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Glass and good luck, brittle muck! This proverb certainly applies to the weather luck in Central Europe!

The sunny period is slowly coming to an end now. The morning will still be bright with only a few clouds, but these will gradually increase. The weather will, however, stay dry until the evening.

Tendency

On Friday, a weak weather front will pass over our region bringing maritime air and a few thick clouds and showers to our region. From Saturday, however, we will see a return to sunny high pressure weather!

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today

afternoon
12°C/54°F
40% Fineweather
2200mm
Frostborder

Friday

Friday
6°C/43°F
20% Fineweather
1400mm
Frostborder

Saturday

Saturday
10°C/50°F
80% Fineweather
1600mm
Frostborder

Forecast

Glass and good luck, brittle muck! This proverb certainly applies to the weather luck in Central Europe!

The sunny period is slowly coming to an end now. The morning will still be bright with only a few clouds, but these will gradually increase. The weather will, however, stay dry until the evening.

Tendency

On Friday, a weak weather front will pass over our region bringing maritime air and a few thick clouds and showers to our region. From Saturday, however, we will see a return to sunny high pressure weather!

Need help? Contact us!

Innsbruck Tourism


Mon - Fri: 8.00 am - 5.00 pm

Hotel- and group reservations


Mon - Fri: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Tourist info


Mo - Fr: 9.00 am - 3.00 pm

The Way of St James

Many stages of the popular pilgrimage pass through Innsbruck and its surroundings. Fantastic panoramas, secluded paths and pilgrimage churches await each visitor. We've put together an overview of the stages around Innsbruck.

Pilgrimages on the Way of St James

The Way of St James – for many, a life's ambition. Naturally, the famous stretch over the Pyrenees is at the top of most people's lists, but not everyone can take two months off to walk this section. Some people even start their pilgrimage from their front doors in northern or central Europe, while others train for months for the long walk to Santiago de Compostela. For all of these, our section of the Way of St James is close to their hearts.

Innsbruck and Santiago are closely connected. The baroque cathedral in Innsbruck with Lucas Cranach the Elder's painting Mary of Succour is dedicated to St James, and a hostel here offers pilgrims overnight accommodation during the summer months. The parish's Community of St James looks after the needs and desires of the pilgrim community, and trained pilgrim guides offer special walks.

The Tyrolean section of The Way of St. James through Innsbruck

900 M 900 M
81.4 KM 81.4 KM
easy easy
Three of the sections along the main route of The Way of St. James pass through the Innsbruck holiday region. From Terfens to Innsbruck: This stage is 24.2 kilometres long and is possible in 6 hours and 15 minutes. The Way of St. James leads from the medieval town of Hall in Tirol via the villages of Absam and Thaur, through the market town of Rum and on to the city of Innsbruck. Once in Innsbruck, the route continues to St. James' Cathedral.  From Innsbruck to Pfaffenhofen: This stage is 32.8 km long and can be accomplished in 8 hours and 30 minutes. The route leads west out of Innsbruck along the southern bank of the River Inn. At Innsbruck Airport – past Kranebitten. Cross the river and follow the southern slopes of the Inn Valley. The destination of Pfaffenhofen at the end this stage is small and easy to navigate. It is worth taking a look at the town of Telfs, which is located directly on the other side of the River Inn.  From Pfaffenhofen to Roppen: This stage is 24.4 kilometres long. The time required to cover this section is 6 hours and 15 minutes. Leave Pfaffenhofen to the west and pass through the village of Rietz. The next village along the route is Stams, which is home to the impressive Stams Abbey. Cross the River Inn at Haiming and hike along the northern bank to the final destination of this stage, Roppen. 

