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Stubai mountain lakes: Grünausee (2.335 m) Variant 2

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m 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Sulzenaualm 1.847m Nürnberger Hütte Sulzenauhütte Bsuchalm
Of almost 50,000 m², Lake Grünau is the largest of the nine mountain lakes in the Stubai Valley.
difficult
Distance 15.8 km
7:00 h
1,090 m
1,300 m
2,634 m
1,374 m
Located at an altitude of 2,335 m, it is what is known as a cirque lake, the bed of which was also forged by the moraines of the Wilde-Freiger glacier. These long-deserted rock masses date all the way back to the major glacial upheavals that occurred in 1850 and 1920. The lake’s immediate surrounding area is additionally characterised by glacial rock deposits left over by a mass of ice dating back over 10,000 years. Lake Grünau was fed by the Kleiner Grünau glacier, which – thanks to its murky glacial mix of water and fine mineral deposits – only served to render the lake’s appearance cloudy. However, since the complete melting of the glacier, the lake’s waters have been restored to their clear and wonderful array of colours. The lake releases its water into the Freigerbach, a tributary of the Sulzenaubach, which itself flows into the Ruetz. One stage of the “Stubaier Höhenweg” trail runs directly along the banks of the Grünausee Lake, between Sulzenau- and Nürnberger Hütte.
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Update: March 09, 2021
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Highest point
2,634 m
Lowest point
1,374 m
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Dirt road 19.39%Forested/wild trail 28.36%Path 27.19%Road 0.02%Unknown 25.02%
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3.1 km
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4.5 km
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4.3 km
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Rest stops

Sulzenaualm 1.847m
Sulzenauhütte
Nürnberger Hütte
Bsuchalm

Start

Car parking Sulzenau Hut (1,582 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.015256, 11.181031
DMS
47°00'54.9"N 11°10'51.7"E
UTM
32T 665764 5209168
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Destination

Parkplatz Nürnberger Hütte

Turn-by-turn directions

By car to the Sulzenauhütte’s ‘Hüttenparkplatz’ car park, shortly after the Grawa waterfall. Free parking spaces are available there. Take the bus to the ‘Sulzenauhütte’ bus stop.

From the Sulzenau Hut car park shortly after the Grawa Alm, the trail leads over the bridge and then continues its winding ascent through the forest. Above the forest edge, you will reach the Sulzenaualm after about 1 hour. From there, the winding path continues for another hour up to the Sulzenau Hut. From the Sulzenau Hut, the trail runs eastwards, descending once briefly and then ascending to Grünausee lake. You will reach Grünausee lake from Sulzenau Hut after about 45 minutes. Back to. From Grünausee lake, you hike along the Stubai High Trail, past smaller mountain lakes, to the Niederl (2,630 m), the highest point of the tour. The back drops steeply down to the Nürnberger Hut. From there the trail leads via the Bsuchalm to the bus stop at the Nürnberger Hut car park. Hint: If you parked your car at the Sulzenau Hut car park, you can return there by public bus. 

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Public transport

From Innsbruck main station by bus to the stop Neustift im Stubaital - Nürnbergerhütte.

Getting there

From Innsbruck you can reach the Stubai Valley in about 20 minutes via the Brenner motorway (Europabrücke), exit at Schönberg - continue to Neustift. From there continue towards the Stubai Glacier, the parking place for the Nürnbergerhütte is signposted.

Parking

Numerous free parking spaces at the parking place of the Nünberger Hütte.

Coordinates

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47.015256, 11.181031
DMS
47°00'54.9"N 11°10'51.7"E
UTM
32T 665764 5209168
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Difficulty
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Distance
15.8 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
1,090 m
Descent
1,300 m
Highest point
2,634 m
Lowest point
1,374 m
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