Who: Mark and myself
Length: about 4 miles
Time: about 2 hours
Weather: about 70 degrees, sunny
This hike was near Innsbruck, Austria, during a Summer vacation with my former college roommate Mark. We started in the town of Igls with a cable car ride on the Patscherkofelbahn. Then, hiked the Zirbenweg (Zirben path) in an easterly direction across to a chairlift which took us back down to the valley. A bus ride returned us back to the parking lot.
The hike offered great views of Innsbruck and the Inn valley. The trail is named after the Zirbe, which is a type of pine tree (“Swiss Pine” in English). The wood is desirable for furniture and carving. And, the pine cones are used to flavor schnapps.
The chairlift ride down was a real moment of joy for me (Mark said it was for him as well). The views were breathtaking. Thank you, Frau Horak, for recommending this hike to us! More blog posts will follow with additional Austria hikes.
Note, the purple flowers in the video are not Enzian as stated. I think they are Harebell.
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