Kitzbüheler Alpen

Summer in the mountains returns – hiking in the Kitzbuehel Alps

Erwin Haiden

Summer in the mountains returns – hiking in the Kitzbuehel Alps

Hiking Collection by Kitzbüheler Alpen

The snow melts, the first colorful flowers begin to bloom on the green alpine meadows and the sun's rays marks the end of the winter cold – summer returns to the mountains In the Kitzbuhel Alps. From mid-May, the towns of Brixen im Thale, Kirchberg in Tirol and Westendorf showcase their diversity in the middle of the Kitzbuhel Alps when rustic tradition meets modern events and Lederhosen meet hiking boots. In summer the Kitzbuhel Alps are packed with action, views and alpine idyll.
In this Collection, we present seven hikes that you can either experience as a guided tour or simply explore yourself. You can expect mighty mountain peaks, cozy huts and picturesque alpine landscapes no matter which routes you choose. For example, two stages take you along the Kitzbuhel Alps long-distance hiking trail on which you can climb the most beautiful peaks in the region and get to know the warmth of the Tyrol region.

All stages are designed as day hikes – some are easier than others. You can reach the starting points by train or take the hiking taxi to the valley if you don't have your own car. If you plan to stay longer in the region, Kirchberg, Brixen or Kitzbühel are good places to base yourself.

If you are interested in the region, you can learn about the flora and fauna in the Kitzbuhel Alps, as well as insider stories and local tips from hiking guides. You’ll find information about the starting time of the next guided hike at the end of each walk.

Would you prefer to hike on your own? No problem. It is still worth taking a look at the packed event calendar. From May 21, numerous sporting highlights and festivals with centuries-old traditions take place to keep you busy after your hikes.

No matter how you explore the Kitzbuhel Alps, feel the sun on your face as you sweat up a climb to spectacular panoramas – it’s summer again!

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    05:59
    9.49 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,200 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail, or KAT-WALK for short, crosses the Kitzbüheler Alpen in six daily stages over a distance of 104 kilometers. However, the long-distance trail can also be broken up into individual hikes, such as stage 15.3 km from Brixen im Thale to Kirchdorf in Tirol.Start is in the village center of Bressanone. If you travel by train from Kitzbühel or Hopfgarten, you can start the hike at the train station. The ascent to the Brixenbachalm along an artistically designed way of the cross is a first highlight of the tour - and distracts you from the steady climb. You can take a break at the Brixenbachalm (1,080 meters). If you still have enough energy, you can walk a little further to the picturesque Wiegalm nestled in a saddle. There are also delicious Tyrolean delicacies here.Freshly strengthened, you master the short ascent on the long mountain ridge of the Gaisberg. The geological structure of the uppermost area on the Gaisberg also changes the landscape: limestone and mountain pines await you at 1,770 meters. From the summit you have a fantastic panoramic view. You have more than earned this view after almost 1,000 meters of altitude in your calves.Down the path leads you through a beautiful mixed forest. You can also take the last part of the descent to the valley with the Gaisberg lift. If you still feel like running, you need about an hour to your destination Kirchberg. From the station, take the train back towards Kitzbühel or Hopfgarten. A little tip: With the regional guest card, regional trains and all buses can be used free of charge!On June 4, 2020 you can also experience this stage on the KAT Walk. The motto is "Primeval drama - from gentle grass mountains to geological peculiarities". Registration is possible at any time through the local tourist offices.

