Walk Austria's Stubai Alps

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European walking holidays
Walking Grade: 2 & 5
from £1,499pp

Stretching south-west of Innsbruck and covering the area between the upper Valle Isarco valley in South Tyrol and the Oetztal valley in North Tyrol, the Stubai Alps is the biggest glacier skiing area in Austria. There’s year-round snow and spectacular mountain views, but the big draw here is Neustift – the charming village closest to the Stubai glacier noted for its excellent outdoor activities, large network of walking trails, and lively après ski scene in winter.

What you’ll love

  • Admiring panoramic views from atop Stubai's summits
  • Walking below the snow-capped peaks of the Stubai Glacier
  • Staying in the pretty town of Neustift
  • Trying typical Tyrolean food
  • Enjoying the hotel’s relaxing spa and wellness centre

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks led by local HF Holidays Leaders
  • HF Holidays Tour Manager
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Stubai Supercard for free access on some of the local gondalas as well as selected rail travel and free and reduced entries to lots of local attractions
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

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

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (400m)

Total Descent: 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 2 - Elferspitze & Zwölfernieder

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 2,500 feet (750m)

Total descent: 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’.


Magnificent views of the dramatic Obertal and Stubaital today from the alpine pastures above Krößbach 

Option 1 - Milderaunalm

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Total ascent: 2,050 feet (630m)

Total descent: 1,850 feet (560m)

Our hike today takes us to the Milderaunalm a recently refurbished alm which lies in a wonderful panoramic position for views of the Stubaital. It lies to the north above the district of Krößbach at an altitude of 1671 m above sea level.
From Milders at the entrance of the high peaks of the Oberbertal valley, the forest path leads gently uphill for about 1.5 hours to the Milderaunalm where we can take refreshment. We then descend through the forest to Krößbach for a short bus ride back to Neustift.  

 

 

Option 2 - Brandstatt-Alm

Distance: 6.5 miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 2.650 feet (800m)

Total descent: 2.650 feet (800m)

Our walk takes us from Milders up through the forest sometimes along forest paths but also on steeper climbs up to the alp. A beautiful view of the surrounding mountains awaits us at the top. We take a break at the popular Brandstatt-Alm mountain hut before continuing our hike. The descent takes us back along familiar paths and then crosses a section of forest for views as far as the Stubai Glacier. The hike ends at the bottom of the valley in the Krößbach district of Neustift.


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 - Maria Waldrast & Quellenweg

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

Total descent: 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 2 - Blaser

Distance: 8.5 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (800m) 

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (800m) 

In summary: We also head to the monastery and then continue winding our way up through a series of flower-filled meadows to the Blaser-Hütte hut. From the hut it is just a short walk to the top of the Blaser mountain where we can enjoy fine views of the Serles mountain, the Stubai and Zillertal Alps. After a break at the hut, we return by the outward route, enjoying fine views all the way. At the cable car we have the same choice of return as the easier group.

Highlight: Incredible views across the Austrian Tirol from the summit of Blaser.


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 - Sulzenaualm

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 900ft (270m)

Descent: 1950ft (600m)

In summary: We start in the valley and take a path up to a beautiful alpine meadow with a rustic hut dominated by a ring of crags and a waterfall. Retracing our steps, we can follow the ‘Wild Water Way’ downstream passing other impressive waterfalls and cataracts, finishing at a hut to wait for the bus.

Highlight: The wild water way passes impressive waterfalls.

Option 2 - Glaciers and Wild Water

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 2700ft (830m)

Descent: 2700ft (830m)

In summary: We take the same route as the easier group, but then zigzag our way above the waterfall up to a higher hut. We then ascend further along the ‘Wild Water Way’ through dramatic rocky cascades up to a beautiful glacial lake. We return by the same route.

Highlight: The glacial lake is a superb spot to take in the 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 - 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 2 - Höher Burgstall

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (810m)

Total descent: 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.


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

About your stay

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

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European walking holidays
Walking Grade:
2 & 5

7 nights from £1,499pp

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