Tux Alps


The Tux Alps (also known as Tux Alps ) are a subset of the Central Alps in the Eastern Alps. You are fully in Austria in Tyrol. They are one of three mountain ranges that form the edges of the mountain city of Innsbruck. The highest peak is the Lizumer Reckner, 2886 m above sea level. A., between the Watt Lizum and the Navis.

  • 5.1 ski resorts
  • 5.2 huts
  • 5.3 Remote and distance trails

About the Name

It is named after the Tuxbach ( medieval Tukkes ) of the mountain range to the south and also limited the Tux Valley, a side valley of the Ziller Valley, and meanwhile, also the village of Tux gave their names.

In the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps (AVE), the mountain group described here is called Tux Alps. The term Tux Alps is still from the Alps divisions of the 19th century: Originally the Tux Alps covered the mountains up to Zemmengrund - Zamsertal, the branching at Mayrhofen southern Quelltal the Ziller Valley, and across to Pfitscher valley, as a subgroup of the Zillertal Alps. And this group was, like most mountain groups in the area, named after the most important in advancing the core of the group Valley. The ridge between Zamsertal and Tux Tux is the comb, at the time Tux Main Ridge, and the highest peak in the Tux Alps was lying there end Olperer 3480 m. This train was developed by Böhm in 1885 due to its geology and altitude to the - to put Zillertal Alps - reduced from him. Thus, the mountain group was got lost their main chain, the remainder was called by Böhm Tux clay-like slate, geologically correct part of the Salzburg Slate Alps, which refers to the past here between central gneiss and limestone shale of the greywacke zone of the Alps ( Mountain says in the jargon of the mining industry rock, Böhm was geologically precise outline endeavors ). From Moriggl it was in 1923 because of the bulky name (his concern was mountaineering ) typical for the country renamed Tux Alps, in the sense, lower mountains to Tux ' - the expression foothills means in the Tirolean the height level between the central mountains and the high mountains ( the Alps proper ). Since then, however Alps was occupied with a different meaning, and is using the removable Alpine - identified upstream processes - located in front of the Alps. Therefore, the now ambiguous word foothills was omitted in the revision by Graßler, so that the mountains again have their original names, but not the original extension which has earned them the name.


Adjacent Mountain Ranges

The Tux Alps border the following other mountain groups in the Alps:

  • Karwendel Mountains ( to the north)
  • Rofangebirge ( in the northeast )
  • Kitzbühel Alps (to the east )
  • Zillertal Alps (South )
  • Stubai Alps ( in the west)


In the north of the Inn Valley forms the border of Innsbruck downstream to the confluence of the Ziller. The Zillertal limits the mountain range in the east of the confluence of the Ziller upriver into the Inn to Mayrhofen. In the south the Tux Valley forms the border from Mayrhofen to Hintertux. From there, the boundary continues to the Tux yoke and through the Schmirntal to Sankt Jodok. In the West, the Tux Alps are limited by the Wipptal of St. Jodok downstream to Innsbruck.

The Tux yoke connects the Tux Alps with the Zillertal Alps.

Significant peaks


Most of the Tux Alps consists of low-grade metamorphic rocks, which are attributed to the Innsbruck quartz phyllite - complex ( quartzose phyllite - slate). In this zone of Paleozoic rocks includes locally south a zone of different Mesozoic rocks on which Tarntaler Mesozoic. This complicated structure zone belongs, like the Quarzphyllitzone, the tectonic unit of the Unterostalpins. In Tarntaler Mesozoic issue also includes dolomites and limestones that make up the limestone wall or about the target goal in the area of ​​Watt Lizum. On the other hand, there are also components former ocean floors that build as serpentinite about the Lizumer Reckner. The southern edge of the Tux Alps is part of the tectonically underlying Penninic Tauern Window. Here Regarding the Tux Alps, as found mainly rocks of the Pennine Glockner ceiling ( Kalkglimmerschiefer - shell of the Tauern ). The northeastern corner of the Tux Alps in the area of ​​Schwaz to the Zillertal belongs to oberostalpinen greywacke zone, which consists of Paleozoic rocks. In space Schwaz mining in the area earlier in large scale silver and copper. The edge of terraces to the Inn Valley, the Tyrolean mountain range, are a periglacial debris landscape, rich in glazialmorphologischen phenomena as Toteisresten, too.


The Tux Alps are a ski touring and hiking area.

Ski Resorts

Ski resorts are Glungezer, Lizum in Watten, Hochfuegen- Zillertal, Penken and Kellerjoch Patscherkofel.

In the Tux Alps Alpine huts are following clubs:

  • Glungezerhütte
  • Kellerjochhütte
  • Lizumer hut
  • Meissner House
  • Naviser hut
  • Patscherkofelhaus
  • Rastkogelhütte
  • Tuxerjochhaus
  • Vincent Tollinger hut
  • Voldertalhütte
  • Weertal Hut
  • Weiden hut

Long-distance and long-distance trails

The dream path Munich - Venice also runs through the Tux Alps. This is not an official long distance trail. The first proposed in 1977 the way he has now gained a higher profile than many long-distance footpath created by migrant associations or states.

The 9th day of the dream path leads from Hall in Tirol to Glungezerhütte, the next stage of the seven summits and the Tux Naviser Jöchl to Lizumer hut of OeAV Hall.

The 10th and 11th day of the Lizumer hut leads to Tuxerjochhaus, over the Pluderling saddle and the saddle Gschützspitze.

By Tux Alps also lead the Eagle, the Via Alpina (red), Olympiaweg, Glungezer & Vulture path 335, and the Zentralalpenweg 02A.