Looking for the most beautiful view in all of Tyrol? You'll find it here. The Hohe Salve is a grassy mountain, belongs to the Kitzbühel Alps and lies exactly between Karwendel, Wilder Kaiser and the Hohe Tauern. Which is why your view will be extraordinary, when you're standing at the summit.
With the lift, you can ride up comfortably and enjoy the wonderful views as you rise during the ascent, while cozy mountain huts, gentle slopes and wide Alpine meadows await you at the top. And while this might seem like the perfect pleasure trip, hard-boiled hikers will also get their money's worth here: In the mountain's vicinity, you can scale numerous epic peaks—and take in the landscape even more.
So you can make the most of your trip, we have selected six hikes on the Hohe Salve and on the surrounding mountains. Away from the ski lifts you hike on forest trails and mountain paths through wild and romantic mountain landscapes. Along the routes, you will find traditional mountain huts, idyllic mountain lakes and the only ice cave in Tyrol.
Simply choose your favorite hike and let yourself be enchanted by the mountain worlds on the Hohe Salve this summer.
The Torhelm is the third highest mountain in the Kitzbühel Alps and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Hohe Tauern. The ascent to the summit is quite challenging, but takes place on well-developed and marked mountain trails. The moderately difficult tour leads through the secluded Langer Grund valley and is perfect for ambitious hikers. The only managed alpine hut is at the starting point of the hike, so you should definitely pack enough water and food.The starting point of the hike is at the end of a toll road in Kelchsau. At the hiking car park next to the Tiefentalalm begins your hike. You follow the wide hiking trail into the Langen Grund. On the shores of the Langer Grund Ache, you slowly ascend and pass several small huts and uncultivated pastures. At first, the slopes are still covered with sparse forests, but soon you are hiking across wide mountain meadows. The path winds up further and gets steeper and steeper. At the summit of the Torhelms you will be rewarded for all your efforts, because the view is simply breathtaking. After a rest at the summit cross, it's the same way back to the starting point of the tour.
The cave at the Hundalm is the only ice and stalactite cave in Tyrol. In summer, the cave is open to the public and you can visit it as part of a guided tour. (July & August daily, May, June & September open on Saturdays and Sundays)For your cave tour you should definitely bring warm clothes - even if it is sunny and warm outside, it remains very frosty in the cave. The climb is quite challenging, but the cave tour is well worth the effort. Thanks to well-developed hiking trails, the tour is classified as moderately difficult.Your hike to the ice cave on the Hundalm starts at the hiking car park in Embach, a district of Angerberg. From there it goes on a forest road up to the mountain inn Buchacker. Here clears the forest and the other trail runs with great views over wide alpine meadows. You continue up the wide gravel road and soon reach the lookout point Adlerhorst. Without significant height difference, it continues to the ice cave. After you have explored the cave extensively, you walk the same way back to the starting point of the tour.
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The Feldalphorn and the Schwaigberghorn are wonderful view summits. No gondola lift and no chairlift lead up to the summit and so the tour is perfect for sporty hikers. On good hiking trails and mountain climbing you walk up to the Feldalphorn. A broad ridge path leads to the second mountain summit and finally back to the valley. For the walk you need in addition to good hiking boots and appropriate clothing, above all, sufficient water and food. Along the secluded trails there is neither alpine hut nor mountain hut.At the valley station of the ski lift in Kelchsau your mountain tour begins. You walk a short distance through the small village and then start with your ascent. Over pastures and through forests, you rise slowly. Soon the landscape becomes lonelier. After you have passed the Trockenbachalm, you follow a hiking trail over open alpine meadows. The path slowly gets steeper and you can already see the fieldalphorn in front of you. At the summit you will be rewarded with a fantastic view. After a short break, continue along the ridge path to the Schwaigberghorn. Here you can take a rest before you start the way back. With fresh energy you follow the trail over alpine meadows and mountain forests downhill. In Kelchsau you finally reach the starting point of your hike.
KAT is the abbreviation for Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail. This dream long-distance hiking trail leads on the compact route in five stages and over a distance of 76 kilometers across the Kitzbühel Alps. Of course, you can also make the stages as individual day trips. A particularly beautiful stage leads from Hopfgarten over the Hohe Salve to Brixen im Thale. You will enjoy fantastic views at any time and along the way you will find several beautiful mountain inns. The hiking trails are all well developed and thus the mountain hike is considered medium difficult.If you are up or down too long, then you can easily shorten the distance slightly. Drive from Hopfgarten with the gondola to the middle station and start your hike there. At the end of the tour, you can also take the gondola down to Bressanone at the Filzalm.Your hike starts at the valley station in Hopfgarten. From there you walk steadily up the cable car. Smaller woodland and open meadows alternate each other on your way. At the middle station, the trail leads you away from the ropes of the gondola lift and you follow the signs to the Gasthof Rigi and the Hohe Salve. From the Alpengasthof Rigi, you will continue across wide meadows to the summit. At the top you can enjoy the magnificent view as well as the Salvenkirchlein (the highest pilgrimage church in Austria) and the mountain restaurant with a rotating panoramic terrace. After you've seen enough of the panorama, you walk down the Salvensee down to Filzalm. Here the path leads you into a forest and finally down to Bressanone.
The wide meadow slopes of the Hohe Salve are famous for the magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. On the panoramic circular route, you will cycle around the summit and with every step you will be accompanied by the magnificent Alpine panorama. Thanks to the cable car, it is easy to climb up and the excellent hiking trails are also suitable for leisurely hikers. The hike is classified as moderately difficult.Take the Salvenbahn from Hopfgarten up to the middle station. From there you follow a forest path to the storage lake Hohe Salve. There you can enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and then hike further in the direction of Salvensee. Via alpine meadows, the panoramic path continues. In the north you can now clearly see the rugged ridge of the Wilder Kaiser. Through a mountain forest you hike to the Alpengasthof Rigi. Here you have earned a break before you descend again to the middle station of the Salvenbahn.
Mountain lakes exert a special attraction. Three mountain glittering waters await you on your mountain hike to Schafsiedel. High up on the eastern slope of the Schafsiedel the Wildalm lakes line up. So you can combine on this hike at the same time summit luck and picturesque mountain lakes. Even though the mountain lakes are pretty cool even in summer, you should definitely pack your swimwear. The hike runs along well-marked mountain trails and is classified as moderately difficult.Your hike to the Schafsiedel begins at Gasthof Wegscheid. You can reach it via a short toll road. The toll is five euros. From the trail parking lot follow the path towards the Neue Bamberger Hütte. First, it goes on a wide forest road through sparse forest, but soon you wander through an open meadow valley. The path leads steadily upwards. After about four kilometers you pass the Neue Bamberger Hütte and start the further ascent to Schafsiedel. Through wildly romantic landscape you hike up along the Wildalm lakes. At the top of the summit you can already expect a magnificent view. Below you are the Wildalm lakes and to the south the Hohe Tauern stretch into the sky. On the way back it's worth taking a dip in the water as well as a break at the Neue Bamberger Hütte. Happy and satisfied, you finally reach the starting point of your hike.