Pitztal

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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    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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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

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    Hochzeiger Zirbenpark

    Hiking Highlight

    Super play stations for young and old! The absolute highlight is the stone pine tower. All information at pitztal.com/de/sommer/highlights/zirbenpark-hochzeiger.

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    Patrick
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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
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    DAS 3440

    Hiking Highlight

    Unbeatable views of glaciers and mountains from Tyrol's highest café. The prices are not overly expensive and what we ordered was delicious.

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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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