maria waldrast
maria waldrast

Hike to the Maria Waldrast Pilgrimage Site

Easy circular walk above the Stubaital and Wipptal valleys to the popular pilgrimage site Maria Waldrast along the Creation Path and through the Gleinser Mähder meadows

At Mieders in the Stubaital valley we take the Serles Cable Car up to the mountain station at 1,600 m a.s.l. We pass the Koppeneck tavern and follow the path no. 1 ("Rund ums Jöchl") which leads us first to the Ochsenhütte. Only few metres before we reach the mountain hut, a path branches to the right which proceeds uphill at the slope and brings us to a clearing with gorgeous views on Mt. Serles, the Kalkkögel mountains, and other surrounding mountains and valleys. A bit further on, the path joins the Way of the Cross (Stationenweg) which comes up from Mieders and accompanies us to Maria Waldrast. After a visit to the beautiful pilgrimage church with its famous Baroque altar we take a rest in the attached tavern to enjoy our lunch.

After our break we walk further to the Creation Path (Schöpfungsweg) which leads us through the gorgeous landscape. At the end of our circuit, the Creation Path brings us back to the pilgrimage site again where we now follow the path to the Gleinser Mähder meadows. The forest road proceeds through the wood and leads us to the beautiful natural landscape of the wet meadows - now in June various orchids, globeflowers, anemones and plenty of other herbs are in bloom. We follow the route "Rund ums Waldraster Jöchl" which leads us via the Ochsen Mountain Hut (1,582 m a.s.l.) back to our starting point, where this beautiful circular walk ends.

Author: AT

alpine pasture hike circular route difficulty: easy with lifts
  • Starting point:
    Serles mountain station (Mieders)
  • Time required:
    04:00 h
  • Track length:
    12,7 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.551 m to 1.708 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +363 m | -363 m
  • Route:
    Koppeneck - Maria Waldrast - Creation Path - Gleinser Mähder meadows - Serles mountain station
  • Signposts:
    1, Schöpfungsweg, "Rund ums Waldraster Jöchl"
  • Resting points:
    Waldrast, Matreier Ochsenalm, Ochsenhütte
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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    Hike to the Maria Waldrast Pilgrimage Site

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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