The Stone Pine Path
From the Patscherkofel to Tulfes via the Stone Pine Path
Height difference: approx. 200m ascending, approx. 100m descending
Level of difficulty: easy
Walking time: approx. 2 hrs 30 mins (without use of lifts, etc.)
Kilometres: 7 kilometres (without bus or cable car ride)
Famous, popular, much-travelled and yet every time an uplifting experience! The Stone Pine Path above Innsbruck runs from the Patscherkofel mountain station as for as the Tulfeinalm (near Tulfes).
Catch the bus from Tulfes to the Patscherkofel lift valley station in Igls and then take it easy on the gondola lift up to a height of 1,964m. A point above the Schutzhaus Patscherkofel restaurant marks not just the start of the footpath to the east but also the Alpine Club's Patscherkofel Nature Trail (Naturlehrpfad).
Europe's highest botanical garden, where there are more than 400 different high-alpine plants on display, is a good place for learning in situ.
The Stone Pine Path follows a wide mountain track / path to the rather remote Boscheben mountain hut. The gently undulating path; without any major height differences – runs at the tree line some 2,000m above sea level as far as the Tulfeinalm. Throughout the whole walk, there is a fine view over the floor of the Inn valley against the stunning backdrop of the Karwendel range opposite. It's easy to take the Glungezer chair lift from near the Tulfeinalm down to Tulfes.
The Stone Pine Path circular walk ticket, including bus fares and lift charges, is available from
Tulfes tourist office (Schmalzgasse 27, 6075 Tulfes)
opening times: 9.00 - 12.00, Tel.: +43 (0)5223 78324
Glungezer lift valley station (Glungezerstraße 1, 6075 Tulfes)
opening times: 8.30 - 12.30, 13.00 - 16.30, Tel.: +43 (0)5223 78321
Patscherkofel lift valley station (Bilgeristrasse 24, 6080 Igls)
opening times: 9.00 -12.00, 12.45 -16.30, Tel.: +43 (0)512 377234