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Hiking five peaks in the Austrian Kitzbühel Alps – High5 in Brixen Valley

Hiking Collection by Kitzbüheler Alpen

If you want to climb summits in the Kitzbühel Alps then this Collection is for you. Here, we present five hikes that lead you to the most beautiful peaks of the Brixen Valley – the High5. Extending to the south of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains in Austria, the Brixen Valley provides some of the most varied and beautiful hiking in Tyrol. On your journey through the unique mountain landscape, you will explore blooming alpine meadows, idyllic lakes, and panoramic alpine views. Some routes are more challenging than others, but picture-perfect views are guaranteed on all.

The so-called „High5“, the five most beautiful peaks in the region, include the Kröndlhorn (8,018 ft/2,444 m), the striking Große Rettenstein (7,762 ft/2,366 m), the Brechhorn (6,666 ft/2,032 m), the Gampenkogel (6,404 ft/1,952 m) and the Spießnägel (5,882 ft/1,793 m). The peaks are only accessible on foot as there are no cable cars or gondolas. This means you can usually enjoy the wonderful view without any crowds. The view is all the more rewarding when you hike up.

Along the way, you will find cozy alpine huts serving regional delicacies. Nevertheless, pack enough water for your hikes and don’t forget sunscreen, especially in summer. This way, you can relax and enjoy the mountains to the fullest.

So cool off in the fresh mountain breeze after a sweaty climb and leave your everyday stress behind you. The hikes in the Brixen Valley are a whole lot of fun. Let's see which of the „High5“ is your personal highlight.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    04:05
    7.66 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A mountain panorama like in a picture book - that's what awaits you on the 2,032 meter high Brechhorn. From the summit you look out over the Kitzbüheler Alpen, the Wilder Kaiser and the Hohe Tauern. This twelve-kilometer hike takes you up the mountain, including a break in the Brechhornhaus. The hike starts at the mountain station of the Alpenrosenbahn. You can let yourself gondola up the first few meters in altitude from Westendorf.At the beginning you hike on a flat route towards Kreuzjöchl and enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. You will soon reach the picturesque Kreuzjöchlsee. You can take a short break on the banks of the lake. If you want to take a longer break, you will reach the Brechhornhaus after a few meters.From now on it's going uphill. The path leads you almost exclusively along the ridge and offers you a wonderful foretaste of the panorama that awaits you from the summit cross. Once at the top you absolutely deserve a long breather. Let the impressive panorama work on you and the fresh mountain air blow around your nose.On the way back to Kreuzjöchlsee you make a little detour towards Feldbergalm / Brandeggalm. A stop at the Brechhornhaus is worthwhile at the latest. Find a nice place on the sunny terrace and enjoy the regional delicacies before you hike back to the mountain station.By the way: You can also spend the night in the Brechhornhaus. If you are an early riser, you can hike from here to the summit for the sunrise and experience how the sun bathes the impressive mountain ranges in their golden light - it is hard to start a day in the mountains better.

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    Difficult
    04:26
    7.19 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Gampenkogel is not a summit in the classic sense, but a long mountain ridge that takes you up to 1,952 meters. A fantastic view awaits you, because there are only a few higher peaks around the mountain that hinder your view. If the visibility is good, you can see the Wilder Kaiser, the Kitzbüheler Horn and the ice panorama of the Hohe Tauern.The tour of almost twelve kilometers in Kirchberg starts. You can either cover the first vertical meters with the Gaisberg lift or you can climb up to the Gaisbergalm, the actual starting point of the hike. The next few kilometers you hike uphill on a gentle slope. After almost three kilometers you have earned your first refreshment in the Kobingerhütte. With fresh energy you tackle the second part of the climb.Arrived at the summit cross at almost 2,000 meters, you will be rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view. With good visibility, you can see more than seventy 3,000ers around you - so there is a lot to discover. Since there is no cable car to the summit, you can usually enjoy this beautiful view in peace.For the descent you first hike back on the well-known path and then turn towards Wiegalm. How about a break in the managed alpine hut? The path leads you gently downhill again in a wide arc. At the Kobingerhütte you will meet again on the well-known path that you follow back to the Gaisbgeralm. In the early summer, by the way, a number of red and pink alpine roses bloom along the way. There is hardly a region in Austria where the alpine roses bloom so beautifully and impressively as here.

