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Stubaier Gletscher

Hiking round to one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Austrian alps.

Hiking Difficult

9.6 km
835 m
836 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.5 km
Mutterbergersee Map

This wonderful hike starts at the end of Stubai valley at the Gamsgarten gondola station, which you can get to by car or the nr. 590 bus from Innsbruck.


In the beginning of the hike you cross two small rivers with clear but ice cold glacier water, and you’ll begin to get a sense of the wild alpine terrain this route leads to.

Follow the trail uphill and leave the last trees behind and enter a wide and open bit of terrain with a mixture of grassland, grey rocks and little colourful flowers.

As the trail gets flatter and follows the terrain leftwards (south) you can enjoy the stunning view over the nearby white glacier with its exposed grey peaks.

Keep your height with a traverse to the south, crossing two wild streams until the outer (außerer) Mutterbergbach stream is reached.

The route then follows the Stubaier Höhenweg, continuing westwards and catching the last meters up to the Mutterberger lake.

You can rest here, while enjoying this stunning panorama of the lake with the Stubaier alps in the background. If you’re brave enough, take a swim in this crystal clear but (due to its glacial origin) ice-cold lake.

Refreshed from the cold water you keep on following the Stubaier Höhenweg until a gravel road crosses the trail. Take this one down through the steep Wilde Gruben till the parking lot is reached for a nice ending of this Mutterberger lake trail.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between June and October


  • Alpine
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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