This multi-day hike through the limestone peaks of the Brandenberg Alps is as gorgeous as it is demanding, taking in four summits in four days.
The route starts and ends in Kramsach, circling through wild mountains, quaint alpine villages and past picture-perfect lakes along the way. With six-hour days and 3,600 metres of altitude gain, a reasonable level of fitness is required to complete the 50 kilometres hike.
The first two days of the hike takes in the lofty summits of Voldöppberg, Keinberg and Heuberg, with the nights spent in the tranquil mountain villages of Brandenberg and Penegg, where you can take your pick from hotels and local guesthouses. The third day of the walk leads you high into the mountains until you reach the lake of Zireinsee, 1,799 metres above sea level. Nestled in a bowl between the rugged peaks of the Rofan mountain range, its deep, crisp waters are the perfect place to dip your toes in and cool off after a long day’s hiking.
The final night is spent at Bayreuther Hütte, a mountain hut 1,600 metres high and hours from civilisation. With a sun-laden terrace overlooking the Inn, Alpbach and Ziller valleys and a backdrop of rocky mountains, there’s no better place to enjoy a well-earned schnitzel on a summer’s evening. Then, after a night spent in its wood-clad rooms, it will be time to make the journey back down to the valley – and to reality.