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From A for Alm to Z for Zirbe — summer in Austria’s Pitztal valley

Pitztal

From A for Alm to Z for Zirbe — summer in Austria’s Pitztal valley

Hiking Collection by Pitztal

6

Tours

36:14 h

53.2 mi

18,675 ft

Holidays in the Pitztal valley mean wonderful hiking trails, rustic huts and pure mountain bliss. Surrounded by mighty 3,000 metres (10,000-ft) peaks where glaciers can still be admired today, the Pitztal is only a short distance from Innsbruck. Traditional villages on the banks of the Pitze are the starting point for incredible hikes of all levels. From family walks with children to the challenging via ferrata, you will find everything your hiking heart desires.

In this Collection, we present six Tours that will amaze you. You will rarely find so many secluded places as you do in the Pitztal mountains. On the hikes, rustic and modern mountain huts await you whilst the thought of Tyrolean gröstl (a traditional meat and potato dish), spinach dumplings, curd strudel and Swiss stone pine schnapps are guaranteed to make you cover the last few metres extra quickly.

Apart from the culinary delights, a special treat is the Pitztal Summer Card (Sommercard) which is provided for free if you stay in one of the 100+ participating accommodation establishments. This colourful card opens the doors to several attractions and mountain railways in the Pitztal valley and the surrounding area.

In this Collection, the Three Lakes Hike takes you to remote mountain lakes on the ‘roof of Tyrol’, as the Pitztal is also called. The panoramic Sechszeiger loop, which is also suitable for children, takes you past a stunning reservoir to the summit of the Sechszeiger. You can also easily shorten the descent with the chairlift. On the Pitztaler Almenweg you hike from highlight to highlight; several huts, wide views and the new Ibex Centre await you.

The hike to the Mittelberglesee lake is a short but challenging Tour: the water colour will amaze you and its temperature will certainly refresh you. The Cottbuser Höhenweg trail meanwhile, has some climbing sections and takes you from the dreamlike Rifflsee lake up to the Kaunergrat hut. Finally, the Venet circular hiking trail connects several alpine pastures and peaks, which you can split into two days if you fancy.

Some of the starting points can be reached directly by car or bus and bus tickets are included in the Summer Card. Other Tours start at fantastic heights, which are accessible in a relaxed fashion by catching chairlifts and gondolas – you can also use these for free with the card so nothing stands in the way of your summer holiday in the Pitztal valley!

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Tours & Highlights

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    Drei-Seen-Wanderung – Sommer im Pitztal

    Difficult
    07:41
    10.1 mi
    1.3 mph
    5,000 ft
    5,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Even the starting point of this hike promises sensational impressions of the landscape: the bus stop at Zaunhof is above the impressive Pitz Gorge, which you can visit before or after the tour. A forest path leads you from the bus stop up to Gasthaus Felsenhof.

    

    From the refreshment point, you zigzag up

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    3.70 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The promising circular hike starts at the mountain station of the Hochzeigerbahn, so the first few meters in altitude are taken from you. If you want to travel by public transport, take the bus to the Jerzens Hochzeiger stop and then the lift up to the starting point.

    

    Once at the top, you start directly

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    7.62 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This enjoyable circular hike starts in Eggenstall in the Pitztal, which you can also reach by bus. Right at the beginning you cross the rushing Pitze and then hike parallel to the river through the forest. After the first few meters, the path becomes increasingly steep and leads you up the slope, in

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  • Difficult
    03:58
    4.97 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start at the Trenkwald bus stop in Pitztal and cross the eponymous river at the beginning. On the other bank, keep to the right and climb up a narrow path. Alternately, it goes through smaller forest areas and meadows up the slope until you reach the tree line.

    

    Afterwards you hike with a view of the

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  • Difficult
    06:38
    9.27 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,125 ft
    4,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The starting point of this exciting tour, which also has a few climbing passages in store for you, is on the beautiful Rifflsee. The Rifflseebahn takes you from the Mandarfen bus stop directly up to the lake. If you need some refreshment before you start, you can stop at the modern Sunna Alm on the lakeshore

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  • Difficult
    10:27
    17.6 mi
    1.7 mph
    4,675 ft
    4,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    With more than 28 kilometers and 1,400 meters of altitude, the Venet circular hiking trail promises pure Tyrolean mountain experience. Several huts, peaks and alpine pastures are waiting for you. If you want to split the round over two days, you can, for example, spend the night at the Venet Alm.

    

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    A worthwhile detour to the ibex enclosure and museum, the ibex roam free. Impressive building!

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    The Rifflsee is the largest lake in the Ötztal Alps. The railways take you comfortably and quickly up to the impressive mountain world with its unique flora and fauna. Apart from the wonderful nature experience, you can go on Europe's highest raft trip on the Rifflsee: the 140 square meter raft offers space for up to 60 people.

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    Tip by Tamara (wandert)

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    As you might have guessed, the height of the café is in the name: at 3,440 meters you can enjoy the view of the surrounding Pitztal mountains from the futuristic building of Café 3440. The view of the highest mountain in Tyrol, the Wildspitze, is particularly beautiful.

    You can also reach the highest café in Austria with the Wildspitzbahn if you are not already in hiking boots or snowshoes. The café is right next to the mountain station. Incidentally, there you will not only find the highest café, but also the highest pastry shop, which will provide you with Tyrolean delicacies.

    You can find even more impressions and information about Café 3440 here: pitztal.com/de/cafe-3440.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Highlights
    4
  • Distance
    53.2 mi
  • Duration
    36:14 h
  • Elevation
    18,675 ft

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