Innsbruck Austria is the perfect town for the outdoor enthusiast. In the winter, you can ski the Alps with magnificent views on all sides. In the summer, you can hike up and down mountains, along rivers, canyons and more. It is the perfect place for nature. Austrians are very in tune with nature, and it can been seen in their very being as they stroll the wilderness on hikes. In fact, nature (it seems) is where Austrians are the most content. This is where you find the most smiles, ‘hallos’ and ‘servus’ being said. Make sure to say a quick ‘hallo’ yourself, because it is very much the custom on these lovely walks.
I wouldn’t call myself an extreme hiker, but I do enjoy the outdoors. There is something about nature that makes you feel content, empties your mind and helps you reconnect. Just a few hours in the Austrian wilderness can have a lasting effect on my mood. There are many accessible hikes by public transportation surrounding Innsbruck. With just a bus or a tram, you can find yourself in the wilderness.
You can spend a lifetime discovering beautiful hikes in Austria, but I enjoyed these three local hikes near Innsbruck.
1 // Nordkette
This hiking area offers several different peaks, directions, Alms, views and more. This is actually my favorite hike, because of its accessibility, views and various hiking options. With the J “peak to peak” bus, travel in the direction of the Nordkette bus stop. At this bus stop, exit the bus and walk towards the cafe and ticket booth for the bahn car. Between these two buildings, you will find a paved pathway that starts to take you up the mountain. Austrian hiking trails are very well marked. You will need to look for yellow signs. From here, you will find many options. On my hike, I wanted to go the easy and scenic way. Thus, I walked towards the Arzler Alm, but instead of going up in elevation, I just continued across. Here I found myself in Arzl, which is when I came down the mountain.
2 // Mutterer Alm
Mutterer Alm is a bit quieter, and I thought further away from civilization. With the Stubaitalbahn, you can take this bahn/tram from central Innsbruck in the direction of Mutters. In Mutters, you will find several options of hiking up the Mutterer Alm. This area offers fantastic views and rugged forest. It was much different from the Nordkette and for this reason I enjoyed it very much. Follow the direction of the ski gondola and you will find yourself walking up the mountain.
3 // Patscherkofel and Area
This hike will offer you a history lesson, because it hosts the bob and Rodelbahn 1964 and 1976 runs for the past Winter Olympics. I have never seen structures such as these. I was very lucky during my hike to meet an Austrian gentleman, that told me stories of the Olympics and explained the significance of the runs. Walk along the bob and rodelbahn runs and you will take a step into the past. Besides its historic past, this is a very easy hike from Innsbruck. Again take the J “peak to peak” bus towards Olympiaexpress. At the last stop and upon your exit of the bus, it becomes very obvious the various hiking trails and directions in which to go. Don’t forget your ‘ hallo’ and ‘servus.’
Even if you are not a hiker, at least one of these three local hikes in Innsbruck is a must see. Austria is known for its breathtaking nature, and it would be an injustice not to visit these beautiful locations during your stay. They offer a wonderful, small glimpse into the beauty of the Austrian Alps. Where is your favorite hiking location?