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    Difficult
    05:59
    10.0 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 3 of the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail, or KAT Walk for short, takes you from Kirchberg in Tirol to the old town of Kitzbühel. You will get to know part of the 104-kilometer long-distance hiking trail along the 16-kilometer route. On the way you will learn a lot about the world-famous downhill ski race in the sports town of Kitzbühel and hike on part of the original race track.Start is in the center of Kirchberg. Through the alpine pasture you always hike up to the highest point of the tour, the Ehrenbachhöhe. On the way you can stop at the Krin mountain inn or the Maierl inn and enjoy fantastic views of the entire Wilder Kaiser. The Ehrenbachhöhe with its 1,802 meters is the highest point of the Hahnenkamm.The path leads you under the Fleckalmbahn and past some storage lakes. You continue to walk over the ridge through the Kitzbühel ski area to the Hahnenkamm mountain station. This is where the descent along the famous Streif race track to Kitzbühel begins. Display boards along the route show you the known sections, such as the mouse trap, the steep slope or the Hausbergkante. On this route, the professional athletes reach maximum speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour on their skis. You definitely don't have time to enjoy the beautiful views of Kitzbühel and the Wilder Kaiser.On June 5, 2020, you can have a hiking guide tell you more about the race track under the motto "Pure World Cup feeling - from the Hahnenkamm to the legendary Streif". Registration is possible at any time through the local tourist offices.

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  • Difficult
    07:00
    12.7 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,575 ft
    3,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Gerstinger Joch is actually not a classic mountain with a summit. The high ridge is an elongated ridge that received its cross at its highest and most beautiful point. Since there is no mountain railway up, this hike is perfect for nature lovers who like to calmly earn more than 1,000 vertical meters.The starting point of the hike is at the Pastau Alm in the Windautal, the southern side valley of Westendorf. At the beginning you hike over the bridge of the Windauer Ache. Then it goes steadily uphill. Numerous serpentines wind up to the Scheibenschlag Alm.The path that leads you to the Hintenkarscharte begins directly above the Alm building. Due to the numerous cattle kicks, the path is difficult to find in some places, so keep your eyes open. We continue on a beautiful hiking trail that leads you up to the Gerstinger Joch. Once at the top, you can look forward to a wonderful landscape with mountain pine fields, raised bogs, countless cranberry and cranberry bushes and a fantastic view.After you have thoroughly enjoyed all of this, you return on the same path. Be sure to pack enough food and drink for this hike. There are no refreshments on the way.If you drive to the starting point of the tour, you pay a toll fee of three euros per car. You can also take the hiking taxi down to the valley. You can get more information at +43 57 507 2000 300.As part of the mountain summer opening, the hike can be experienced every Wednesday on a guided full-day hike. Registration for the tour is made through the local tourist offices.

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    Intermediate
    02:18
    4.74 mi
    2.1 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This wonderful panoramic hike is perfect for everyone - leisurely hikers, families or as a warm-up for larger projects. From the valley station of the Alpenrosenbahn Westendorf, you can take the train up to the Kitzbüheler Alpen to get in the mood for the beautiful mountains.You walk a short distance on the street from the Talkaser mountain restaurant to the Höhningscharte. Then you turn left and hike on the romantic high-altitude hiking trail to the Brechhornhaus, past the idyllic Kreuzjöchlsee and the mother Anna chapel.After an extensive rest in the Brechhornhaus, continue on the Fleidingalm along the forest road back to your starting point, the mountain station of the Alpenrosenbahn. You take the train back down to the valley.If you want to expand the tour a bit, you can add the Gampenkogel, Fleiding and the Brechhorn. Would you prefer to hike to the valley instead of driving? Shortly after the Fleidingalm, the Alpenrosensteig branches off to the left to the middle station.Every Tuesday there is the possibility to join this tour as an organized hike. Registration takes place directly through the local tourist offices.

