Stubai Alps


The Stubai Alps are a mountain range in the Austrian Central Alps in the Eastern Alps. You are southwest of Innsbruck between the Wipptal ( Brenner Pass ) and the Ötztal. Proportion have Austria with the Tyrol and Italy with the province of South Tyrol. Significant parts of the Stubai Alps have a glaciation.

Along with the neighboring Ötztal Alps form the Stubai Alps, the largest mass uprising in the eastern Alps. The northern part around the Sellraintal is only glaciated low and a popular ski touring destination ( Zischgeles, Lampsenspitze, Pirchkogel, Sulzkogel ). The Hochstubai around the rear Stubaital is still heavily glaciated and a classic high alpine area of the Eastern Alps. There is also a glacier ski area, the Stubai Glacier.


The majority of occurring in the Stubai Alps rocks belongs to the Ötztal- Stubai -crystallin, which has great similarities with the Silvretta -crystallin. The dominant rocks in the Oetztal - Stubai -crystallin are various gneisses. These are accompanied gneisses, among others, mica schists and amphibolites, which go back in part to former tuffs and tuffites. A special feature is the Winnebachgranit, which occurs in the area of ​​Winnebachseehütte and at the goose neck. It is a time in variszischer partially molten rock, called a migmatite. The partial significantly older rocks of the Ötztal- Stubai -crystallin were metamorphic overprinted in variszischer time.

In the eastern part of the Stubai Alps are in the Ötztal- Stubai -crystallin only slightly altered metamorphic sedimentary rocks, the Brennermesozoikum. It extends upward from about the Permian - Triassic boundary at least into the Jura, which constitute the bulk of the rock dolomite of the middle and upper Triassic. In this Dolomite tape is embedded from Raibler layers, on which the increasing metamorphic grade can be read clearly in Brennermesozoikun from north to south. While this band in the north mainly consists of shales, it passes into mica schist to the south. Also on Brennermesozoikum heard the Blaser ceiling, a small, tectonically auflagernde unit comprising approximately the area of the boiler top to Blaser. Mountains which are composed of rocks of Brennermesozoikums among other Kalkkögel, the Serleskamm that Tribulaune or the Telfer White.

In the space between the Gschnitztal and the Pflerschtal occurs across the Brennermesozoikum another tectonic unit: The Steinach ceiling. It consists mainly of quartz phyllite with inclusions of iron dolomite. In the hanging wall of this ceiling, quartz conglomerates find with anthracite leading seams. Plant fossils from these seams that were found on Nößlachjoch are assigned to the Upper Carboniferous.

Another notable unit forms the Schneebergerzug. This unit is about five kilometers wide west of a Sterzing and extends to the Texel Group. It is built mainly of mica schists further from marbles and quartzites. The rocks represent sediments that were superimposed on the crystalline basement in the Paleozoic and were overprinted metamorphic in the Cretaceous period about 80 million years ago. This Schneeberger metamorphosis is also responsible for the metamorphic overprint of Brennermesozoikums and is also detectable in the adjacent parts of Altkristallins.

The edge of terraces to the Inn Valley, the Tyrolean mountain range, are a periglacial debris landscape, rich in glazialmorphologischen phenomena as Toteisresten, too.


Characteristic of the Ötztal- Stubai -crystallin are flat-lying fold axes in the northern part and steeply dipping fold axes in the south, one talks of Schlingentektonik going back time mode to the Variscan time. At fault systems are im Stubai - Ötztal -crystallin especially emphasized in SW-NE direction, which must be pursued for the longest time, especially striking is about Matscher Stubaital Valley fault system ..

Adjacent Mountain Ranges

The Stubai Alps bordering the Tux Alps to the east, in the Zillertal Alps in the southeast, to the Sarntaler Alps in the south and from the Ötztal Alps in the west. These mountain ranges are just as much as the Stubai Alps on the Central Alps. The limit of the Stubai Alps in the north is also the border between the Central Alps and the Northern Limestone Alps. There the Stubai Alps bordering the Mieminger chain and to the Karwendel.


