After the morning to and from Scharnitz, I returned to Innsbruck, and immediately headed south into the Stubai valley for the afternoon and early-evening. I had enough time to make a short walk in each of the towns Neustift and Fulpmes, but truth told, I would’ve preferred a minimum of one full day to appreciate more fully the spring-summer rhythms in the river valley and ascend the cable cars up both Kreuzjoch and Elfer, plus another day to the very end of the Stubai valley to Mutterbergalm, and up Schaufelspitze for views of the Stubaier Gletscher (Stubai Glacier) at “the top of Tirol.”
Neustift im Stubaital
From Innsbruck’s central station, I hopped on bus 590 (590A also valid) to Neustift im Stubaital. I stepped off the bus at stop “Ortsmitte” and spent some time wandering the compact town’s streets up the meadowed slopes where I was accompanied by cows and goats.
Crossing the Ruetz river on approach to Neustift from the northeast (X70).
Paragliding over Neustift, in front of Hotel Alpeiner and Elferbahnen gondola (X70, FF).
Centre of town: southbound-only stop “Ortsmitte” for regional bus 590A, 590B service to Mutterbergalm (6D1).
Cemetery next to St. George parish church, with that view for the buried (X70).
Southeast to town’s St. George parish church; Elferhütte at upper right (6D1).
Southwest, deeper into Stubai valley (6D1).
Valley head, towards Zuckerhütl, the Austro-Italian frontier, and the Sulzenauferner glacier (6D1).
A seat, for one final glance (6D1).
Alpine residences (6D1).
Der Hoferwirt, hotel and restaurant with daily offerings shown in placard at entrance (6D1).
Haus der Berge, “Bergführerdorf Neustift” (6D1).
Ski shop at left, St. George parish church at right. With the ubiquitous green H in a yellow circle for a transport stop or Haltestelle, this bus stop “Ortsmitte” is for northbound-only regional bus 590A, 590B service to Innsbruck (6D1).
From Neustift, I’m on bus 590, northbound towards Innsbruck. I hop off the bus in Fulpmes, where I catch up on “Kaffee und Kuchen” (coffee and cake) at Café Premm. I have a quick look in town before catching the Stubai valley tram (Stubaitalbahn, STB) for the trip back to Innsbruck.
Departing Stubai to Fulpmes, facing east-northeast (6D1).
Riehlstrasse at Kirchstrasse, facing west-southwest. The mountain station for the Kreuzjoch cable car is in the background at upper centre. At right is the steeple of Pfarrkirche Heiliger Vitus (1747), or the Holy Vitus parish church (6D1).
Riehlstrasse at Doktor-Kofler-Strasse, facing southwest. Bäckerei Konditorei Café Premm has some delicious cake to go with coffee (6D1).
Am Bichl: facing north-northeast.
Am Bichl: southbound STB tram arriving in Fulpmes.
Am Bichl: southbound STB tram arriving in Fulpmes; Patscherkofel mountain (2246 m) at upper-centre.
Am Bichl: facing south-southwst.
Schottenhof. Looming behind is the Ampferstein (2556 metres). Photo with 6D1.
A family near Haus Wendelin; two goats have wattles or “tassels” (6D1).
Bahnstrasse and Am Bichl, facing southwest (6D1).
Endbahnhof or terminus station for the Stubaitalbahn tram (6D1).
The beginning of the end of the day, time to hop on for the STB tram’s return to Innsbruck.
Public transport with Innsbruck IVB, Tirol VVT:
• Innsbruck to Neustift, about 1 hour with regional bus 590a/b with service every half-hour.
• Fulpmes to Innsbruck, about 1 hour with STB Stubai valley tram with service every hour, or with regional bus 590a/b with service every half-hour.
I made all photos above on 12 May 2018 with a Canon EOS 6D mark1 (6D1) and a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime (X70). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-cc4.
My Tirol, in 1-day trips:
• Alpbach valley.
• Brenner Pass.
• Scharnitz & Porta Claudia.
• Stubai valley.
• Wilder Kaiser.