It is something very special - the Tyrolean Pitztal valley, which hides between the Ötztal and Kaunertal valleys: on 380 kilometre of hiking trails, gigantic waterfalls, the highest mountain lake in Tyrol, icy glacier areas and far-reaching views in the postcard motif await you. No matter whether you decide for the high alpine challenges with unforgettable panoramic views or for a leisurely alpine hike, where enjoyment comes first. In the hiking areas at the Hochzeiger, Rifflsee and Pitztaler Gletscher you will find comfortable lifts for ascent and descent. This way you and your whole family can breathe high alpine air. If you prefer to explore the seclusion of the mountain world without a lift, the Pitztal valley offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and mountaineering too.
With our eight varied tours you will surely find the right hike. Everyone as he likes' is the motto of the Pitztal Valley and also an ideal guide for hikers in the most beautiful side valley of the Eastern Alps.
The Pitztaler Almenweg finds the perfect balance between enjoyment and physical activity. It connects five idyllic mountain pastures: Söllberg (1,849 meters), Mauchele (1,850 meters), Neuberg (1,920 meters), Tiefental (1,880 meters) and Arzler Alm (1,875 meters) and the Kaunergrathütte (2,817 meters). On the initiative of the Tourist Office Pitztal, the moderately difficult path was dug in painstaking manual work in some very difficult terrain. What came of it is all the more impressive.Apart from the culinary highlights, the highlights are certainly the spectacular views of the Pitztal 3.000s, such as the Mittagskogel and the Pitztal Glacier World.Tip: Use the opportunities to stop and discover the specialties of the region.
The second section of the Pitztaler Almenweg starts in St. Leonhard and leads you to just over 20 kilometers to the Kaunergrathütte, which serves as a night accommodation. Since you are going up 1,800 vertical meters on this day, you should start early. After a steep and strenuous start, after about one and a half hours you will reach the Arzler Alm at 1,875 meters altitude. Here you should strengthen yourself properly, since then no more food supply. After about five kilometers begins the trail, which brings you to the same height between 2,000 meters and 2,400 meters south. The highlight of this hike, in addition to the pastures, are the fantastic views of the surrounding summit world. From the Watzespitze over the Verpeilspitze to the Rofelewand. After spending the night on the Kaunergrathütte, the next day we will go downhill for about three hours in the direction of Pitztal or Plangeroß.
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The hike from Plangeross to the Kaunergrathütte is certainly one of the most scenic of the Pitztal. Nevertheless, you should keep your eyes down most of the time, as it sometimes gets very steep. After the last piece over loose boulders, you will have a fantastic view from the highest hut in the Ötztal Alps anyway. Return it goes back afterwards on the same way. Ambitious hikers are back home for lunch on this hike. You can also make the day more comfortable and enjoy the day with several breaks and time in nature really.
Just over seven kilometers long, Luis Trenker Steig is regarded as a classic in the Pitztal. Whether relaxed with the family or in a fast run for ambitious hikers. On the approximately two and a half hours walk you will experience the wild, original nature of the valley from its most beautiful side.An absolutely worth seeing highlight of the tour is the Benni-Raich-Bridge, which, at 94 meters in height, is considered one of the highest pedestrian suspension bridges in Austria. From here you can also jump over with a bungee jump, or watch the jumpers. The trail leads you further below the suspension bridge through the nature reserve Pitzenklamm. Steep cliffs, lush flora and the glacier-fed Pitze are the peculiarities of this gorge. On the further course you will find a tree teaching path where children can search for identical cones and leaves during a memory game. Even with beautiful views of Luis Trenker Steig need not stingy. From the fantastic view to the hiking area Hoch-Imst with the Muttekopf (2,774 meters), over the Tschirgant (2,370 meters) to the Ötztal Alps.In summary, the Luis Trenker Steig offers everything a wandering heart desires.
The start of this tour is in Jerzens, where you take the Hochzeiger gondola lift that will take you comfortably to the middle station. On a distance of almost seven kilometers, one thing awaits you above all: a dreamlike panorama. Over the Ferdinand-Wohlfarter-Steig you will march to the highest point of this hike, the Hochzeiger, which towers to 2,560 meters. After enjoying the fabulous panoramic view, the descent to the six-pointer follows, which runs consistently on a beautiful panoramic path.Conclusion: perfect for a successful Sunday outing.
The circular route around Austria's highest mountain lake (2,232 m) has been completely renovated by the Tourist Office Pitztal. In addition to a new route of more than 750 meters, you can expect several wooden footbridges over wetlands on the three-kilometer circular trail. There is nothing in the way of a successful hike.Start is Mandarfen, where you take the Rifflsee-Bahn to get to the mountain station. Once you arrive at the top, the view of the surrounding 3,000 meters and the huge glacial eruptions of the Taschachferner will definitely inspire you. Right next to the mountain station you will find the Sunna Alm, which invites you to relax with a sun terrace after a leisurely hike around the lake.A little tip: The Rifflsee is also the starting point for other fantastic hikes. From here you can reach the Cottbuser Höhenweg, the Kaunergrathütte or a tour on the Fuldaer Höhenweg, which runs without major differences in altitude.
You start this hike at the farm road Rehwald, which brings you to Mauchele Alm. Here it is advisable to take a break, as there is no opportunity to stop for a rest. After you have strengthened, the path brings you to the beautiful Brechsee, which you reach after about 30 minutes walk from the Mauchele Alm. After another one and a half hours two more mountain lakes await you. The Krummersee and the Kugletersee. Idyllic embedded in the rocky mountain walls and mostly deserted you can really switch off from everyday life here.
On the Pitztal Glacier Trail you can experience high mountain scenery relaxed. The start of the almost 16-kilometer trail is the top station of the Wildspitzpahn. From the rear Brunnenkogel you always march pleasantly downhill to the west, where you reach the Taschachhaus after about five kilometers. After a fortification, continue on the solid marked trail north, where you quickly realize that the ground is a bit gruff. In some places, steps and ropes were installed to make climbing easier. This climb is not about the up, but you march downhill continuously. The itinerary is therefore not particularly demanding, but there are some exposed areas that require surefootedness and experience.Since you also cross the glacier, you should already inform yourself in advance about the current snow conditions. It can be done without crampons because it is very shallow and usually has no cracks. Nevertheless, due to the height of 3,440 meters in the summer sometimes up to 40 inches of snow.
Along the circular trail the formation of bogs, moor vegetation and peat extraction is described. Since the round is only about three kilometers long, even families with small children or wheelchair users can master the route well. From Moorturm you can enjoy a fantastic vision, which is described as an absolute postcard motif. Especially this area exerts a special fascination on the visitors. Seven educational pathboards will explain the slow evolution of these unique and rare habitats in a simple way.
The starting point of this short but scenic hike you reach pleasant with the double chair lift. Right next to the lift station you look out onto the sparkling reservoir pond, which is embedded in the mountains. Then you march on to the six-pointer at 2395 m, from where you can enjoy a great panoramic view. The walking time is just under 20 minutes. The hike ends at the newly renovated Hochzeigerhaus, where you can fortify yourself with regional delicacies. Short, crisp, and beautiful.
As with the small Harber Rundwanderung you march from the Nature Park House south. In contrast to the small circular walk you get here to the magnificent viewpoint at Harbeweiher. The Harbeweiher is an untouched and wildly romantic piece of nature that is perfect for nature lovers who do not want to travel too far away. After a small and short climb you have reached the highest point of this hike at about 1680 m. On a forest path you march back to the starting point at the Nature Park House.Conclusion: short and wildly romantic round trip, for those who want to get a little break from everyday life.