Stage 1 | difficult Route city replaced by mountain air
From INNSBRUCK to the RAUSCHBRUNNEN
Starting pointThe Goldenes Dachl
Finish pointBus station Kranebitten
Route Day 1
altitude profile day 1
From Innsbruck to the Borough Hungerburg
The first daily stage the Innsbruck Trek starts with a walk, away from the urban city life and straight into the wild surrounding Innsbruck. From the sight Goldenes Dachl, at the heart of Innsbruck‘s Old Town, and along a promenade, you will follow at first the green river Inn and name giver of the Alpine city. You will cross the river via a roofed wooden bridge and the surroundings change: fewer houses, more trees. With each step you leave the busy noises of the city behind; your breath becomes faster while going slightly uphill. After a short ascent you have reached the Alpenzoo, where you will find wolf, lynx and ibex in the back of beyond. No other zoo in the world possesses such a complete collection of Alpine wildlife.
From the Hungerburg to the Rauschbrunnen
You leave the scents of the Alpenzoo behind and reach via a gravel path and through a forest the top station of the railway Hungerburgbahn. Hold your breath for a fantastic view over the whole town of Innsbruck, the city‘ s ‘local mountain’ Patscherkofel, the mountains Serles and Nockspitze as well as the rugged massif of the Kalkkögel. Afterwards, you will hike along serpentines and again through a forest to the Alpine restaurant Rauschbrunnen: a charming spot at 1,060 m, the city at your feet and ideally sun shining on your face. Enjoy a typical Tyrolean ‚Jause‘ (dialect word for snack) on the newly constructed panorama terrace.
Descent to Kranebitten & drive to the Mieminger Plateau
With your tummy filled with Kaspressknödel (Austrian dumplings with cheese, with salad or in a soup) and Schlutzkrapfen (Tyrolean ravioli stuffed with spinach and butter), you set off towards the district Kranebitten, the western city part of Innsbruck. There, you will be picked up by a shuttle that takes you to the Mieminger Plateau.