A very special mountain experience for all early risers is a chance to encounter sunrise on the Serles – the ‘high altar’ of Tirol. Located between the Stubai and Wipptal valleys, the view from the summit looks out over Innsbruck and the Inn Valley, as well as the Karwendel Mountains, and the Stubai and Tux Alps. There are few things more beautiful than when the first rays of the light illuminate the mountain peaks.
At the foot of Serles mountain sits the Mariawald Abbey– one of the highest monasteries in Europe; from here, it’s a three hour hike to the summit of Serles (2,700m). The path is steep and leads partly through pines trees and gravel fields, with a short iron ladder to assist you over a ridge near the summit. You’re likely to see some patches old snow during your ascent but, by the beginning or middle of July, the climb should be ice free. Now for some essential info to help you plan your tour:
And since pictures are well known to ‘say more than a thousand words,’ here are a couple of snaps from my most recent sunrise on the Serles: