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Hiking in Tyrol

Hiking in Tyrol

Discover Pitztal’s diverse hiking resorts

The three hiking resorts at Hochzeiger, Rifflsee and Pitztal Glacier offer comfortable ski lift facilities for an easy ascent or descent.  Those wishing to explore Pitztal in Tyrol without using a mountain railway or gondola will find more diverse hiking or mountaineering options. The beautiful Kaunergrat nature park in Pitztal for instance, Pitztal’s Almenweg via catered mountain huts or for mountaineers seeking an extreme experience, the “Mainzer Höhenweg”, a high-level route.

Regions:
Ganzes Pitztal
Hochzeiger
Gletscher
Rifflsee

Pitztal hiking resort

For those who wish to discover Pitztal without the use of mountain railways, there’s always the alternative of hiking among our pristine and beautiful, natural landscape. Explore an untamed mountain world, majestic glaciers, crystal clear mountain lakes, idyllically set catered mountain huts and mighty three thousand metre peaks! Pitztal has something in store for everyone: from extreme high alpine challenges to easy and pleasurable walks.

Kaunergrat Nature Park Pitztal: a microscopic world of originality and diversity

Discover the high alpine landscape, the dry grassland of Fließ, the extensive moors or glaciers at the end of the valley and also the protected areas of Kaunergrat Nature Park Pitztal. Right next to the car park, the exciting Gacher Blick viewing platform awaits, with an impressive insight into the region’s natural and cultural history. A worthwhile destination for visitors of any age is the moor lookout tower. Enjoy the view of the high moor at Piller Sattel from this eleven metre tall viewing tower. Find out more about Kaunergrat Nature Park Pitztal

Numerous catered mountain huts

Catered mountain huts in idyllic settings such as the Söllbergalm, Neubergalm, Tiefentalalm or Arzler Alm await along the Pitztal Almenweg [Pitztal mountain hut trail] in St Leonhard. Do you fancy mountain hut and summit hopping on the Venet massif? Summit crosses such as the Glander Spitze, Wannejöchl, Kreuzjoch and Imsterbergjoch as well as the catered mountain huts Hochaster Alm, Venetalm, Larcher Alm, Galflun Alm and Gogles Alm are waiting for you on the Venet circular route. A special tip for an evening stroll in nature is the catered mountain hut Kieleberg Alm overlooking Wenns – the perfect location to enjoy sunshine late into the evening. In view of the glacier: both the catered mountain huts Taschachhaus and Braunschweigerhütte offer a direct view of the breath-taking glaciers. Find out more about catered mountain huts in Pitztal.

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View of the Pillermoor in the Kaunergrat Nature Park
View of the Pillermoor in the Kaunergrat Nature Park
Kalbenalm in Pitztal at the Hochzeiger
Kalbenalm in Pitztal at the Hochzeiger
The turquoise colored Mittelberglesee in the Pitztal
The turquoise colored Mittelberglesee in the Pitztal
Fuldaer Höhenweg with a view of the Taschachferner
Fuldaer Höhenweg with a view of the Taschachferner

Spectacular mountain lakes and waterfalls invite you to hike and relax  

Discover mountain lakes and wild brooks in Pitztal, for example Brechsee lake with its solitary pine tree, Groaßsee lake at Riegetal nature park, the turquoise Mittelberglesee lake, the hidden and secluded Moalandlsee lake and many more. Four waterfalls in Pitztal offer a spectacular box seat view, with viewing platforms made from local wood and built by local carpenters.

Summit tours: Pitztal always impresses with its numerous three thousand metre peaks

Apart from difficult and demanding summit tours such as the Wildspitze with its 3,774 metres (the highest mountain of North Tyrol), Pitztal also offers easier and achievable summit goals for all abilities.

Magnificent high routes

Furthermore, Pitztal also offers high-level trails with levels of difficulty ranging from medium to hard: St Leonharder Höhenweg, Mainzer Höhenweg, Fuldaer Höhenweg, Cottbuser Höhenweg, Offenbacher Höhenweg

And what about the alpine ibex?

The best chance to spot alpine ibex on a hike in Pitztal is to travel from the catered mountain hut Rüsselsheimer Hütte in the direction of Gahwinden.

Nature parc Kaunergrat Pitztal
The Capricorn as a landmark of the Natural Park Kaunergrat
Region: Hochzeiger

Overview Hochzeiger hiking resort

On the tracks of the pine.
Hiking at Hochzeiger

There are more than 100 kilometres of marked hiking trails to choose from at Hochzeiger hiking resort. Regardless of whether you decide on an easy hike with stops at catered mountain huts, plan an exciting family trip to ZirbenPark or embark on a demanding mountain tour with impressive panoramic views – Hochzeiger hiking resort has a nature experience in store for everyone.

