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Maria Waldrast Waterways

All around the Monastery of Maria Waldrast, the highest situated place of pilgrimage in Tyrol, alongside numerous hiking routes, two adventure-themed trails await you: the Creation Trail (Schöpfungsweg) and the Source Trail (Quellenweg). 

These two themed trails, with the focus on water and spirituality, can be hands-on and interactively “explored” and “experienced”. Resting places for strength and contemplation make the invitation to replenish energy levels. The Creation Trail (Schöpfungsweg) has a length of 2.7 km and a walking time of approximately 1 – 1.5 h. The Source Trail (Quellenweg) can be explored over a distance of roughly 5.3 km and duration of 2-3 hours. Both trails lead from/to the Monastery of Maria Waldrast. 

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Pilgrimage Chapel of St. Magdalena

The St. Magdalena pilgrimage chapel is perched on a steep mountainside 400 metres above the valley floor, between the villages of Trins and Gschnitz. No other pilgrimage chapel in the Wipptal Valley boasts such a romantic and attractive location as St. Magdalena. The interior of this small chapel houses the oldest frescoes found to date in North Tyrol. The departure point for this short hike is the parish church in Gschnitz. Follow trail no. 50 along the right-hand side of the stream heading out of the valley. After approximately 1 km, the trail merges into the Jubilee Trail (no. 52), which initially climbs steeply before winding its way up to the chapel. The wonderful views make the challenging climb worth its while. Hiking time: 1 h 45 min
NEW in autumn 2017: Fixed-rope route St. Magdalena (B) 

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The herb garden in Schmirn

Get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life in the majesty of unspoilt nature and experience a unique natural spectacle in the Schmirn Valley. Here, you get to know the wild flowers of the Alps. The Alpine herb and flower garden in the Schmirn Valley invites visitors to discover the Alpine flora with all their senses. The garden can be reached via a romantic wooden walkway in the hamlet of Toldern. Visitors will find a huge variety of aromatic and therapeutic herbs, including edible and even poisonous plants. The herbs are also available for sale. The herbs grown in the garden are prepared in the neighbouring Olpererblick inn and used to produce hand-made bread and dry cured bacon (Speck). We also recommend a visit to the Gattererhof farm opposite the herb garden which sells fresh, farm produce.

Valsertal Nature Conservation Area

In the wild and romantic Vals Valley, time appears to have stood still. 

Discover this magical Alpine valley and leave the stresses and strains of everyday life behind you. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity! The Vals Valley is a perfect example of a successful co-existence between humans and animals. Thanks to a natural symbiosis between landscape and farming, the valley is home to many rare plant and animal species. The majority of the Vals Valley is a protected area and is also part of the Natura 2000 network (nature conservation project). The grey alder forest at the end of the valley is a unique spot in the landscape, where little shallow streams and brooks branch out into the distance, and many rare animals and types of plant can be found. The "Alpine pasture school in the Vals Valley" (Schule der Alm) provides deeper insights into Alpine life under the expert guidance of Helga. Guests will find out about the most important work that takes place on the high-altitude areas of grassland on which hay is gathered in Helga's Alm. Taster days can be booked through the Wipptal tourist office.

To Helga's Alm

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Mine path in Gries

Over 300 million years ago, deeper-lying rock layers were pushed up and over younger layers of rock. This phenomenon has occurred only twice in Austria, at Pack between Carinthia and Styria and at the Nösslachjoch (mountain pass). The distinctive Carboniferous formation is well worth visiting. As well as discovery a stone coal forest in the late Carboniferous times, guests can examine fossils. Here visitors can learn how stone coal was mined and transported. The entrance to the mine is a former mine shaft from which a natural spring flows. The visit brings the past back to life. The experience is rounded off by panoramic views and the stunning natural beauty of the Nösslach mountain. For more information about the individual stations, please consult the information board at the Nösslachhütte (mountain restaurant). This hike takes approx. 1 hour.

Milling village in Gschnitz

Summer 2020: we are open from June (only weekends) until mid-October!
Built at the end of the valley next to the Sandes waterfall, the Mühlendorf milling village in Gschnitz offers visitors a unique insight into the culture, tradition and rural craftsmanship of Tyrol. Mills, grain storage containers, workshops, baking ovens, washrooms and fences constructed according to historical plans, using old wood, original materials and building methods typical of the period. Visitors are invited to visit the different information points to discover more about the particularities of the village site. Guides are bookable on request: children up to the age of 10 years pay no entrance fee; for children up to 16 years entrance costs € 2.00. Adults: € 4.00. Every Thursday (only when good weather) bread making will be offered!


Mountain hikes from hut to hut in the Navis Valley

The "Naviser Almenrunde" is one of the finest jubilee hiking trails in the region. Take the tour and find out more about life in the mountains! 

The tour begins at the "Parkplatz Grün" car park. Take the forest road no. 16 gently uphill for around 40 minutes until you reach the Peeralm. The trail then continues to its highest point, the Klammalm, at 1,947 m above sea level. Trail no. 18 then leads over the Poltnalm to the Stöcklalm taking about 50 minutes. From here, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the trail and the surrounding mountains. A wide forest road then leads back down to the car park. The hike lasts approximately 3 ½ hours, conquer 462 metres of altitude and is a perfect day hike for walkers of all levels. 

Obernberg lake trail

In the heart of the protected natural park - comprising the Lake Obernberg, the three peaks of the Tribulaun and Nösslachjoch Pass - lies the stunning Lake Obernberg at the foot of the Tribulaun mountains.  This excursion leads visitors through a stunning lakeside experience in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps. While walking around the lake, hikers will pass through numerous different landscapes. The spectacular panorama and natural beauty in its purest form leave a lasting impression.

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Sarnthein waterfall

Embedded in the middle of the forest – the Sarnthein waterfall is near magical in its location. 

This short hike begins at the Hotel Zita in Trins and heads along the route no. 53 for approximately 15 minutes, somewhat steeply as far as the Chapel of St. Barbara. From there onwards, the footpath no. 54 is flat and comfortable, leading to the Sarnthein Waterfall in approx. 20 minutes.

Trins and its history

Travel back in time into the fascinating history of Trins. Imagine how, during the last Ice Age, glaciers reached far down into the valley, leaving their unmistakable mark on the landscape. Take a deep breath and let your fantasy run wild! For example, at the entrance to the village of Trins lay an imposing dark stone block, the so-called “Drudenstein”, which had to be removed to enable the construction of the access road leading to the village. Trins also served as an Alpine backdrop in the film "The Last Valley" starring Omar Sharif and Michael Caine. Many guests also enjoy visiting the working mill on the Padaster stream, where Hans the miller invites you to discover more about the ancient craft of milling... This journey through time is also reflected in the other 11 stations.