The ‘WildeWasserWeg’ trail is a true authentic nature experience
In the Stubai Valley, three stages and hikes around wild stretches of water are waiting to fascinate you.
At the ‘WildeWasserWeg’ trail in the Stubai Valley, you can follow the journey of a water drop from its origins in ice to the rushing stream. There is also a new round-trip hike to the ‘Langetalbach’, showing that there are also interesting offshoots off the main course, on which there are no less spectacular natural sites. From July 2017, a pleasant one-hour hike to a small but spectacular waterfall will be available. A combination with the stages of the ‘WildeWasserWeg’ trail will also be possible.
The ‘WildeWasserWeg’ trail in the Stubai Valley is a protective natural jewel which offers stunning views and insight into the valley and its creation. The magnificence and the beauty of the untouched landscapes surrounding the WildeWasserWeg trail are particularly impressive. Picturesque meadows, rich green Alpine plateaus, bizarrely shaped rock formations, gently flowing streams, thrashing waterfalls, turquoise blue mountain lakes and glacial fields that shimmer in the sun all help to round off the tour of the deeper Stubai Valley.
Stages and loops
It consists of three stages which can be completed individually or together, and follows a trail stretching over 10 km and 1,200 altitude meters up to the Sulzenauferner, a glacial field set at 2,477m above sea level.
In addition, loops that branch off from the main path and finally return to it, open up new perspectives and guide wanderers to long unexplored areas. Just like the new Round-trip Ruetz Katarakt starting in the WildeWasser Arena. At first, you follow the path through the gorge with raging water rapids to the Tschangelair Alm. From there, it follows the opposite side of the Hütte out of the valley. Among other things, the Langetalbach, a side-stream supplying the Ruetz, can be traversed over a bridge. The highlight is an unexplored spectacular waterfall.
It has been possible for visitors the ‘WildeWasserWeg’ trail to explore the second Round-trip since last summer. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the Grawa waterfall near the Grawa ALM and can be completed in an approximately 40-minute round-trip with an almost uninterrupted view of the broadest waterfall in the Eastern Alps.
Contrasting impressions accompany the hikers
Anyone exploring the entire path will find unique natural phenomena and interesting information on each section. Quiet moments alternate with the loud and fast moving water: In the WildeWasser Arena, the importance of the water for the Stubai Valley emerges; in the Ruetz Katarakt, you can witness the roaring masses of water, which were previously only a gentle flowing brook. Then it leads on to the imposing and powerful Grawa waterfall, which, in spite of its loud nature, has soothing properties, as established by an investigation. At the source of the Grawa waterfall, it becomes somewhat quieter and gentle again on the high plateau with sandy floodplains and richly branched meanderings as well as the idyllic Sulzenaualm. The raging Sulzenau Falls, with the Sulzenau Hütte off to the side, can be seen only in closer proximity, which is the goal of the second stage.
On the third and last stage of the ‘WildeWasserWeg’ trail, from the Sulzenauhütte alpine lodge to the foot of the Sulzenauferner glacier, the mountain landscape becomes akin to a glacier educational trail formed by nature. It is seldom that the different appearances of the glacier landscape can be taken in so impressively in such a short distance: hikers can traverse the landscape with views high up to the crowning, rugged towers of the ice falls of the Sulzenauferner glacier, and to the Zuckerhütl. Passing the great moraine lakes, turquoise-blue mountain lakes such as the “Blaue Lacke” or the smooth and colourful glacial rock, hikers then arrive at a glacial lake beneath the Peiljoch junction. This is finally the point at which the Wild Water first reaches the surface, from where it begins its journey into the valley, and hikers complete their tour of the ‘WildeWasserWeg’ trail.
The stunning landscape creations, which have brought centuries of flowing water to the fore - and continue to do so - can be admired throughout the whole of summer. Exciting events, however, only take place on selected dates. These include both the Gourmet Hiking Evenings on 29 July at the Ruetz Katarakt, and on 12 August 2016 at the Grawa Waterfall. This is when hikers stroll at night with nothing blocking the path, soaking up the wonderful atmosphere. Culinary delicacies brought to you by Stubai’s localities are just as much part of this as the views of nature's subtly illuminated spectacle.
WildeWasser package offers
In order to be able to enjoy the full glory, variety and effect of the ‘WildeWasserWeg’ trail, it is important to take your time. This ideally means enjoying a stay, with extensive additional offers. This is possible thanks to the WildeWasser Active Weeks. In addition to overnight accommodation with board, guided hiking tours with Stubai mountain guides and great souvenirs for when you are homeward bound, are included.
For more information, please visit: www.stubai.at/en/accommodations/all-inclusive-packages/summer/