Hiking in the Kitzbühel Alps
An unforgettable outdoor experience
Kirchberg in Tyrol and nearby Brixen and Westendorf nestle between the Hohe Salve mountain and the Kitzbüheler Horn on the Brixen Valley’s sunny plateau at around 800m above sea level. Unlike many other Alpine valleys, the Brixen Valley does not end in a valley head, but is open on both sides, linking the Inn Valley in the west with the Kitzbühel area in the east. If special experiences in natural surroundings are your thing, look no further than hiking in the Kitzbühel Alps!
Hiking in Kirchberg
The mountains are calling – in and around Kirchberg. The area is home to a 2,500km network of footpaths, spectacular peaks, picturesque mountain huts and fresh, clear Alpine air. The region is extremely popular for holidays and hiking. Its varied landscape offers a wide range of enjoyable walking routes for beginners and experts alike. Kirchberg has been awarded the Austrian quality seal for hiking.
Kitzbüheler Alpen Summer Card
One card – endless possibilities! The Kitzbüheler Alpen Summer Card is included free of charge in our hiking offers, and gives you access to all 36 summer lifts for hiking in the Kitzbühel Alps. In addition, you benefit from discounts of up to 50% on a range of services and facilities, including lake lidos, museums, excursions and outdoor pursuits.
Patrizia, your personal guide
Set off for the most amazing hiking trails in the Kitzbühel Alps! During your stay at the 5-star Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten in Kirchberg in Tyrol, you can choose to explore the beautiful natural scenery with Patrizia, our knowledgeable private guide. Discover the prettiest mountain huts, the best insider tips and incredible views. Patrizia knows the region like the back of her hand, and will take you to the best and most beautiful places. Whether you seek a leisurely walk along Alpine pastures or a hard day’s walk to the summit – you set the programme. Privately guided activities can also be booked after your arrival at the 5-star Rosengarten.
Hiking in the Kitzbühel Alps with the fresh mountain air builds up an appetite. And that’s no bad thing as the mountain huts in the Kitzbühel Alps gourmet region are simply irresistible! Stop and refuel on Tyrolean delicacies including gröstl, Käsespätzle and Kaiserschmarrn. Kirchberg’s hut owners focus on local products when creating their culinary delicacies. From buttermilk from their own farms and cheeses from local dairies to meat from locally reared cattle: everything is freshly and carefully prepared for you. A dedicated mountain lodge guide shows you the way through the culinary map.
Walk to the Pengelstein summit
A magnificent hike with stunning views towards Aschau and Kirchberg, the summit hike to Pengelstein starts at Gasthof Skirast. From here it’s uphill to the Pengelstein I lower terminus, and past the Haindlbauer farm in Issbühel. Walking along the Aschauer Höhenweg ridgeway, you pass the Sporthotel and the Kälberwaldalm hut before arriving at the Hiesleggalm hut where two trails lead to the Pengelstein restaurant at 1,939m above sea level. Start: Gasthof Skirast, difficulty: moderate, elevation gain: 1,027m, overall walking time: 4h
Walk to the Labalm
Stunning circular walk to the Labalm mountain hut with views of the Grosser Rettenstein, starting at the Spertental Kneipp facilities in Aschau where the hiking trail to Unterer Grund begins. The waterfall on the right and the Falkenstein rock on the left offer an insight into the beauty of this unique landscape. We pass the Hintenbachalm mountain pasture where the Kasplatzl dairy invites you to tarry for refreshments. Afterwards, keep on the straight and gently rising path, past the turning for Labalm, and go deeper into the valley to Karalm. After a boom barrier, we reach a bridge where the path to the right leads up to Stockeralm and Angereralm. Just before Haglanderalm, switchbacks lead down to the Labalm and back towards Aschau via the Hintenbachalm.
Start: car park in Ebenau, difficulty: moderate, elevation gain: 517m, overall walking time: 3h
Grosser Rettenstein hike
This hike requires walkers to be surefooted, experienced mountaineers with a good head for heights. We recommend an early morning start for this route. Start off from the Hintenbachalm, where a steep path leads through the forest to Schöntalgraben and Schöntalalm. Walk on and into the glorious high mountain valley, past Schöntalscherm, and up to Schöntalquelle where we recommend you enjoy a brief rest before you make your way to the summit. If you’re in luck, you may catch a glimpse of the resident marmots. The path continues with switchbacks. At this point, the ascent becomes more difficult, and you will need to hold on to the rocks in some places. There’s a short section before you reach the top where climbing is unavoidable, but then you’ll have made it to the summit of one of the Kitzbühel Alps’ highest mountains at 2,366m above sea level. On a clear day, you will be able to see the two highest mountains in Austria – the Grossglockner and the Grossvenediger – as well as the Zillertal Alps. Return by the same route. Start: Hintenbachalm, Unterer Grund, Aschau, difficulty: challenging, elevation gain: 1,300m, overall walking time: 6h
KAT Walk – long-distance hiking trail
An unforgettable experience high in the Tyrolean mountains. KAT stands for the 160km-long Kitzbühel Alps Trail. This long-distance trail allows you to explore the Kitzbühel Alps over six days.
- Stage 1: Hopfgarten to the Kelchsau
- Stage 2: the Kelchsau to the Windau Valley
- Stage 3: the Windau Valley to the Spertental
- Stage 4: the Spertental to Kitzbühel
- Stage 5: Kitzbühel to St Johann in Tyrol
- Stage 6: St Johann in Tyrol to St Ulrich am Pillersee