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My 5 favourite hikes in the Karwendel Mountains – Northern Limestone Alps

Sarah

My 5 favourite hikes in the Karwendel Mountains – Northern Limestone Alps

Hiking Collection by Sarah

5

Tours

22:59 h

32.6 mi

12,475 ft

This unique limestone mountain range, with its rocky flanks, is an exceptionally beautiful area, the likes of which I have rarely experienced in other countries.

The Karwendel Mountains, the largest mountain range of the Northern Limestone Alps, won the title of Nature Park of the Year in 2020. With 125 peaks over 2,000 metres (6,561 feet), it's the largest protected area in the region of Tyrol and Austria’s biggest nature park. The Karwendel are home to diverse natural habitats such as wild rivers and primeval forests, as well as important plant and animal species like the wild orchid, centuries-old maple trees, and the golden eagle.

With this Collection, I would like to introduce you to five of my favourite hikes in the Karwendel. These walks enraptured me the first time I did them and have not let me go since.

Each hike can be walked in a day and includes an alpine hut where you can enjoy a hearty snack. If you fancy a sporting challenge, one of the Tours, from the Achensee to the Dalfaz Alm, is also suitable as a quick after-work round. Others are a little longer and ideal for an extended day trip. The area is very popular for multi-day Tours, with 25 mountain huts for overnight stays.

As a photographer, the region is an Eldorado to me. I always need much longer than the normal walking times because I am constantly taking photographs. The motifs here are simply spectacular. Climbing to a summit in the dark with my headlamp at sunrise or watching the blue hour at sunset is always a special experience for me.

This breathtaking landscape is always worth a visit: In spring, crocuses bloom and yellow troll flowers blanket fragrant alpine meadows, whilst autumn is a burst of colour and the winter landscape is wonderful too. I’m drawn back year after year. Every time, I discover something new and let the magnificent surroundings work their magic by pausing and slowing down.

Thanks to the train stations in Tegernsee and Jenbach and local bus connections, the starting points of the individual hikes are easily accessible by public transport. Travelling by car takes about two hours from Munich, which is also where I am based. From Innsbruck, it's a stone's throw by train or car with a journey time of less than an hour. From Vienna, it takes about six hours.

Have fun in the spectacular Karwendels amongst the rocky giants!

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    Von der Erfurter Hütte auf die Rofanspitze

    Difficult
    03:08
    4.60 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The tour starts in Maurach in Tyrol directly at the cable car valley station. You can reach Maurach by car or publicly by train to Lenggries and from there by bus.

    

    At the beginning of your tour you are spoiled for choice, either you take the cable car comfortably to the Erfurter Hütte - you can also spend

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  • Difficult
    05:36
    7.70 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,300 ft
    3,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Publicly, you can take bus no.4080 to Maurach from Jenbach train station. Change in Maurach to bus no. 9550 to Pertisau.

    If you are traveling by car, you can park in the hikers' car park in front of the St. Hubertus inn.

    

    Today's three and a half hour hike, in which you cover a full 1,000 meters in altitude

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  • Difficult
    03:39
    3.77 mi
    1.0 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At the starting point, Eben am Achensee, you can either come directly by car or by train and bus to Buchau.

    

    By the way, you can park with a purchased parking ticket in the parking lot on the south side of the family resort. Attention: The large parking lot at the thermal bath down by the lake can only

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    8.50 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your starting point for this hike is the parking lot at Gasthof Eng and the Almdorf Engalm. This can be reached with the mountaineering bus on the toll road as well as with your own car.

    

    From the parking lot you start today at the Großer Ahornboden and walk towards Almdorf, past ancient sycamore trees

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  • Difficult
    05:17
    8.03 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today you can expect a varied and strenuous hike with easy climbing, including over a ridge to the spectacularly located Lamsenjochhütte. Numerous motifs make the hearts of photographers beat faster.

    

    Your starting point for this hike is the parking lot at Gasthof Eng and the Almdorf Engalm. This can be

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    32.6 mi
  • Duration
    22:59 h
  • Elevation
    12,475 ft

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