Hochzeiger gondola and double chair lifts take guests up to the Sechszeiger peak at 2,395 metres – in comfort and sparing their knees. Once there you can enjoy brilliant views of the surrounding mountains, plus the top station at Sechszeiger is the starting point for many hikes around Pitztal. Those who want to enjoy an exhilarating descent into the valley can start their ZirbenCart ride here – this new Mountain Cart ride is the latest thing in downhill fun at Hochzeiger.

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Hochzeiger hiking area Pitztal
view on Sechszeiger peak, 2,395 m
ZirbenPark Hochzeiger adventure tower
ZirbenPark Hochzeiger adventure tower
family hike at Zirben Park Hochzeiger
family hike at Zirben Park Hochzeiger
Relaxing at Sechszeiger Peak, 2,370 m
Relaxing at Sechszeiger Peak, 2,370 m
360 degree panorama at the sechszeiger peak
360 degree panorama at the sechszeiger peak

Hochzeiger hiking resort overview

  • two lifts in summer and autumn are in operation for hikers – gondola and Sechszeiger double chair lift
  • 100 km of marked hiking trails of all levels of difficulty over four alpine altitudinal zones.
  • ZirbenPark: a one kilometre long circular hike at Hochzeiger intermediate station gives interesting insights into the pine. And there is plenty of fun to be had on the way!
  • Riegetal nature reserve with three summit tours to Hochzeiger, Wildgrat and Gemeindekopf
  • Sun rise rides: experience sun rise at Sechszeiger mountain in August and September 
  • There are six inviting mountain huts at the hiking resort in which to stop and linger.
  • Awarded with a seal of quality for its hiking trails by the county of Tyrol.
  • Member of the “Best Austrian Summer mountain railways”

Hochzeiger hiking tips

News and highlights - summer 2017

Swiss stone pine forest at Hochzeiger
In the Hochzeiger hiking area there is a very nice swiss stone pine forest.
Region: Gletscher

Overview of Pitztal Glacier Hiking Area

Walking, Hiking and Mountaineering in the Eternal Ice of Pitztal Glacier

 

Discover the breathtaking facets of Pitztal Glacier on a magnificent glacier hiking tour in Tirol! Starting in Pitztal Valley, at the heart of the Tirolean Oberland Holiday Region, you have varied possibilities to choose from when it comes to scenic glacier hiking tours at Pitztal Glacier. The journey through the picture-book valley is already an outstanding experience: take a panoramic ride on the new Wildspitzbahn lift, Austria's highest mountain gondola (3440 m) up to Pitztal Glacier. While floating almost silently towards dizzy heights you can indulge in dreamlike vistas of Pitztal Glacier and its fascinating Alpine peaks covered in snow and ice. Once on top of the vantage platform, you enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of mighty Wildspitze (3774 m), Tirol's highest mountain.

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Hiking at Pitztal Glacier
Hiking at Pitztal Glacier
Wonderful Morning Mood at Café 3.440
Wonderful Morning Mood at Café 3.440
Region: Rifflsee

Walking & Hiking Rifflsee

Walking & Hiking around scenic Rifflsee Lake in Pitztal

Why don't you plan a marvelous family hiking tour at high elevation at the heart of lovely Pitztal in Tirol! Around the Rifflsee mountain lake there are myriad high altitude walking routes. A vast network of high elevation trails, ranging from easy to intermediate difficulty, offers everything a mountain fan's heart could possibly dream of - especially for families, children and senior hikers. The Rifflsee mountain lake itself stands for fascinating natural beauty, and it is Austria's highest Alpine lake at 2,232 m above sea level. The lake also gave the name to the Rifflsee Mountain Lifts which take you from Mandarfen (1,682 m) in the rear Pitztal Valley up to 2,300 m: a perfect starting point for memorable high elevation tours in Pitztal!

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Restaurant Sunna Alm at Rifflsee
Restaurant Sunna Alm at Rifflsee

Right at the top station you'll find scenic "Sunna Alm" Restaurant equipped with a panoramic sun terrace of a very special kind. The building is an absolute must-see due to its modern elements and sustainable architecture - a shining example in tourism. This is where your high altitude hike will start in Pitztal!

Families with smaller children and babies should try the high elevation trail around the Rifflsee mountain lake. This loop walk is perfectly suitable for baby prams and strollers. Quaint Rifflseehütte (2,289 m) promises a wonderful refreshment stop, easily accessible from the top station in only 30 walking minutes. The "Fuldaer high altitude trail" ranks as well among the easier walking routes at high altitude in Pitztal. Awe-inspiring vistas of the Pitztal Alps accompany you all day long.

  • Short hikes/walks at Rifflsee
  • Walking tours in the Rifflsee Area
  • Alpine hiking tours around Rifflsee Lake
  • High Alpine peak tours starting at Rifflsee
Splendid Rest Stop at Rifflsee Lake
Splendid Rest Stop at Rifflsee Lake
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