Holidaying in the mountains means escaping everyday life for a while and taking a break. Arriving out-of-breath at the top of a mountain; sitting in the warm sun to dry off after swimming in a crystal-clear mountain lake; hiking through magical forests – no matter what holidaying in the mountains means to you, you will remember your time in Tyrol for many years to come.
Tyrol is a beautifully-diverse region in western Austria with many unique highlights. The hikes in this Collection take you to: the Achensee, the largest lake in the province situated between the Karwendel and Rofan mountains; the Zillertal valley where high-alpine landscapes will both amaze and challenge you; the Kufsteinerland on either side of the Inn Valley where you hike through grasslands and rocky mountains; the town of St. Johann in Tirol nestled in the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps which offers magnificent views of the Wilder Kaiser peak; the medieval town of Kitzbühel; and the untouched nature of East Tyrol, sandwiched between the Grossglockner and Lienz Dolomites.
Get ready to summit spectacular peaks, explore wild gorges or hike to the calm waters of a mountain lake glistening in the sun. Enjoy some typical local dishes, experience authentic Tyrolean hospitality, and fully unwind on your holiday. If you plan to be away for a long time, you could even complete all of the routes in one go. No matter how you plan your holiday, you are sure to have a great time as far as hiking is concerned.
Travel tip: ÖBB trains leave from Zurich Central Station to Austria every two hours between 6.40 am and 6.40 pm. From bigger stations, you can easily take a regional train to the start of the hikes. The SBB GA card or Halbtax-Abo (Half-Fare Card) also gives you a 15 percent discount on the Austrian part of the route. For more information, including timetables and ticket reservation, see to.austria.info/sbbchoesterreich (in German).
For more information about the six hiking regions (in German), visit:
- Lake Achensee to.austria.info/achenseeentdecken
- Zillertal to.austria.info/zillertalentdecken
- Kufsteinerland to.austria.info/kufsteinerlandentdecken
- St. John in Tyrol to.austria.info/stjohannentdecken
- Kitzbühel to.austria.info/kitzbuehelentdecken
- East Tyrol to.austria.info/osttirolentdecken
A wonderful valley and two rustic places to stop for refreshments in one fell swoop - that's in Pertisau am Achensee. The almost 15-kilometer tour takes you across the wild and romantic Falzthurntal and back again on a relatively flat path. An experience that children always enjoy.The tour starts at the toll gate at the entrance to the Karwendel valleys. Here you can already imagine what wonderful natural diversity awaits you. You take the paved footpath that branches off to the left and leads towards the Falzthurnalm. And then hike between impressive mountain peaks. Always by your side: the Falzthurnbach. And soon you will reach the first stop on your tour. Delicious local dishes are served in the Falzthurnalm, which marks about half of the route to the Gramaialm.Then you continue on a beautiful natural path. It leads you across alpine meadows at the foot of stony mountains. You can also pass a small chapel. Until you are finally in front of your destination, the Alpengenusshof Gramaialm. Here you will find a colorful range from the Kneipp facility to a small waterfall that flows only a few meters further down into the valley. Parents can relax on the sun terrace, while kids can let off steam in the adventure playground. And when everyone is ready, the same way leads back to Pertisau.
It’s naturally beautiful around the Achensee in the valley. But every now and then there has to be time to soar. Yours goes up to the 2,259 meter high Rofanspitze. And starts with a cable car ride. The Rofanseilbahn (rofanseilbahn.at/sommer) floats you straight up to 1,831 meters. From here it’s enough comfort - it’s hiking.First towards Mauritzalm until you reach the two steep steps to the Gruba staircase via a relatively flat path. Through the wonderful rofan area you always hike slightly uphill and let the great panorama work on you. Over wide alpine meadows you finally reach the Grubascharte, from where serpentines lead you first to the ridge and then on to the summit of the Rofanspitze.The tip is grassy and incredibly promising. When the weather is clear, you can enjoy a clear view of the Kaiser Mountains. If you have provisions with you, you can eat them up here or a little below the summit. Then the same path leads you back to the mountain station. Before you get back into the valley in the gondola, you can stop at the unique Erfurt hut.
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A popular, relatively flat circular route awaits you at the Durlassboden reservoir. For a good ten kilometers you hike on the banks of the calm water around the lake. Sometimes through the forest, sometimes on clear, easily accessible paths. In between, of course, there are also one or two refreshments.Let's go in front of the Seestüberl. The path can of course be approached in both directions. But first you turn your back on the dam and set off for boat rentals. You walk cheerfully past this along the bank. Until you finally reach the opposite end, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Gerlostal.On the other side of the river you hike back towards the starting point, immersing yourself in a magical forest every now and then and passing the rustic Bärschlagalm. Here you can enjoy a few home-made specialties before you head back towards the Seestüberl.Before you leave again, you can rent a boat and sail on the water. Maybe you also want to cool off or take a break on one of the many wooden benches waiting around the lake. Even if the tour does not take up too much time, you can definitely spend a whole day at the reservoir.
