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Zirbenweg hiking trail & more about stone pine
Discover the wonder of stone pine
Healing, fragrant and more desirable than ever – stone pine is one of the most extraordinary and popular types of alpine wood. The Olympic mountain Patscherkofel is home to the “Patscherkofel-Zirmberg”. This protected landscape covers an area of approx. 16 square kilometres at an altitude of 1,550 to 2,745 metres above sea level and is primarily home to alpine grasses, stony terrain and an extensive population of stone pine trees. The rich abundance of stone pines is a special feature of the richly structured biotope with its small low moors, alpine grasses, stony furrows, resilient vegetation, snow pockets, inclines and mountain pines. To the delight of hikers, extensive dwarf shrubs featuring alpine roses, blueberries, mountain cranberries, bilberries, crowberries, bearberries, mountain juniper, reed grasses, mosses and lichens can be found both inside and outside the stone pine forests.
The panoramic Zirbenweg trail
Hikers can discover the true wonder of stone pine on the Zirbenweg hiking trail from the top of the Patscherkofel cable car to the Tulfeinalm mountain hut. The trail also offers breathtaking views combined with pure natural beauty. Botanist Professor Gams described these stone pine forests with their centuries-old stone pine population as the “most beautiful and best preserved in the Alps”. Numerous information boards along the panoramic Zirbenweg trail provide useful and interesting information to help bring you closer to the healing effects and exceptional attributes of stone pine and stone pine forests. Take a break on one the many benches and admire the stunning views of the proud Nordkette mountain range and the Inn Valley. After seven kilometres (an approx. 2 ½ hour hike), you will arrive at the Tulfeinalm mountain hut and from here you can take the Glungezer chairlift back down to the valley. The trail can be walked in either direction.
The special “Zirbenweg Circular Tour Ticket” is available from the Patscherkofel and Glungezer lift stations. A bus links the villages of Igls and Tulfes.
Art & living with stone pine
Traditional Tyrolean famers have always treated stone pine as a precious wood. It has been used for centuries to build traditional, original and often elaborate stone pine dining rooms that are known for their exceptional aroma and relaxing properties. The traditional guesthouses in the southern holiday villages still serve delicious regional cuisine in these rustic dining rooms, which are often the great pride of the guesthouse.
If you want to take some of this miracle wood home as a souvenir, visit the “Kunstwerkstall” in the centre of Igls where you’ll find a wonderful selection lovingly created products made out of stone pine.
The renowned nativity scenes and nativity figures by local sculptor and woodcarver Reindl are on display in his studio at Hilberstraße 18 for you to admire and purchase.