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Der Goethe Weg in Tirol

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Der Goethe Weg in Tirol

Mountain Hike · Innsbruck and its surroundings
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  • Goetheweg mit Blick auf Innsbruck
    / Goetheweg mit Blick auf Innsbruck
    Photo: Tirol Werbung, Sebastian Shels, Tirol Werbung, Sebastian Shels
  • / Der Goethe Weg
    Photo: Anne W., Tourismusverband Region Hall-Wattens
  • / Kurz nach der Hafelekar-Bergstation
    Photo: Anne W., Tourismusverband Region Hall-Wattens
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    Photo: Anne W., Tourismusverband Region Hall-Wattens
  • / Blick Richtung Norden
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  • / Wir gehen weiter entlang des Goethe Weges
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  • / Goetheweg
    Photo: Tirol Werbung, Sebastian Shels, Tirol Werbung, Sebastian Shels
  • / Goethe Weg
    Photo: Anne W., Tourismusverband Region Hall-Wattens
  • / Zugspitzblick
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    Photo: Anne W., Tourismusverband Region Hall-Wattens
  • / Goetheweg
    Photo: Tirol Werbung, Sebastian Shels, Tirol Werbung, Sebastian Shels
  • / Typisches Karwendel
    Photo: Anne W., Tourismusverband Region Hall-Wattens
  • / Karwendel
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  • / Die grüne Pfeis
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  • / Mandljoch und Gleirschtaler Brandjoch
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  • / Arzler Schartenblick auf Innsbruck
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  • / Blick auf Innsbruck
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    Photo: Michael Kirchmayer, Michael Kirchmayer
  • / Pfeishütte im Karwendel, 1922m
    Photo: Michael Kirchmayer, Michael Kirchmayer
  • / Blick zum Stempeljoch - eine Alternative für den Abstieg
    Photo: Anne W., Tourismusverband Region Hall-Wattens
  • / Vom Kreuzjöchl zur Vintl Alm - auch eine Möglichkeit
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  • / Blick hinunter zur Vintlalm
    Photo: Anne W., Tourismusverband Region Hall-Wattens
  • / Kurz vor St. Magdalena. Hinten Großer und Kleiner Lafatscher.
    Photo: Michael Larcher, ÖAV Sektion Hall in Tirol
  • / Gasthof und Kapelle St. Magdalena.
    Photo: Michael Larcher, ÖAV Sektion Hall in Tirol
  • / Wandern in Tirol: der Goetheweg im Karwendelgebirge ⛰ | Great Walks Tirol
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The Goethe Weg in Tyrol (not on the Brocken in the Harz mountains) starts at the top station of the Nordkettenbahn (Hafelekar) and leads along the ridge with several ascents and descents to the Pfeishütte (1922 m) and further through the Halltal valley to Absam
moderate
Distance 15.2 km
7:05 h
516 m
2,001 m

Author’s recommendation

Take enough water with you!
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Author
Anne W. 
Update: May 11, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,278 m
Lowest point
788 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Pfeishütte
St. Magdalena

Safety information

Only walk in stable weather conditions!

Tips and hints

Pfeishütte

Nordkette

Start

Innsbruck, Hafelekar (2,275 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.312093, 11.383803
DMS
47°18'43.5"N 11°23'01.7"E
UTM
32T 680167 5242602
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Destination

Absam, Halltal

Turn-by-turn directions

The Goethe Weg starts at the top station of the Nordkettenbahn (Hafelekar) and initially follows a relatively flat path below the Hafelekarspitze, Gleirschspitze and Mandlspitze. If you start with a view down to Innsbruck, the path then changes to the other side of the Nordkette and you can enjoy views down into the Karwendel.

Then follows a short ascent to the Mandlscharte. From here the path leads downhill in serpentines to the Pfeishütte. The hut is open from mid-June to mid-October (overnight accommodation available). Here the Goethe Weg ends.

Then the trail continues over the Stempeljoch through the Halltal (manor houses, Berggasthof St. Magdalena) to the entrance to the Halltal to Absam (car park). Afterwards by car, bus or on foot back to the starting point. 

Alternative: Alternatively, you can descend via the Arzler Scharte or Arzler Reise or take the trail over the Kreuzjöchl down to the Vintlalm, past the Rumer Alm and back to the valley station of the Nordkettenbahn.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Anreise nach Innsbruck zur Nordkettenbahn.

Getting there

Hall - Innsbruck Nordkettenbahn

Parking

Congress Innsbruck Parkgarage oder Hungerburgbahn

Coordinates

DD
47.312093, 11.383803
DMS
47°18'43.5"N 11°23'01.7"E
UTM
32T 680167 5242602
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

  • Via Alpina - Red trail - From the Inn valley to the north - Karwendel Alpine Park
  • Stage 4 - Karwendel Höhenweg
  • Innradweg
  • Romedius Church Circuit
  • Auf den Spuren von Kaiser Franz I zur Kaisersäule
  • Auf einen kleinen Aussichtsgipfel neben der Thaurer Alm: Thaurer Rosskopf
  • From the Thaurer Almparkplatz over the Thaurer castle to the Romediwirt
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.2 km
Duration
7:05 h
Ascent
516 m
Descent
2,001 m
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