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  • Difficult
    09:29
    8.97 mi
    0.9 mph
    5,575 ft
    5,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The large Rettenstein is the most striking mountain in the Brixental. Its summit is made of rugged dolomite, which forms a great contrast to the green, lovely mountain meadows. The 2,366-meter-high mountain gets its name from the fact that its stone tip is bathed in an impressive red in the evening sunlight.The starting point of the almost 15-kilometer hike is at the Hintenbachalm. Right from the start you hike steadily uphill. Look forward to an extremely varied route across the beautiful nature of the Brixental. You hike up the first section along the Schöntalbach stream and enjoy the cool shade of the trees and the sound of the water.Then you leave the forest and continue walking across an open alpine pasture. You can already see your destination, the summit of the Rettenstein. The path continues between Hex and Spikesnägelkamm to the huts of the Schöntalscherm. From now on it gets steeper: In hairpin bends you wind your way up the mountain. Step by step you cover the last meters in altitude, just before the summit there is a small block climbing waiting for you. You will be rewarded with a fantastic view at the top - from the Hohe Tauern, to the Großglockner, the Großvenediger and to the Zillertal.If you have had enough of the panorama, you can hike back down the valley on the same path. Shortly before the end, you can stop at the Kasplatzl mountain restaurant and enjoy the homemade cheese.

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    Difficult
    06:22
    8.59 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,675 ft
    3,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At 2,444 meters, the Kröndlhorn is the highest mountain in the Brixental and one of the most beautiful peaks in the Kitzbüheler Alpen. Clear that you don't want to miss the wonderful view from above. The 14-kilometer circular tour starts in the local recreation area of Windautal.The nature in this region is very diverse on the
    On the way to the Kröndlhorn you will pass small waterfalls and alpine pastures. There are also some mystical legends about this beautiful piece of earth, for example around Reinkarsee with its dark water. A nice place to take a first break and enjoy the special atmosphere.
    The path winds uphill, the terrain becomes more and more rugged and rocky. Once at the top of the summit, you will be greeted by a small chapel instead of a summit cross. Let the impressive view work on you and your gaze wander over the surrounding mountains. You can see the Krimml waterfalls, look at the Zillertal Alps, the Gerlosplatte, over the Karwendel, the Rofan and the Wildalpseen. Simply wonderful!Back you hike back down to Reinkarsee and then turn right towards Rotwandalm. In the rustic restaurant it is worth taking a break to try the homemade delicacies from alpine farmer Carola before you walk the last few kilometers down to the starting point.If you are traveling with your own car, it is best to park above the Baumgartenalm in the Windautal. A small toll fee is to be paid for the road (3 euros). You can also use the hiking taxi to drive down to the valley. You can get information at: 0043 57 507 2000 300.

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    Difficult
    05:53
    9.55 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The locals also wear the spike nails as "flowering mountain". On this 15 km long tour, colorful alpine flowers and unspoiled nature await you, through which it is wonderful to hike. A beautiful view puts the cherry on top of this unique flora and lets you quickly forget every day stress.The hike starts in the tranquil village of Aschau im Spertental, the southern side valley of Kirchberg. If you still need a kick of freshness for your legs, then you can take a lap through the Kneipp basin before you start your ascent. The next few kilometers you hike uphill, but on the way you will always find nice rest areas that invite you to take a breather.In the Hirzeggalm you can fortify yourself with a hearty snack for the next part of the climb. You walk past alpine roses, meadows and alpine flower slopes and then reach a plateau in front with an idyllic moor lake. Now it is not far to the summit cross of the pike nails at 1,880 meters. Take a deep breath, let the wonderful landscape affect you and don't forget to immortalize yourself in the summit book.Back in the valley you hike back the same way and let the unique nature work for you again extensively. Back in Aschau you can end the day relaxed in a cozy dining room.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    42.0 mi
  • Duration
    30:16 h
  • Elevation
    15,925 ft

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