The Way of St. James: Ellbögen – Igls/Vill

508 M 508 M
17.2 KM 17.2 KM
easy easy
As the devout St. James pilgrims coming from Brenner reach Ellbögen, they are welcomed by panoramic views that are truly overwhelming even by Tyrolean standards. The Nordkette mountain range appears like a wall, as if it is trying to protect the city of Innsbruck, home to St. James' Cathedral, in the valley below. The Tyrolean section of The Way of St. James leads from Ellbögen to Innsbruck and partially follows the route of the old Roman road. At the primary school in Patsch, traces of Roman wagons can even still be seen engraved deep into the street. The zealous pilgrims continue past Igls and Vill before reaching the edge of the alpine plateau above Innsbruck, with the city spread out in the valley below. What a sight! You would struggle to find a view of any other state capital that compares to that of the view of Innsbruck from The Way of St. James. The descent down into the city is a pure delight and leads via the Cistercian abbey in Wilten to St. James' Cathedral in the centre of Innsbruck. If you take a closer look at the frescoes in the cathedral, you will see various representations of St James, for example in the form of a silver bust.  A description of this stage can be found here

The Way of St James 'Tirol-Allgäu' from Stams to Obsteig

542 M 542 M
15 KM 15 KM
medium medium
For some years now, there has been a variant route option along the Way of St. James that leads from Stams to Oberstaufen via three alpine passes: Fern Pass, Gaicht Pass and Joch Pass. The first destination for the pilgrims, however, is the Holzleitensattel col on the sunny Mieming Plateau.   The route up to the plateau starts with a hike through the stunning Mötzer Klamm gorge. As the pilgrims make their way through the romantic wilderness, they can enjoy the constant view of Burg Klamm castle up ahead at the end of the mini gorge. Warning, route change: Due to a rock fall, the route temporarily leads around the gorge instead of going through it. It is possible to get to Burg Klamm castle by taking the old "alte Mötzer Straße" road to Mieming and then continuing on via the hamlet of Fronhausen to the castle.  From the castle, which is privately owned, hikers’ have the "Mittlere Oberinntal" part of the Upper Inn Valley laid out at their feet. The route continues to Obsteig and from there to the legendary "Arzkasten", which owes its name to the former mining activities carried out in the area. The route then climbs gently up to the Holzleitensattel col, which marks the transition from the sunny Mieming Plateau to the Gurgl Valley, before heading down into the Gurgl Valley and to the start of the ascent up to the Fern Pass. The sunny plateau is a place of exceptional scenic beauty and a destination for many hikers and pilgrims, especially in autumn when the plateau's larch forests are draped in gold. This unique natural attraction draws hikers, nature lovers and pilgrims to the sunny plateau year after year.

Way of St. James „Isar-Loisach-Leutascher Ache-Inn“

768 M 768 M
25.5 KM 25.5 KM
medium medium
The route between Mittenwald and Telfs, the "Isar-Loisach-Leutascher Ache-Inn" section of the Way of St. James, is one of the absolute highlights along the Way of St. James in Tyrol. We recommend doing this section in two stages: the first from Mittenwald to Leutasch, the second from Leutasch via Telfs to Stams. The route starts with a dramatic highlight, as the pilgrims pass through the romantic wilderness of the Leutasch Gorge in Mittenwald. The stage then continues along the shimmering emerald waters of the Leutascher Ache river to the village of Leutasch. Along the way, one mountain in particular becomes an increasingly prominent feature up ahead of the swift and peaceful pilgrims: Hohe Munde. After Leutasch, the route leads downhill for the first time, passing through fragrant larch forests and past ancient, painted farmhouses towards Telfs. It is possible to go via the peace bell in Mösern or the so-called "Brand", a remote farmstead near Telfs. The route then continues via Birkenberg with its delicate baroque church, past the ancient St. George's Church to the centre of Telfs. From there, the Way of St. James leads up to the "Mieming Plateau", also known as the sunny plateau. The soaring mountains of the Mieming Range combined with the impressive Hohe Munde mountain create a panoramic backdrop that is hard to beat in terms of both beauty and dramatic effect. The route continues to the pilgrimage church of Maria Locherboden, which stands on an ancient sacred Celtic site with magnificent views of the Upper Inn Valley. It then leads downhill to Mötz and crosses the River Inn, bringing the pilgrims to the village of Stams, which is home to a Cistercian Abbey and the former pilgrimage church of St John the Baptist. Stage description
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