrival, public transport
Take the Nordkettenbahn (Hungerburg funicular) or bus J to Hungerburg.
In the surrounding area