Innsbruck Region



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

200 M 200 M
7 KM 7 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 gondola 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

280 M 280 M
2.7 KM 2.7 KM
medium medium
The easy Panoramaweg walking trail features wonderful panoramic views and leads from the Patscherkofel mountain lift station to the Gipfelstube restaurant (2,248 m) with its panoramic views. Follow the same route back.

The Jochleitensteig trail around Patscherkofel mountain

381 M 381 M
5.8 KM 5.8 KM
medium medium
The Patscherkofel nature trail runs along the Jochleitensteig trail around Patscherkofel mountain. There are various stops along the way, where hikers can find information about the viewpoints and flora and fauna in the Patscherkofel-Zirmberg nature reserve. First take the Patscherkofelbahn gondola up to the mountain lift station. From the top of the lift, head west past Schutzhaus Patscherkofel and continue along the road towards Hochmahdalm. After about 15 minutes, you will reach the turnoff to the Jochleitensteig trail on your left. The hike leads through an old stone pine forest and has magnificent views of the Stubai Valley and the Stubai Glacier, as well as beautiful views along the Wipp Valley to the Brenner Pass. After about 1.5 hours, you will have the option to stop off for a break and a bite to eat at the Boscheben alpine guesthouse. From there, continue west along the Zirbenweg trail and back to the Patscherkofelbahn mountain lift station.

The Goldbichl archaeology trail

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 the 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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