Three top hiking routes in the Kitzbüheler Alpen
> Three top hiking routes in the Kitzbüheler Alpen
Three well-constructed hiking routes lead walking enthusiasts to the most beautiful places in the Brixental, Hohe Salve and St. Johann in Tirol holiday regions in the midst of the Kitzbüheler Alpen. Hikers can get detailed walking maps from the local tourist information offices, as well as advice on starting points, lengths, altitude, recommended fitness levels and route details including tips on the best view points and places to stop for refreshments.
The der Panoramaweg Hohe Salve is the ultimate family friendly route. The Bergbahn Hopfgarten cable car lift takes you directly up to the peak (1.829 m). The easy, approximately 700m long “Sonnenweg” or “Sun Route” around the peak of one of the region’s best mountains for magnificent scenery opens up a 360 degree-panorama and encourages young hikers along the way with stages demonstrating different forms of sundials. The path is also suitable for pushchairs. At the end of the roughly 30 minute walk, the Gipfelrestaurant Hohe Salve with its revolving terrace and local cuisine invites you to take a relaxing break.
The top hiking route in the Brixental region takes you from the Gaisberg to Talkaser. The 11,3km long route runs all the way from the mountain station of the Gaisberg lift in Kirchberg to the mountain station of the Alpenrosenbahn in Westendorf. In between you will find the charming Bärstättalm – a stop off is highly recommended –, the Kobingerhütte and the Wiegalm. The route then takes you via the Brechhornhaus and the idyllic “Kreuzjöchlsee” mountain lake to the Gampenkogel and round to Talkaser. Following this six hour hike, families with energetic children can enjoy playing and learning as they let off steam in the Alpinolino Discovery Park. Use of the Gaisberg lift and the Alpenrosenbahn make lighter work of the climb and the descent of the mountains.
The top route in the St. Johann in Tirol holiday region takes hikers through the “Teufelsgasse” or “Devil’s Way”. The 6,4km long, two and a half hour tour runs along the Plateau of the Leerberg. It consists of some considerable climbs and descents, and a numbers of narrow, rocky passages. According to legend, the Devil himself cut this maze of alley like paths into the rocks, in order to lure inquisitive souls into the realms of total confusion. After some 40 minutes the route opens up to sunny pastures leading to the Prostalm, promising tasty refreshments. Further hiking route descriptions and tips are available to access through the Kitzbüheler Alpen Tour Portal at www.kitzalps.com/touren.
Kids have great fun in the mountains