Everything started in 15 BC ...
... when the Roman general Drusus the Elder, adoptive son of Augustus, began to develop the paths of the Celts, Raetians and Etruscans into the first real road across the Alps - the Via Claudia Augusta.
It is the only Roman road in the central Alpine region whose ancient name is still known today. It led over the Reschenpass into the Inn valley to Imst, then through the Gurgltal valley, over the Fernpass and further on, following the Lech river to Füssen and Augsburg.
The Starkenberger Panoramic Route follows sections of this route over and over again. It goes past the ancestral seat of the Starkenberger through the mystical Salvenklamm full of legends and stories, before the path through the bog of Sinnesbrunn leads down to the natural jewel Gurgltal. Mighty glaciers formed the valley during the last ice-age and created a unique landscape and valuable natural space for rare plants and animals. The most well-known zoological peculiarity is a occurrence of the Alpenskorpion (also German scorpion, Euscorpius germanus) on the sunny, south-exposed steep slope of the Antelsberg between Tarrenz and Nassereith.
Like turquoise-green emeralds, the lakes Fernsteinsee and Samaranger See lie at the foot of the Fernpass and captivate the eye. The Fernsteinsee lake belongs to the castle and hotel resort Fernstein, which lies on the western shore of the lake. In the lake reside the ruins of the hunting lodge Sigmundsburg.
The Fernstein fortress is mentioned for the first time in the year 1288 in the sovereign princely bar. Already at that time, the fortification had the function of a customs office, as states a complaint by the municipality of Imst in 1312, after merchants had to wait half a day at the gate.
The Fernpass was an important pass on the Via Claudia Augusta. This made the presence of horse changing stations and other infrastructure necessary. Just above the Fernstein castle clear ruts can be seen in the rocky bottom of the route, witnesses of many years of intense cart traffic.
Find your way: The route on the map
Stage 7 (Zams - Landeck)
On forest and meadow paths, at mountain and lake resorts, down to town and castle.Read more
Stage 1 (Fernpass - Nassereith)
In the footsteps of amber, Romans and pilgrims ...Read more
Stage 2 (Nassereith - Obtarrenz)
Of glaciers, swamps and rare scorpions ...Read more
Stage 6 (Imsterberg - Zams)
Good thing needs picturesque hamlet and crowning the ... Kronburg.Read more
Stage 3 (Obtarrenz - Tarrenz)
You come... over easily! At weirs, canyons and maybe the brewery ...Read more
Stage 4 (Tarrenz - Imst)
When narrow ravines become wide and prospect leads to insight ...Read more
Stage 5 (Imst - Imsterberg)
Alpine Roller Coaster: Up, down, through the valley and over to the Alpine Coaster!Read more
The hiking trail at a glance
Diverse and full of surprises - A path with many goals!Read more
Highlights and Sights
Not always only the way is the goal. Sometimes it has to a be historic building, a mystical natural monument or a culinary highlight!
Directly at the valley station of the Imster Bergbahnen / Alpine Coaster in Hoch Imst!Read more
Schönwies is famous for its St. Vigil church in Obsaurs!Read more
The 200-year-old brewery was carefully modernized a few years ago and revitalized the 700-…Read more
Water is a source of health, energy and vitality. Cold water awakens the spirits. The foun…Read more
More highlights and sights can be found here .
Wherever our paths lead us, sometimes there are things that just have to be done ...
Course: Imst Tourismus - Beinlandweg - Putzenwald - Putzenwasserfall waterfall - Sonnberg/…Read more
Discover Schloss Landeck with its local history museum, the Schlossgalerie and its events.Read more
More must-do experiences can be found here .
An overnight stay can do so much more than just sleep well: feel welcome and at home!
Welcome to the Hotel Inn Neuner!Read more
Hotel Linserhof in Imst! Fall in love again every day, with peace, nature and idyll!Read more
Welcome to the Hotel Auderer!Read more
Welcome to the Hotel Stern!Read more
The Hotel Enzian is the ideal starting point for your bike tours, whether you stay with us…Read more
More accommodation can be found here .