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Today’s weather forecast starts with really good news: Central Europe will fall under the influence of the Azores High today! However, this process will take a bit of time as it is a very large area of high pressure we are dealing with here. We should therefore not expect a cloudless or particularly warm day.

Tendency

The new area of high pressure is building directly over the Alps and will not move anywhere for quite a long time.

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today

morning
5°C/41°F
10% Fineweather
1600mm
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Saturday

Saturday
15°C/59°F
80% Fineweather
3400mm
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Sunday

Sunday
18°C/64°F
90% Fineweather
3500mm
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Forecast

Today’s weather forecast starts with really good news: Central Europe will fall under the influence of the Azores High today! However, this process will take a bit of time as it is a very large area of high pressure we are dealing with here. We should therefore not expect a cloudless or particularly warm day.

Tendency

The new area of high pressure is building directly over the Alps and will not move anywhere for quite a long time.

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Patscherkofel

The local's favourite

Patscherkofel is a true hiking paradise. The mountain is easily recognisable, even for people who are new to Innsbruck: it lies to the south of the city and has a remarkable rounded peak and a distinctive radio mast on the summit. The people of Innsbruck lovingly refer to Patscherkofel as their "Hausberg" (local mountain). Generations of local skiers learnt here and it is also a particularly wonderful place to go hiking.

The "local mountain" is ideal for gentle hiking and this makes it especially great for families. However, connoisseurs will love Patscherkofel too. There are countless mountain huts and alpine guesthouses where visitors can treat themselves to excellent Tyrolean cuisine. Is it possible to eat too many dumplings? We say: "no"! Especially not when you've just done a walk to get to the delicious food.

Information about the hiking area

  • About 60 marked hiking trails 
  • Located between 1,009 and almost 2,250 metres above sea level
  • 360-degree panoramic views from an altitude of over 2,000 metres above sea level 
  • Gentle hikes that are also suitable for families 
  • Delicious Tyrolean cuisine at countless mountain huts and alpine guesthouses 
  • Easy-to-reach peaks for special summit experiences 
  • The highest botanical garden in Austria (at the top of the gondola) 
  • Heiligwasser pilgrimage church 
  • A highlight for children: the Kugelwald mountain adventure playground on Glungezer, the neighbouring mountain (accessible on foot from Patscherkofel)
  • Easily accessible by public transport and cable car 

Hikes Patscherkofel

Take a look at our list of routes on Patscherkofel and pick your favourite or click here for the full selection of hikes.

The Zirbenweg trail

430 M 430 M
7.4 KM 7.4 KM
easy easy
A wonderful hiking trail located 2,000 metres above sea level that leads through one of Europe's largest stone pine forests. The Zirbenweg trail is a popular hike that is widely renowned and always an uplifting experience. Located above Innsbruck, the hike covers part of the Adlerweg trail (the Eagle's Way) from the top of the lift at Patscherkofel to the Tulfeinalm mountain hut (Tulfes). You can get to the start of the hike by taking the Patscherkofelbahn lift up to an altitude of 1,952 metres above sea level. From there, the Zirbenweg trail follows a wide mountain path that leads from Patscherkofel towards Tulfes, past the rather remote Boscheben mountain hut. The path is gently undulating and follows the tree line at over 2,000 metres above sea level without any significant changes in altitude. The route takes you through centuries-old stone pine forests and has breathtaking backdrops and stunning views of the Inn Valley every step of the way. On the other side Innsbruck, the impressive Nordkette mountain range rises up and marks the start of the Karwendel mountains. At the end of the Zirbenweg, you can take the Glungezerbahn chairlift down to Tulfes from near the Tulfeinalm mountain hut. It is also possible to start the hike in Tulfes and do the route in reverse.

Patscherkofel – summit

1.5 H
290 M 290 M
6 KM 6 KM
easy easy
The easy Panoramaweg walking trail features wonderful panoramic views and leads from the Patscherkofel mountain lift station (Schutzhaus mountain refuge and Patscherkofel Lounge) to the Gipfelstube restaurant (2,248 m) with its panoramic views.

