Summer holidays to Igls, Austria for summer 2019 & 2020 with SNO® Summer holidays to Igls, Austria for summer 2019 & 2020 with SNO® Summer holidays to Igls, Austria for summer 2019 & 2020 with SNO®
Highlights: • Stunning location • Easy access to Innsbruck • Regular live concerts
This is a fantastic base to ramble the Alps from, with the gorgeous Zirbenweg path through its Swiss pine forest. You can get up to the trail by taking the Patscherkofel gondola, carrying on through the forest on part of the famed Eagle’s tour. Slightly more challenging is the medieval ‘Way of St. James’, which you can hike across to Innsbruck for a tea break in Tyrol’s capital. This is a hugely popular place for Nordic walking and you’ll find 12 well-maintained ‘Run and Walk’ trails, making up a total distance of 70km. Our favourite has to be the 13k Dorferrunde loop around the resort; a more scenic and gentle route is the Seerunde, which you can set out on from neighbouring town: Lans.
It’s possible to cycle Innsbruck’s 115km of trails from Igls, which makes this a great base for a week on two wheels. There are 29 tours in the region; from short spins around the city to steep mountain climbs. The Patscherkofel Radweg starts in town and is an entertaining 10.8km ride. There are two singletrails in the region: Nordketten is a 4.2km technically demanding path with 1030m difference in altitude - one of Austria’s sheerest and longest bike descents. The second, Hungerburg, is a shorter trail with 250m altitude variation. Both whip through the woods over branch, loose rock and marked track and are a good challenge for riders looking to improve their downhill technique. There’s also a range of e-bikes to rent, meaning everyone can explore Innsbruck on a bike, even if you don’t want to wear yourself out. The Brenner Pass runs through Innsbruck’s broad valley and is a classic trail for road bikes. Cyclists should also try the 40km round trip to Steinach am Brenner, which starts with a steep climb out of town and has an overall 590m elevation.
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