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    Difficult
    05:33
    9.45 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,125 ft
    3,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hohe Salve is considered the most beautiful panoramic mountain in Tyrol. Romantic forests, lush alpine meadows and some picturesque reservoirs await you on this 15 km long hike up the mountain. It starts at the Brixen im Thale mountain railway car park.Right at the beginning, the path climbs to the Ochsenweide fork, where you keep left and follow the road to the Möllingerbauer. Here you turn left onto a dirt road that leads you to Hoch-Brixen.You will soon reach the Filzalmsee. How about a little break here? With new energy, things then go steeply uphill. The mysterious Jordan chapel soon appears in the forest, where the baptism of Jesus on the Jordan is depicted. Incidentally, according to old popular belief, the water of the spring has a beneficial effect on the eyes.The path leads you through a short piece of forest to the Kälbersalve and on to the Salvensee. This is where the last steep climb up to the 1,829 meter peak begins. Once at the top of the Hohe Salve, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains. In the summit restaurant you can fortify yourself and continue to enjoy the panorama.Back it goes down the summit slope to the Filzalmsee and into the forest. At the Guggbauern you come onto the road and follow it the last bit down into the valley.Every Tuesday you can do this hike with a guide. Registration takes place directly through the local tourist offices.

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    Intermediate
    03:56
    6.92 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,550 ft
    2,950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Gaisberg Joch panorama and alpine path is one of the most beautiful in the Kitzbüheler Alpen. Look forward to pure hiking fun along the eleven kilometer route in partly high alpine terrain. You can get to the starting point in Kirchberg in Tirol by train.The first section of the tour is completely relaxed: the Gaisberg lift takes you from the valley to the mountain station, where the hike begins. If you want to master the ascent on your own, plan around an hour and a half for it.At the mountain station, keep left and hike uphill to Bärstättalm. Behind the hut, an alpine path leads you up to the summit cross of the Gaisberg Joch. Enjoy the fantastic panorama at 1,770 meters and let the beautiful mountain landscape work its magic on you.After crossing the yoke, there is a short, steep descent over the Nagillersteig. Then you will reach the Harlassanger Chapel, a small pilgrimage church with a mystical history. According to legend, two enemy groups of witches argued here so much that they had to “lose their hair”. Many people still feel a special aura and strength in the place today. If you still lack energy, you can stop at the nearby Kobingerhütte.
     
    A relatively flat path takes you back to Bärstättalm and on to the Gaisberg chair lift. From here you can either take the lift down to the valley or take the forest path down to the Alpengasthof Obergaisberg. Past the Kirchang chapel, the path leads back to Kirchberg.
    As part of the mountain summer opening, the tour is offered every Monday as a guided hike. Registration is made through the local tourist offices.

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    Difficult
    05:19
    8.23 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lodron is a very special summit, on which one of the most beautiful summit crosses in the entire Kitzbühel Alps sits enthroned. Away from the hustle and bustle of tourism, this 13 km long tour is particularly suitable for nature and peace lovers. The starting point of the hike is the Steinberg inn in the Windau valley.From here you walk slightly uphill between the chapel and the newly built building on a gravel road. Through the forested area it goes up to the Wallernalm and then to the Unteren Steinbergalm. Here you keep left and then follow the sign that shows you the way to “Sauwegl”. On this trail you hike through a picturesque mountain forest to the Untere Lärchenbergalm. The alpine literat Sepp Kahn lives here in summer. Maybe you will meet him and can philosophize with him about his books.The partly steep climb leads you further up to the Obere Lärchenbergalm. From here the route to the Oberkaralm becomes a little more relaxed. But only briefly: Past the mountain pasture, the climb is brisk again. You finally reach the ridge between Steinbergstein and Lodron via beautiful raised bogs. Keep to the right, then you come over the Lodronjoch to the summit of the Lodron. You absolutely deserve the unique view from the almost 2,000 meter high mountain into the original Windau valley! The way back is the same. Finally, you can look forward to a hearty stop at the Steinberg inn.If you are arriving by car, there are enough parking spaces below the inn. A small toll fee per vehicle is charged for the road into the Windau Valley. Or you can take the Windautaler hiking taxi to the valley in complete relaxation. Info at: +43 57507 2000 300.As part of the mountain summer opening, a guided hike to the Lodron is offered every Thursday. Registration for the tour is made through the local tourist offices.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    61.6 mi
  • Duration
    36:04 h
  • Elevation
    18,600 ft

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