Heiligwasser circuit (31)

8.8 KM 8.8 KM
377 M 377 M
hard hard
A challenging and sometimes steep route to the Heiligwasser pilgrimage church. Start in the Kurpark spa gardens and follow the route up through the Serleswald woods to Römerstraße road. Cross the road and follow the Speckbacherweg trail towards Patsch. Before reaching the village of Patsch, head up to the Patscher Kreuzweg trail and continue to the Heiligwasser alpine guesthouse. Once you get to the highest point, follow the path down through the forest to the fields around Sistrans. From there, follow the forest trails that lead slowly downhill and back to the Kurpark spa gardens.  

Jochleitensteig

2 H
381 M 381 M
5.8 KM 5.8 KM
easy easy
Route: Hiking Circuit Patscherkofel - Jochleitensteig Route: from the summit station of the Patscherkofel cable car you head west, leave the Schutzhaus behind and continue on the gravel road towards Hochmahdalm. After approx. 15 minutes turn left and continue on the Jochleitensteig trail. Hike through ancient pinewood forests and enjoy panoramic views of the Stubai Valley with its magnificent glaciers - and all along the Wipptal Valley as far as the Brenner Pass. After approx. 1.5 hours of walking, the Alpengasthof Boscheben makes a pleasant resting place. Return: head west on the Zirbenweg trail to return to the Patscherkofel cable car summit station (approx. 45 min.). Description: Start: Patscherkofel cable car, summit station Elevation:1,952 m Destination: Boscheben, Patscherkofel cable car, summit station Elevation:1,952 m Length: approx. 6 km Elevation difference:200 m Difficulity level: moderate Walking time: 1.5 - 2 h

Almenweg 1600 - stage 2

From the top of the Patscherkofelbahn gondola to Rinn. This route starts at the mountain lift station of the Patscherkofelbahn gondola and leads along the Zirbenweg trail to Boscheben. From there, it follows a trail downhill to the Meissner Haus alpine guesthouse and along a forest road towards Mühltal until it reaches the transport cable car (used to move goods). There, cross the stream to the right and follow the signs for the Almenweg 1600. Continue along the paths and trails towards Gartengatterl, where you will enjoy impressive views of the Stubai Valley and the Stubai Glacier. At the crossroads, keep right and continue at the same altitude to the Patscher Alm mountain hut (1,684 m). From the Patscher Alm, take the forest path down towards Patsch. At Ochsenschlagboden, you come to the ski run towards Igls, cross the Igler Alm Boden and follow the signs towards the Lanser Alm mountain hut (1,718 m). From the Lanser Alm, take the forest road heading north, following the signs for Lans, Sistrans and the Sistranser Alm. At the first sharp left-hand bend, the route continues straight on to the Sistranser Alm mountain hut (1,608 m). From the Sistranser Alm, follow the forest road that leads gradually downhill for about half a kilometre until you arrive at the first intersection. From there, continue straight on towards the Aldranser Alm mountain hut (1,511 m) and Hirschlacke. Then take the narrow mountain path leading north-east and follow signs to the Rinner Alm mountain hut (1,394 m). Finally, take the forest road to the village of Rinn (921 m). 
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The Goldbichl archaeology trail

0.5 H
140 M 140 M
1.7 KM 1.7 KM
easy easy
From the Kurpark spa gardens in Igls, walk south along the east side of Congresspark Igls and continue through the forest following signs for "Archäologiepfad Goldbichl" (the Goldbichl archaeology trail). Around 4,000 years ago, the Goldbichl was a powerful sanctuary and a place of widespread importance. Today, a forest hiking trail leads from the Kurpark spa gardens in Igls to the prehistoric ritual site once used for burning offerings. Illustrated information boards reveal more about various aspects of daily life and religious rites. Experience the magic of the place.  You can learn more about this topic and admire the most significant Bronze and Iron Age artefacts found on the Goldbichl at the museum in the "Haus des Gastes" (Hilberstraße 15, 6080 Igls).
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