The Alpine Club leaders Stubai Alps shares the mountain range into 15 sub- groups:

  • Northern Sellrainer mountains, the highest mountain: Rietzer Grießkogel, 2884 m
  • Southwest Sellrainer mountains, the highest mountain: Gleirscher Fernerkogel, 3194 m
  • Southeastern Sellrainer mountains, the highest mountain: High Villerspitze, 3092 m
  • Lars Tiger Mountain Brook Case Stock, highest mountain: Ray Kogel, 3295 m
  • Alpeiner mountains, the highest mountain: Schrankogel, 3497 m
  • Hawk - Penalty - ridge, the highest mountain Habicht, 3277 m
  • Serleskamm, highest mountain: Kirchdachspitze, 2840m
  • Sulztalkamm, highest mountain: Wild Leak, 3361 m
  • Western main ridge, the highest mountain: Zuckerhütl 3507 m ( the highest peak in the entire Stubai Alps)
  • Middle main ridge, the highest mountain: Wild Freiger, 3418 m
  • Eastern main ridge, the highest mountain: Pflerscher Tribulaun, 3097 m
  • Windach - Brunnenkogel ridge, the highest mountain: Jochköpfl, 3143 m
  • Botzergruppe foothills, the highest mountain: Botzer, 3250 m
  • Aggls Ross head - crest, the highest mountain: Agglsspitze, 3196 m
  • Kalkkögel, highest mountain: slip Seespitze 2804 m


The 10 highest peaks of the Stubai Alps:

  • Zuckerhütl, 3507 m
  • Schrankogel, 3497 m
  • Pfaff edge, 3489 m
  • Ruderhofspitze, 3473 m
  • Sonklarspitze, 3467 m
  • Wilder Pfaff, 3458 m
  • Wilder Freiger, 3419 m
  • Eastern Seespitze, 3416 m
  • Schrandele, 3393 m
  • High ice, 3388 m

In the Stubai Alps, there are nearly 500 named and provided with spot elevation summit. Among the best known are (in order of height):

  • Wilde Leck, 3361 m
  • Stubai wild peak, 3340 m
  • Blade tip, 3333 m
  • Lüsener Fernerkogel, 3298 m
  • Wide Grießkogel, 3287 m
  • Habicht, 3277 m
  • Eastern Feuerstein, 3268 m
  • Snow peak, 3178 m
  • Pflerscher Tribulaun, 3096 m
  • High Villerspitze, 3092 m
  • White wall peak, 3017 m
  • Sulzkogel, 3016 m
  • High empire head, 3010 m
  • Zischgeles, 3004 m
  • Gamskogel 2815 m
  • Slip Seespitze 2804 m
  • Serles, 2718 m
  • Lämpermahdspitze 2595 m
  • Elferspitze, 2505 m
  • Gargglerin, 2470 m
  • Saile ( Nockspitze ), 2404 m


In the Stubai Alps, there are the following huts of the German, Austrian and Italian Alpine Club and the South Tyrol:

  • Adolf- Pichler- hut ( at the Kalkkoegel )
  • Amberger Hütte ( in the Val di Sole )
  • Mug House ( on mittlerern main ridge )
  • Bremer Cottage ( at Gschnitz )
  • Brunnenkogelhaus
  • Dresdner Hütte ( at the resort)
  • Elferhütte ( at Neustift )
  • Franz- Senn- Hütte ( in Oberbergtal )
  • Hildesheimer Hütte (at the Windachtal )
  • Hochstubaihütte (on the Wildkarspitze )
  • Innsbruck Hut ( Gschnitztal )
  • Magdeburg hut ( in Pflerschtal )
  • Mueller Hut ( on mittlerern main ridge )
  • New Bielefeld Hut ( in the ski Hochoetz )
  • Neue Regensburger Hütte ( at Falbeson )
  • New Pforzheimer hut (near St. Sigmund im Sellrain )
  • Nürnberger Hütte ( at Ranalt )
  • Potsdamer Hütte
  • Peter Anich Hut
  • Snow mountain hut ( between Passeiertal Ridnauntal )
  • Schweinfurt hut
  • Siegerlandhütte ( in Windachtal )
  • Stark Burger Hut ( at Neustift )
  • Sulzenauhütte ( at Ranalt )
  • Tribulaunhütte ( in Pflerschtal )
  • Westphalia house (near St. Sigmund im Sellrain )
  • Winnebachseehütte ( in Gries im Sulztal )

The Stubai Alps is reached through the Stubaital, Ötztal, Gschnitztal and the Sellraintal or from South Tyrol forth by the Passeiertal, the Ridnauntal and Pflerschtal.

The Stubai High Trail is a hiking trail of about 120 km in length, which connects eight huts on both sides of the Stubai Valley together.