Breath-taking and unique day tours are awaiting you in Pitztal. Hiking in the mountains is the best way to enjoy nature and forget the everyday stress of life. Planning on a longer hiking tour? Then why not make use of one of our three mountain railways on the way up to save time and spare your legs – Hochzeiger Bergbahnen, Rifflsee Bergbahnen and Pitztal Glacier.
Mountain Hiking in Tyrol
Enjoy the mountain world of Pitztal
Mountain hiking in Pitztal
Mountain hiking in Austria through fragrant mountain meadows and rugged steep rock faces. Our cosy catered mountain huts invite you to take a break: get pampered with local delicacies in a charming scenic setting. Beautiful images of this colourful landscape will be etched in your holiday memories and create a longing to return.
Top mountain hiking tours in our villages...
Cross the bridge in Scheibe and turn left to walk along the agricultural road. From there, it is a continuous uphill hike to the catered mountain hut Arzler Alm. After that turn left in the direction of Rappenkopf peak (2,300 m) via a trail to Seirlöcherkogel. Return via the same route.
From the starting point, follow a forest path to the catered mountain hut Mauchele Alm. Veer left over the Karbach stream and up to the summit of the Stallkogel, where you will enjoy staggeringly beautiful panoramic views of one of the most beautiful ranges of mountains of the Pitztal valley. Descend by the outward route to return to the starting point in Rehwald.
Starting point: gondola top station. This is a 1 km path along the ridge – very well secured by many fixed ropes. Classed as an easy steep track. Access via the Riegetal valley to the Groaßsee lake. From there, follow the path to the left in the direction of Wildgrat peak up to a height of approx. 2,600 m. You will have to turn off when you see a stone sculpture of a man and a few signposts. Take the path to the Kugleten See
[lake] and to the Gemeindekopf peak. At the start, follow this path in a south-westerly direction. After approx. 150 m you will reach a narrow ridge, the so called ‘Steinmann’ [man of stone]. Leave the path to follow the ridge steeply upwards. After another 150 m a very large arrow indicates that you should change to the other side of the narrow ridge. Further up, climb over an area of grassy slopes with rocks to a small lake
underneath the Riegekopf peak. From there a moderately ascending path leads over rocks to a flat ridge south of the Riegekopf where you can climb the Kreuzjöchlspitz peak (2,908 m) from there in approx. 10 minutes. Following this, continue on the 1 km long ridge, which is well secured by fixed ropes. The ridge runs southeast towards the 2,820 m Schafhimmel peak. This varied climb is marked with paint and it takes 1.5 –
2 hrs to reach the Schafhimmel peak. From there, descend to the Lehner Joch and continue to the catered mountain hut Ludwigsburger Hütte. Walking distance: starting from the top station of Hochzeiger gondola to Kreuzjöchelspitz approx. 3.5 hours, from Kreuzjöchlspitz to Schafhimmel approx. 2 hours.
Walk from the starting point on a well-prepared but steep path to the catered mountain hut Rüsselsheimer Hütte, set in a picturesque location. After the hut, the path continues steeply uphill over rocks and gravel and then a moderately steep track turns off to the left. Walk by this track directly to the Gahwinden viewpoint, where a breath-taking view of the Glaciers and lower valley awaits. Return via the outward route.
From the bus stop in Mittelberg [Mittelberg Wendestelle] hike along the agricultural road past the catered mountain hut Gletscherstube until you reach the start of the steep trail. Keep on this trail following the signposts to Braunschweigerhütte. At this rustic mountain hut hikers will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Return via the same route or via the hunter’s trail [Jägersteig].
Cross the Pitze river at Trenkwald then turn right in the direction of the waterfall. Next, turn left and continue to walk uphill on a very steep forest track to the abandoned Neururer Alm. This track continues to a ridge, the
Verpeiljoch. The track forks off to the left to the Loabachtal valley. Continue to walk over the slopes of the Weiße Kogel mountain down towards the Loabach brook. On the opposite side of the brook, keep left to follow a path up to the Mittelberglesee lake, a lovely tranquil spot at the foot of a steep rockface [Parstleswand] for a break
among the gorgeous Alpine scenery. Return via the outward route.
