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Themed trails in Pitztal

From 1855 to 2010 – 155 years of glacial history in Pitztal

The alpine glaciers are fascinating formations. They have been subject to constant changes over millennia – their advances and retreats have always influenced the people living nearby. Thus the glaciers of Pitztal have also changed and continue to change. There are two educational trails in both tributary valleys at the end of Pitztal valley, making the history of the “Taschachferner” and “Mittelbergferner” come to life. “Ferner”, by the way, is the Tyrolean expression for glacier.

Taschachtal themed trail

Taschach valley is a neighbouring valley forking off at the valley station of Pitztal Glacier in a southwesterly direction. On this educational trail, five information boards trace the development of the Taschach glacier.

Griestal themed trail

Griestal valley forks off at the valley station of Pitztal glacier in a southeasterly direction. The educational trail here outlines the development of the Mittelberg glacier. There are impressive photographs of previous glacier advances emphasising the extent of recent developments. The information boards offer graphic historical facts regarding the development of these ice giants and their associated altering of the landscape.

Further themed trails in Pitztal…

Sculpture trail in Mandarfen

“STONE SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM”
A number of different stone sculptures were erected around Mandarfen along the sculpture trail in celebration of the international stone sculpture artist symposium held in the inner Pitztal valley between July 2008,2010 and 2014. This was the start of an artistic campaign led by the respected artist, Kassian Erhart, which is set to continue over the next few years.

ZirbenPark circular route

A nature experience for the whole family. Fun, games and facts around the stone pine, also affectionately known as the “Queen of the Alps” is a high-alpine tree. Embark on a journey in our new ZirbenPark at the intermediate station of Hochzeiger. Find out about all facets of this precious type of wood on this special circular walk. The new approx. one kilometre long ZirbenPark adventure trail starts at the intermediate station, continues towards  Zollberg leading through a Swiss pine forest, past the Tanzalm hut and then back to the intermediate station. ZirbenPark’s highlight is the cone-shaped ZirbenZapfen adventure tower: this 12 metres tall adventure tower features a viewing platform and a 16 metres long tube slide. You can easily and conveniently get to the new ZirbenPark by gondola lift. The Zeiger restaurant at the intermediate station invites for a comfortable stop.

Piller Moor nature trail

Located above Piller, on 1,535 m above sea level, the Piller Moor, regarded as one of Central Europe’s most beautiful alpine moors, stretches out over approximately 20 hectares. It was formed towards the end of the last ice age. Today, the Piller Moor is divided into two parts: the undestroyed Latschenhochmoor, a nature reserve since 1971, and the Putzenmoor located to the north-western side, where peat was already cut in the 19th century. Several information boards give background information regarding the formation as well as the commercial use of this alpine moor and about its interesting fauna and flora. Enjoy the panoramic view of this landscape from an 11 metres high watch tower.
Our tip: Piller Moor can also be experienced by wheelchair users and people with mobility problems: ca. 700 m of wooden planks were built environmentally friendly into the unmissable moor.

Wild animal adventure trail

On the trail of wild animals in Arzl-Wald, just by the “Waldeck” inn.
An instructive way to discover interesting facts about the region’s wildlife. This trail is particularly adventurous for children offering insights into the animal kingdom and takes approx. 1.5 hours with plenty of stops and opportunities to watch and be amazed.

Earth pillars circular route

The earth pillars in the Waldertal valley between Roppen and Arzl in Pitztal, are a little natural wonder. Only in very special climate conditions, these bizarre towers with capstones erode from moraines of former wide moraine fields. You can find these natural gems on the narrow road from Roppen on the south side of the river Inn, going over the hamlet of Waldele in the direction of the Walder stream. You may want to stop in one of the bends and walk just a few steps to the viewing platform and enjoy the grand panorama of the Inn gorge and the Walder stream gorge. From here, follow the road uphill to reach the Walder stream after the Hohenegg turnoff . Walk upstream to the waterfall and between the trees on the right, you can view the Walder earth pillars. On the steep slope on the Roppen side you can observe how earth pillars are being formed. If you continue walking to Hohenegg, you can discover further “capped” towers. The hike continues from Hohenegg over the Walder stream to the Wald sports grounds and then downhill passing the viewpoints and chapels back to the starting point. Alternatively you may start this hike from the large car park near the sports grounds in Wald or in combination with the suspension bridge over the Pitztal Ache or the Luis-Trenker trail, or else access via the new cycling path through the Roppen gorge.

Luis-Trenker nature trail

This trail, named after the world famous mountaineer Luis Trenker whose roots go back to Arzl, leads underneath the suspension bridge through the Pitzenklamm gorge all the way to the Innschlucht gorge. The steep rock faces, lush flora and the glacier-fed Pitze river, cast a spell over visitors to this gorge. Information boards courtesy of the Kaunergrat Nature Park, provide the keen hiker with background information on plants and wildlife.

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sculpture trail
sculpture trail
ZirbenPark circular route
ZirbenPark circular route
View of the Pillermoor in the Kaunergrat Nature Park
View of the Pillermoor in the Kaunergrat Nature Park
Wild animal experience path
Wild animal experience path
Earth pyramids in the hamlet in Wald
Earth pyramids in the hamlet in Wald
Luis Trenker path
Luis Trenker path
Luis Trenker path at Pitzenklamm
Luis Trenker path at Pitzenklamm
track of senses
track of senses

Circular route Earth Pillars

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Car park Fußballplatz Wald (952m)
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Car park Fußballplatz Wald (954m)

This hike to the earth pyramids starts at the car park Fußballplatz Wald (Wald football grounds) and leads via a beautiful path in the direction of the hamlet Hohenegg. On this path you will see “two towers with a stone hat” which only result from very special climate conditions from former moraine fields. Once you get to Walderbach stream you can follow it along a path (dead-end) to a waterfall. Return via the same path to the tarmacked road and, on a slight incline upwards, in the direction of Wald. Once at the top, a path turns off left through the forest and back to the starting point by the car park. 

