Stubai Alps Family Walking Adventure

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 2 & 5
from £1,349pp with flights

The Stubai Alps in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol offer fantastic classic Alpine walks in outstanding mountain scenery with three different walks to choose from each walking day. Our base in Neustift is ideally placed to reach the cable cars and lifts which whiz you up to high balcony paths and flower-filled meadows for glorious walks with views of green valleys, mountain peaks and glaciers. Mountain huts provide delicious refreshment and great places to stop and enjoy the views. Walks include the Tree House Trail where children can collect stamps to earn a reward and the Wild Water Way which goes past dramatic waterfalls.

Holiday Highlights

  • Neustift's indoor pool and outstanding 'StuBay' Water Park
  • Venture around the valley on the cable car systems with the Stubai Super Card
  • Enjoy the thrill of the Mieders summer toboggan run
  • Samply the Austrian tradition of hot chocolate and cake at the abundant mountain huts
  • Benefit from reductions at a variety of attractions, including the ice caves on the Stubai glacier

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...

  • Cable car rides in the mountains
  • Wild waterfalls
  • Ride the summer toboggan run

 

What’s included

  • Half Board 4-star Hotel accommodation. Evening meals are 5-course. Max guests in hotel: 40
  • Daily choice of 3 walks guided by HF Holidays Leaders and a dedicated Family Leader
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Stubai Card - free local buses and some cable cars as well as reduced entry to local attractions and free entry to 3 swimming pools

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

Welcome to Hotel Sonnhof. Unpack and settle in.


An opportunity for local orientation and a taster for the terrain and views we will be experiencing this week.

Option 1 - Under the Elfer Family

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: We take the cable car in the village up to a meadow area with wild flowers and interesting information boards. Our circuit leads us to a mountain hut for refreshments and gives us plenty of time to look at the giant sundial.

Highlight: Spot the paragliders taking off.

Option 2 - Under the Elfer

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (400m)

In summary: We take a cable car to the slopes of the Elfer, then ascend to a high hut for coffee before following a balcony path through flower meadows with superb views of the Stubai valley. We return initially by the same route, then take another pretty path back to the cable car.

Highlight: The views from today's walks give a spectacular taste of the magnificent week's walking ahead.

Option 3 - Elferspitze & Zwölfernieder

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: We take the same cable car but ascend beyond the hut to traverse across the top of the Elferspitze through magnificent rock scenery, giving an immediate taste of our walking for the week. We descend to the col and pick up the easier group’s return route to the cable car.

Highlight: Ascend  Elferspitze, one of the Stubai ‘Seven Summits’.


Today we travel to Mutterberg and explore the remote areas at the head of this dramatic valley, or we have a shorter walk to the Grawa waterfall.

Option 1 - Glaciers, caves and waterfalls

Distance: Sightseeing plus 2 miles (3½km) walking

Total ascent: Negligible

Total descent: 700 feet (210m)

In summary: We head up to the very top of the valley and use the cable car to view the glaciers and high peaks. There is an opportunity to visit a cave right inside the glacier before we descend on the cable car and walk a section of the valley path to visit the massive Grawa waterfall.

Highlight: Marvel at the spectacular Grawa waterfall.

Option 2 - Eisgrat and Wilde Grube

Distance: 4 miles (6½km) 

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

total descent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: We have time to take a cable car to the Eisgrat station to view the stunning glaciers. Returning to the middle station, we walk past waterfalls up to a high pass, all in majestic surroundings. From here, we pick up a track which winds down through meadows and leads back to Mutterberg.

Highlight:  The cable car trip, first thing, up to the Stubai glacier which provides the largest glacier skiing area in Austria.

Option 3 - Egesengrat & Mutterbergsee

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

Total descent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

In summary: We begin at the middle station and ascend past a small lake to a summit which gives panoramic views of the area. Descending to the pass, we take a high level route which passes another beautifully situated lake before descending to the valley floor for the bus home.

Highlight: The emerald green water of the Mutterbergsee Lake. Soak up the idyllic location and if you are lucky you might observe marmots playing on the boulders nearby.


We head north down the valley to Mieders where we walk under the slopes of ‘King’ Serles, another of Stubai’s ‘seven summits’.

Option 1 - Under The Serles

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

Total descent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Our walk takes us to a monastery for refreshments, then on an informative trail past a delightful ‘alm’ – a working farm which may also be our lunch stop. On return we can take a ‘toy’ train back to the cable car, where we should have time to visit the lake with its play and activity areas. 

Highlight: The final descent to the valley can be the cable car or the summer toboggan run in pleasant weather.

