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Hiking the Hohe Salve in Tyrol – Probably the best view in Austria

Hiking Collection by Ferienregion Hohe Salve

The Hohe Salve is often considered to afford the most beautiful view in the whole of Tyrol, no mean feat in this mountainous region. The Hohe Salve belongs to the spectacular Kitzbühel Alps in western Austria. Lying between the Karwendel, Wilder Kaiser and Hohe Tauern mountain ranges, you will be amazed by the panorama from the summit.

In this Collection, we’ve selected six hiking routes for you on the Hohe Salve and the surrounding mountains. On each of the hikes, you can enjoy wonderful panoramas, gentle mountain slopes, traditional inns, and vast alpine meadows. Leisure hikers can take the gondola high into the mountains whilst hardy mountaineers can take on the long summit routes.

Following forest paths and mountain trails through the wild landscape, you will find tranquil nature in abundance here as you explore mountain lakes and the only ice cave in Tyrol.

The Hohe Salve is located between the towns of Kufstein, Worgl, and Kitzbühel. Just hop on a train, choose your favourite route, and set off to the mountains this summer.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:28
    6.05 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This almost ten kilometer hike takes you from Wörgl up to the Möslalm. The Möslalmkogel is 1,109 meters high, the managed alp is almost 950 meters. Look forward to a beautiful hike with wonderful views from the Rofan Mountains over the Inn Valley and the mountains beyond to the Chiemgau Alps.The tour starts in Wörgl. The city in which the Brixentaler Ache flows into the Inn lies in a broad valley. You hike from the parking lot diagonally opposite the "Weißes Lamm" inn and soon leave the village. Then the path rises and winds up and through the forest. You can follow the forest path steadily until you reach the farmed pasture.The break can wait a bit, before you climb the last meters of altitude up to the summit cross on the Möslalmkogel. From here you can enjoy a wonderful view down into the valley and the impressive mountain scenery. You have more than deserved a stop after the 570 meters of altitude. On the terrace of the Alm you can still enjoy the view and strengthen yourself with the regional cuisine.At the starting point you hike back down the valley on the same path. At the end of your hike, you can stroll through the center of Wörgl and make yourself comfortable in a café.

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  • Difficult
    04:42
    9.16 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    KAT is the abbreviation for Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail. This dream long-distance hiking trail leads on the compact route in five stages and over a distance of 76 kilometers across the Kitzbühel Alps. Of course, you can also make the stages as individual day trips. A particularly beautiful stage leads from Hopfgarten over the Hohe Salve to Brixen im Thale. You will enjoy fantastic views at any time and along the way you will find several beautiful mountain inns. The hiking trails are all well developed and thus the mountain hike is considered medium difficult.If you are up or down too long, then you can easily shorten the distance slightly. Drive from Hopfgarten with the gondola to the middle station and start your hike there. At the end of the tour, you can also take the gondola down to Bressanone at the Filzalm.Your hike starts at the valley station in Hopfgarten. From there you walk steadily up the cable car. Smaller woodland and open meadows alternate each other on your way. At the middle station, the trail leads you away from the ropes of the gondola lift and you follow the signs to the Gasthof Rigi and the Hohe Salve. From the Alpengasthof Rigi, you will continue across wide meadows to the summit. At the top you can enjoy the magnificent view as well as the Salvenkirchlein (the highest pilgrimage church in Austria) and the mountain restaurant with a rotating panoramic terrace. After you've seen enough of the panorama, you walk down the Salvensee down to Filzalm. Here the path leads you into a forest and finally down to Bressanone.

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  • Difficult
    04:17
    8.58 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The cave at the Hundalm is the only ice and stalactite cave in Tyrol. In summer, the cave is open to the public and you can visit it as part of a guided tour. (July & August daily, May, June & September open on Saturdays and Sundays)For your cave tour you should definitely bring warm clothes - even if it is sunny and warm outside, it remains very frosty in the cave. The climb is quite challenging, but the cave tour is well worth the effort. Thanks to well-developed hiking trails, the tour is classified as moderately difficult.Your hike to the ice cave on the Hundalm starts at the hiking car park in Embach, a district of Angerberg. From there it goes on a forest road up to the mountain inn Buchacker. Here clears the forest and the other trail runs with great views over wide alpine meadows. You continue up the wide gravel road and soon reach the lookout point Adlerhorst. Without significant height difference, it continues to the ice cave. After you have explored the cave extensively, you walk the same way back to the starting point of the tour.

