The Stone Pine Path (“Zirbenweg” in German) is a blissfully easy walking path in the Tux Alps, high above the Inntal Valley in Tirol, Austria. Lined by Europe’s largest and oldest stone pine trees (Zirben), this undulating forest trail invites you to breathe deeply, slow down, and contemplate your next Zirbenschnaps.
The Zirbenweg trail begins at the Patscherkofelbahn cable car mountain station and ends at the Glungezerbahn II mountain station. With a convenient cable car ascent and descent, hikers can steadily walk along a high altitude path at 2,000 meters, with very little grade variance. It’s flat, straightforward, and a perfect activity if you’re:
- Visiting Innsbruck, or Hall in Tirol
- Hiking with children
- Craving some fresh air, but you don’t want to break a sweat
- Hunting for panoramic views of Inntal Valley and the Karwendel Mountains
Kati and I hiked the Zirbenweg on an overcast day. Though we’re partial to sunny hiking days (who isn’t), there was something delightfully sedate and refreshing about being outside on a crisp, foggy afternoon. The weather didn’t impact our experience, even though the views were somewhat limited.
Zirbenweg (Stone Pine Path): The Easiest Hike in Tirol, Austria
- Trailhead: Patscherkofelbahn cable car mountain station (Igls)
- Destination: Glungezerbahn II mountain station (Tulfes)
- Type of Trail: Point-to-point. You can hike the Stone Pine Trail in either direction.
- Distance: 7 km
- Elevation: 200 m ascending, 90 m descending
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time Needed: 2:30 hours
- Route: Patscherkofelbahn – Patscherkofel Schutzhaus – Boscheben – Tulfeinalm – Glungezerbahn II – Glungezerbahn I
- Lunch & Snack Options: Das Kofel Restaurant, Patscherkofel Schutzhaus, Boscheben, and Tulfeinalm
- Where to Stay: Innsbruck, Hall in Tirol or Tulfes.
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When Can You Hike the Stone Pine Path
Late May until early October, when the cable cars are operating.
The Stone Pine Path Circular Walking Ticket
Because this walk requires the use of cable cars and transit, you’ll need to purchase tickets either separately or together. The Stone Pine Trail circular route ticket is a “combi-ticket” that includes one ride with the Patscherkofel cable car, one ride with the Glungezerbahn (Section I only in Summer 2020), and the bus between Tulfes and Igls (PostBus 4132/4134).
Note: Glungezerbahn Section II is closed due to construction work in Summer 2020.
Where to Purchase the Ticket | Glungezerbahn, or Patscherkofelbahn Valley Stations
Glungezerbahn Valley Station
Address: Glungezerstraße 14, 6075 Tulfes
Opening Times: 9.00 – 12.00 and 12.45 – 16.30
Opening Dates: Open daily until May 30 – October 4, 2020 and on weekends (FR / SA / SUN) throughout October.
Patscherkofel Valley Station
Address: Römerstraße 81, 6080 Igls
Opening Times: 9.00 – 17.00. On Thursdays, the cable car is open until 11 pm.
Opening Dates: Open daily from May 29th – October 26th, 2020.
Bus Timetables (Tulfes to Igls / Igls to Tulfes) | Click here
Ticket Price | 21.50 EUR (Adults), 18.50 EUR (Seniors), 13.50 EUR (Children)
Hiking from Patscherkofel mountain station to Glungezerbahn mountain station
From the Patscherkofel mountain station, head East. After passing Patscherkofel Schutzhaus (mountain hut) locate trail 350. Throughout the walk, follow signs to Tulfeinalm.
After about 40-minutes of gentle walking, you’ll spot Boscheben Alm just off the trail, on your right side. You can grab a snack here, or continue to Tulfeinalm.
The Tulfeinalm mountain hut is a mere 10-minutes from the Glungezerbahn Section II mountain station.
In Summer 2020, Glungezerbahn Section II is closed due to construction. You have to continue descending all the way to the Glungezerbahn middle station, in order to hop on the Glungezerbahn I to Tulfes.
Where to Eat in Tulfes after Hiking the Stone Pine Trail
We can’t write about this trail without mentioning Tuxerbauer Hofladen. Located only a few minutes (walking) from the Glungezerbahn Valley Station, this delightful farmstand-shop-restaurant makes mouth-watering Tirolean specialties. We ate here four times during our stay in Tulfes. Their Eierschwammerlgulasch (chanterelle mushroom goulash) and Kaspressknödelsuppe (cheese dumpling soup) were outstanding.
Opening Times | Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 19:00; Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 – 18:00
IMPORTANT: Though they close at 7 pm on weekdays, you shouldn’t arrive later than 5:30 pm, if you want to eat in their restaurant. We arrived at 6:10 p.m. for dinner, and it was already too late.
Address | Schmalzgasse 5 6075 Tulfes
Where We Stayed in Tulfes
B&B Appartements Glungezer | Affordable, clean, and convenient. If you’re looking for a no-frills, but nonetheless clean and comfortable place to stay in Tulfes, this bed and breakfast is a great option. It’s walking distance to the Glungezerbahn, Tuxerbauer, and just a few meters from the bus stop. You can easily reach Hall in Tirol, Igls, and Innsbruck by bus.
Stone Pine Path Map
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Learn More about Hiking in Austria
- Austrian Alps Hiking Destinations
- Best Day Hikes in Austria
- Trekking Austria: Best Treks and Long Distance Trails
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- Vienna City Guide
- Best Places to Stay in Austria in Summer
- Best Places to Visit in Austria
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