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Swiss Stone Pine Path. At the Glungezer

The Zirbenweg on the Glungezer is an easy to moderately difficult panoramic trail and a classic among the Tyrolean pleasure hiking trails. It leads through one of the largest Swiss stone pine forests in Europe and offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountain peaks of the Karwendel and the Inn Valley. The strongest stone pines here are 250 years old, the oldest stone pine in the "Ampasser Kessel" is even more than 700 years old. As is typical of the timberline, the trees are light and open. From May onwards, a sea of alpine roses adorns the landscape along the Zirbenweg trail.

So it's no wonder that the Stone Pine Trail on the Glungezer has also been one of our 14 Places of Power in the Hall-Wattens region for several years.

Tour description

  • Height difference: approx. 200m in ascent, approx. 100m in descent
  • Difficulty level: easy to moderate
  • Walking time: approx. 2 1/2 hours (excluding ascent aids)
  • Kilometers: 7 kilometers (without bus and cable car ride)
The Stone Pine Path


Hiking route

7,35 km

02:30 h

89 hm

178 hm

2061 m

Famous, popular, much frequented and yet an uplifting experience every time! The Zirbenweg above Innsbruck runs from the mountain station of the Patscherkofel to the Tulfeinalm (Tulfes). The bus takes you from Tulfes to the valley station of the Patscherkofelbahn in Igls and the gondola takes you up to 1,964 m in comfort. Above the "Schutzhaus Patscherkofel", not only the path heading east begins, but also the "Patscherkofel Nature Trail" of the Alpine Club.

From Patscherkofel to Tulfes, the Zirbenweg trail leads along a wide path to the somewhat hidden Boscheben Hütte. The path ascends and descends gently, but without any significant change in altitude, along the tree line at an altitude of over 2000 m to the Tulfeinalm. Throughout the hike, you can look down onto the valley floor of the Inn Valley and enjoy the breathtaking backdrop of the Karwendel mountain range opposite.

Hiking. In Tyrol
Pleasure hikers, long-distance hikers and mountaineers alike will find the right hiking tours on the mountain and in the valley in the Hall-Wattens region. Tyrol's largest nature park, the Karwendel Nature Park, wildly romantic mountain valleys and famous peaks as well as leisurely, gentle walks in the valley: in the Hall-Wattens region, passionate summiteers get their money's worth just as much as pleasure-oriented nature lovers.
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Stone pine pass ticket 2024


  • Standard rate with bus adults: € 39.00
  • Standard rate with bus for young people: € 31.50
  • Standard fare with bus children: € 23.00
  • Standard rate with bus seniors: € 35.50
  • Standard rate without bus adults: € 35.50
  • Standard rate without bus young people: € 28.00
  • Standard rate without bus children: € 20.50
  • Standard rate without bus seniors: € 31.50
  • Guest card rate with bus adults: € 35.50
  • Guest card rate with bus for young people: € 28.50
  • Guest card rate with bus children: € 21.00
  • Guest card rate with bus seniors: € 32.00
  • Guest card rate without bus adults: € 32.00
  • Guest card rate without bus for young people: € 26.00
  • Guest card rate without bus children: € 19.00
  • Guest card rate without bus seniors: € 29.00

The Zirbenweg circular hiking ticket includes the ascent and descent with the Patscherkofel and Glungezer cable cars as well as the bus transfer to the starting station.

You can purchase the Zirben circular hiking ticket at the following points of sale:

Glungezerbahn valley station
Glungezerstrasse 14, 6075 Tulfes
Opening hours: from 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Telephone: +43 (0) 5223 78321
E-mail: info@glungezerbahn.at

Patscherkofel valley station
Römerstraße 81, 6080 Igls
Opening hours: from 9.00 - 17.00
Phone: +43 (0) 512 377234
E-mail: info@patscherkofelbahn.at

Other activities on the Glungezer

Hiking in Tyrol: the Zirbenweg (Glungezer/Patscherkofel)
Probably one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Tyrol: the Zirbenweg

Profile of the stone pine

The Swiss stone pine (Pinus cembra), also known as stone pine or Swiss stone pine, belongs to the large botanical genus of pines (Pinaceae). It is widespread in the western inner Alps at 1400 m to approx. 2500 m above sea level, and is often associated with larch and spruce. It lives on average 200 to 400 years, but it is estimated that it can reach a maximum age of up to 1200 years. The stone pine fulfills important protective forest functions, especially in the high altitudes of the Alps.

Hike along the Stone Pine Trail and learn more about the fascination of stone pines from the information boards.

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