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Innsbruck & the Stubai Valley

The heart of the Alps 
 
Combine history with high mountains on a self-guided, two-centre break, featuring high-quality, family-run hotels. After exploring Innsbruck with a self-guided city walking tour, follow our route notes for easy but spectacular walking in the mountains.
Innsbruck & the Stubai Valley. 4 nights
Innsbruck & the Stubai Valley. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

An Austrian city & walking break

When it comes to experiencing the Alps, there are a number of ways to go about it – you could get up high on a strenuous mountain hike, or don a pair of skis and swish through the jagged, snowy landscapes at speed. For something infinitely more relaxed, though, we recommend a visit to Innsbruck and the Stubai Valley. Both provide remarkably easy access to the high mountains, as well as plentiful opportunities to enjoy undemanding walks amid spectacular alpine scenery.
Even putting its glorious mountain backdrop to one side for the moment, Innsbruck is a fascinating city to explore. Spend your full day delving into its rich imperial past – embodied by such impressive monuments as the Goldenes Dachl and Hofburg Palace – and enjoying the typically excellent Austrian hospitality of your family-run hotel. A warm welcome also awaits at your next destination, which lies just a short distance to the south of Innsbruck. Unique among our mountain walking bases, the Stubai Valley is accessible to even the most occasional of walkers, and everything else here – from the included travel pass to the panoramic viewing platforms and welcoming Hütten (mountain inns) that appear exactly when you require sustenance – seems to have been designed to make life as easy, and as pleasurable, as can be.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for alpine flowers is June and early July. At lower levels the flowers bloom slightly earlier.
     
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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    °C 0 2 6 10 14 18 20 19 17 12 5 1
    mm 46 45 52 66 100 120 133 124 82 57 59 49
  • Arrival in Innsbruck
    Night 1: at Hotel Maximilian (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Innsbruck
    Habsburg emperor Maximilian I ruled from Innsbruck in the late 15th century, and his legacy is visible throughout the city – from the astonishing Goldenes Dachl (a covered balcony clad in 2,657 gilded copper tiles from where imperial courtiers used to survey the square below) to the Cenotaph (an empty tomb surrounded by 28 impressive statues). On our self-guided walking tour, you will visit these as well as a number of other grand monuments including the City Tower, whose onion-shaped dome affords splendid views, and the justly popular Baroque Cathedral. One of our favourite sights is the impressive Hofburg Palace, whose opulent Giants’ Hall is probably the most magnificent room in the Alps, but we also recommend making time to venture beyond the Baroque Altstadt (Old Town) to visit Ambras Castle, a Renaissance palace built by Maximilian’s great-grandson, Archduke Ferdinand II, and perhaps even the Alpine Zoo, which commands superb views over the city to the mountains beyond.
    Take a cable car for fantastic views over Innsbruck (c) Innsbruck Tourismus
  • Innsbruck to the Stubai Valley
    Today you leave the city behind and make the short journey south to the Stubai Valley, with its sunny south-facing aspect and backdrop of 3,000-metre peaks. You will be collected from Innsbruck by taxi and transferred directly to the Hotel Milderer Hof, with plenty of time to enjoy one of the valley’s easy yet excellent walking trails that same afternoon.
  • Walking in the Stubai Valley
    The efficient public transport network in the Stubai Valley allows for the ultimate in flexibility while exploring, and your included Stubai Super Card entitles you to free bus, train and cable car travel the length and breadth of the valley. We provide notes for six (mainly linear) walking routes, the first two of which stay low within the valley itself. There are several well-placed Hütten (mountain cafés or inns) for refreshment before, during or after your walks.
  • Choice of routes: 3km or 5km

    Stroll to Neustift: 3km, 1hr; no ascent/descent
    Ideal for soon after your arrival, or even one evening after dinner, this stroll – largely along a riverside path – to the valley hub of Neustift makes for a lovely introduction to your immediate surroundings (you can return by bus if you wish). There’s a lovely café for refreshment on the edge of Neustift, and you can admire the Rococo-style church, indulge in a little window shopping, pay a visit to the friendly tourist office or perhaps catch one of the weekly farmers’ markets (2-4pm on Fridays) or even a concert from the local band (8.15pm Fridays, late June to late September). After exploring the village, take the Elferbahn cable car up from Neustift to potter around and take in the terrific views (there’s a viewing platform at the top, plus a café/restaurant).

