You’ll be hiking the Zirbenweg trail from the Glungezerbahn cable car station in Tulfes to the Patscherkofelbahn cable car station in Igls alongside some of the oldest Swiss stone pines in Europe. The views along the route are incredible.
Distance 8.3 km
Highest point2,066 m
Lowest point1,963 m
Taking the bus to Tulfes, followed by the cable cars and chairlift, you’ll float gently up Glungezer Mountain. From the chairlift mountain station, your beautiful and promising hike along the Zirbenweg trail can begin, which stays at an almost consistent altitude beneath the Glungezer and Patscherkofel Mountains. You’ll have some time to enjoy the views of Innsbruck, Nordkette and the Karwendel mountain range. Then you’ll take the cable car back down to Igls where you can take a bus to the old town in Innsbruck.
There are plenty of picnic benches along the way, perfect for enjoying the views.
Best time of year
Today you may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
Always allow plenty of time for your hike. The walking times indicated do not include breaks. Breaks for photos and a rest need to be added to the specified times.
Make sure you find out about current weather conditions and keep an eye on weather changes. Thunderstorms can gather very quickly in the Alps.
Do not leave the designated hiking trails!
Glungezer chairlift mountain station (2,061 hm) (2,061 m)
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Patscherkofelbahn mountain station
Please note there may be some discrepancies in distances given by different devices/software.
Take the Glungezer cable car and chairlifts all the way to the top.
0.00km - From the chairlifts, TURN RIGHT onto the wide path. Follow the signs for the ‘Zirbenweg’ trail. Walk past the small mountain rescue hut and picnic area towards the Tufleinalm Inn and then walk to the left around the hut. Keep following the signs for ‘Zirbenweg’ (#350).
0.80km – You’ll pass a chapel and, shortly after, you’ll walk through an arch made of Swiss stone pine wood. CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD, always sticking to the Zirbenweg trail (#350). Ignore all paths branching off to the sides.
5.80km – Turn off for a break at the rustic Boscheben Lodge. Accommodation and refreshment are available here. Continue on the Zirbenweg trail and KEEP RIGHT as you continue your hike at the same level.
8.00km – You’ll reach the Patscherkofelbahn mountain cable car station and the Patscherkofel refuge. You’ve reached the end of your hike.
Depart using the Patscherkofelbahn cable cars.
all notes on protected areas
Morning: take the bus no. 4134 from Hall in Tyrol (bus stop opposite Gasthof Badl) to Tulfes (bus stop Gemeindeamt). Bus timetables can be found here: https://www.oebb.at/en/
Then, take the bus Line J or 4132 from the Talstation (valley station) of the Patscherkofelbahn to Innsbrucker Zentrum (bus stops Sillpark or Hauptbahnhof). Bus timetables can be found here: https://www.oebb.at/en/
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Always wear good walking boots with a robust sole, and take waterproofs with you. Take plenty of water with you (min. 2 litre) and don’t forget sunscreen!