08. August 2018

Satisfactionguaranteed for children and adults

Find out how the whole family can get their money's worth

Parents will know this situation all too well from their previous holidays: The kids are looking for short, fun-filled activities; Mum and dad would like to spend a little more time exploring the surroundings. Luckily, Hoch-Imst offers a number of ideal solutions for this more-than-a-little-tricky situation. We've put together a list of our top three classic family itineraries, which can each be combined with a trip on the Alpine Coaster.

1

Through the Rosengarten Gorge up to the Alpine Coaster.

1.5km through one of the most beautiful Gorges in Tyrol that is accessible by foot.

Start: This wonderful encounter with nature starts just behind the Johanneskirche church in Imst. Free parking is available at Sonneparkplatz, a large car park in the immediate vicinity of the church.

Duration: The walk through the gorge takes a good 45 minutes in normal weather conditions. The resting point known as Jausenstopp (a bench with a view of the Gurgltal from right in the middle of the gorge) is a highlight of the trek in its own right. Solid footwear recommended.

Highlights: Large, sturdy bridges astride the wild water offer a spectacular close-up with nature. These are all linked together in a winding thread of rock tunnels and climbing trails, punctuated in turn by fierce waterfalls. There are heaps of photo opportunities along the way. And awaiting you at the end of the trail: the blue grotto. Small and easily accessible (mind your head!), this hidden jewel served as an ore mine during the middle ages. The bottom station of the Alpine Coaster is conveniently located at the exit of the Rosengarten gorge.

Good to know: There is a bus available to take hikers back into Imst. The route is not suitable for pushchairs.

Other points of interest: Alpine Coaster Imst, Family park, Segway tours, E-Trial course, lake for swimming, Tennis courts, Fit 2000 obstacle course, restaurant sun terraces (all based around the bottom station of Hoch-Imst)

Additional hiking trails: Untermarkter Alm via Rodelweg, Untermarkter Alm via Toboggan run, Neureithrunde, Hachleschlucht – Teilwiesen

Useful links:
Rosengarten Gorge
Hiking bus
Alpine Coaster
Family park
Imst tourism

2

From Untermarkter-Alm to Latschenhütte and back.

Relaxed short hike with stopover highlights

Start: Take the lift up to Untermarkter-Alm, where you will come to the start of our super summer toboggan run Alpine Coaster, the longest of its kind. From here, you can enjoy a relaxing walk through the Alpine pastures towards Latschenhütte.

Duration: Speedy walkers can make the trip in 20 minutes. Those with small children should allow 35 - 40 minutes. You set the pace. In a nutshell: A short, relaxing walk offering an array of natural attractions.

Highlights: The best route is via the Jägersteig, which you can find by turning off along the tow-path. This path leads you to a small, magical clearing forest wonderland with winding wooden steps, giant crags and the legendary "Hexenkuchl", a semi-open rock dome. And to top it all off, treat yourself to a Kaiserschmarrn (local pancake dish) or a delicious Knödelsuppe (dumpling soup) at the Latschenhütte. Extend this magical route by taking a detour to the giant Almriesen tree.

Good to know: Latschenhütte hut is closed on Mondays.

Other points of interest: Alpine Coaster Imst, a pit-stop in the Untermarkter Alm or Latschenhütte, Family park, segway tours, E-Trail taster track, lake for swimming, Tennis courts, Fit 2000 obstacle course, restaurant sun terraces (all based around the bottom station of Hoch-Imst).

Additional hiking trails: take the route back to Hoch-Imst via Opferstock; the Muttekopfhütte and Platteinwiese routes.

Useful links:
Jägersteig
Untermarkter Alm
Latschenhütte

3

Cross the path through the Alptal to Untermarkter Alm

The world's longest alpine roller coaster rewards young and old

Start: This route offers an eventful glimpse into the surrounding nature and alternative route to the Forststraße finishing at Untermarkter Alm. Start the trail just by the Parkplatz Nord car park in Hoch-Imst (second exit off the roundabout).

Duration: Allow for 1.5 hours at a comfortable pace with children. Along the way, you'll find some beautiful rest stops (by the brook or in the Alpine meadows) and information on the local mushrooms scattered along the route. We recommend taking regular stops along the way. The more athletic among our visitors can easily finish this trail in half the time.

Highlights: The Pilzpfad or mushroom route runs just alongside the standard route. The eye-catching, oversized, wooden mushrooms lead you along the path. This themed trail provides a step-by-step guide to everything you could wish to know about mushrooms. But before stepping foot on the fungus trail, budding foragers must negotiate a steep rock face. Once back in the valley, it's time to climb aboard and have some fun. There's simply no better way down than a joyful ride on the longest mountain rollercoaster in the world.

Good to know: Route unsuitable for pushchairs

Other points of interest: Alpine Coaster Imst, a pit-stop in the Untermarkter Alm or Latschenhütte (at the end of the route), Family park, segway tours, E-Trail taster track, lake for swimming, Tennis courts, Fit 2000 obstacle course, restaurant sun terraces (all based around the bottom station of Hoch-Imst)

Additional hiking trail: Latschenhütte, Muttekopfhütte, Platteinwiese, Hinteres and Vorderes Alpjoch

Useful Links:
Hiking in Hoch-Imst
Untermarkter Alm
Alpine Coaster