Experience hike Piller Moor

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Car park at the entrance to Piller Moor (1525m)
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Car park at the entrance to Piller Moor (1528m)

The hike starts at Piller Moor car park/ bus stop. Along this circular route the origin of moors, moor flora and peat extraction is described. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Latschen High Moor from the moor viewing tower. This area in particular is of great fascination to visitors of the moor nature trail as it gives an insight in the slow evolution of these fascinating and increasingly rare habitats. Seven information boards explain the evolution of moors, the moor flora and peat extraction.

Wanderung Wildtier Erlebnispfad

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Parkplatz Galtwiesen (1177m)
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Parkplatz Galtwiesen (1177m)

After approximately 200 m from the Galtwiesen car park you reach the Jausenstation Waldeck, where the wild animal adventure trail commences. The trail shows interesting facts regarding the life of native wild animals. Do you know the tracks of the different animals? Do you know how far numerous animals can jump? You can discover and experience all this and much more at the different stations. This adventure trail is an adventurous hike into the animal kingdom, especially for children. You will need approximately 1.5 h including various stops at the stations, where you can take a look and be amazed. 

Gletschersteig (Glacier trail)

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Bergstation Wildspitzbahn (1729m)
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Mandarfen (2847m)

Starting point: Mittelberg, Pitztal Glacier Express. This Alpine route is one of the highlights of Pitztal. Take the Glacier Express to the top station then take the Wildspitz gondola up to 3,440 m. From the highest café in Tyrol, enjoy breath-taking views of the Wildspitze,  the  topmost  summit  of  Tyrol.  The  magnificent  environment  of  this  café provides an ideal setting for reflecting and focussing on the trek and enjoying the panorama vistas before setting out. 



Around 200 m from the top station of the Wildspitz gondola the entrance to the Pitztaler Gletschersteig [Glacier trail]. The path starts by leading over a ridge secured by manmade climbing aids. After mastering the ridge you will reach a flat plateau with a small lake. From there, walk along a moraine towards the valley. Just before the 

Taschachferner Glacier, climb a crag, which was refurbished with climbing aids in the summer of 2013. The landlord of the catered mountain hut Taschachhaus marks the best way to cross the Glacier with tripods. Depending on the condition of the Glacier, mountaineers may require crampons. 



The hut landlord can advise mountaineers before they set out. After crossing the Glacier, continue to walk beneath the Urkundkopf peak on the Rimlsteig, which leads directly to the Taschachhaus at 2,434 m. It is advisable to have a refreshment break at the Taschachhaus, since mountaineers face a 2 km descent to the goods cable car and a 7 km long forest track before they reach Mandarfen on their return. 



Contact  details:  Pitztaler  Gletscherbahn.  Website:  www.pitztal.com

email: pitztal@tirolgletscher.com. Phone: +43(0)5413-86288. For ticket prices for 

the Gletscherexpress and Wildspitzbahn please see noticeboard. 

www.taschachhaus.com. email: office@taschachhaus.com

Sculpture Trail

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Mandarfen (1675m)
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Mandarfen (1677m)

„STONE SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM“.

A number of diff erent stone sculptures were erected around Mandarfen in celebration of the international stone sculpture artist symposium held in the inner Pitztal valley between July 2008,2010 and 2014. This was the start of an artistic campaign led by the respected artist, Kassian Erhart, which is set to continue over the next few years.

Circular Route ZirbenPark

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Mittelstation (2024m)
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Mittelstation (2024m)

The Swiss pine, also affectionately known as the “Queen of the Alps” is a high-alpine tree. Embark on a journey in our new ZirbenPark at the intermediate station of Hochzeiger. Find out about all facets of this precious type of wood on this special circular walk. The new approx. 1 km long ZirbenPark adventure trail starts at the intermediate station, continues towards  Zollberg leading through a Swiss pine forest, past the Tanzalm hut and then back to the intermediate station. ZirbenPark’s highlight is the cone-shaped ZirbenZapfen adventure tower: this 12 m tall adventure tower features a viewing platform and a 16 m long tube slide. You can easily and conveniently get to the new ZirbenPark by gondola lift. The Zeiger restaurant at the intermediate station invites for a comfortable stop.

 

Piller Moor nature trail – wheelchair-accessible route

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Car park at the entrance to Piller Moor (1526m)
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Car park at the entrance to Piller Moor (1526m)

It is approximately 500 metres on a gravel path to the turf house square [Torfhüttenplatz] where the path forks off. Turn left to get to Piller Moor natural landmark and the moor observation tower or turn right to walk past the winter feeding station and a path that leads to the peat cutting area. After approximately 200 metres you will reach a platform, which reveals a view of the “Putzenmoos” that is well worth seeing. Here, peat was still cut until the early 1970s. The wheel-chair accessible path then continues for approximately 300 metres until you reach the moor. From there, the road is no longer suitable for wheelchair users.  

Walking to the Chapel of the White Light

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Bergstation Gletscherexpress (2839m)
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Bergstation Gletscherexpress (2841m)
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