Turn right on the clearly waymarked track, following the bends in the direction of the Brandkogel peak. Climb further on this steep track, secured by steel ropes, through gullies and rocky slopes, cross over a cirque, the Alzeleskar and walk around the Steinkogel peak in a wide arch. Please note that difficult passages are secured by steel ropes but you still must be sure-footed and confident not to suffer any fear of heights - 360 degrees overview. When this track joins the high-level trail Cottbuser Höhenweg and the path from Plangeroß in the direction of the catered mountain hut Kaunergrathütte, the path is at first flat (but over rocks and stones) but then climbs very steeply up to the Kaunergrat Hütte. Descend via the outward route, but turn off towards Plangeroß at the aforementioned fork. Take the bus back to the starting point Mandarfen.
Tip: If you still feel fit, you may wish to continue to climb the Plangeroßk opf summit
to enjoy beautiful panoramic scenery, which you can reach in about 1 hr from the Kaunergrathütte. Grade: intermediate.
Starting in Mandarfen, cross the bridge to the mountain rescue building and then turn right and follow the signpost to “Hirschtal / Rifflsee”. A steep path leads through the Hirschtal valley and up to Rifflsee Lake. Just below the mountain restaurant Sunna Alm / top station of Rifflsee gondola turn right in the direction of Brandkogel / Cottbusser Höhenweg [high-level trail]. Follow the steep path until you reach the next signpost. Once there, turn left in the direction of Brandkogel until the path gets increasingly steep towards the summit cross at 2,676 metres. Please note that there are sections that will require securing with a fixed rope course. Return via the same path back to Rifflsee. Then run around the right hand shore of the lake and keep right to follow the path back down the valley towards the catered mountain hut Taschachalm. Once there, return on the agricultural road back down to your starting point in Mandarfen. Caution: this route should only be attempted in dry weather conditions!
Take a left over the bridge and walk along the agricultural road all the way up to the catered mountain hut Arzler Alm. Continue to bear left to the summit of the Rappenkopf (2,300 m). Descend on bo terrain [Sümpfe] to return to the starting point in Piösmes/Scheibe.
Gondola top station - Gemeindekopf (2,771 m) – Tiroler Jubiläumsweg [Tyrolean Jubilee trail] - Zaunhof
Starting point: gondola top station. From the starting point take the path to the Hochzeiger mountain towards the Groaßsee lake. At the lake, the path forks off to the right to the Hohe Gemeindekopf peak (2,771 m). From there,
you may choose to descend via Kugleter See (lake), keeping to the right to get to the catered mountain hut Ludwigsburger Hütte and then continue to Zaunhof.
Mountain hikes Hochzeiger
Enjoy 360 degrees mountain panorama
Hochzeiger hiking resorts offers great choice with 100 kilometres of marked hiking trails. Enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama on a day tour and discover the “magic of the pine” as Hochzeiger hiking resort has an especially beautiful pine forest. Some trees are almost 400 years old and pinewood is said to promote relaxation and indulge the senses.
A selection of Mountain hikes at Hochzeiger
|Hiking tips from the Sechszeiger lift top station|
Walk south along the ridge for approx. 900 m and descend into the valley on the far side of the Wenner Mountain before heading out of the valley towards the Kalben Mountain Hut. Climb up past the Trög Hut to the Leiner Alm from where you return to the bottom lift station.
|Hiking tips from the Gondola top station|
Hike to the Hochzeiger and then into the Riege Valley before reaching the "Groaß" lake (2 hours 45 min.). Return via the top station of the "Zollberg" lift and then to the bottom lift station.
