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Innsbruck: Mountain playground

View of the Alps from the hiking trail

Innsbruck is probably most famous as the country that’s hosted the Winter Olympics…three times. However, look beyond the snow activities, and you’ll find that just on the outskirts of the city is a mountainous playground that’s just as fun in summer.

Nordkette is lined with numerous trails that you can explore on a hike, bike or climb. Plenty of alpine trails here link you to neighbouring countries, and you can get a mountainous panorama from wherever you look.

You can see Nordkette easily from the Innsbruck city, and the new Nordkettenbahnen railway can zip you from town to mountain in just 20 minutes.

Two trails met in the mountain…

Trails line the mountain ridges wherever you look, and just in the valley below, you have a panorama of Innsbruck spread before you. Plenty of people spend their weekends on the trail – cycling, hiking, or even dog walking.

Long distance trails slice through this region, indicated by the ubiquitous red-and-white marker. For a shorter hike, there’s the panoramic Seegrube trail or you can traverse picturesque alpine pastures.

Via ferrata

If you’re up for it, there’s even a via ferrata route to try out. From Hafelekar, the top station on Nordpark (2,269m), you make your way across 7 peaks to Frau-Hitt Saddle where you’ll get views from Kaminspitze, Kemacher and Vorderer Brandjochspitze. The 3km-long Grade B/C via ferrata offers enough difficult sections to challenge experienced mountaineers.

Cycling down the mountain

Another popular activity here is mountain biking. The Nordkette Singletrail is technically demanding, with various segments of different challenges specifically for the experienced only.

A pretty ride through the forest

For a more leisurely ride, you can tackle the service road that takes you from the top of the mountain to the carpark at the base of the mountain, winding through picturesque forests and past mountain huts with panoramic views over the valley.

Trail through the woods

A walk through the woods is also a pleasant experience, especially during summer when the forest is in full foliage.

Cyclist racing against cable car down the mountain

No matter how you choose to descend the mountain, you can always fuel up at any of the mountain huts that line the trails. A particular favourite delicacy amongst hikers is the meat dumpling – a meat patty that’s served with clear broth.

Meat dumplings at a mountain hut

One Response to “Innsbruck: Mountain playground”

  1. Alana says:

    this blog is so good i would come here every day.

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