12 Summer Highlights in Pitztal, Tyrol
12 Summer Highlights in Pitztal, Tyrol
Discover our Highlights in the Pitztal mountains in summer
1. Café 3.440 and Wildspitzbahn
The highest Café of Austria!
The Wildspitzbahn with the Café 3.440 is awaiting your visit at Pitztal Glacier. In only 6 minutes Austria’s highest cable car takes you in comfortable Doppelmayr gondolas with heated seats to the Hintere Brunnenkogel peak. The Wildspitzbahn and Café 3.440 impress with their extraordinary architecture and breathtaking views from the top station. Café 3.440 does not only offer premium coffee indulgence but also an impressive view of the glacier world of the 3,774 m Wildspitze. Enjoy this unique vista of Tyrol’s highest mountain, and the surrounding mountains of Pitztal with fifty 3,000 m peaks at Austria’s highest café. Leave all your cares behind while enjoying a coffee and piece of cake or torte from Austria’s highest cake shop. The freefloating terrace and the panoramic seats behind wide glass facades offer space for more than 100 guests. Free WiFi.
New: Souvenir shop selling mugs, binoculars, baseball caps, sunglasses, steinbock stickers, hats, shirts and more.
2. Rifflsee Circular Walk
At the south end of the Nature Park Kaunergrat waits a true natural jewel - the Rifflsee! Situated at 2,232 m it is the highest mountain lake in Tyrol - and perhaps one of the most beautiful ones. Crystal-clear water reflecting the precipitous rock walls of the Seekogel, cows and sheep that graze peacefully on the lake shore… a natural idyll, which is particularly popular with families. It goes up comfortably with the Rifflsee gondola lift and wide paths (suitable for strollers) are circumnavigating the lake. And of course exploring! Water, animals and a playground are waiting for the little adventurers.
3. ZirbenPark at Hochzeiger
The Swiss pine, also affectionately known as the “Queen of the Alps” is a high-alpine tree. Embark on a journey in our ZirbenPark at the intermediate station of Hochzeiger. Find out about all facets of this precious type of wood on this special circular walk. The approx. 1 km long ZirbenPark adventure trail starts at the intermediate station, continues towards Zollberg leading through a Swiss pine forest, past the Tanzalm hut and then back to the intermediate station. ZirbenPark’s highlight is the cone-shaped ZirbenZapfen adventure tower: this 12 m tall adventure tower features a viewing platform and a 16 m long tube slide. You can easily and conveniently get to the ZirbenPark by gondola lift. The Zeiger restaurant at the intermediate station invites for a comfortable stop.
6. Luis Trenker Trail
Learn fascinating facts about nature! This trail, named after the world famous mountaineer Luis Trenker whose roots go back to Arzl, leads underneath the suspension bridge through the Pitzenklamm gorge all the way to the Innschlucht gorge. The steep stone walls, lush flora and the glacierfed Pitze river, cast a spell over visitors to this gorge. Information boards courtesy of the Kaunergrat Nature Park, provide the keen hiker with background information on plants and wildlife.
7. Pitztal's Water Worlds
In Pitztal more than 50 waterfalls are plunging down from steep rock giants into the valley. On four walkable platforms of wood you can get a front row seat to experience such an impressive spectacle of nature. Daredevils take a cooling under the refreshing waterfall Stuibenfall, sunbathers can enjoy the magnificent panorama at the lake Stillebach with Kneipp hydrotherapy facility, water playground and lawn. By the way: All the water in waterfalls, streams and lakes in the Pitztal is spring water with best quality - for free.
8. Pitztal's Peak Experience
Specially designed mountain peaks on the roof of Tyrol. The summits of Pitztal are truly powerful places. The feeling of standing right at the top enjoying the view of the fantastic mountain world with deep valleys and steep rock faces is unique and will leave long lasting impressions. To magnify this peak experience many of Pitztal’s summits have been designed with care using natural materials and providing information boards about history, flora and fauna. The Rappenkopf peak of the inner Pitztal valley is a highlight that can be reached in an easy hike via the Arzler Alm.
9. Kaunergrat Nature Park Centre
Stroll through an extraordinary, fantastic exhibition, discover unusual habitats in the Kaunergrat Nature Park, gain a new perspective on the plant and animal world, feel transported back to times past by a film... immerse yourself in a different world! Visit the Nature Park Centre at the Piller Saddle and enjoy both breathtaking views from the Gachen Blick as well as insights into the marvellous features of the Kaunergrat Nature Park. The Nature Park Centre is intended to symbolise the nine affiliated local authorities since it lies at the intersection between the Kaunertal, Pitztal and Inntal. The amazing assets of the region around the nature reserve are all portrayed in this building. This is where the idea behind the Kaunergrat Nature Park becomes tangible in the complete sense of the word for visitors and local residents. The Kaunergrat Nature Park Centre is a modern wooden building containing an information area, a nature reserve exhibition, a restaurant as well as the offices of the Nature Park authority. A particular highlight is definitely the magnificent view of the Piller Saddle. The Gachen Blick has fascinated and attracted people for thousands of
years. The Kaunergrat Nature Park Centre at the Piller Saddle acts as an information centre and service facility for visitors interested in nature and culture. This place will move you!
10. Kaunergrat Circular Walk
The originally Kaunergrat Nature Park can now be explored in a multi-day hike. The starting point of the seven-day tour is the nature park centre at the Pillerhöhe. From there it goes in five stages partly on quiet alp trails, partly on high alpine trails once around the mountain ridge of the Kaunergrat. Overnight in simple huts and shelters along the highlighted route. For the entire circuit, you should bring stamina for daily routes of about seven hours. As a reward lonely paths in unspoiled nature, clear mountain lakes, powerful green herb meadows and quaint cottages with cordial Tyrolean hospitality are waiting for the active hikers. The Kaunergrat round can also be explored on a shorter three- or five-day variation.
11. Alpine ibex centre
The ibex is rightly the Pitztal heraldic animal. From here, after its extinction, it has spread again throughout the entire Alpine region. Even if this was more of a coincidence, because after the Pitztalers had acquired their six first specimens 67 years ago with great effort, the majestic animals showed no desire to reproduce and finally broke out of the fence. That was the beginning of the success story, because they reproduced magnificently in the wild. The recently opened Alpine ibex centre in St. Leonhard in Pitztal offers insights into the exciting nature and cultural history of the high valley. Of course, the ibex is the star of the exhibition! Anyone who would like to meet him live can roam through the adjacent enclosure.
12. ++ NEW ++ Hochzeiger Family Trail
Until now there was no separate terrain for downhill fans in Pitztal. That will change in summer 2022: The new Hochzeiger Family Trail will open in June 2022 in the Hochzeiger hiking area in Jerzens. The Hochzeiger family trail has a length of around 7 km. Due to the easy level, the new blue trail is an exciting experience for the whole family and will offer downhill riding fun for all age groups.