maria waldrast
maria waldrast

Maria Waldrast and Gleinser Mähder round tour

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 asl. We pass the Koppeneck tavern and follow the path n° 1 ("Rund ums Jöchl") which leads us first to the Ochsenhütte hut. Only few metres before we reach the 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 pause we walk further to the Creation Path (Schöpfungsweg) which leads us through the gorgeous landscape to the labyrinth and other arranged spots. 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 Ochsenhütte hut (1,582 m asl) back to our starting point, where this beautiful circular walk ends.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: mountain station of the Serles cable car, Mieders
Route: Koppeneck - Maria Waldrast - Creation Path - Gleinser Mähder meadows - Serles mountain station
Signpost: 1, Schöpfungsweg, "Rund ums Waldraster Jöchl"
Distance: approx. 12.7 km (in total)
Walking time: approx. 4 hours (in total)
Altitude difference: 340 m
Altitude level: between 1,540 and 1,680 m asl
Experienced in: June 2015

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