All visitors to Innsbruck and its 25 holiday villages can take part in the Innsbruck mountain hiking programme.

Guest cards, which are distributed at check-in, offer hikers the opportunity to use a convenient bus transfer free of charge so that they can be transferred from the hotel to a range of scenic hiking regions around Innsbruck.

Other benefits of the programme include free rental equipment (hiking boots and backpack) and a personal guide from AlpinSchule Innsbruck (ASI).

Running until the end of October, a choice of several two- to five-hour guided hikes are available, most of which are 'combi hikes' to offer a choice between a gentle hike and one of moderate difficulty. Hikes can also be tailored to all abilities. For those who still have the energy at the end of the day, lantern-lit walks with music are also available.

Meanwhile, for leisurely rambles, the tourism board recommends the Zirbenweg trail. Situated towards the south of the city and high up on Innsbruck's Patscherkofel mountain, the trail takes its name from the plentiful pine stone trees along the path. The Zirbenweg can be enjoyed by all family members, with the Patscherkofel cable cars carrying visitors up the mountain to even and easy hiking paths.

Alternatively, Alpenpark Karwendel is located practically within the town limits of Innsbruck. Stretching across an area of 730sq. km, it is the biggest nature park in Austria and rewards hikers and mountain bikers with unspoilt nature and rare examples of mountain plants and wildlife. Within 20 minutes, the Nordkettenbahnen cable cars can take visitors up to the unique alpine environment from the city centre.

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