Zirbenweg Trail

From the Patscherkofel to Tulfes via the ZIRBENWEG TRAIL 

Famous, popular, much-travelled and yet every time an uplifting experience! The Zirbenweg trail above Innsbruck runs from the Patscherkofel mountain station to the Tulfeinalm (near Tulfes).

Catch the bus from Tulfes to the Patscherkofel cable car station in Igls and then take it easy on the gondola lift up to a height of 1,964m. A point above the Schutzhaus Patscherkofel restaurant marks not only the start of the footpath to the east but also the Alpine Club's Patscherkofel Nature Trail (Naturlehrpfad).

Europe's highest botanical garden, with more than 400 different high-alpine plants on display, is a good place for learning in situ.
The Zirbenweg trail follows a wide mountain track / path to the rather remote Boscheben mountain hut. The gently undulating path − without any major height differences – runs at the tree line some 2,000m above sea level as far as the Tulfeinalm.  Throughout the whole walk, there is a marvelous view over the floor of the Inn valley against the stunning backdrop of the Karwendel range opposite. It's easy to take the Glungezer chair lift from near the Tulfeinalm down to Tulfes.


Height difference:
approx. 200m ascending, approx. 100m descending

Level of difficulty:

Walking time:
approx. 2 hrs 30 mins (without use of lifts, etc.)

7 kilometres (without bus or cable car ride)

The Stone Pine Path circular walk ticket, including bus fares and lift charges, is available at

  • Tulfes tourist office, Schmalzgasse 27,
    opening times: 9.00 - 12.00, Tel.: +43 (0)5223 78324, tulfes@regionhall.at
  • Glungezer lift valley station,
    opening times: 8.30 - 12.00, 12.45 - 16.30,Tel.: +43 (0)5223 78321
  • Patscherkofel lift valley station, Bilgeristrasse 24, Igls,
    opening times: 9.00 -12.00, 12.45 -16.30, Tel.: +43 (0)512 377234,patscherkofel@skisport.com

Please note:
If you wish to use the bus to Igls, you need the Stone Pine Path circular walk ticket.

The stone Pine Path - Bus-Timetable:

  • Igls (Patscherkofelbahn Talstation) - Tulfes (Glungezerbahn Talstation)
    Montag bis Sonntag: 8.44, 9.44, 10.44, 14.44, 15.44, 16.44 Uhr (Umstieg in Ampass, Wendestelle) 
  • Tulfes (Glungezerbahn Talstation) - Igls (Patscherkofelbahn Talstation)
    Montag bis Freitag: 8.13, 9.13, 10.13, 11.35, 14.13, 15.13, 16.13,17.13 Uhr, Samstag: 8.13, 9.13, 10.13, 14.13, 15.13, 16.13, 17.13 Uhr (von 15. Juni bis 29. September 2013 und Samstag, Sonntag von 5.-27. Oktober 2013)

Download: The stone Pine Path - Bus-Timetable

Bus timetable:

  • Hall (Unterer Stadtplatz) - Tulfes (Raika Tulfes) VVT Linie Nr. 4134:  
    Montag bis Samstag: 8.20 Uhr, stündlich bis 19.20 Uhr, Sonntage und Feiertage: 8.20 Uhr alle 2 Stunden bis 16.20 Uhr
  • Tulfes (Raika Tulfes) - Hall (Unterer Stadtplatz) VVT Linie Nr. 4134: 
    Montag bis Samstag: 8.46 Uhr stündlich bis 18.46 Uhr, Sonntage und Feiertage: 9.46 Uhr alle 2 Stunden bis 17.46 Uhr
  • Hall (Kurhaus) - Igls (Talstation Patscherkofelbahn) VVT Linie Nr. 4132
    täglich: 9.30, 11.30, 13.30, 15.30, 16.30, 17.30 Uhr (Umstieg in Ampass, Wendestelle) 
  • Igls (Talstation Patscherkofelbahn) - Hall (Kurhaus) VVT Linie Nr. 4132
    täglich: 9.19, 10.19, 12.19, 14.19, 16.19, 17.19, 18.19 Uhr 

  More information about the Patscherkofel lift here: