Holidays in Ischgl

Laid-back but adventure loving Ischgl is surrounded by mountains and glorious trails

Après ski makes way for a somewhat quieter pace in Ischgl in the summer months. High in the sunny, green valley of Paznaun, and surrounded by mountains, this former farming village now manages to combine sporty style and a touch of luxury with traditional charm. Spend your days exploring the many rugged trails or take a cable car over the mountains to Switzerland for lunch. Stroll along riverbanks or cool off with a dip in one of many picturesque Alpine lakes. And, as Ischgl loves spa treatments and great food as much as it loves action and adventure, prepare for some self-indulgence and pampering as part of your stay.

From hikes and bikes to high-flying adventure

What do you fancy - rocky mountain hikes, Nordic walking or thrilling bike rides? Head off along the old smugglers trail up to the Viderjoch ridge and along the Swiss border or walk a section of the Paznaun High Trail. There's something for everyone, with over 300 kilometres of marked walking trails, 1,000 kilometres of bike trails and you’ve also got access to lifts throughout the valley and into Switzerland.

For something different, try the Skyfly zipwire over the Kitzloch ravine, take to the sky in a paraglider, or head down river in a kayak or canoe.

Discover Ischgl

There are a handful of pretty boutiques in the town if you fancy a bit of shopping and you can’t miss the distinctive architecture of the exclusive Silvretta Therme Spa. A dip in their panoramic outdoor pool after a wellbeing massage is a must. The mountain lake of Madleinsee is popular with nature lovers, while the Pardatschersee lake is great for families and adventure lovers, with play areas, adventure trails and suspension bridges to discover. 

Just outside Ischgl, at Vidersee Lake, the kids will love the Vider Truja Adventure Park which is a water-themed park with fountains and waterfalls, and a Barefoot Trail. It’s a 7.5 km walk but you can catch a gondola if you prefer.

Exploring the area

Pack a picnic and hike to the emerald green waters of Lake Berglisee for the day. The water is revitalising and there are grill stations lakeside for your picnic. A little further down the valley from Ischgl, the old villages of See and Kappl are both worth a visit. See has a shallow swimming lake which is great for the kids and you can hire parasols and deckchairs. Kappl has its own waterpark, and the many little cafés in the main street are a perfect place to stop for a Schnapps before you head back to Ischgl.

Destination foodie

Ischgl has become a bit of a foodie hotspot with some award-winning restaurants where you can tuck into Austrian specialities like their traditional Ischgler Käsespätzle or sweet pancake desserts. You’ll find some of the best restaurants are in the hotels like The Stüva at Hotel YSCLA (you can’t miss the stunning exterior) recently voted one of the six best restaurants in Austria.

Why book a summer holiday in Ischgl with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Ischgl’s best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Ischgl include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

Added value

Use of the valley bus and operating cable cars - with Silvretta Premium Card

24/7 support & tailored advice in person or over the phone from our local resort team

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

Walking in and around Ischgl

On an Inghams walking holiday, you have the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. Each day, a new adventure, with as much or as little walking as you like.

Why we love walking holidays in Ischgl

With over 300 kilometres of hiking trails in Paznaun Ischgl you are in for a treat as you discover rolling hills, rugged peaks, rocky passes and hidden lakes. Ischgl is a very popular Nordic walking area with an excellent choice of trails and instructions to follow, making it super easy to navigate your way around. There's a great lift network too, and you can even travel all the way to Switzerland via the gondolas.

Guided walks

The local Tourist Office runs a programme of guided walks in Ischgl, Galtür, Kappl and See. Or, if you stay in the Hotel Post they offer their guests an exclusive daily guided walk with their own hotel's guide.

Getting around Ischgl

Ischgl has a great network of public transport and lifts that make getting around the area really easy.

