Stage 6 | Difficult Route Patscherkofel: Hiking Innsbruck‘s skyline
Innsbruck‘s local mountain and the Viggarspitze
Route day 6
Altitude profile 6
With the Patscherkofelbahn up to the peak of Innsbruck‘s local mountain
People call it the ‘local mountain’ of Innsbruck: the Patscherkofel. Its immediate proximity to the regional capital and exposed location are one of the many reasons. With the cable car Patscherkofelbahn, which was re-opened in 2017, you will reach in no time the peak of the Patscherkofel – from city directly into an Alpine world. Your last stage of the Innsbruck Trek starts at the mountain station with hiking first to the summit lodge of the Patscherkofel via a steep track.
Alpine restaurant Boscheben and panoramic summit the Viggarspitze (2,306 m)
After cherishing the view at the peak of the Patscherkofel, you have to descend down the other side. Soon you will arrive at the traditional Alpine restaurant Boscheben – have a short break. On the beautifully built terrace, guests have a marvellous view over the valley Viggartal, Innsbruck and the impressive Nordkette. Furthermore, you will be able to spot the mountain massif Zugspitz, as well as the first emerging South Tyrolean summits. Afterwards, you start your ascent to the Viggarspitze, a peak of the Tuxer Alps situated between Patscherkofel and the mountain Glungezer. Surrounded by a magnificent panorama, your effort will be rewarded by the vista over the valley Inntal with its many villages, or the untouched Viggartal.
Along the Zirbenweg
The path Zirbenweg is a famous panoramic and nature trail between Glungezer and the Patscherkofel. It is a safe, gentle and botanic hike through the largest primeval pine forest of the Alps. On your way you will find numerous benches, sign-boards with interesting descriptions of hiking trails and a mesmerising vista over the Inntal and Nordkette.
Back at the Patscherkofel mountain station, you take again the cable car down to the valley.