Elfer Gratzengrübl

The „Elfer“ – home mountain of Neustift – has not only been a natural time marker for the locals since time immemorial but also shows unique geological features. It is impressive to watch how two different rock forms meet there: on the one side the rugged and bright rock towers on the Serles ridge made out of limestone, on the other side the prehistoric rock of the Stubai mountains, the so called Ötztal-Stubai-Crystalline that forms the socket of the mountain. The chalk sediments had been lifted out of the sea when the African Plate pushed against the Eurasian Plate and the Alps were formed. You recognize the limestone by its red to yellow limestone layers below the summit of Kesselspitze, a rugged and highly jointed setup and the bright rock fans out of sharp-edged boulders.

Round trip 1 (Mountain station Elferlifte - Autenalm – Mountain station Elferlifte)

 

Starting and finishing point: Elferlifte mountain station (1,794 m)
Walking time: 4 hours
Altitude difference: 700 m
Rest points: Panorama restaurant Elfer (1,794 m), Elferhütte (2,080 m), Autenalm (1,665 m)

JOURNEY / STARTING POINT:
Direct bus to Neustift (stop: Neustift i. St. Turn-off Elferlifte). There is free parking at the Elferlifte valley station.

TOUR DESCRIPTION
From the Elferbahn mountain station the track winds upwards to the Elferhütte. Shortly above the hut the panoramic trail moves downwards to the western side of the Pinnistal, climbs a little once more and then stays at the same level for a considerable time with a wonderful view of the romantic and wild Pinnistal. After a walk of around 1.5 hours you turn right towards Zwölfernieder before reaching the Elfer natural beauty spot, which is on a plateau and offers a fantastic panorama along the Serleskamm. Larchwood benches are an inviting place to take a rest. The route back is via the Zwölfernieder and the Autenalm. For the first 300 m you take the same track, before turning left towards Zwölfernieder and Autenalm. The Zwölfernieder is reached in about 30 minutes. From der Zwölfernieder the narrow but good track initially (the first 30 minutes) descends steeply to the Autenalm, which you reach in one hour. From the Autenalm you can walk back to the mountain station on a relatively level track (45 minutes) or descend to the valley station of the Elferlifte (two hours).

Round trip 2 (Mountain station Elferlifte - Pinnistal – valley station Elferlifte)

 

Starting point: Elferlifte mountain station (1,794 m)
Finishing point: Elferlifte valley station (993 m)
Walking time: 5.5 hours
Altitude difference: 450 m
Rest points: Panorama restaurant Elfer (1,794 m), Elferhütte (2.080 m), Karalm (1,737 m), Pinnisalm (1.550m), Issenangeralm (1,380 m)

JOURNEY / STARTING POINT:
Direct bus to Neustift (stop: Neustift i. St. Turn-off Elferlifte). There is free parking at the Elferlifte valley station.

TOUR DESCRIPTION
From the Elferbahn mountain station the track winds upwards to the Elferhütte. Shortly above the hut the panoramic trail moves downwards to the western side of the Pinnistal, climbs a little once more and then stays at the same level for a considerable time with a wonderful view of the romantic and wild Pinnistal. After a walk of around 1.5 hours you turn right towards Zwölfernieder before reaching the Elfer natural beauty spot, which is on a plateau and offers a fantastic panorama along the Serleskamm. Larchwood benches are an inviting place to take a rest.

Offer for your holiday in the Stubai valley

Stubai Super Card Package

26.05.2018 - 14.10.2018
  • 7 nights with breakfast or half board, or in a holiday apartment
  • Stubai Super Card
  • Stubai hiking map - all hiking trails, themed trails and mountain tours
  • Entrance to the musical events at the Stubai Musikkarussell in July and August
  • The guided electric bike tour of the week
  • 4 guided hikes from our weekly programme
from € 199,00

Stubai culinary delights

01.06.2018 - 30.09.2018
  • 3, 4, 5 or 7 nights with breakfast, halfboard or in an appartment
  • 2, 3, 4, or 6 Culinary Delights vouchers (depending on length of stay)
  • Guided walks from our weekly schedule (Mon to Fri)
  • 1 guided E-Bike tours with a bike guide, rental fee of e-bikes not included
from € 99,00