Striking mountain peaks, unforgettable panoramic views, untouched alpine pastures and trails as far as the eye can see – the Kitzbühel Alps and the bike paradises of Brixental and Kitzbühel in Austria are a true El Dorado for mountain bikers.
We’ve put together seven bike routes in this Collection where enjoyment is King. You’ll ride through beautiful mountain pastures on flowing trails, stopping to taste regional Tyrolean specialties at the alpine huts en route. Both the trails and food in this Collection will make your mouth water.
Before you lose yourself dreaming of Tyrolean bacon dumplings, cheese spätzle, or a hearty Brettljause plate of cold meats, you should check out Brixental’s mountain biking menu. For starter and dessert, you can stay in special mountain biking hotels in the villages of Brixen im Thale, Kirchberg, and Westendorf. With a comfortable night’s rest, you can make sure you are ready for the main course – biking.
You can catch one of the lifts up into the mountains where trails take you to remote corners of the region. You can choose between easy rides for the whole family or challenging long day rides and alpine crossings. Exciting events are held here such as the KAT Alpine crossing and the Bikeschaukel Tirol, too.
This Collection is ideal if you are just getting to know the area around Brixental on your mountain bike. We’ve chosen several relatively easy Tours and some which are more challenging. Choose your route based on your riding ability and physical fitness. You may want to start with an easy route and gradually increase the difficulty. No matter which adventure you choose, you will find plenty of places to stop for food en route.
The region’s transport is well set up for bikers. In summer, you can catch one of the many mountain railways with your bike so it’s easy to adjust your route or change your plans last minute. Take a look at the special biker tickets. You can find more information, here: kitzbueheler-alpen.com/en/summer/cyclist-mountainbiken/biketransport.html.
"First the trail, then the pleasure" - better than with this tour, you can hardly implement this motto. However, we want to make one thing clear: Actually, enjoyment begins as soon as you sit on the bike. Because although a really long climb is waiting for you in the first part of the round, you will be permanently rewarded with unforgettable views of the beautiful mountains.The first half of this tour, which starts at the information office in Westendorf, is still a challenge, because the way up to the Choralm is long and sometimes really steep. So you should have a certain stamina and be keen to earn the mountain yourself. With the magnificent view at the top and with various refreshments, you can reward yourself and proudly treat yourself to one (or more) breaks and a long descent back to the starting point. Whether you choose the promising sun terrace of the Talkaser mountain restaurant or prefer to stop at the Choralm or later on the Kandleralm is entirely up to you.No major technical challenges await you on this tour, you are mostly on easy-to-drive economic roads. The long climb still makes high demands. If you want to save yourself the uphill, you can simply let the Alpenrosenbahn take you up the mountain.
There is hardly any more Kitzbüheler Alpen - after all, this tour starts at its geographical center! It is very close to Aschau and is easily accessible by car. Alternatively, you could start your bike directly in Kirchberg and warm yourself up extensively on the bike path along the Aschauer Ache before the actual route begins. The tour itself offers plenty of scope to adapt it to your ideas. You can drive to three alpine pastures that entice you with culinary specialties and / or scenic highlights.Right at the beginning, the Labalm invites you to a little detour with delicious dumplings or other regional specialties. On the Schöntalalm you reach the highest and quietest point of the tour. Here you can fully enjoy the originality and idyll of the Kitzbüheler Alpen. On the Hirzeggalm it will be delicious again: In the idyllic hut you will be served hearty snacks or real classics such as Kaiserschmarrn or a hearty cheese platter.If you want to save the best until the end, you should definitely plan a break in the Kasplatzl show dairy. The route runs consistently over quiet side streets or easily navigable gravel / field paths and is particularly demanding due to the sometimes crunchy climbs. If you don't want to climb that much, you can simply omit one or the other stopover and save yourself the ascent to the Schöntalalm or the side trip to the Hirzeggalm. Even if it is beautiful and really tasty there, you will still get your money's worth.
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This short round is perfect for combining two delicious regional specialties directly from Kirchberg: delicious food and great trails! Small icing on the cake, like the wonderful view of the mountains all around, are free.You start on the outskirts of Kirchberg on an asphalt road that leads you to the Gasthaus Obergaisberg. Here you can take a deep breath and enjoy the great view back to the town before you tackle the second part of the climb. The leads over a steep gravel path, which is used for sledding in winter, up to the Gaisbergstüberl. Here you should treat yourself to a little refreshment and enjoy the beautiful view. Look forward to the departure!You have several options for the trip back to Kirchberg. If you prefer to take it easy, you can roll back down the valley on a paved road. But you're probably here because of the trails, right? There are two to choose from: the Gaisberg Trail and the Lisi Osl Trail, which was named after the 2009 Mountain Bike World Cup winner. If you can't make up your mind, just take both! The round is short enough to complete it twice. Alternatively, you can have the Gaisberg lift take care of the ascent.
