Hiking, climbing, bird watching, (electric) biking, golfing, riding, playing tennis, sunbathing and lot more. Numerous hiking trails criss-cross the landscape surrounding Innsbruck. Everything is possible, from leisurely family hike to demanding high-altitude tours. With trained mountain guides and the free hiking programme you can discover the most beautiful spots, forests, pastures and huts. The views are spectacular. A section of the medieval Jakobsweg trail leads past Grünwalderhof.
Impressive highlight: bird watching with host Hansjörg Ribis.
Patscherkofel Alpine Garden
Highest-located botanical garden of Europe with more than 400 high-alpine mountain plants in an area covering 2 hectares at an altitude of 2,000m. From June to September open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided tours on request. Tropical houses: open every Thursday and every first Sunday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Difficult to see with the naked eye. Around the Grünwalderhof are not only the usual species of birds, but some really rare ones. Some pictures are available at http://naturgucker.at. The fascination of bird watching is a varied one, depending on the intensity with which the watchers pursue their hobby. The common ground are experiences in the outdoors, either in a group or alone.
Guided mountain and glacier tours, hut hikes, mountain bike freeriding and a lot more is offered by the ski & mountain guide and brother Patrick Ribis. Discover the most beautiful trails and mountain bike tours in the Stubai and Innsbruck area.
Telephone: +43 650 5608797
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There are two golf courses, one in Lans approx. 5km from the Grünwalderhof and one in Rinn, approx. 9km from the house: In Lans there is a 9-hole course and in Rinn a 18-hole course. Both are surrounded by an impressive nature and offer unique panoramic views. The Lans golf course with its flat, peaceful but not easy fairways is perfect for leisure players. The championship course in Rinn is a challenge for every golf player.
Olympia Golf Igls - "Pay and Play"
Only 1.5km from the hotel is a Pay & Play golf course: There is no admission fee for this 9-hole course and no club membership is required. Just get there and play. You are only charged the green fee.
The Goldbichl climbing crag is freely accessible and in immediate proximity to the Grünwalderhof. There are two sections with altogether 13 routes at all levels of difficulty. Bouldering is also possible. Groups can also book a climbing guide of the Alpinschule Innsbruck. A further highlight is the via ferrata in Innsbruck: panorama via ferrata from the Hafelekar across seven summits to the Frau Hitt saddle. This via ferrata can be conquered by almost everyone with some experience, sure-footedness and a good head for heights. Proper via ferrata equipment is a must.
Running and Walking Routes
In Patsch, Igls and Lans there are dreamlike routes amidst the beautiful nature for runners and walkers. The hub for all routes is the Kurpark Igls or the Kneipp pools resp. The beautiful trails lead through the meadows below the Grünwalderhof to the Kurpark and there are some running routes to Lans. The Kneipp course at the starting point is a refreshing experience for tired legs.
A mountain bike route leading up the Patscherkofel mountain starts right at the doorstop of the Grünwalderhof. Thanks to different destinations on the Patscherkofel, the route is suitable for different levels of difficulty: Heiligwasser – approx. 200m of altitude gain, Patscher Alm – approx. 650m of altitude gain, Panorama top station, restaurant & shelter – approx. 1,000m of altitude gain, summit hut - approx. 1,300m of altitude gain. Information on other nearby routes is available at the reception.
Our tip: electric bike rental at the Kunstwerkstall in Igls or at Erik Wolf’s on the Muttereralm in the bike park.
A rafting tour through the Imst gorge on the Inn river. Having received your safety equipment and after detailed safety instruction by a certified guide, the ride through the worthwhile Imst gorge commences. The route from Imst to Haiming covers 17 kilometres and last about 2 hours. The best time for such a tour is May to October.
In the Reitarena Innsbruck-Igls beginners and amateur riders as well as tournament riders get their money’s worth. There is a riding hall (65m x 25m) and outdoor riding places. Supporting of upcoming riders, leisure time activities, hobby, sports and events – the programme offered is colourful. There are many kilometres of secured and marked riding trails for exploring the surroundings. A helmet and riding boots are obligatory. Horse-drawn carriage rides are also possible.
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Swimming & Sauna
In Innsbruck and its holiday villages there are different indoor and outdoor swimming centres for hot and cool and rainy days. Health, fun and fitness for the young and old. Nearby is for example the Lanser See lake, a small bathing lake.
Our tip: the new pool paradise with generous sauna area in Telfes im Stubaital
On an area covering more than 5,000m² young and older water enthusiasts find perfect conditions for refreshing recreation and water fun. Here you can swim away from everyday life…
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The spacious sauna area featuring Finnish sauna, panorama aufguss sauna, steam bath, herb sauna, Kneipp facility, salt grotto, sauna garden and relaxing lounging areas boost your circulation.
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On the Olympic artificial ice bob and luge run a speed of approx. 100 km/h can be reached. On specifically constructed bob sleights on wheels you can enjoy racy downhill rides with former pros and world class pilots. Opening times: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in July and August from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hiking and Walking in the Area of the Patscherkofel
The Grünwalderhof is also a popular excursion destination. There are numerous hiking and walking trails for all needs. In the Rosengarten nature reserve in immediate proximity and on the Zirbenweg trail on the Ptascherkofel you can make Nature Watch tours with our guides. The Jakobsweg trail also passes our house. Explore the surroundings of the Patscherkofel mountain on leisurely hikes, on Nordic Walking tours, on ambitious mountaineering tours, while playing golf, climbing or making a walk. The area around the Olympic mountain, the Patscherkofel, offers sports, panoramic views and culinary delights.
We also warmly welcome you to the Alpengasthaus Heilig Wasser on an altitude of 1,240m. The walk to Heilig Wasser takes about 30 minutes. You can expect a beautiful view of the Inntal valley, the Nordkette mountain range, the capital of Innsbruck. There is a pilgrimage church with a fountain. Enjoy good Tyrolean cuisine. www.heiligwasser.at
Hikers and mountain bikers can enjoy beautiful views of Innsbruck. A highlight for hikers is the famous Zirbenweg trail – a panorama trail above Hall in Tirol, which leads towards Innsbruck. The easy to moderately difficult hiking trail leads through one the oldest stone pine forests of Europe. Many trees are 250 years old, the oldest tree is estimated to be more 700 years old. From May onwards alpine roses abound along the trail.
Free hiking programme of the Alpinschule Innsbruck
Services: mountain hikes with a guide of the Alpineschule Innsbruck, hiking bus, tour book, rental equipment (boots, rucksack), hiking badge and 40 different routes lasting between 3 to 5 hours. In all weathers. No prior mountaineering experience required, only good stamina levels. Also suitable for children from 8 years and older people. Weather-proof clothes (hiking boots, anorak, rain protection), sun protection and provisions required.
Exhilarating summit experiences, lantern hikes, incomparable mountain panoramas, quaint huts – all of that can be enjoyed with our free hiking programme: daily from June to September and from Monday to Friday in October. Experienced guests lead guest card holders to the most impressive spots and vantage points of Innsbruck and its regions: Patscherkofel, Seefelder Plateau, Mieminger Plateau, Kühtai, Stubai Alps, Innsbruck Nordkette and Axamer Lizum. On the way to alpine delights you can explore the most beautiful mountains around Innsbruck. The certified mountain guides of the Alpinschule Innsbruck (ASI) make sure that you are safe and feel good. The mountain experts will show you the Tyrol’s unspoilt nature and will whet your appetite for more. Lift cost not included.
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Experience White Water
White water rafting, city rafting, rafting for kids in Innsbruck and in the Stubai valley. Experience Innsbruck from a different perspective – from the water. Or try steering a kayak yourself.