Stubai Tree House Trail
A great treasure hunt between the ground of the forest and the tips of the trees
The Stubai valley in Tyrol has another attraction and a new great destination for a day trip with the entire family. The new tree house trail between the central station of the Schlick 2000 and the Alpine hut Vergör is ideal for hiking with kids. The trail is easy, suitable for prams and can be managed in around one hour. On the way there are plenty of places to rest and play. There are even three refreshment options covering the trail: the Fronebenalm hut, the Bruggeralm hut and the snack bar Vergör.
To find out what makes the STUBAI tree house trail special, it’s worth taking a look up, as along the way several tree houses invite visitors to play, climb, have fun, make discoveries and relax. The dwarf Bardin, who once mined precious metals with his friends in the Stubai Alps, has chosen this part of the forest to rest and set up home. As the last remaining one of his kind, he looks after the animals and plants in the forest. However, Bardin looks forward to having visitors above all else. Especially for them he’s prepared lots of slides, ropes, crawl tunnels and places to play.
The tree houses symbolise the individual parts of the dwarf’s dwelling: Bardin searched for, and found, the most beautiful and grandest trees in the forest for the dwarf playing ground, the dwarf treasure chamber, the dwarf kitchen, the dwarf bedroom and the dwarf workshop. He found many of the building materials right there and with a loving attention to detail made them into a large, close-to-nature and sustainable play and experience trail, which is a beautiful destination for a family trip in Tirol.
If you like you can also search for Bardin’s treasure. At the entrance to the tree house trail there are “treasure cards” next to the welcome sign. Bardin has hidden a particular symbol in each tree house. At the end of the hike the children can exchange their cards for a small reward at the Fronebenalm hut, the Bruggeralm hut, the snack bar Vergör or at the Schlick 2000 valley station. An unforgettable experience for the entire family and a playful journey back to the past of construction in the mountain of the Stubai valley!
If you follow the path from the midway station towards Froneben, you will find the first tree house, the Dwarves’ Playground, near the cable car station. Here, little dwarves can practice their climbing and crawling on the zip wire, suspension bridge and net pipe tunnel. The wooden construction is reached from the path via a bridge. Via a tunnel you reach a platform. There’s a zip wire in the main house.
Dwarves’ Treasure Chamber
Next you come to the Dwarves’ Treasure Chamber. Landings stages lead between the path, tree house and along the trees. The facade of the wooden construction is decorated with a whole crowd of Dwarves who are guarding Bardin’s treasure. With some of them, you can even become a dwarf for a moment by looking outside from inside. It’s the perfect time for a quick photo! The treasures such as amethyst, quartz and fool’s gold glitter and sparkle colourfully in the sun. There’s also a dwarf telephone for fun entertainment. Who’s that on the other end of the line? After trying out the double swing, it’s now time to go down the slide under the bridge and back to the path.
Next stop is the Dwarves’ Kitchen. The wooden construction is like a small witch’s cottage, offering various exciting sliding and climbing opportunities to transport the fruits of the forest safely from the floor to the dwarves’ pantry. Here they can be sorted, stored and of course used. You return to earth using either the slide, climbing pole or ladder.
After so much action, it’s sometimes good to take things a bit more slowly. After climbing, you reach the Dwarves’ Bedroom. This swinging house is designed as a very special tree house. Thanks to the wire anchoring of the diamond-shaped wood construction, you suddenly find yourself in a huge swing that invites you to rest up briefly and enjoy the view across the treetops all around you. Well rested, then it’s time to swing quickly down to earth again.
Dwarves’ Pointed Cap
After this short pause for breath, things get exciting again towards the Dwarves’ Pointed Cap. Only the bravest dare to climb right up into the treetop. From there you enjoy a wonderful view across Fulpmes and the surrounding forest. Completely unnoticed, you can observe all the shy forest animals from the viewing tower. If you look really closely, you can perhaps discover the baby deer who is looking for food or the nimble squirrel jumping from tree to tree.
Dwarves’ Music Room
If you continue along the path you will soon see a honeycomb-like structure twinkling between the trees: the Dwarves’ Music Room. Thanks to its unusual structure and the many spaces of the tree house, not only the sunlight draws wonderful colourful patterns on the floors and walls. You can make music yourself on singing bowls and wind chimes, or listen to the secretive sounds of the forest.
By the next tree house at the latest, the Dwarves’ Parlour, all large and small family members are joyfully reunited. Cosy seats and playing tables offer the best conditions for relaxed fun. From Tyrolean roulette to a table marble run, nine men’s morris and ludo, everyone is guaranteed to find a challenge and a rematch here!