* look up in the Hochzeiger hiking tips brochure
Hiking Tours for Mountain Aficionados
Alpine Hiking Tours at Pitztal Glacier
Majestic Pitztal Glacier makes a true heaven for experienced hikers with excellent stamina, as the area offers countless Alpine hiking tours of a special kind.
- Glacier Hiking Trail towards Braunschweiger Hütte
- On the Glacier Footpath towards Taschachhaus
Glacier Hiking Trail towards Braunschweiger Hütte
Braunschweiger Hütte, nestling at 2758 m altitude, is accessible on a marked Glacier Hiking Trail from the Gletscherexpress top station - Walking time (one way): approx. 1.5 hours
The ascent from Braunschweiger Hütte down to the valley takes about 2 hours.
Signposted hiking trail, on the glacier stretches you'll find snow poles for easier orientation.
Surefootedness and a good head for heights are absolutely required for this tour.
Always bring sturdy hiking boots, sun protection/sunscreen and warm clothes.
Hut tenant - Fam. Auer, T +43(0)664 5353722.
Hiking Tour at Pitztal Glacier
A "Day on the glacier for young and old" gives a deep insight into the eternal ice of Pitztal Glacier, especially suitable for active families. The exciting program features a short glacier crossing. The route travels past glacial mills, glacier snouts, glacial polish areas and bizarre rock formations shaped by the eternal ice. The local mountain guides can tell you many interesting stories about the glacier ice, dangerous crevasses and glaciology in general. A truly unique experience creating memories that will stay with your family forever.
- Guided tours take place every Tuesday and Thursday (fee: € 5.00 pp)
- Meeting point: 10:30 am, sun terrace of Kristall Glacier Restaurant
- Bring sturdy hiking bootsThe hike takes place in good weather only. Time required: approx. 2.5 hours
On the Glacier Footpath towards Taschachhaus
From the peak of Hinterer Brunnenkogel via Taschachhaus to Mandarfen. What's best, this tour covers all four Alpine altitude levels.
- Starting point: Wildspitzbahn top station
- From here you take the narrow footpath through the Alpine side valley of Taschachtal - leading across the glacier to Taschachhaus.
- Ascent through the valley down to Mandarfen.
- Only for very experienced hikers! Distance covered: 14.1 km
- We strongly recommend you to enlist a certified local mountain guide for this tour
Information and contact:
Taschachhaus T +43(0)664-1384465
Bergführervereinigung Pitztal / Mountain Guides T +43(0)5413 20366
- Short hikes/walks at Pitztal Glacier
- Walking tours in the Glacier Area
- High Alpine peak tours starting at Pitzal Glacier
Alpine Hiking Tours around Rifflsee Lake
Rifflsee makes a great Starting Point for Alpine Hikes
Wonderful Alpine hiking tours without conquering glacier-topped peaks await you at the Rifflseebahn top station which is a popular starting point for scenic tours.
Surefootedness and a good head for heights are absolutely required for all these routes suitable for already experienced hikers with a good stamina.
On some stretches glacier hiking equipment is needed.
- All walking times listed below are roughly estimated times
- Always plan a tour in advance according to your personal fitness and skills
- Take a look at the local weather report as for all these tours good weather conditions are required
- For an even more pleasant mountain experience we strongly recommend you to enlist a certified Pitztal Mountain Guides
- Rostizjoch 3,083 m: Alpine mountain hike across pasturelands and erosion areas
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Difficulty level: red (the route is not marked on some stages)
- Cottbuser Höhenweg: challenging high Alpine hike to Kaunergrathütte 2,817 m
Walking time: approx. 3-3.5 hours
Difficulty level: red-black !!!rock climbing skills required!!!
- Wurmtaler Joch 3,089 m: high Alpine hiking tour incl. glacier crossings
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Difficulty level: red - some stretches are well-marked
- Offenbacher Höhenweg: high Alpine mountain hike - Alpine crossing from Riffle via Wurmtalerkopf to Taschachhaus
Walking time: approx. 7-8 hours
Difficulty level: red, well-marked route