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    7.36 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Torhelm is the third highest mountain in the Kitzbühel Alps and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Hohe Tauern. The ascent to the summit is quite challenging, but takes place on well-developed and marked mountain trails. The moderately difficult tour leads through the secluded Langer Grund valley and is perfect for ambitious hikers. The only managed alpine hut is at the starting point of the hike, so you should definitely pack enough water and food.The starting point of the hike is at the end of a toll road in Kelchsau. At the hiking car park next to the Tiefentalalm begins your hike. You follow the wide hiking trail into the Langen Grund. On the shores of the Langer Grund Ache, you slowly ascend and pass several small huts and uncultivated pastures. At first, the slopes are still covered with sparse forests, but soon you are hiking across wide mountain meadows. The path winds up further and gets steeper and steeper. At the summit of the Torhelms you will be rewarded for all your efforts, because the view is simply breathtaking. After a rest at the summit cross, it's the same way back to the starting point of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    7.07 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The wide meadow slopes of the Hohe Salve are famous for the magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. On the panoramic circular route, you will cycle around the summit and with every step you will be accompanied by the magnificent Alpine panorama. Thanks to the cable car, it is easy to climb up and the excellent hiking trails are also suitable for leisurely hikers. The hike is classified as moderately difficult.Take the Salvenbahn from Hopfgarten up to the middle station. From there you follow a forest path to the storage lake Hohe Salve. There you can enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and then hike further in the direction of Salvensee. Via alpine meadows, the panoramic path continues. In the north you can now clearly see the rugged ridge of the Wilder Kaiser. Through a mountain forest you hike to the Alpengasthof Rigi. Here you have earned a break before you descend again to the middle station of the Salvenbahn.

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  • Difficult
    07:21
    9.30 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,925 ft
    3,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Mountain lakes exert a special attraction. Three mountain glittering waters await you on your mountain hike to Schafsiedel. High up on the eastern slope of the Schafsiedel the Wildalm lakes line up. So you can combine on this hike at the same time summit luck and picturesque mountain lakes. Even though the mountain lakes are pretty cool even in summer, you should definitely pack your swimwear. The hike runs along well-marked mountain trails and is classified as moderately difficult.Your hike to the Schafsiedel begins at Gasthof Wegscheid. You can reach it via a short toll road. The toll is five euros. From the trail parking lot follow the path towards the Neue Bamberger Hütte. First, it goes on a wide forest road through sparse forest, but soon you wander through an open meadow valley. The path leads steadily upwards. After about four kilometers you pass the Neue Bamberger Hütte and start the further ascent to Schafsiedel. Through wildly romantic landscape you hike up along the Wildalm lakes. At the top of the summit you can already expect a magnificent view. Below you are the Wildalm lakes and to the south the Hohe Tauern stretch into the sky. On the way back it's worth taking a dip in the water as well as a break at the Neue Bamberger Hütte. Happy and satisfied, you finally reach the starting point of your hike.

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  • Difficult
    06:38
    11.2 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Feldalphorn and the Schwaigberghorn are wonderful view summits. No gondola lift and no chairlift lead up to the summit and so the tour is perfect for sporty hikers. On good hiking trails and mountain climbing you walk up to the Feldalphorn. A broad ridge path leads to the second mountain summit and finally back to the valley. For the walk you need in addition to good hiking boots and appropriate clothing, above all, sufficient water and food. Along the secluded trails there is neither alpine hut nor mountain hut.At the valley station of the ski lift in Kelchsau your mountain tour begins. You walk a short distance through the small village and then start with your ascent. Over pastures and through forests, you rise slowly. Soon the landscape becomes lonelier. After you have passed the Trockenbachalm, you follow a hiking trail over open alpine meadows. The path slowly gets steeper and you can already see the fieldalphorn in front of you. At the summit you will be rewarded with a fantastic view. After a short break, continue along the ridge path to the Schwaigberghorn. Here you can take a rest before you start the way back. With fresh energy you follow the trail over alpine meadows and mountain forests downhill. In Kelchsau you finally reach the starting point of your hike.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    58.7 mi
  • Duration
    35:59 h
  • Elevation
    21,825 ft

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