Lifts 

  • Silvrettabahn (A1) - Ischgl (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Flimjochbahn (B2) - Ischgl (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Flimsattelbahn (N1) - Ischgl (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Alp Trider Sattelbahn (N6) - Ischgl/Samnaun (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Twinliner (L1) - Samnaun (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Alpkogelbahn - Galtür (normally open 22 Jun - 13 Oct)
  • Diasbahn - Kappl (normally open 22 Jun - 13 Oct)
  • Alblittbahn - Kappl (normally open Sunday mornings (weather depending) 22 Jun - 13 Oct)
  • Bergahnen See - See (normally open 14 Jun - 13 Oct (closed for an hour over lunch time))

Please note: if you decide to visit Samnaun, and want to return to Ischgl by lift, you should depart Samnaun by 2:30pm at the latest to allow time to get back on the lift network.

Buses

You can use your included Silvretta Premium Card to access free use of all buses along the valley. The summer bus allows you to explore by foot beyond the direct village access itself, with plenty of routes and trails to explore in Paznaun from Landeck-Zams train station to Galtür Bielerhöhe. This convenient service runs several times a day, meaning walking hotspots could not be easier to reach.

Our favourite walks in and around Ischgl

Samnaun, Switzerland

  • Varied routes to choose from
  • Expect to take the full day

Enjoy a panoramic ride in the cable-car up to the highest point (3,000 metres) before walking down with views on all sides to Samnaun in Switzerland for lunch. Once you have arrived, the choice is yours. This is a hiking paradise, with several circular trails to choose from.

Please note: if you decide to visit Samnaun, and want to return to Ischgl by lift, you should depart Samnaun by 2:30pm at the latest to allow time to get back on the lift network.

Zeinisjoch to Lake Wiegensee

  • Moderate walk
  • Expect to take around three hours

Starting in Galtür this gentle walk ascends slowly, stopping at the Zeinisjoch mountain alm with wonderful views along the way to Lake Wiegensee. Have your camera at the ready, the views of the glaciers and summits of the Silvretta mountain range are incredible from this walk.

Fimbatal to Heidelberger Hut

  • Moderate walk
  • 22.2km
  • Expect to take the full day

Take a day’s hike through the beautiful Fimbatal valley up to the Heidelberger Hut for award winning cuisine. The trail starts from the Silvretta cable car mid-station, through one of most beautiful and pristine areas of the Paznaun with ample chance to view rare alpine flora. You will even hike past the stunning Lake Schwarzwasser.

Useful information & guidelines

Recommended equipment

Suitable walking shoes with good grip, appropriate clothing, rain jacket, sun cream, insect repellent, sun glasses, rucksack, at least a litre of water, a re-usable water bottle, a snack and cash. You may find walking poles useful, however you will receive one day's free Nordic walking pole hire with the included resort card.

Walking maps

We recommend Kompass Map number 41, which has a scale of 1:50,000. The maps show the walking routes which are numbered and match the yellow signposts around the area. They will have a key which will help you understand the nature of the trail before you set out on your walk.

Walking guidelines

The mountains are a natural paradise, with lots to explore and discover. To help it stay that way, and remain an enjoyable and safe place for everyone, we recommend following our little list of do's and don'ts:

  • Plan your route well and don't overestimate yourself
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Tell someone where you're planning to walk and what time you're expecting to be back
  • Take all the recommended equipment
  • Make a note of emergency numbers:
    • Austrian Emergency Services: 112
    • Mountain Rescue: 140
  • Don't leave the marked trails or go onto a glacier without a guide
  • Let nature stay wild by not picking alpine flowers (it's illegal in some places) or getting close to/making contact with wild animals
  • Always leave gates as you found them
  • Leave no trace

Check out our Responsible Walking insider guide if you want more tips for your summer walking holiday.

Hotels in Ischgl

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The homely and traditional Hotel Jagerhof provides a warm atmosphere and a convenient base in the centre of Ischgl. There are walking trails on the doorstep and the lift is nearby. It's an excellent family-friendly option offering comfortable accommodation and excellent meals, and there's even a spa to enjoy at the end of the day.

