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Hiking in the Brixen Valley in Austria – wild nature, rustic inns & 5 summits

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Hiking in the Brixen Valley in Austria – wild nature, rustic inns & 5 summits

Hiking Collection by Kitzbüheler Alpen

5

Tours

20:55 h

32.5 mi

16,775 ft

You’re standing on top of the world at the summit, your heart racing from the climb. Beneath your feet, the valley extends into the horizon. Summit attempts are more than just a hike in the mountain – they mean so much to us hikers. In this Collection, we invite you to climb mountain peaks that may become your most memorable summit hikes to date.

The five hikes here lead through the wonderful Kitzbühel Alps in the Central Eastern Alps in Austria. You will discover the Brixental Valley, one of the most beautiful areas in Tyrol. Instead of narrow gorges, serpentines, and steep passes, you will find lush green alpine meadows and grassy mountain slopes in the valley. Here, the sun also shines longer. On the way, you can explore two of the side valleys in the south – Windau, and Spertental – where nature is left to flourish.

The side valleys have a more local feel that elsewhere. Instead of hotels and resorts, you come across rustic inns and small snack spots. On both sides of the idyllic paths, imposing peaks jut into the sky, reaching up to 8,018 feet (2,444 m). Hiking – the most important part of your trip – comes first here.

The routes in this Collection take you to peaks in both of the side valleys on half or full-day hikes. Depending on your ability, you can climb gentle grassy mountain slopes such as the Lodron, or take on a stony challenge up the Großer Rettenstein which requires some alpine experience. Either way, you hike through unique landscapes in the two side valleys, past meandering mountain streams, through magical forests, and to proud summit crosses.

You will find pure nature and panoramic views stretching as far as the eye can see in the southern Brixen Valley. Have fun!

To give you a better idea of what we’re talking about, check out this video:

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Tours & Highlights

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    Gipfelwanderung für Schwindelfreie: Floch-Rundtour – Gipfelstürme im Brixental

    Difficult
    05:25
    10.5 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The tour on the Floch is not for the faint of heart. You can only reach the 2,053 meter high summit via a narrow path - a head for heights and surefootedness are therefore an absolute must. The summit storm also goes hand in hand with a few magnificent views. But first things first.

    

    You start your tour

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  • Difficult
    01:56
    3.91 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,300 ft
    25 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Gamsbeil is certainly one of the most underrated peaks in the Brixental. Good luck for you - because that doesn't mean the summit is too well hiked. You may even be able to spot one or the other chamois.

    

    Your tour starts right outside the Gamskogelhütte. A stop at the rustic inn is always worthwhile

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  • Difficult
    03:55
    5.19 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,875 ft
    75 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Yes, we also have a lot to tell you about this tour. But because pictures say more than 1,000 words, here is a video to "warm up" for the tour:

    

    

    Seen enough? Well, then you can start now. You start at the parking lot at the Oberlandhütte in Spertental near Aschau. From there

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  • Difficult
    02:49
    2.64 mi
    0.9 mph
    3,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    What makes you most keen on a hike? Of course, a few moving pictures that were captured there on a beautiful sunny day:

    

    

    But we also want to describe the wonderful tour to the Schwarzkogel in our words. Because it is and remains one of the most beautiful peaks

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  • Difficult
    06:50
    10.3 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,075 ft
    4,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Not only the summit panorama is a wonderful experience on the hike to the Steinbergstein. The trip to the starting point of the tour will also take your breath away: You can make your way to the rear Windau, one of the most beautiful side valleys in Tyrol, via an idyllic toll road (costs: manageable

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    32.5 mi
  • Duration
    20:55 h
  • Elevation
    16,775 ft

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