Alpine idyll & summit adventures – hiking holidays in Tyrol
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Hiking holidays in Tyrol — you will find alpine idyll and summit adventures at every step.
We have picked twelve hikes for you to explore the majestic mountains of Tyrol. You will visit the mountain peaks around Innsbruck and venture into the remote valleys near Seefeld, marvel at the Breathtaking views at the Hohe Tauern and discover the Dolomites in East Tyrol. In the region around Lake Achensee, you will find the largest lake in Tyrol and solitary mountain peaks. To the east, the adventurous peaks of the Kaisergebirge and Kitzbühel Alps await. No matter which way you turn – your hiking wishes will come true in Tyrol.
Innsbruck is not only the capital and cultural center of Tyrol but also a perfect starting point for fantastic hiking routes. The Patscherkofel, the Karwendel, the Mieminger Kette and the Sellraintal can all be reached by bus and train and offer first-class hiking. Our routes take you along the Zirbenweg and up to the Wankspitze. You can find more inspiration here: to.austria.info/wandernregioninnsbruck.
The town of Seefeld is surrounded by the Karwendel, Mieminger Kette and Wetterstein mountains and makes an excellent basecamp for your mountain hikes. All around the city, you will find untouched alpine valleys, steep mountain peaks, and impressive gorges. We have chosen the pleasant Ganghofer Weg in the Gaistal and the wildly romantic Gleirschklamm canyon for you. You can find even more routes at to.austria.info/wandernseefeld.
To the east of Innsbruck, you can explore Achensee, the largest lake in Tyrol. The area around the lake is a fantastic hiking destination. Here, you can hike along the water’s edge, explore the surrounding valleys, and enjoy stunning views over Lake Achensee from the mountains. Our two hiking routes will guide you along the lakeshore and to mount Juifen’s summit. You can find more hikes at to.austria.info/wandernachensee.
At the foot of the famous Kaisergebirge in Tyrol lies the town of St. Johann. Here, you can set up camp for your mountain hikes in the “Wilder Kaiser”. To give you a taste of the untouched mountain landscape, you will first hike up the Stripsenjoch and through the rocky Teufelsgasse gorge. You can discover even more exciting mountain hikes at to.austria.info/wandernstjohanntirol.
Kitzbühel is known above all as a winter sports resort — but the surrounding mountains are also a great destination for your hiking holidays in summer. Several mountain railways make the summits easily accessible for families and leisurely hikers, while sporty mountaineers can hike directly from the valley to the summit. On our hikes, you will treck to Schwarzsee and around the Kitzbüheler Horn. You can find more hikes at to.austria.info/wandernkitzbuehel.
With the glaciated peaks of the Hohe Tauern in the north and the breathtaking Carnic Ridge in the south — East Tyrol is an Eldorado for summit climbers. Countless mountain huts and various mountain ranges invite you to day-long exploration hikes. We have chosen two fantastic day routes to get you started: the summit tour to Speikboden and the ascent to the newly renovated Sillianer Hütte. You can find even more mountain adventures at to.austria.info/wandernosttirol.
And where will you stay during your hiking holidays? The Austrians have prepared just the right thing for you: hiking hotels (“Wanderhotels”). These hotels are specialized in catering to nature lovers and are located in the most beautiful hiking regions. Here, you can get practical tips for your hikes and start walking from your doorstep. You can find the hiking hotels at to.austria.info/wanderhotels.
Austria by train: travelling comfortably — arriving rested. There is a train every two hours between 06.40 and 18.40 from Zurich to Austria. Early bookers benefit from particularly inexpensive economy tickets which are available online. You can find information and timetables, as well as book your ticket, here: sbb.ch/oesterreich.
The Gaistal between the Wetterstein Mountains and the Mieminger chain is a real natural gem. Extensive forests, rushing streams, beautiful mountain meadows and cozy alpine huts - the perfect alpine idyll. The best thing: on Ganghofer Weg - named after the home writer Ludwig Ganghofer - families and pleasure hikers can also explore the beautiful valley. The starting point is the fee-paying hiking car park "Salzbach", which is also reached in summer by the hiking bus from Leutasch.After you have crossed the gently splashing Salzbach, it goes on a wide way uphill quickly - but after a few turns the climb is over and the rest of the way is almost flat. Through romantic light forests and over fragrant mountain meadows, the trail leads you to the Gaistal Alm. Then it goes over the rocky stream bed of the Kotbach and on to the Tilfussalm. After a stop at the hut of your choice, you will hike gently downhill to the Leutascher Ache and, with a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains, make your way back.
