Hang-gliding and Paragliding
Innsbruck’s Nordkette does not only provide amazing views for people standing on top of the mountain, it also provides fantastic views for hang-gliders and paragliders.
As well as enjoying unique panorama views into far-away valleys, hang-gliders and paragliders can take advantage of the potential for long-distance flights due to the east-west-oriented mountain flanks.
The Nordkette is also very popular among internationally-renowned pilots such as Wolfgang Seiss: “The Nordkette is the perfect training area when I’m preparing for international competitions.”
Nordkette flying area
There are 3 designated take-off areas: Paragliders can choose between starting from Seegrube at 1,905m or even higher from just below the Hafelekar Peak at 2,300m. Experienced pilots often speak about a “take-off into nothing” as the mountain side drops very steeply directly after taking off - highly spectacular for pilots and onlookers but definitely not to be attempted by beginners! The hang-gliders, however, get the most attention because they take off directly beside the Seegrube restaurant’s sun terrace.
Paragliding and hang-gliding is possible at the Nordkette all year round depending on snow conditions. Lunchtime is the best time to take off, and April to August is the best time of year for pilots who are looking to make long-distance flights. The record for a hang-gliding flight from the Nordkette is 285.2km, for a paragliding flight it is 211.7km and for a fixed-wing craft flight itis 331.9km.
The complete Nordkette Flying Area lies within Innsbruck Airport’s airspace. Due to this fact, flights must be registered with the local clubs. The Innsbruck Hang-gliding Club can be contacted via www.hanggliding.at and the paragliding club can be found here: www.innsbruckergleitschirmfliegerverein.org.
Mountain Soaring over Nordkette
Explore the breathtaking alpine landscape around Innsbruck and the Nordkette in a high performance sailplane… Take the controls and soar with your personal gliding instructor and explore the Innsbruck alps only with thermals and wind. Good soaring conditions given you take off from Innsbruck Airport and fly above Nordkette to start soaring over the breathtaking mountains of the Karwendel. Info and Booking via www.mountain-soaring.com
Hitt & Söhne
Visitors can enjoy high quality food and beverages at this wonderfully-located cafe. In addition, selected sports articles and lifestyle products are also presented in a unique chilled out atmosphere.
Walk up to the highest point of the Nordkette and experience summit atmosphere without a long ascent. Walking time from the Hafelekar station: Approx. 10 – 15 minutes.