Option 2 - Maria Waldrast & Quellenweg

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: We take the cable car, then a good forest track to the impressive monastery of Maria Waldrast. After coffee, we walk through alpine meadows and on forest trails. Back at the cable car, we can descend sedately – or try the summer toboggan run!

Highlight: The summer toboggan run is a great way to complete our walk. Descend the mountain in style! 

Option 3 - Up to the Serlesjochl pass

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m) 

In summary: We also head to the monastery and then continue to ascend across the rough slopes of Serles, with increasingly stunning views, until we reach the pass of the Serlesjochl, our high point. Returning by the outward route, we enjoy views to the east. At the cable car we have the same choice of return as the easier group.

Highlight: At Serlesjochl we have incredible views across the valley.

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently (making use of the free travel afforded by the Stubai Supercard), or visit local places of interest. Some options may include:

Innsbruck: The capital of the Tyrol offers an interesting day out via bus or train. Places to visit include the Imperial Palace, Royal Gardens, Cathedral and the Golden Roof, or enjoy a stroll around the Old Town.

Mutterberg Glacier: Using the Stubai Supercard, it is possible to ascend to the top stations above Mutterberg for wonderful views, and even to walk on the glacier with optional visits to the Ice Cave.

Innsbruck cityscape, Austria


We go south again towards the head of the valley to see at close quarters the incredible transition from snowflakes to cascading waterfalls.

Option 1 - Wild water and peaceful lakes

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

In summary: Another section of the valley path leads us under a waterfall, and emerges to finish the day by a pretty lake. There is also a lovely café for refreshments.

Highlight: Stop for a refreshing hot chocolate in a local hut.

Option 2 - The Wildewasserweg

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (270m) 

Total descent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: We start in the valley and take a path up to an alpine meadow with a rustic hut dominated by a ring of crags and a waterfall. We can then follow the ‘Wild Water Way’ downstream, finishing at a hut.

Highlight: The 'Wild Water Way' passes impressive waterfalls.

Option 3 - The Peiljoch and Wildewasserweg

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

Total descent: 3,700 feet (1,100m)

In summary: We take the Mutterberg cable car and ascend a rough mountain trail, with some short sections of fixed ropes, to the Peiljoch, a dramatic pass with amazing views over the glacier and lake. We then follow the ‘Wild Water Way’ through rocky cascades and meadows back to the valley.

Highlight: An exciting day with amazing views.


Our final day’s walks take us onto the mountains northwest of Neustift, to the beautiful Schlickeralm meadows and the airy summit of the Hoher Burgstall.

Option 1 - The Schlickertal and ‘Scheibenweg’

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: Negligible

In summary: We catch the bus to Fulpmes and use the Schlick2000 lift to reach a stunning viewpoint with views up and down the Stubai valley. Then we spend the day descending the valley on a well-made path, passing more information boards on flora and fauna and some lovely wood carvings. After a stop at a big hut, we follow an activity trail and then the ‘Scheibenweg’, a wooden disc run which is fun for all ages! We finish at the middle cable car station.

Highlight: Can you spot all of the wood carvings en route?

Option 2 - Sennjoch & Schlickeralm

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Total descent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In summary: We ascend by cable car, then continue to a welcoming hut for coffee. Our descent takes us under towering crags and through flower meadows, using an informative heritage trail, to the Schlickeralm hut, and then on down to the middle cable car station for refreshments before our return to the valley.

Highlight: After disembarking the cable car, we are at an incredible viewpoint.

Option 3 - Höher Burgstall

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In summary: An opportunity to ascend another of the Stubai’s ‘seven summits’. From the top station we traverse and then ascend steeply, reaching a rocky pass and then crossing scree to gain our final ascent route, via a short fixed rope section, to the airy cross of the Hoher Burgstall. We descend to complete our circuit to the cable car and maybe a celebratory drink!

Highlight: Reaching the summit of the Hoher Burgstall.


We hope to see you again soon.


Welcome to Hotel Sonnhof. Unpack and settle in.


An opportunity for local orientation and a taster for the terrain and views we will be experiencing this week.

Option 1 - Under the Elfer Family

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: We take the cable car in the village up to a meadow area with wild flowers and interesting information boards. Our circuit leads us to a mountain hut for refreshments and gives us plenty of time to look at the giant sundial.

Highlight: Spot the paragliders taking off.

Option 2 - Under the Elfer

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (400m)

In summary: We take a cable car to the slopes of the Elfer, then ascend to a high hut for coffee before following a balcony path through flower meadows with superb views of the Stubai valley. We return initially by the same route, then take another pretty path back to the cable car.