The Zirbenweg on the Patscherkofel - the Innsbrucker Hausberg - is already a true classic among the hiking trails in Tyrol. The cable car takes you from Igls up to the Patscherkofel and from there you have a wonderful view through the largest pine forest in the Alps. The starting point of the hike, the valley station of the cable car in Igls, can easily be reached from Innsbruck by bus or car.After the gondola ride you will first enjoy the view at the mountain station and then start your hike. The first steps lead you over wide mountain meadows, then you wander through the light pine forest. In between you will always be delighted by the magnificent views of the Tyrolean capital - and the innkeepers in the Boschebenhütte. The Tulfeinalm, the goal of the pine path, is also a nice refreshment stop. From the alp it is only a few steps to the mountain station of the Glungezerbahn. With that you drive down to Tulfes. From there there is a bus back to Igls.
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The Achensee is the largest lake in Tyrol - and according to the Tyrolean, the most beautiful in the Alps. Deeply cut, it lies between the towering mountains and offers from every point on its shore a magnificent sight. While the Achensee road runs along its eastern shore, you can hike on the opposite bank away from traffic, this unique natural jewel.The riverside path leads from Scholastika in the north to Maurach in the south and spoils you with exciting paths and unique views. Start and end point can be reached by bus or with the excursion steamers of the Achensee navigation.From the starting point in Scholastika it goes straight to the lake and under the steep mountain slopes towards the south. The hiking trail hugs the slope and winds its way up in lofty heights and sometimes along the water to the Gaisalm. It's worth taking a break here before continuing on the exciting Gaisalmsteig. At Pertisau, the valley expands and the last section to the destination Maurach runs comfortably over a wide lake promenade.
The Tyrolean peaks without cable car connection are often particularly lonely and quiet - the Juifen in the Achensee region is no exception. 1,050 vertical meters in the climb are a small challenge, but thanks to very good hiking trails, the tour is quite suitable for occasional hikers - then you just have enough breaks. In addition to good hiking shoes, you will need plenty of provisions on this tour, as there are no alpine huts along the way. The starting point in Achenkirch can be reached both by car and by bus.From Achenkirch it goes straight out on wide meadows and fields. The increase is distributed evenly on the track and so the trail increases at the beginning only moderately. Only on quiet roads, then on wide forest roads you walk uphill step by step. At the uncultivated Falkenmoosalm clears the mountain forest and you get a taste of the summit panorama. Over wide alpine meadows, the route leads you on comfortable hiking trails up to the Juifen. After you have enjoyed here with wonderful vision of your provisions, you walk the same way back to the valley.
Wonderful mountain panoramas, a small gorge, cozy mountain huts and still a manageable route? This unique combination makes the hike through the Teufelsgasse a real pleasure trip. This family-friendly tour begins at the paid trail parking lot in Hinterberg.On a barely traveled road, you hike uphill over wide meadows to the entrance to Teufelsgasse. An exciting path leads you here through the narrow canyon - smaller Kraxelabschnitte make the way, especially for children a real hiking adventure. At the end of Teufelsgasse, you will find yourself on a broad hiking trail that leads you gently uphill to the Prostalm. Now it is only a few steps to the Prostkogel. At the summit cross you can enjoy a magnificent view towards the Kaiser mountains. After a hearty break at the alpine hut, you hike across the meadows back to the starting point of the hike.
The Speikboden is a magnificent view summit high above the Defereggental. A whopping 1,100 vertical meters in the ascent ensure that the summit is not visited too often and thus you can enjoy the view of the mountains of East Tyrol with wonderful tranquility up here. The starting point, St. Veit in Defereggental, is approached by bus line 953 from Huben.From the village center you first wander on a quiet asphalt road over lush mountain meadows. After a few bends, the road leads you into a light forest. It continues steadily uphill to the snack station Speikbodenhütte. Now you leave the forest and the barely traveled road and climb on a mountain trail on barren meadows on. Once at the summit, you will be rewarded for every step with the fantastic view of the Hohe Tauern. After a breather, it's the same way back to the valley - and on the way back you have earned a long break in the Speikbodenhütte honestly.
After a long renovation period, the Sillianer Hütte on the Karnish ridge 2019 opens its doors again - a good reason for you to pay a visit to the hut. Our route takes you from the Leckfeldalm over a moderate 500 meters to the ridge and thus to the hut. Thanks to good hiking trails, the tour is also suitable for sporty children. The Leckfeldalm can be reached on foot from Sillian - but then another 800 meters in altitude and a total of around seven hours of hiking are on the program. Alternatively, you simply take the hut shuttle of the Leckfeldalm. More information can be found at leckfeldalm.at/taxi.From the Leckfeldalm our route leads you on wide gravel roads up to the Karnischer Kamm. First you will hike through sparse mountain forest, but soon you will reach barren mountain meadows - panoramic views into the Drautal included. Once you have reached the ridge on the Sillianer Sattel, an overwhelming view of the Sexten Dolomites awaits you to the south. Now it is only a few steps to your rest at the Sillianer Hütte. Strengthened it goes on the same route back to the starting point.