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Hotel Post Ischgl Aussenpool (1) (1)

One of Ischgl's top hotels, the beautifully designed Hotel Post offers excellent facilities and welcoming hospitality. The hotel makes it easy to be active, offering guided walks and a weekly fitness programme. When you're ready to slow the pace you can retire to the impressive 1500m² spa. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools and nine different saunas.

Ischgl Silvretta Premium Card - included

The fantastic value Silvretta Premium Card is given to you on arrival at your hotel and with it you get:

  • Unlimited use of all operating cable cars in the Paznaun valley and Samnaun, plus operating cable cars in Montafon/Brandnertal
  • Free use of all buses along the valley
  • Discounts at various partners and more

Lift and cable-car opening times 

  • Silvrettabahn (A1) - Ischgl (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Flimjochbahn (B2) - Ischgl (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Flimsattelbahn (N1) - Ischgl (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Alp Trider Sattelbahn (N6) - Ischgl/Samnaun (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Twinliner (L1) - Samnaun (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)
  • Alpkogelbahn - Galtür (normally open 22 Jun - 13 Oct)
  • Diasbahn - Kappl (normally open 22 Jun - 13 Oct)
  • Alblittbahn - Kappl (normally open Sunday mornings (weather depending) 22 Jun - 13 Oct)
  • Bergahnen See - See (normally open 14 Jun - 13 Oct (closed for an hour over lunch time))

Please note: if you decide to visit Samnaun, and want to return to Ischgl by lift, you should depart Samnaun by 2:30pm at the latest to allow time to get back on the lift network.

Things to do in Ischgl

Things to do in Ischgl

Shops, cafes and restaurants

Wander through the village at your own pace as you browse the local shops and cafe hop. Explore the picturesque town with pastel-coloured buildings and traditional architecture. Enjoy a chilled afternoon of coffee sipping, pastry eating and sit-back relaxing. Ischgl is also home to a range of fine-dining options, perfect for a midday treat.  

Day Trip Destinations 

Explore beyond the resort itself with easy connections to nearby destinations. Spend your day on the other side of the mountain in St. Anton, easily accessible by public bus within two hours via a scenic drive down alpine roads and through the valley. You can also spend a day in Switzerland from the Twinliner Samnaun double-decker cable car, included free of charge in your Silvretta Premium Card. 

Silvretta Therme

Gym, swim, dine and relax at the in-resort wellness paradise. Here you will find everything you could ask for in a spa, from panoramic outdoor pools to inside cosy massage beds. With optional treatments bookable as well, you will find pure happiness and ultimate relaxation in one of the best spas in the Austrian Tyrol.  

Weekly Bandstand Concerts

Make your way to the pavilion of the Kulturzentrum St. Nikolaus for a weekly summer open-air concert by the local brass band, often held on Thursday evenings. Appreciate a laid-back evening of folk music as you witness the sun set over the spectacular backdrop, creating forever lasting memories. 

Climbing in the Paznaun valley

For climbers Ischgl is a fantastic central location to visit with easy access via public transport to indoor bouldering centres at either the Alpinarium Galtür or Boulder Gym Flirsch. You can also test your strength ability with more advanced outdoor challenges on the multi-pitch and via ferrata climbing routes.  

Adventure water sports

If you are a beginner or an avid water sports person, rafting in the Paznaun region is always a thrilling activity to do during your holiday. Book a rafting tour, grab your paddle and head out on a wild adventure on the local rivers with a guide to explore the stunning scenery from a new point of view. If you don't mind getting a bit wet, canyoning is great fun and an exciting way to experience the canyons and pools.

Mountain biking

The bike trail network in Ischgl is huge, with over 1,000 kilometres to explore and routes of varying difficulty. The "Ischgl Trailground" riding technique park is a great place to practice, and with the Silvretta Premium Card you get one free ride on each lift with your bike per day (or purchase the Bike Unlimited pass to get more runs on each lift).