Highlight: The views from today's walks give a spectacular taste of the magnificent week's walking ahead.

Option 3 - Elferspitze & Zwölfernieder

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: We take the same cable car but ascend beyond the hut to traverse across the top of the Elferspitze through magnificent rock scenery, giving an immediate taste of our walking for the week. We descend to the col and pick up the easier group’s return route to the cable car.

Highlight: Ascend  Elferspitze, one of the Stubai ‘Seven Summits’.


Today we travel to Mutterberg and explore the remote areas at the head of this dramatic valley, or we have a shorter walk to the Grawa waterfall.

Option 1 - Glaciers, caves and waterfalls

Distance: Sightseeing plus 2 miles (3½km) walking

Total ascent: Negligible

Total descent: 700 feet (210m)

In summary: We head up to the very top of the valley and use the cable car to view the glaciers and high peaks. There is an opportunity to visit a cave right inside the glacier before we descend on the cable car and walk a section of the valley path to visit the massive Grawa waterfall.

Highlight: Marvel at the spectacular Grawa waterfall.

Option 2 - Eisgrat and Wilde Grube

Distance: 4 miles (6½km) 

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

total descent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: We have time to take a cable car to the Eisgrat station to view the stunning glaciers. Returning to the middle station, we walk past waterfalls up to a high pass, all in majestic surroundings. From here, we pick up a track which winds down through meadows and leads back to Mutterberg.

Highlight:  The cable car trip, first thing, up to the Stubai glacier which provides the largest glacier skiing area in Austria.

Option 3 - Egesengrat & Mutterbergsee

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

Total descent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

In summary: We begin at the middle station and ascend past a small lake to a summit which gives panoramic views of the area. Descending to the pass, we take a high level route which passes another beautifully situated lake before descending to the valley floor for the bus home.

Highlight: The emerald green water of the Mutterbergsee Lake. Soak up the idyllic location and if you are lucky you might observe marmots playing on the boulders nearby.


We head north down the valley to Mieders where we walk under the slopes of ‘King’ Serles, another of Stubai’s ‘seven summits’.

Option 1 - Under The Serles

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

Total descent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Our walk takes us to a monastery for refreshments, then on an informative trail past a delightful ‘alm’ – a working farm which may also be our lunch stop. On return we can take a ‘toy’ train back to the cable car, where we should have time to visit the lake with its play and activity areas. 

Highlight: The final descent to the valley can be the cable car or the summer toboggan run in pleasant weather.

Option 2 - Maria Waldrast & Quellenweg

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: We take the cable car, then a good forest track to the impressive monastery of Maria Waldrast. After coffee, we walk through alpine meadows and on forest trails. Back at the cable car, we can descend sedately – or try the summer toboggan run!

Highlight: The summer toboggan run is a great way to complete our walk. Descend the mountain in style! 

Option 3 - Up to the Serlesjochl pass

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m) 

In summary: We also head to the monastery and then continue to ascend across the rough slopes of Serles, with increasingly stunning views, until we reach the pass of the Serlesjochl, our high point. Returning by the outward route, we enjoy views to the east. At the cable car we have the same choice of return as the easier group.

Highlight: At Serlesjochl we have incredible views across the valley.

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently (making use of the free travel afforded by the Stubai Supercard), or visit local places of interest. Some options may include:

Innsbruck: The capital of the Tyrol offers an interesting day out via bus or train. Places to visit include the Imperial Palace, Royal Gardens, Cathedral and the Golden Roof, or enjoy a stroll around the Old Town.

Mutterberg Glacier: Using the Stubai Supercard, it is possible to ascend to the top stations above Mutterberg for wonderful views, and even to walk on the glacier with optional visits to the Ice Cave.

For local information please visit www.stubai.at/ en/


We go south again towards the head of the valley to see at close quarters the incredible transition from snowflakes to cascading waterfalls.

Option 1 - Wild water and peaceful lakes

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

In summary: Another section of the valley path leads us under a waterfall, and emerges to finish the day by a pretty lake. There is also a lovely café for refreshments.

Highlight: Stop for a refreshing hot chocolate in a local hut.

Option 2 - The Wildewasserweg

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (270m) 

Total descent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: We start in the valley and take a path up to an alpine meadow with a rustic hut dominated by a ring of crags and a waterfall. We can then follow the ‘Wild Water Way’ downstream, finishing at a hut.

Highlight: The 'Wild Water Way' passes impressive waterfalls.