With its more than seven kilometers, the Fleckalm Trail is one of the longest singletrack in Tyrol and has it all. The mere fact that you leave 1,000 meters behind you on the way says everything. It is an almost endless descent with many jumps, demanding root passages, well-kept bends and fine high-speed sections. If you think it is too boring on the mountain pasture, the Fleckalm will teach you otherwise!There are two ways to get to the start of the trail from Kirchberg. The first is definitely more energy-efficient: With the Fleckalmbahn you can get yourself comfortably brought to the start without doing anything yourself. This tour, on the other hand, is exactly your thing if you prefer to earn the descent yourself. Then you first have to pedal slowly but surely up the 1,000 meter climb.You start directly in Kirchberg and initially follow the Aschauer Ache for a while. When the calves are warm, the route bends - the mountain calls! Now it's best to take it easy, because 1,000 vertical meters are not a cardboard stick. Look forward to the stage goal in the mountain classification: the Ochsalm. Here you can take a break with the best view and strengthen yourself. Then you change from asphalt to loose ground and soon see the top station of the Fleckalmbahn. Once at the top, the Ahrenbachhöhe reservoir is a nice place to take a breather before you can enjoy the long, long descent back to the valley. It has a lot to offer and requires a certain level of driving technique, condition and concentration. So take it easy, then the enjoyment is all the greater.
First the climb - then the pleasure. This could be the motto of this tour. In fact, you've already left the demanding part of the round around the Hohe Salve after around six kilometers and 500 meters in altitude. In other words: this tour starts with a crisp climb that takes you to the beautiful mountains of the Kitzbüheler Alpen immediately after starting in Brixen. Right from the start, a little stamina is required.But there are several motivating highlights at the end of the climb: the idyllic Filzalmsee is an ideal place to take a picnic break, take a deep breath and enjoy the view of the mountains that are reflected in the water. If you prefer to be pampered all around, you can stop in the rustic Filzalm hut nearby. It is even more rustic on the Silleralm. Here you can get hearty snacks and homemade cakes. Whatever your motivation: just take it easy, take a break and enjoy the beautiful nature. You can do it!The rest of the tour is a reward. It goes down a lot and you always come through beautiful places where you can take a little break. You finally drive back to Brixen via the Brixental cycle path. This bike path is not a technical challenge, but it is beautifully situated and offers various cozy places to stop for a bite to eat.Tip: If you want to avoid the long climb at the beginning of the tour, you can easily overcome it with the Hochbrixen mountain railway.
What could be nicer than getting on your bike and just starting off? This small round, which starts directly in Brixen im Thale, combines everything a beautiful bike tour needs: a good portion of sweat, a wonderful nature experience, a mountain panorama like from a picture book, an enjoyable break and of course a trail that will make you grin Magic face. When you go on vacation in Bressanone, all you have to do is push your bike out of your accommodation and the adventure can begin.To warm up, you follow the beautiful Brixental cycle path for a while, which rises at a leisurely pace so that you can get going first. After a few kilometers of warm-up, things get steeper and steeper: the way up to the Wiegalm is physically a real challenge. But it's worth it in several ways. The Wiegalm, popular with locals and guests alike, is waiting for you above. Here you can fortify yourself with a perfect view and look forward to the highlight of the tour: the fantastic Wiegalm Trail. On natural trails and paths it leads you back into the valley - mountain bike enjoyment at its finest. Afterwards, roll out along the Aschauer Ache in a relaxed manner and head back to Brixen via Kirchberg.Tips:
The Wiegalm Trail is technically not too difficult, but if you prefer to take a more relaxed descent, simply follow the marked route 257, which leads along easy-to-drive economic paths. If, on the other hand, you are not getting enough of demanding trails, you can take the Gaisbergbahn just before Kirchberg and take the Gaisberg Trail and / or the Lisi-Osl-Trail with you. Both also end at the Aschauer Ache.
Once across the Kitzbüheler Alpen: The KAT bike is a special challenge that requires a good portion of fitness and a few days time. It is a fantastic adventure that fills your own vacation in the Kitzbüheler Alpen. If you want to get to know other facets of this beautiful area instead, then the KAT bike is definitely not the right program for you. On this tour you can still get a taste of the adventure of crossing the Alps: it leads you over the original route of the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail - Bike (KAT-Bike), but only includes the section from Brixen to Oberndorf. The result is a “mini-CAT” that you can easily create in one afternoon.The tour begins in Brixen and initially leads steeply to the Wiegalm at 1,525 meters. Once at the top, you can fortify yourself in the snack station for the beautiful Wiegalm trail, which takes you back down the valley to the Aschau cycle path. Via Kirchberg you head for Kitzbühel and pass the picturesque Schwarzsee, which is ideal for a refreshing break. Past the Gasthof Steuerberg you are now ready for the last section that leads to the train station in Oberndorf. From here, the regional train or S-Bahn takes you back to Brixen in around 20 minutes - free with a valid guest card!Tip: If you don't have enough, just drive on to St. Johann. Here you can be transported from the Harschbichl gondola to the Kitzbüheler Horn and take the great Harschbichl Trail back down to the valley from the middle station. The regional train also runs from St. Johann back to Brixen.