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.
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.