The Mountain of Contrasts
Urban life and wild nature, just minutes apart. The Nordkette makes this unique experience possible. It is not just a viewing point, a hiking paradise or ski resort, but also the mountain in the city. One moment you can be standing in the pedestrian area right in front of the world-renowned Golden Roof, and minutes later you can be up at the 2,300m Hafelekar enjoying the spectacular 360° views from Top of Innsbruck. On one side you have the urban and modern capital of the Alps, Innsbruck, and on the other side the untouched nature of the Karwendel Nature Park.
The mountain in the city
Innsbruck is the capital of the Alps – young, modern and urban with an amazing mountain backdrop. Whoever wants to behold Innsbruck from up high can do so without a strenuous hike or summit expedition. Thanks to the modern Hungerburg Funicular and the Cable Railways, the Hafelekar can be reached from the old town in a matter of minutes.
Once you have arrived at the Hafelekar, it does not take long to reach the viewing point for unforgettable views of Innsbruck - rugged alpine terrain, wildlife, beautiful nature and the city of Innsbruck (120,000 inhabitants): Impressions that are guaranteed to last.
Once you have been inspired by the view to Innsbruck, you only need to turn around and take a few steps to see the largest nature park in Austria. The Karwendel is not only an impressive nature paradise, but also the habitat for alpine wildlife. You may be lucky enough to spot gold eagles, alpine ibex, marmots, chamois or bearded vultures. Hafelekar is the window to the Karwendel Nature Park and makes it possible to experience this unique habitat. Up here at 2,300m, high above the rooftops of Innsbruck, being so close to nature, it is quite easy to forget about the city at the foot of the mountain.
The Nordkette offers various sporting possibilities. From skiing, snowboarding and freeriding during te winter to different mountainbike trails, the Nordkette Climbing Arena and the Fixed Rope Route during summer.
With an area covering 727 square kilometres, the Karwendel Nature Park encompasses almost the whole Karwendel mountain range. It is the largest protected region in the Tyrol and Austria’s largest Nature Park.
The Nordkette is the perfect starting point for a variety of hikes and walks. For example, the short ascent from the Hafelekar station to the Hafelekar peak, the panorama circular trail at the Seegrube or longer expeditions such as hiking into the Karwendel Nature Park via The Goethe Trail. There is something for all hikers and walkers at the Nordkette.