Museum

Ischgl has three museums, covering the regions history and its particularities. Discover the history of the cableways at the Silvrettaseilbahn AG cable care company have a technological museum or embark on a cultural journey of the old farmer's world at the Farmers’ museum in Mathon. If art is your thing, the seven-kilometre circular art trail and Mathias-Schmid museum provide an insight of the artists life through incredible display boards.

Lift and cable-car opening times

  • Silvrettabahn (A1) - Ischgl (normally open 29 June - 13 October) 
  • Flimjochbahn (B2) - Ischgl (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct)  
  • Flimsattelbahn (N1) - Ischgl (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct) 
  • Alp Trider Sattelbahn (N6) - Ischgl/Samnaun (normally open 1 Jul - 15 Oct) 
  • Twinliner (L1) - Samnaun (normally open 29 June - 13 Oct) 
  • Alpkogelbahn - Galtür (normally open 30 Jun - 8 Oct)
  • Diasbahn - Kappl (normally open 22 Jun - 13 Oct)
  • Alblittbahn - Kappl (normally open Sunday mornings (weather depending) 24 Jun - 15 Oct)
  • Bergahnen See - See (normally open 14 Jun – 13 Oct (closed for an hour over lunch time))

Please note: if you decide to visit Samnaun, and want to return to Ischgl by lift, you should depart Samnaun by 2:30pm at the latest to allow time to get back on the lift network. 

Family activities in Ischgl

Family activities in Ischgl

Vider Truja

Located at 2320 metres altitude, a short walk from the Silvrettabahn A1 or Fimbabahn A3 lifts, the Vider Truja adventure park is full of exciting things for the children. From bouldering towers for older children, to trim-trails and trampolines for the younger ones. This recreational ground covers a large area, amazing for children to run around while parents get comfy and supervise from one of the wooden loungers.

Ischgl Skyfly

Zoom down the two-kilometre mountain zipline at 85 kilometres an hour. Fly through the valley together as you race your friends or family. Three minutes of flying at 50 metres above the ground will definitely be something the children remember. It's open Tuesday to Sunday and you can use your included Silvretta Premium Card to get a discounted rate on this wild adventure.

Adventure Stage

If you have younger children, head to the adventure stage at the Lake Schwarzwasser and Lake Pardatschersee which has stone, wood and rope installations along beautiful nature trails. Wander through the forest and along the lake shores, experiencing constant action and highlights for the kids to burn some energy. Climb, balance, slide and jump your way through the interactive obstacles along the way to add an exciting element to your walk.

Swimming in nature

Dip your toes in the lake to cool off or take the full plunge and go for a swim. The bathing lake in See, Paznaun-Ischgl, is surrounded purely by nature and a range of senses for the younger ones to explore. From jumping piers to rocky beach areas, this natural leisure area is full of fun for the whole family. You can even lay back on the grass edge as the children keep themselves amused in the park by the shallow kids pond too.

Family sports

With 18 holes the mini-golf in Ischgl is a great hit for families with younger children. Located in Trisannaweg you can take a leisurely stroll from the village centre. Grab an ice cream from the kiosk to celebrate the winner at the end. You can also find beach volleyball and trampolines at this active centre too, great for children and adults alike.

Playground Sandli

Embrace yourself in the natural water playground as part of a circular hiking route. Stride across the wooden bridges, take your boots off and splash in the water stream, or simply relax with the beautiful panorama of Ischgl. This easy-to-get-to family adventure is a great combination of refreshing natural water and energy burning routes to keep the little ones entertained.

Good to know

Walking trails: 300km of walking trails with great lift network

Terrain: Mountainous terrain with dramatic peaks and dense forests

Best time to go: end of June to mid September

Recommended for: Challenging walking, families, nature, activities

Fly into: Innsbruck (approx. 2 hours)

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach

24/7 Support and advice: In person or over the phone from our local resort team based in Ischgl

Resort card: Silvretta Premium card included for all hotels

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