Hirzer / Punta Cervina

Hirzer / Punta Cervina

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.73668°N / 11.27609°E
Additional Information County: Vinschgau / Sarntaler Alpen
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 9124 ft / 2781 m
Sign the Climber's Log


Hirzer as seen from MuthspitzeHirzer from Muthspitze

HIRZER (2781m) or italian PUNTA CERVINA is a rocky mountain in the Sarntal-Alps in South Tyrol. It dominates the skyline of MERAN, together with the southern mountains GROSSER IFINGER (2581m) and VERDINSER PLATTENSPITZE (2680m). HIRZER/PUNTA CERVINA is the highest mountain in this range (Sarntal Alps / Monti Sarentini) east of MERAN and the PASSAIER VALLEY. From the top of the mountain you have a wonderful view to the Dolomites, the eastern Ortler-Alps and the Texel-Group. The tour from HIRZER HUT to OBERE SCHARTE is a part of the popular "Europäischer Fernwanderweg #E5". If you go on holiday in Meran, you would enjoy this region in different forms of hiking. Very popular is the easy hiking of the famous "Waalweg", the water-pipeline of the river Etsch which was build to supply the apple fields and vineyard southwest of Meran. On this tour you can hike with less altitude difference. You can stop at the little huts and enjoy the famous wine, gammon and the view to the Sarntal Alps. While drinking wine you can make plans of trips for the next days, for example hiking around Meran 2000, Grosser Ifinger and Grosser Mittager or climbing Hirzer/Punta Cervina, the highest summit in the Sarntal Alps. Also you can hardly climb L'Orecchia di Lepre / Hasenöhrl (3.257m) or make a trip into the Texel-Group to the Spronserseen. All of this will be one of the highlights while staying in Meran.

Hirzer behind GrabenkopfHirzer behind Grabenkopf
Looking out of the saddle towards HirzerHirzer from West
Hirzer from Sarner WeißhornHirzer from Sarner Weisshorn

Hirzer and HonigspitzeHirzer

Getting There

Panoramic view from KlammebenKlammeben - Mountain station of Hirzer-Cablecar

Ascents from West start at the mountain-station KLAMMEBEN of HIRZER-Cablecar. The cablecar starts at SALTAUS in Passeier valley 10km North of Meran.

1) From INNSBRUCK you take Brenner motorway A13 and A22 to BOZEN. Leave the motorway at BOZEN and follow the S38 to MERAN. Now drive nothwards towards SAN LEONARDO through Passeier valley. After 10km you will reach SALTAUS.
(You have to pay toll on Austrian and Italian motorways except S38.)

2) From OETZTAL: From Soelden you drive over Timmelsjoch (toll: 10 Euro / closed in winter and early spring) to SAN LEONARDO and follow Passeier valley to SALTAUS or MERAN.

3) From ULM (Germany) and LANDECK (Austria): From LANDECK you drive over Reschenpass to SCHLUDERNS and eastward through the Vinschgau to MERAN and forward to SALTAUS.

FROM SOUTH: From Verona to Bozen on A22. Leave the motorway at BOZEN and follow the S38 to MERAN. Now drive nothwards towards SAN LEONARDO through Passeier valley. After 10km you will reach SALTAUS.
(You have to pay toll on Austrian and Italian motorways except S38.)


Railroad Company
Italian railroad company "TRENITALIA"

When To Climb: Weather, Webcam and general Informations




Tourist Association Meran Tirol Algund
Freiheitsstraße 45
39012 - Meran
Southtirol - Italy
Tel +39 0473 239008
Fax +39 0473 258917

Hirzer Seilbahn (Cablecar) to Klammeben
490 - 1980m (Middle Station "Prenn")
Ticket Up/Down: Adults ca. 18 Euro / Children 7,50 Euro
Tickets Oneway: Adults ca. 11 Euro / Children 5,00 Euro
Tel. 0473 645498

CAMPING PASSEIER / MERAN (nearby of Hirzer-Cablecar) "Untersaltaushof"
Pseirerstr. 10
Telefon: +39 0473 645454
Telefax: +39 0473 645454
E-Mail: info@untersaltaushof.com

Hotels and Appartements in Meran

Routes to Hirzer / Punta Cervina

HirzerAt Hirzer hut.
Klammeben and Hirzer HutKlammeben and Hirzer-Hut seen from Obere Scharte.
HirzerHirzer seen from Obere Scharte.

From cable-car-station KLAMMEBEN via Hirzer-hut and "Gebirgsjaegersteig" a part of the European Hiking Track #E5 to Obere Scharte (2h). From Obere Scharte to Hirzer summit in 25 minutes. The last 30 meters to Obere Scharte is climbing with difficulty (I). The ascent from Obere Scharte to the summit goes on rubble.

There are several ways to climb Hirzer from East. You could start hiking at MERAN 2000 and reach Obere Scharte via #E5 or you could start deep down in VAL DI PENNES (Penser Valley) at the road #508 (Altitude difference: 1600m!).

Heroes on summit ;-)

Post a summit picture. I attach it to this section.