One of the most dramatic hikes to take in the Austrian Alps happens to be one of the easiest, and most accessible. All ages will enjoy the jaw-dropping views and contemplative pace of the Zirbenweg Trail. Approachable from multiple directions, it offers enough variety to bring hikers back again and again.
The 7-km Zirbenweg Trail may wind hikers through the largest pine forest of the Alps, and pass above Innsbruck at no less than 2,000 meters -- but it also happens to be accessible for old and young alike, and perfect for an easy, 2 ½ - 3-hour family outing.
The trip can begin at the Glungezer funicular, starting from Tulfes, or at the Patscherkofel funicular. The legendary trail snakes along at the bottom of the Viggar and Neunerspitze mountains, with hardly any difference in altitude.
The Inntal valley unfurls at your feet as the peaks of the Nordkette mountain with Hafelekar and Seegrube tower upwards. After a cozy stop in the Tulfeinalm refuge, you can return down into the valley on foot or by chair lift. The intrepid can press on to the summit of Glungezer mountain.