Wandern in der Schlucht

Walk through geological eras

The Schinderbach winds its way for 1.5 km from the ‘blue grotto’ through the bedrock of Imst’s low mountain terraces to St. John’s church (250-m altitude difference). For geologists, it also reflects millions of years of the earth’s history, but having said that, you don’t have to be a geological expert to marvel at the beauty of the gorge with its abundance of flowers, rock and wildlife.

Naturjuwel Rosengartenschlucht in Imst

Guided hikes

 A guided tour explaining all the geologic and natural phenomena will make your experience of this wildly romantic ravine even more intensive.   
From May to October, free guided tours are offered every Monday from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. Free of charge for guests of the Imst holiday region (with guest card), otherwise €1.00. Please reserve in advance at the Imst tourist office. 

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Great excursion
for families

  • With children, the hike from Imst through the Rosengarten gorge to Hoch-Imst takes 1 to 1,5 hours.
  • In Hoch-Imst awaits lots of fun attractions like the Alpine Coaster, Albin's Play Park, the Imster Bergbahnen lifts, the lake, restaurants, and much more.
  • Return to Imst over the Hachle gorge, the  Wetterkreuz or with the hiking bus. 

Idyllic nature for humans as well as wildlife

In addition to curious people, there are also other, perhaps not so expected, visitors to the Rosengarten Gorge. Alpine flora and fauna with a natural habitat in much higher altitudes can be found here due to the unique environment. For example has the brightly red Wallcreeper — a rather rare bird — often been spotted at the entrance of the gorge. 

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The blue grotto

Near Hoch-Imst, towards the end of the Rosengarten Gorge, is a medieval mining structure waiting to be explored. The long history of the blue grotto makes it unique: In Roman times, more than 2000 year ago, miners already searched for galena containing silver. The geologist Peter Gstrein believes that local miners worked with fire-setting methods already in the first centuries following the birth of Christ. With this method, the bedrock becomes brittle after being heated and then easier to handle. That is how the blue grotto was formed, probably as one of its kind in Tyrol.

The Rosengarten Gorge - good to know

  • The trail is not accessible with strollers, buggies or wheelchairs
  • The trail is closed during winter
  • Please wear sturdy shoes / boots
  • Altitude difference: 250 m
  • Take the hiking bus from Hoch-Imst back down to the valley

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