if you have a car and want to experience the real mountain-feeling from first hand, visit the Stubai-Valley and the famous Stubai-Glacier!
The Stubai-valley ("Stubaital") stretches from Innsbruck southwest, about 45 kms. On the way (there is an excellent road) you will pass some typical Tyrolean villages, like Fulpmes, Telfs and Neustift.
At the end of the valley the famous "Stubai-Glacier" can be reached via a funicular ("Stubaier Gletscherbahn") up to a height of 2900m above sea level.
Just drive from Innsbruck direction Neustift/Mutterberg, where the base-station of the glacier-funicular is located,and leave your car on the huge parking-lot.There is even a restaurant on top, guided tours on the glacier are daily available.
it is absolutely worthwile to make a trip into the beautiful Stubai-Valley!
Have a look at the Stubai-trams website in Wikipedia:
Unfortunately the original site is in German only, bur have a look at
The Stubai-valley is one of the most impressive Tyrolean mountain-valleys. You will have wonderful sights and meet an original, old Tyrol village at Fulpmes, the endpoint of the tram.
The tram starts at Innsbruck's mainstation ("Hauptbahnhof"), passes Innsbruck downtown and "Stubai-Station", before it starts it's 18 km journey into the valley, along the Tyrolean mountains.
Directly to the south of Innsbruck is the Silberweg, a pathway that runs along the top of the southern mountains that tower over the city. Its an extraordinary pathway that, whilst long, is relatively straightforward (considering you are several thousand metres above sea level and the city). I'm not saying its easy, but its FAIRLY level (although seeing 70 year olds striking out in shorts and walking boots can be a little discerning LOL). It runs for miles, but the best way to get to it is from the chair lift at Igls (a few miles outside the city - take the tram and then the chairlift). Then just keep walking :). You get fantastic views, you'll hear the cowbells in the distance - and just occasionally your path will be blocked by a doeful cow. Ever been licked by a cow?
If you ever go to Innsbruck, be sure to spend some time exploring the areas around the city. I personally fell in love with the city! I think though that part of the attraction is that we spent time hiking above the valley. My group stayed in the cutest little hotel EVER in a suburb Tulfes which is on the top of the mountains, I think surrounding Innsbruck. It was beautfiul to be able to look down into the valley! Wow! We also spent a day hiking around the "alms"--a meeting place for the farmers and herders right above their little village--so Rinnalm would be right above the village of Rinn, and etc. The girls that I was walking with--we made it only to Rinnalm (It's something like that) and no further while some of the guys hiked a few more miles. Since, traditionally, it was someplace for the villagers to meet to eat lunch or something, there is a small little restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating. And this is where we ate lunch and enjoyed the view. The food is delicious also. It is one of the experiences that will ever stay with me and I highly recommend that everyone take some time in the "wilderness" as well! Oh, and as a sidenote, this picture was taken on that hike--I don't remember how high up we were, but there were planes flying below us!! And there's a plane somewhere in this picture but can't find it at all--it's a HUGE plane too. :-)
Situated in a Tyrol valley about an hours drive from Innsbruck is a lake called Achensee. There are villages dotted around the lake which is the largest in the Tyrol.The lake is over 10km long. At one end is the village of Maurach and the other end Achenkirch. Both these villages have shops, restaurants, chalets and hotels. Here is my mum enjoying herself throwing snowballs.
Achensee is also a summer resort. Maurach has a steam powered narrow gauge railway that climbs up from the valley to the lake which is a 45 minute journey. There is also a summer toboggan run at Achenkirch.
You can buy a 'combination ticket' allowing three trips but you are only paying for two, these include the cable car, steam railway and boat ride. The cable car is in operation from June to September and reaches a height of 6,000 feet.
As you can see it was completely snow covered, we had never experienced snow like this before! We rolled around in the snow like kids!! To the east is the Rofan Mountain which has a cable car for summer walkers and hikers. To the west is the Karwendel Mountains.
Skiing/Snowboarding at Stubai Glacier.
German: Stubaier Gletscher
The only ski area with NO TREES! Although there are marked runs, you can switch from run to run easily.
Stayed in a hotel full of skiers and everyone recommended going here just for the scenery alone. They were right. I`m a terrible boarder (fall a lot) and I did okay- lots of easy slopes. I hear that it`s not a good place for experts. Wear LOTS of sunblock and sunglasses.
Many hot-air-ballons come to this palce to be bilt up in the evening time. When it´s getting dark they make fire in the ballons. The effect realy amacing. It looks like a lot of great lampions. While playing walz-musik they turn the ballons. It looks like dancing.