West of Scharnitz, in the middle of the Karwendel, the Isar springs. On its way through the mountains it merges with the Gleirschbach - and just at the confluence of the two streams you can visit a wild and romantic gorge: the Gleirschklamm. Starting point of the tour is Scharnitz train station, which is served by trains from Seefeld and Innsbruck. In Scharnitz, of course, you can also find parking spaces if you arrive by car.First, you cross the river Isar in the center of town and wander upstream towards the mountains. Soon you have left the city behind you and the trail meanders uphill along its southern shore, with beautiful views of the river. After about five kilometers you have reached the confluence of the Gleirschbachs. Here the trail branches off to the right into the gorge. On narrow rocky paths and boardwalks, you hike through the middle of the gorge - a wonderful nature experience. At the top of the ravine you cross the stream and wander above the gorge back to the Isar. You follow this again downhill to Scharnitz.
With its rugged rocky peaks, the Mieminger chain is a true Eldorado for mountain lovers. While many of the mountain peaks are reserved for experienced mountaineers, you can safely climb the Wankspitze as an occasional alpine hiker. With almost 1,000 vertical meters in the ascent and descent, a good condition and ankle-high mountain hiking boots are still required - who likes brings, especially for the descent and touring poles with.The starting point, the hiking car park Arzkasten, is best reached by car. If you are traveling by bus, take the line 4176 from Innsbruck to nearby Holzleiten. From there it is still about 30 minutes walk to the entrance to the tour.From the starting point you follow the trail along the Sturlbach and through dense larch forests uphill to the Lehnberghaus. Here a mountain trail branches off to the viewing platform Lacke. Once there, you will enjoy a first great view of the Mieminger Plateau and the Tyrolean mountains. On the further course to the summit, the path snakes over barren mountain meadows and finally over the ridge to the summit cross - the magnificent panoramic view is the reward for the exciting ascent. From Wankspitze you then hike on the same way back to the valley - of course not without a cozy stop at the Lehnberghaus.
The Wilde Kaiser is one of the most prominent mountain groups in Tyrol. Lonely, rugged peaks and pristine valleys make the mountains a true hiking paradise. This varied tour takes you from the Kaiserbachtal up to the Stripsenjoch and then over a scenic ridge path to Feldberg. Even if the Feldberg seems almost invincible when viewed from the valley, the hiking trail, full of panoramic views, is well marked and technically difficult at any point. Ankle-high hiking boots, good condition and surefootedness are still required. You can reach the starting point at the hiking car park Griesneralm via a toll road from Griesenau.After crossing the Kaiserbach, the hiking trail meanders over open meadows and then turns into a mountain hiking trail. In the shadow of the dense forest you ascend quickly towards Stripsenjoch. You take the last few meters back on a serpentine path - you are already standing at the impressively situated Stripsenjochhaus. After a rest the route leads you to the summit ridge. With a breathtaking view of the Kaiserbachtal valley, you can hike the summit cross on the Feldberg without any major differences in altitude. From now on, it goes slowly downhill. You leave the ridge path and wander across alpine meadows and past cozy alpine huts, down to the starting point of the hike.
The Kitzbüheler Horn towers over Kitzbühel and St. Johann in the Tyrolean sky. Thanks to the cable car, you can easily and quickly get up to the summit and can go up here on promising hikes. The most beautiful - and also the most exciting - is the Horn-Gipfel-Höhenweg. Rope-insured sections, breath-taking views and a beautiful stop at the mountain inn Harschbichl await you on the almost six-kilometer circular route. The valley station of the Hornbahn in Kitzbühel can be easily reached by car, bus and train.After you have covered a whopping 1,100 vertical meters in the gondola, you are already standing on the Kitzbüheler Horn. From here you hike gently downhill on the Jägersteig and across extensive mountain meadows. Below the rocky north face of the mountain the path leads you to the mountain inn Harschbichl. Here you can first take a leisurely break. Strengthened, you hike up the rocky and partly exposed Ludwig-Scheiber-Weg and finally reach the mountain station of the cable car.
Between your summit tours, do you ever feel like a pleasurable valley hike? Then take a look at our Three Lakes Hike in Kitzbühel. From the center you wander gently up and down through the small districts of Kitzbühel, across wide meadows and three romantic forest lakes. A rest with Tyrolean home cooking may of course not be missed.From Kitzbühel you first climb to the two beautiful churches on the church hill. On quiet roads and wide trails, it goes out of the city. You pass the district Achrain, cross the Hausertal stream and reach the restaurant Steuerberg a short time later - the perfect time for a cozy stop. On forest and meadow trails, you will stroll past the Vogelsberg-Weiher and the Gieringer Weiher. The last lake on the tour is the sprawling Schwarzsee. From its shores you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and also invite to various restaurants and cafes on its south shore for another break. From Schwarzsee it is only a short distance to the starting point of the hike.