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Recommended by 158 out of 166 hikers


  • Pitztal

    The Rifflsee is the largest lake in the Ötztal Alps. The cable cars take you comfortably and quickly up into the impressive mountains, with a unique flora and fauna.

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    • November 16, 2017

  • Philipp

    The Rifflsee (also called Riffelsee) is the largest lake in the Ötztal Alps and lies near the Kaunergrat.
    The Rifflsee, a Moränenstausee, lies above the Pitztal near the Kaunergrats and its nature park. The lake is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Ötztal Alps and the rugged peaks of the Kaunergrat such as the Seekogel (3,358 m above sea level) and the Rostizkogel (3,394 m above sea level).
    From Mandarfen the "Rifflsee-Bahn" starts, which takes you into the wonderful mountains. From the mountain station of the gondola lift it is only 5 minutes to the lake. If you want to combine the lake with a hike, some hikes from the Pitztal are recommended or you can go from Mandarfen through the Hirschtal. The last mentioned hike takes you to the Rifflsee in two hours. Also from the lake itself start several hiking trails, such as the Fuldaer Höhenweg, the hiking trail Rifflsee or the secured Gletschersteig, which is only recommended to experienced climbers. In winter, the area around the lake then becomes a ski resort with 41 km of slopes, the Pitztal Glacier - Rifflsee.Altitude: 2,232 m asl
    Area: 27 ha
    Max. Depth: 24 m's highest raft trip from summer 2017Since the beginning of the summer season, the Pitztal Gletscherbahnen have been offering a new attraction: on Austria's highest mountain lake, the Rifflsee (2,232 m), raft trips are offered twice a week. Every Wednesday and Sunday at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm, as well as on Fridays at 1.00 pm, the one-and-a-half hour round trip starts at the lake. Enjoy the unique beauty of the area from a completely new perspective.With a size of 140m², the raft can accommodate groups of up to 60 people. During the one-and-a-half-hour raft ride, you will enjoy a breathtaking panorama and you will find interesting details from the history and the presence of the valley. The raft is powered by an electric motor, so that the Pitztal glacier railway consistently continues the path of sustainability.The raft trip can be booked directly on site at the ticket offices of the mountain station and in the restaurant Sunna Alm am Rifflsee. For groups of 20 people or more special trips are possible at any time.

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    • August 18, 2017

  • Udo

    The Rifflsee is beautifully situated and is directly accessible as a starting point for the hike with the gondola of Mandarfen.

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    • August 30, 2018

  • Ti-KiAyYu

    fantastically beautiful high mountain lake ... always worth a visit
    the sooner the quieter and lonelier :-)))

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    • September 5, 2018

  • Ti-KiAyYu

    The Rifflsee is the largest lake in the Ötztal Alps. The mountain lake lies in the Kaunergrat west of the Pitztal and is a typical Moränenstausee. The lake fills an extensive valley, the glacier-turbid water looks greenish. It is framed in the north and west by rugged peaks of the Kaunergrat, particularly striking are Seekogel and Rostizkogel. In sunny and warm weather a considerable amount of melt water is supplied by the Seekarles-, Loch- and Rifflferner.
    The lake is accessible from Mandarfen (1682 m) with the Rifflseebahn. On foot, the lake can also be reached by Mandarfen through the Hirschtal (the steepest and most strenuous ascent), there are also other easy slope variants from the Pitztal.
    The Rifflsee is always worth a visit ... just beautiful, but also a very popular destination ...

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    • September 8, 2018

  • Ansaromi

    Very nice round trip, the raft is not worth it in my view.

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    • September 1, 2019

  • Mika

    A very nice color of the water. On the lake you can treat yourself to a ride on the raft. Highest river cruise in Europe.

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    • September 5, 2018

  • Thorsten

    Easy to reach and beautiful lake above Mandarfen. There are two possibilities for climbing of varying difficulty or the opportunity to reach the lake by gondola - the latter often leads to a well-visited destination in summer. Nevertheless, a worthwhile goal

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    • November 4, 2019

  • Markus

    great for a rest after the climb

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    • July 13, 2020

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Location: St. Leonhard im Pitztal, Pitztal, Imst, Tyrol, Austria


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