Enjoy the colorful splendor of a mountain summer in the middle of the Stubai Alps! Surrounded by legendary mountain peaks, the historic pilgrimage site of Maria Waldrast is located at an elevation of 1,682 m at the foot of the Serles and promises its visitors not only a stunning nature experience but also incomparable spiritual and cultural moments!
Whether mountain hiking, climbing, or looking for mushrooms in summer, our dedicated team will be happy to provide advice and help plan and organize your summer adventure.
Summer at the hotel is spiritual when you opt for our special inner reflection offers. Qi gong and sound meditation are wonderful ways to become quieter, calmer and more relaxed outdoors in nature, especially in the summer. We always offer yoga treatments, alkaline and therapeutic fasting, and forest bathing.
When the sun takes a break? Even rainy days are beautiful days! You might want to use the time for cultural experiences in the nearby state capital of Innsbruck. If the weather is bad, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens and the historic old town of Hall are also recommended as day trips. And neighbouring Italy is just a stone’s throw away. Sterzing, Brenner, Bolzano and Brixen are beautiful cities where you can enjoy the Italian lifestyle. Shopping, an Aperol, pizza, pasta and wine. Life is so beautiful!
But summer in the Stubai Alps is primarily about exercise in the healthy mountain air. You can conveniently immerse yourself in the fascinating Stubai Alps directly from the hotel. Walk to the mountain station of the Serlesbahnen, where Serlespark awaits you. A true paradise for little adventurers! Viewing platforms provide a view over Innsbruck to the Karwendel mountains. If you prefer a comfortable journey to the mountain station, you can use the Serles train: A slow train that runs between the mountain station and our pilgrimage monastery.
A summer toboggan run with 40 curves and an altitude of over 640 meters, the Serleswurm slide, the "Zanggerbrunnen" alpine salamander playground and the reservoir. Adventurers young and old can look forward to all of these exciting destinations. This makes a summer holiday at the Waldrast Nature Resort an unforgettable experience for families too.
With a mountain or e-bike, you will find wonderful routes that allow you to discover the invigorating mountains on two wheels. There are many alpine huts around the Serles hiking area which are ideal for a refreshment stop. Why not feast on authentic Tyrolean fare!
In the winter months, we are particularly proud to offer you Austria’s toboggan run, which has been certified several times. Our toboggan run has two different levels of difficulty and is separated from the ascent, making it very safe. The track is not only illuminated, but also covered in snow. We also offer a toboggan rental service. You can either make the ascent yourself or let our shuttle service take you to the Waldrast.
The captivating mountains of the Stubai Alps will make the pulse of all hiking lovers race faster with excitement! With its unique location, the Maria Waldrast monastery is the ideal starting point for idyllic hill country hikes, picturesque treks, and challenging high mountain tours.
- Hike to the pilgrimage site of Maria Waldrast
You can either hike from Matrei am Brenner to Mützens or choose the Mützens parking area as the starting point for your pilgrimage hike.
A picturesque forest road winds through romantic spruce forests up to Europe's highest monastery. The 5 km long path leads along the Stations of the Cross in ca. 1.5 hrs. to Maria Waldrast.
- Rosary Path to the chapel
This wonderful loop trail leads along the Stations of the Cross in only 20 minutes to the chapel in the idyllic forest above the monastery. On the site of this small chapel, two shepherd boys found the image of the Virgin Mary in a hollow larch trunk, and the pilgrimage church is located here today.
- Hike to the Serles (2,718 m)
The mighty Serles sits enthroned above the Innsbruck, Stubai, and Wipptal mountains. More than 1,000 vertical meters and 3 hours of hiking separate the monastery from the 2,718 m high summit. After an overnight stay in the historic walls of the Maria Waldrast monastery, there is nothing more wonderful than a sunrise tour on the "high altar of Tyrol" as Goethe once called it.
- The climb up the queen of the summits
After filling up your drinking bottle with the energy-rich water from the monastery fountain, you can begin the 20 minute climb through the forest until you cross a pine field and a trench filled with gravel under the rocks and reach a vast cirque. After you have passed a bubbling spring, the rather steep climb to the Serlesjöchl at 2,384 m begins. Right at the ridge, you will climb over a boulder via a secured iron ladder. It's not far now! Via a narrow mountain path, you will reach the summit plateau of the majestic rock pyramid.
- Quellenweg (Path of Springs) to Mieders
- Schöpfungsweg (Creation Path)
- Jubiläumsweg Serlesjöchl path
- Sonnenstein Fulpmes
Pilgrimages on mountain bike
Experience the limitless beauty of nature around the pilgrimage site of Maria Waldrast up-close from the seat of your bike!
Once you have arrived at the monastery, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view and delicious treats. In addition, a variety of exciting mountain bike routes await you such as the tour to the Blaserhütte or to the Schwarzwaldjöchl.
For all downhill fans, we recommend a ride up on the Serlesbahnen lifts on the Hochserles, and from here, you can enjoy a wonderful downhill ride on the forest path to the monastery.
Wipptal – Stubaital – Inntal
From Matrei am Brenner, follow the signs towards Mützens or the Maria Waldrast pilgrimage church. Pass the toll station and bike on a paved mountain road past gurgling mountain streams, peaceful forests, and lush meadows up to the Maria Waldrast monastery. After enjoying refreshments in the monastery inn and taking a gulp of the healing water in the Marienbrunnen fountain, continue on a forest path up to the highest point, from which you can descend into the Stubaital. From Mieders, bike towards Fulpmes and follow the path out of the valley to the Telfer Wiesen. Now, continue into the district of Kreith. From here, bike past the Olympic ski jump on the Bergisel, the Wilten Abbey, and the Wilten Basilica into the historic city center of Innsbruck.