The Alpbachtal Valley has plenty of mountains to climb. This region between the Kitzbühel Alps and the eastern peaks of the Rofan Mountains treats walkers and hikers to spectacular views, crystal-clear mountain lakes and family-friendly trails leading through three fascinating gorges.
While Alpbach itself is famed for its wonderful flower-filled balconies, the paths and trails around the village give walkers and hikers access to the high mountains. The nearest peak is the Gratlspitze overlooking Alpbach, though walkers will need good fitness and a head for heights if they want to get to the top. Indeed, the region has many such mountains with exposed ridges and sections with steel ropes firmly anchored into the rock for safety. The two-day hike from Kramsach to Maurach is for experts only and includes an overnight stay at the Erfurter Hütte high in the mountains. The reward for all that hard hiking is a wonderful view of the Zireiner See lake, known as the "Blue Eye of the Rofan Mountains", and the chance to see rock climbers in action on some of the region's steepest walls. The three gorges in the valley (Tiefenbachklamm, Kundler Klamm and Kaiserklamm) are less technically challenging but no less spectacular. Last but not least, youngsters with energy left to burn can explore the Juppi-Zauberwald adventure play area on the Reitherkogel mountain with its wibbly-wobbly walkway and haunted swamp.