The Zillertal is known for its promising peaks and rustic huts. So it is obvious that you have to hike one of them. This tour to the Zittauer Hütte takes you through the wonderful Wildgerlostal and then up to an impressive 2,328 meters at the foot of the Reichenspitz Group. But first things first.The demanding but rewarding hike starts at the parking lot in front of the Finkau family hotel. In a southern direction, past the lake, it goes a little uphill. You make your way through shady forest and through the spectacular Leitenkammerklamm to the Trisslalm at 1,583 meters above sea level.Always following the path with the number 540 and along the merrily rushing Gerlosbach, you now hike through the wonderful Wildgerlostal. Since the valley leads through open terrain, it can get quite hot here in summer. The stream provides cooling, otherwise it says here: start early and make sure there is enough sun protection at all times.From the end of the valley, the path leads you along stone steps secured with rope along the rock to the Zittauer hut. The effort of these last meters in altitude pays off: on the beautiful sun terrace or in the cozy interior of the hut you can make yourself comfortable and fill your stomach properly. The way back is exactly the same as the way there and is therefore mostly downhill.
A hike of superlatives awaits you around the Hintere Sonnwendjoch in Kufsteinerland. Because you not only start and end right at the gates of Tyrol's highest alpine dairy, but also hike to a summit from which you can enjoy one of the best views in the region.So the tour starts in front of the Almkäserei and the Berggasthof Ackernalm. For now, turn your back on the nice house - but you will come back here and try all the delicacies. You start to walk eastwards, follow the road for a bit and soon get on a forest path. It takes you slightly uphill to the Wildenkaralm. And from here it goes steadily uphill. You follow the hiking trail, keep right at the fork and climb up to the summit.Once at the top, let the magnificent view work for you. The 700 meters of altitude have paid off - in clear weather you can see up to the Hohe Tauern here.Back there is a short piece of the way that also brought you up here. At the first fork you turn right and hike in the direction of the Bärenbadalm, then towards Ackernalm until you are at the door again. Now you've earned a snack. The best thing: It contains cheese from its own show dairy. enjoy the meal!
The opportunity to collect peaks and enjoy great views - two things that Kufsteinerland is master of. This round trip demands a certain level of fitness and also takes a few hours. The prospects that await you on the way make them an unforgettable experience.The start of the 17.5-kilometer tour is in Niederbreitenbach and lets you master a few meters of altitude directly. But as soon as you have made the first climb, it goes relatively leisurely to the first summit, the 1,645-meter-high Köglhörndl.In general, this hike leads through extremely beautiful forests, pastures and memorable mountain pine terrain. After a while you can reach summit number two: the 1,637-meter-high Hundsalmjoch. Both peaks reward you with a wonderful view of the valley. And that's not the end of the summit storm: the wooden observation tower Adlerhorst awaits you just one and a half kilometers after the summit cross of the Hundsalmjoch and puts the valley at your feet again.Then it goes on, sometimes through forest, sometimes across open meadows. In any case, via beautiful paths that are not used too much. And just before you go back down to the starting point, you have the chance to reward yourself in the Almgasthof Höhlenstein for the kilometers and meters you have covered.
Water, water and more water. The second tour around St. Johann in Tirol also takes you to a roaring spot. A varied round that makes both young and old happy.From the center of St. Johanner you hike along the Fieberbrunner Ache to the hamlet of Reitham. Here you cross the railroad tracks, then a little later the street. And with the Theresienkapelle at the former Samerbadl you are a bit further in the beautiful nature.A forest road leads slightly uphill. You now always hike along the Eifersbach - it leads you on a narrowing and narrowing path, steps and bridges right up to the waterfall itself. The roaring water is a great sight - you can even feel the spray on your face, coming so close you approach him.If you have had the sight on you long enough, a staircase and switchbacks lead steeply up to a forest road. Then an idyllic forest path takes you down into the valley and back to the center of St. Johanner.
