Höttinger Alm (1487m) is located at the Nordkette mountain range and is one of the most famous Alms (mountain restaurants) around Innsbruck, being accessible from the city itself or from Hungerburg. In Höttinger Alm we can eat typical Austrian food, such as Kaspressknödel, while we enjoy the views of Innsbruck, Patscherkofel and the beginning of the Stubai Valley, flanked by Serles and Nockspitze. In addition, it always has good vibes, since hikers, cyclists and tourists gather at Höttinger Alm.
We start from the center of Innsbruck, and it is also possible to start from Hungerburg (where we end this route), where you can arrive by car and the bus J from the city center.
Access by public transport
This typical hike has several possible routes, we chose a circular route starting from the city and going up through a couloir, we go down by the route that takes to Hungerburg. The ascent is tougher in terms of difficulty of the terrain and steepness, while the descent is easier. It is important to highlight that in these couloirs in spring there are huge avalanches of wet snow so they should only be used if there is no snow. There are many other possible combinations to get to Höttinger Alm, the shortest option is to take the Nordkette funicular to Seegrube and from there to Höttinger Alm.
00:00 Start. We start the route in front of West mall, although there are other infinite possibilities. The first part of the hike runs through the city, crossing Hötting neighborhood, we go down the street Speckweg, then there is an error in the track because the track continues through the street Schlotthofweg, and then comes back to Planötzenhofstrasse, which takes directly to the forest.
00:30 Forest. We ascend a forest road through the forest, which goes near Höttinger Bild, a small church. We follow the path to the end of the forest.
01:20 Couloir. We leave the forest road to take a path that goes up a couloir, in some sections zigzagging and in others directly.
01:55 Change of direction. We change direction to the left (E) and climb the last hill that takes us to Höttinger Alm leaving the couloir.
02:10 Höttinger Alm. In our destination we can eat, have a beer and enjoy the views for a while. The descent follows the same path as the ascent, until reaching the couloir.
02:15 Couloir. We cross the couloir and this time, instead of going down,we follow the path through the forest (direction W).
02:30 Ski piste. The trail takes us down a fairly steep ski piste. At the end of the piste we take a wide forest road.
02:50 Umbrüggler Alm. The road passes through this Alm, also quite famous and crowded.
03:10 Hungerburg. We reach the base of the Nordkette funicular, where we can take the J bus, the Nordkette railway or to hike back to the city. Highly recommended to approach the viewpoint and enjoy the views one last time.