19. Jänner 2038

Moments in nature

From mountain oases to wild orchids, from rugged cliffs to little grottos

Nature gives us energy. Hoch-Imst boasts miles of intact, natural landscape. Rugged rock faces contrast with soft, flower meadows, home to countless species, and magical forests are home to babbling brooks. A visit to this beautiful region is sure to recharge your batteries.
These are our picks of the best natural highlights the region has to offer:


The cliffs at Adlerhorst

This easily accessible viewing platform known as Adlerhorst near the Alpjoch mountain station reveals the rugged side of the peaks. One the one side, the steep flanks of the Alpjoch catch your eye. These extend up from Drischlsteig, leading to Muttekopfhütte. On the other side of the valley, the jagged rock formations form a plateau from which the steep slopes tumble down. Inbetween. at 2,774 metres, lies Imst's own mountain, the Muttekopf.


The wood at Jägersteig

Between the Malchbach lift and Latschenhütte this wood is around 400 metres long. Jägersteig passes through a magical wood, home to a giant boulder and many other natural treasures. Hikers are transported to another world in this wood, while children find themselves in a fairytale land. The path leads alongside a brook, between mossy rocks and trees, over winding wooden steps and bridges past ancient tree trunks. It feels as though the mosses and lichen have transformed the wood into a mystical paradise.


Moor at Seebrig

Although not very easy to reach and even more difficult to spot, the Seebrig moor is the hidden jewel of the mountains. At the heart of the Seebrig region at an altitude of about 2,300m above sea level, you'll find an extensive cotton grass moor surrounding a little lake. This unique little spot can reached by walking to the west from the Muttekopfhütte.


Cave in the Blue Grotto

This attraction, which may have been created during Roman times is certainly a hit with visitors to the Rosengarten Gorge today. The end of the cave is located just next to the Imster Bergbahn carpark. The Blue Grotto is an ideal destination for a little underground adventure: It gets its name from the little everlasting water puddle towards the north-eastern corner, which gives off a bluish shimmer.


Relax in the meadow

In summer, the meadows and mountain slopes are transformed into a sea of colour, with flowers of all varieties peeping their heads out after the harch winter. The meadows become bejewelled with beautiful, colourful alpine flowers such such as buttercups, yarrows and daisies, but also rarer species such as gentian, alpine rose, arnica, nigritella and wild orchids. Different types of flowers can be found in particular abundance at the Alpjoch and just downhill from the Untermerkter Alm. In the Muttekopf region, you might even be lucky to spot an Edelweiß.


Cool of in the water

A stream has the ability to refresh even the weariest of hikers. Children spend hours playing in them. Luckily there is an abundance in the region. From bathing in the swimming lake at Hoch-Imst, to a dip in the Schinterbach that flows through the Alptal, you can always find a little spot to cool off during the warmer weather. As you go up even higher to the Jägersteig or around the Muttekopfhütte, the water draws in crowds of hikers. The novelty of taking a fresh dip in a mountain stream will simply never wear off.