Option 3 - The Peiljoch and Wildewasserweg

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

Total descent: 3,700 feet (1,100m)

In summary: We take the Mutterberg cable car and ascend a rough mountain trail, with some short sections of fixed ropes, to the Peiljoch, a dramatic pass with amazing views over the glacier and lake. We then follow the ‘Wild Water Way’ through rocky cascades and meadows back to the valley.

Highlight: An exciting day with amazing views.


Our final day’s walks take us onto the mountains northwest of Neustift, to the beautiful Schlickeralm meadows and the airy summit of the Hoher Burgstall.

Option 1 - The Schlickertal and ‘Scheibenweg’

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: Negligible

In summary: We catch the bus to Fulpmes and use the Schlick2000 lift to reach a stunning viewpoint with views up and down the Stubai valley. Then we spend the day descending the valley on a well-made path, passing more information boards on flora and fauna and some lovely wood carvings. After a stop at a big hut, we follow an activity trail and then the ‘Scheibenweg’, a wooden disc run which is fun for all ages! We finish at the middle cable car station.

Highlight: Can you spot all of the wood carvings en route?

Option 2 - Sennjoch & Schlickeralm

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Total descent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In summary: We ascend by cable car, then continue to a welcoming hut for coffee. Our descent takes us under towering crags and through flower meadows, using an informative heritage trail, to the Schlickeralm hut, and then on down to the middle cable car station for refreshments before our return to the valley.

Highlight: After disembarking the cable car, we are at an incredible viewpoint.

Option 3 - Höher Burgstall

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In summary: An opportunity to ascend another of the Stubai’s ‘seven summits’. From the top station we traverse and then ascend steeply, reaching a rocky pass and then crossing scree to gain our final ascent route, via a short fixed rope section, to the airy cross of the Hoher Burgstall. We descend to complete our circuit to the cable car and maybe a celebratory drink!

Highlight: Reaching the summit of the Hoher Burgstall.


We hope to see you again soon.


Stubai Alps Family Walking Itinerary Map

Hotel Sonnhof - Stubai Alps

The Pfurtscheller Family and their team welcome you to their 4-star hotel: Hotel Sonnhof. Located in the heart of the traditional village of Neustift im Stubaital, this hotel offers easy access to the local transport and shops. The Sonnhof offers an extensive spa area and restaurant with summer terrace with panoramic views. Bedrooms are fitted with traditional wooden furniture, large bathrooms and balconies. Neustift is located about 25km from the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. On a clear day, it is possible to see the southern part of the Italian Alps and the western summits of the Swiss mountains.

Rooms

The hotel features 38 cosy, traditional and well-equipped en-suite rooms, with:

  • Balcony
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Small room safe

Facilities

The hotel has a delightful outside terrace with seating, the best place to relax and enjoy the views in the summer.

Guests can also relax and enjoy a drink at the atmospheric bar.

There is a wellness centre that features a sauna, steam room and a spa pool.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Neustift are Half Board

Breakfast

Self-service buffet with cereals, fruit juices, fruit, cold meat & cheese, as well as pastries and some hot items.

Lunch (payable locally)

The hotel can provide pre-ordered packed lunches at an additional cost. Alternatively, ingredients for a picnic lunch can be purchased from local shops or it may be possible to eat at cafés or huts on certain days on the walks. Our leaders will advise you of the options.

Evening meal

A 5-course dinner is served in the restaurant. Vegetarian and special diets are catered for; we ask you to take a few moments to speak with the hotel management on arrival to advise them of your needs.

Drinks

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks.

On some evenings there may be some live music and or you may just like to relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests.

Your leaders will be checking for local events going on nearby

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Getting to Hotel Sonnhof - Stubai Alps

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2021
25 Jul - 01 Aug
7 2021 Itinerary £1,349 Available Trip Notes Enquire
01 Aug - 08 Aug
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Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
25 Jul - 01 Aug
7 2021 Itinerary £1,099 Available Trip Notes Enquire
01 Aug - 08 Aug
7 2021 Itinerary £1,099 Available Trip Notes Enquire

Important Information

2020

  • Single room: £12 per night
  • With flight holidays include flights from Heathrow.
  • UK connecting flights to meet our Heathrow British Airways flight available from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow or Edinburgh. From £139
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Munich Airport: £50 single

2021

  • Single room: £12 per night
  • Double room for sole occupancy: £27 per night  
  • With flight holidays include flights from Heathrow. Flight supplement from Manchester: From £80
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Munich Airport: £60 single
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,349pp with flights

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