Already in 1407 building works for the Maria Waldrast monastery started near Waldrasterjoch saddle. A legend has it that shepherd boys discovered an effigy of the Virgin Mary in a trunk of a larch tree. In the 16th century a spring which is said to have healing qualities was tapped near the monastery. Since 1996 it has been possible to drink the high energy water of the spring from the Marienbrunnen fountain in front of the church. Many are convinced of the healing properties of this water – often people queue up to fill the plastic containers they’ve brought along to bring the precious water back home.There are different possibilities to get to Maria Waldrast from the Stubai Valley. The shortest and family-friendliest route leads along a forestry trail on flat terrain that starts at the Serlesbahnen top terminal.Kappelenweg Trail from Mieders and Talerweg Trail from Medraz are hikes of a longer duration. Along both trails are several chapels with worthwhile paintings. In autumn the hike from Gleins past Eulenweisen and Gleinser Mähder is especially worthwhile.
Start: Serlesbahnen top terminal (1605m)Finish: Maria Waldrast (1,641m)Difficulty: easy, flat forestry trailWalking time: 1 hour.Altitude gain: 139mAltitude loss: 110mRest stops: Gasthof Koppeneck, Jausenstation Ochsenhütte, Klostergasthof Maria Waldrast
Start: Mieders (952m)Finish: Maria Waldrast (1,641m)Difficulty: intermediate, good trailWalking time: 3 hoursAltitude gain: 700mAltitude loss: 110mRest stops: same as aboveAlternative: ascent or descent resp. via Wassertal Valley
Start: Medraz (980m)Finish: Maria Waldrast (1,641m)Difficulty: intermediate, good trailWalking time: 3 hoursAltitude gain: 740mAltitude loss: 110m Rest stops: Gasthof Sonnenstein and as listed above
Start: Gleins (1,420m)Finish: Maria Waldrast (1,641m)Difficulty: intermediate, bad signpostingWalking time: 3 hoursAltitude gain: 635mAltitude loss: 420m Rest stops: Gasthof Gleinserhof, parking possible!