The new long-distance hiking highlight.
Long-distance hiking routes are enjoying increasing popularity. They offer walkers a deeper insight into a specific region and often follow a river, or they may lead along routes of historical interest. Several such long-distance hiking routes lead right through the Imst Holiday Region.
We welcome numerous guests who are following, for example, the ancient Roman route ‘Via Claudia Augusta’ or the ‘Way of St. James’. And in spring 2018 a new route – the ‘Starkenberger Panoramic Route’ – was unveiled to the delight of hiking fans from all over the world.
The ‘Starkenberg Panoramic Route’ offers a hiking trail packed with highlights. As its name suggests, the noble house of Starkenberg plays a significant role with the route connecting fortresses and castles of the once mighty and proud aristocratic family that, for over 400 years, occupied a ruling position here in Tyrol. In the 12th century the Starkenbergers commissioned the building of their ancestral family castle near the village of Tarrenz, and thus the area between Ehrenberg/Fernpass and Kronburg became the heartland of the Starkenbergers’ power and authority, the seat of a dynasty that came to an end in 1452 with the death of Sigismund.
Unique panoramic route between the Fernpass and Landeck
The Starkenberger Panoramic Route is divided into seven stages and each stage is truly special in its own right. The route repeatedly takes walkers along sections of great historical interest, including the Via Claudia Augusta, the ancient salt-trading route and the Way of St. James. Not fewer than seven lakes and countless streams along the way make this a particularly refreshing experience rich in variety and scenic diversity. And, of course, the route boasts numerous castles, fortresses, ruins and all kinds of interesting sights from the past, thus immersing walkers in history with every step they take.
A gem among long-distance hiking trails
What makes the Starkenberger Panoramic Route so particularly appealing is the vast richness of variety it offers. It is not only the stunning scenery and unique natural beauty that make this route so fascinating, but its combination of memorable visual impressions and an unrivalled close-to-nature experience against a majestic Alpine backdrop. One thing is certain – you’ll fall in love with this hiking route from the very first step! The trail is vibrant and varied and offers one surprise after another. You can be walking amid pristine, untouched wilderness one minute and find yourself in a quaint little hamlet the next with a village fountain just waiting for you to take a refreshing drink of cold water.
Magnificent panoramic views
The route takes you across open, sun-drenched pastures and through deep, shady gorges, through pleasantly cool forests and sleepy little villages. Breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains open up again and again before you. Numerous idyllic resting spots and convivial huts and restaurants offer pleasant places to stop along the way. The route offers many detour options too, enabling you to visit places of interest as well as the beautiful towns of Imst or Landeck.
Good to know: The 52 kilometre-long Starkenberger Panoramic Route is perfectly suited to inexperienced hikers too and can be covered quite easily in four to five days. Many hotels and guesthouses along the way cater specifically to the needs and wishes of hiking guests and offer a warm welcome to those ‘on the trail’ of the Starkenberger dynasty. www.starkenberger-panoramaweg.at
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