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Mirrored mountain world — Austria’s alpine lakes around Kitzbühel

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Mirrored mountain world — Austria’s alpine lakes around Kitzbühel

Hiking Collection by Kitzbüheler Alpen

5

Tours

19:52 h

33.3 mi

10,825 ft

The deep blue water reflects the surrounding mountains and you can already see how cold the lake is. Nevertheless, you feel the urge to at least dip your feet into the glacial water and any strenuous ascent is long forgotten when you watch the reflection of the mountains become blurred in the ripples on the surface. Mountain lakes have a mystical allure that is hard to escape. In this Collection, we take you to the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Kitzbühel Alps.

Gently nestled between the Gampenkogel and the Brechhorn mountains, the Kreuzjöchlsee lake is waiting to be discovered by you. The reservoir is one of the largest man-made mountain lakes in the whole of the Tyrol region and yet blends into the landscape as if it’s always been there. You’ll find beautiful photo opportunities everywhere here, particularly when the famous alpine roses grow right by the lake.

How do you fancy a hike to the most mystical lake in the entire region? The deep black Reinkarsee lake has many myths as to how it gots its dark colours. Since the lake was not artificially created, bathing is permitted, even if the water temperature of around 7C turns the bathing experience into a test of courage.

Thanks to their location on the southern slope, the two reservoirs on the Hohe Salve are already easily accessible in spring. While elsewhere the paths are still buried under fields of snow, nature is already thawing here as the colourful spring arrives. The higher Salvensee lake in particular offers a fantastic view of the Kitzbühel Alps.

Many of these mountain lakes are easily accessible by cable car and, thanks to well-developed paths, are accessible to everyone. Nevertheless, we recommend sturdy shoes, outdoor clothing and sufficient food and drinks for the Tours. Although you’ll find refreshment stops on each hike where you can enjoy typical Tyrolean delicacies, a picnic at one of the lakes is a wonderful idea. You can also travel to almost all these hikes by train. Only the starting point of the hike to the Reinkarsee and the Kröndlhorn is not accessible by public transport. Here, you can either drive your own car or take the Windautaler hiking taxi.

A visit to the lakes is particularly beautiful in the early morning hours, when the rising sun is reflected in the crystal-clear water and the dew glistens on the alpine meadows. The moment when the first rays of sunlight replace the red of dawn is worth every bead of sweat on the ascent. Look forward to breathtaking views and moments you won't forget anytime soon.

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    Intermediate
    02:16
    4.71 mi
    2.1 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Kreuzjöchlsee between Westendorf and Kirchberg is a beautiful mountain lake where you can slow down and recharge your batteries. Originally there was no lake at this point. The natural looking, picturesquely situated mountain lake is an artificial installation of the local mountain railway in order to have enough water available for snowmaking. But that doesn't detract from its beauty.

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    8.21 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At an impressive 1,829 meters high, the Hohe Salve is considered THE panoramic mountain in the Kitzbühel Alps. The nice thing is that you don't even need special skills or physical fitness to climb it - the summit is "flown to" directly with the gondola from Hopfgarten or Söll. On this tour you don't go up, but all around. A high-altitude path with great views, which of course does not skimp on culinary highlights.

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    6.58 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Deep blue water in which the imposing peaks of the Kitzbühel Alps are reflected - a sight that has an almost hypnotic effect. You can even visit the picturesque Ehrenbachhöhensee twice on this tour and be enchanted by the picturesque sight. And by the way, you can experience a little happiness at the summit on the Pengelstein.

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  • Difficult
    06:22
    8.59 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,700 ft
    3,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At 2,444 meters, the Kröndlhorn is the highest mountain in the Brixental and one of the most beautiful peaks in the Kitzbühel Alps. It goes without saying that you don't want to miss the wonderful view from above. The 14-kilometer round tour starts in the Windautal recreation area.The nature in this region is very diverse, on the way to …

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  • Difficult
    03:35
    5.16 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,300 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Past the two clear storage lakes Salvensee and Hohe Salve, this hike takes you from Westendorf in the valley to the summit of the Hohe Salve. 1,000 vertical meters, which you will certainly feel in your legs at the end of the day, but which are quickly forgotten with the breathtaking panoramic view from the most beautiful panoramic mountain in …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    33.3 mi
  • Duration
    19:52 h
  • Elevation
    10,825 ft

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