Hiking in Stubaital in Austrian Alps. A walk over the clouds.

 

Austrian Apls are such mountains which are perfect for everyone. More experienced people will find long, demanding trails, adrenaline addicts can choose via ferratas or climbing. On the other hand, well developed infrastructure and numerous austrian lifts make it possible for less experienced hikers and families with children to enjoy amazing mountain views. Today I will take you to Stubaital, a valley close to Innsbruck, which is perfect for every kind of tourist. I’ve been there with my parents who definitely prefer to go down or walk on a flat surface (even in the Apls!), so all my propositions to go to a more demanding trail got outvoted 2:1. It turned out though that it’s not necessary to be too ambitious in order to be revarded with breathtaking views…

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Neustift im Stubaital – Mount Elferspitze

We were staying in Neustift im Stubaital. It’s an adorable place, like all small Austrian towns surrounded by mountains. In summer, Neustift im Stubaital is attractive not only for hikers but also for paragliders, due to good thermal lift. Except for this, on Mount Elfer which we can reach either on foot or on Elferlifte cable car there is the largest sundial in the European Alps. It’s also a great viewing platform from where you can admire Stubai valley.

Hiking in Stubaital: Sundial and a viewing platform on Elferspitze
Hiking in Stubaital: Sundial and a viewing platform on Elferspitze

Town of Fulpmes and its surrounding

It’s not Mount Elfer and its surrounding that took my breath away the most in Stubaital. The next day we took a bus to a neighboring town – Fulpmes. Obviously I got outvoted and we went up with a cable car Kreuzjochbahn. Luckily, further on we had an opportunity to get tired properly and deserve the views 🙂

StubaiBlick viewing platform

At first we went for a short walk to the most beautiful viewing platform i have ever seen. StubaiBlick platform is located on the altitude of 2.160 m. The trail is very well prepared and wide, it’s suitable also for families with children and for the disabled. And the views from this platform are just breathtaking! We were lucky enough to see the clouds down in the valley and the platform looked like this:

Hiking in Stubaital: Viewing platform StubaiBlick
Hiking in Stubaital: Viewing platform StubaiBlick
Hiking in Stubaital: Trail to StubaiBlick platform

To the mountain lodge Starkenburger Hutte

I could easily spend the whole day admiring such views which we had on the platform. But we had a long way ahead of us. We wanted to reach a mountain shelter called Starkenburger Hutte from where we could descend straight home – to Neustift im Stubaital.

I really strongly recommend everybody to walk along this trail. The views are fan-ta-stic!! And the trail isn’t very physically demanding, so also not very experienced hikers should manage easily. It’s enough to have comfortable shoes and a bit of persistence. No fear of height could also be useful 🙂 I’ll not write much more – I’ll let the views speak for themselves.
At first we had to go up a bit (yayyy!!)

Hiking in Stubaital: To Starkenburger Hutte
Hiking in Stubaital: To Starkenburger Hutte
But then the trail was mostly flat or going down.
Hiking in Stubaital: To Starkenburger Hutte
Hiking in Stubaital: To Starkenburger Hutte
Hiking in Stubaital: To Starkenburger Hutte
Hiking in Stubaital: To Starkenburger Hutte
 Going from the cable car to the shelter took us about three hours. There’s another viewing platform near the lodge:
Hiking in Stubaital: a viewing platform near Starkenburger Hutte

 And then we went back down. Getting to Neustift im Stubaital took us another three hours. And then I thought to myself – maybe it was good that in Fulpmes we took this cable car up… 🙂

And do you like hiking? Which places took your breath away?

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