    Wildewasserweg: 5km, 2hrs; 160m ascent/28m descent
    The ‘Wild Water Trail’ is a gentle but very scenic riverside route a little further up the Stubai Valley. You begin with a short bus trip, then walk to Tschangelair Alm for refreshments (this traditional Hütte serves fresh dairy produce and is famous for Graukäse, its own Tyrolean cheese). From here, you shadow a rushing glacial stream via the impressive Ruetz Cataract (an impressive waterfall) to reach the even more impressive Grawa cascade before catching the bus back.
    Explore the Stubai Valley on foot
  • Choice of routes: 3.5km to 7km

    Nature trail: 7km, 2.5hrs; 730m descent
    This easy exploration of the wider part of the valley begins with superb views from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car station where there is a viewing platform and restaurant. A gradual descent from here reveals fine panoramas and information boards about the local flora and fauna, and brings you to the door of the Schlickeralm Hütte (and its tiny neighbouring chapel) for a deserved rest. Continue via the pretty mountain lake, Panoramasee, as you follow an easy woodland path and ‘sensory trail’ to reach the Mittelstation, from where you catch the cable car back down. This route can be made even shorter by hailing a Hüttentaxi (‘mountain shuttle’; pay locally) from Schlickeralm Hütte if you wish.

    Maria Waldrast monastery: 3.5km, 1.5hrs each way; 130m ascent/descent
    Take the bus and then the Serlesbahn cable car for this rewarding, out-and-back jaunt to Maria Waldrast Kloster, an ancient Tyrolean pilgrimage site and one of the highest monasteries in Europe. En route, you can call in at the Ochsenhütte for refreshment, then take in fabulous views of Mount Serles’ summit before completing your pilgrimage to the monastery itself. As you might have come to expect by now, there are more lovely panoramas and a Gasthaus here to occupy your time before retracing your steps to the cable car station or flagging down the ‘Bummelzug’, a tourist ‘road-train’ that plies its course between the monastery and the cable car (pay locally). Once back at the Serlesbahn station, rather than taking the cable car back down, you could choose to ride the Rodelbahn  – a kind of summer toboggan which might add a little more variety and a whole lot of fun to your day! (Your Stubai Super Card even includes one ride per person on the Rodelbahn.)

    Pinnistal: 6km, 2hrs to Issengeralm or 9km, 3hrs to Neder; 30m ascent/450m descent 
    This exploration of Pinnistal – a less-frequented but serenely beautiful valley – is a little more strenuous than most others on this holiday, so can perhaps be left until later in the week, once you’ve got your ‘mountain legs’! You begin by walking or catching the bus to Neustift, then catch the Elferbahn cable car, taking in great views from the top, where there is a viewing platform plus a café/restaurant. From here, descend along a winding, partly wooded path to Pinnisalm, our favourite Hütte, where you can enjoy a warm welcome and exceptional service. Continue your descent alongside Pinnisbach stream to reach the Issengeralm Hütte before hailing a Hüttentaxi (‘mountain shuttle’; pay locally) to return to your hotel.
    Alternatively, you can continue on foot, gradually descending along a gravel track as far as Neder, where you can catch the bus back.

    Halfway House: 3.5km, 1hr; 400m descent
    This is a less spectacular walk, but a pleasant enough option for when the clouds are low. From the cable car’s Mittelstation, where there is a lovely restaurant, descend via a short section of the Baumhausweg (‘Treehouse Trail’) to Fronebenalm Hütte, then continue along a quiet track – there is a brief steeper section through the trees – before catching the bus back to your hotel, or exploring Fulpmes village first.
    The Schlick 2000 route
  • Stubai Glacier & Panoramaweg

    Top of Tyrol (Stubai Glacier)
    We highly recommend a trip by bus and cable car to the Stubai Glacier at the head of the valley. Between late June and mid-September, you can normally continue by cable car to the ‘Top of Tyrol’ (3,210 metres) for spellbinding views of the Italian Dolomites and beyond. From July to September, you can also visit an amazing ice grotto (2,900 metres) which provides a fascinating insight into this 1,000-year-old glacier.

    Panoramaweg
    This easy excursion by bus and the Schlick 2000 cable car allows you to admire extraordinary views towards Innsbruck and the Serles peak from a fabulous, panoramic viewpoint. And there’s a mountain restaurant where you can enjoy a relaxing lunch.
 

Accommodation

Your two hotels make great bases for exploring.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 01 June - 19 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 June - 10 July £555 £160
    11 July - 22 August £585 £165
    23 August - 15 October £555 £160
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: return taxi between Innsbruck & Milders
     

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Maximilian (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 19 Oct 2019 £83 £133
    Milderer Hof (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 13 Jul 2019 £106 £121
    14 Jul - 24 Aug 2019 £118 £133
    25 Aug - 19 Oct 2019 £106 £121
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Innsbruck
    ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT(S):
    Munich

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Cardiff - Munich Flybe 
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    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
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    London City - Munich British Airways 
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    Gatwick - Innsbruck easyJet,  Thomas Cook 
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
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    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
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    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
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    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
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    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
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    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Munich Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Innsbruck

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    Bus or taxi from airport to hotel (0h20) pay locally flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Innsbruck airport (0h35) included flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich Airport to Innsbruck (2h50) £60 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Innsbruck HB (0h35), rail Innsbruck HB to Munich airport (2h15-2h55) £60 1200
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners, 2 lunches,
    4 breakfasts,
    afternoon tea and cake in Milders
  • return transfers between Innsbruck & Milders
  • Stubai Super Card (local area travel pass)
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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