A tour for pleasure hikers is waiting in the Griessbachklamm. From the depths of the gorge you hike up to the "free", quiet alpine meadows and conclude your experience with a successful stop at the alpine pasture.From the parking lot of the Griessbachklamm you walk along the Griessbach to the entrance of the Klamm. And with that you are right in the middle of an adventure: Between proud rock faces, accompanied by roaring water and over wooden footbridges and suspension bridges, you make your way through the spectacular gorge. You pass a waterfall, then a second. And with it you leave the sound of the water behind you and find yourself in a wide valley with sand banks.You continue on a forest road to the Jägersteig. It leads you through shady forest up to the Angerlalm. A section that comes just on hot summer days. Once at the top of the 1,102 meters of the mountain pasture, it means: enjoy. Not only the delicacies that are served there, but also the unobstructed view of the surrounding mountains, which you will particularly like after the narrowness of the gorge.Finally, you hike back over the Huberalm with another spectacular view and the Jägeralm to Erpfendorf. On the last stretch, you can allow your tired legs to cool off in the Kneipp pool.
At least as important as beautiful nature and unrestricted views, some hikers are the culinary side of their tour. A claim that is definitely fulfilled on the KitzTrail Kulinaria.From the Kitzbüheler Horn, which you can easily reach in summer by Horngipfelbahn (kitzski.at/de/tickets-gutscheine/einzelfahrten-1.html), a promising hiking trail leads you towards Hornköpflhütte, your first rustic one Refreshment possibility.Passing the picturesque Hornköpflsee and on the educational karst path you continue to the Lämmerbühelalm. Here you will find warm hosts with homemade delicacies such as bacon, cheese and farmhouse bread. Strike quietly - because from here, no great efforts are waiting for you.A little bit over the same path, then again over another section of the karst path, it goes back towards Kitzbüheler Horn. At the top station of the Hornbahn you get into the gondola and let yourself fly comfortably back into the valley.
A good ten kilometers of pure variety await you on the Bichlach circuit. The tour leads you relatively past two ponds and a lake. Perfect for a hot summer day, but also in the rain, as the paths are gravel.The hike starts at the parish parking lot, where you can park your car free of charge. If you arrive by bus, the stop is only a few meters away. First you walk into town, then you start walking towards Lebenberg. The beauty of this hike? The first refreshment stop is not far: After the Hotel Schloss Lebenberg, the path towards Steuerberg becomes a bit hilly. Then it is already in front of you - the Steuerberg inn.After a refreshment in the rustic inn, it doesn't take long before the first water of the tour, the Vogelsberg pond, peeps out. A few benches that have been set up all around invite you to take a break at the water when the weather is nice. If they are occupied, you have no reason to worry: you are just a kilometer away on the beautiful banks of the Gieringer pond.The rest of the way takes you through beautiful nature, past the mirror-smooth Schwarzsee until you have returned to your starting point. Whether you are here on a warm summer, freshly blooming spring or colorful autumn day - take your time and enjoy the landscape. Because this is already a wonderful piece of earth.
The Dorfer See, fed from glacier water, is a real highlight of the East Tyrolean hiking world. Together with the spectacular Dabaklamm, the quaint, nice Kalser Tauernhaus and the idyllic Dorfertal, it forms a hike that you will not soon forget.You can embark on your hike at the parking lot a few meters from the Hotel Taurerwirt in the Burg district of Kals. The road leads you directly to Dabaklamm, at the entrance of which you are already about 15 minutes later. And so you march into the gorge: It goes along rocks and past rushing water. The path is slowly increasing.Then the landscape opens again. You now hike through the lush green of the Dorfertal, past the Bergeralm, where you can of course stop for a break. Then the path continues to climb slightly, leads you past the Schönebenalm and Tinkenebenalm and finally towards the end of the valley to the old walls of the Kalser Tauernhaus.And if you are not in the mood to put your legs up and fill your belly, then wait for a break and hike the last stretch to Lake Dorfer. It is embedded in the basin at 1,935 meters. For you this means: mastering another 200 vertical meters. But it pays off. At the latest when your face is reflected in the smooth glacier water. If you have enjoyed the panorama long enough, the same path will take you back to your starting point (do not forget to stop if you have not already done so when you ascended).
Get close to the highest mountain in Austria. You can do that on the 2,742 meter high Figerhorn. Admittedly, attacking the Grossglockner doesn't allow you to. But you will be able to take a look at it from an ideal location. So, let's go.Your tour begins directly at the Lucknerhaus: you march over scenic meadows and hills along the Wendelin-Weingartner-Weg, named after the former governor of Tyrol. It is always slightly uphill across the Greiwiesen and past a large boulder further west.Shortly before the so-called Greibichl the path turns sharply right and gradually becomes steeper. You finally reach the summit of the Figerhorn via the west ridge. We already mentioned the view that is revealed to you up here. Take your time to enjoy it - the Grossglockner and his somewhat lower colleagues cannot be admired long enough.Then the same path will take you back again, but at the end of your hike you should definitely enjoy a few regional dishes in the Lucknerhaus.