Is it about the journey or the destination? You decide. There is nothing like a pristine mountain lake for relief from summer's heat. You might find it incomparably refreshing to cool off in lovely Hintersteinersee Lake at the end of your hiking day. With that in mind, and surrounded by the mesmerizing peaks of Kaiser Range, you will walk across mountain meadows, dwarf pine areas, beech and mixed woodlands as well as rock scrambles, passing Grutten Hut on your way to picture-postcard Hintersteinersee Lake. This is the cleanest and most beautiful mountain lake in the whole of Tirol. The pristine lake covers 56 hectares of spring-fed waters and measures 36 metres at its deepest point. Hintersteinersee Lake is private property; swimming is allowed at its north-western beach. Before taking a plunge, why not dip your finger in holy water? The Baroque ceiling frescos by Matthias Kirchner at Bärnstatt Chapel opposite Bärnstatt Inn are well worth seeing.
Eagle View ·Rugged and lofty Kaiser Range is named after “Kaiserkopf” Peak (“Kaiser” meaning Emperor in German). Legend has it that the rock shows the noble profile of a peacefully sleeping Charlemagne. The large imperial crown, formed by the spikes of Ellmauer Halt, slips from his head. The profile of the sleeping emperor can best be admired from Going. However, you will still need to use your imagination a bit!
Eagle Kick ·Take a dip in the crystal-clear and ice cold water of spring-fed Hintersteinersee Lake. There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot day spent hiking in the high-altitude sun… With temperatures ranging from 18 to 20 degrees Celsius, it’s the perfect place to cool off. If ice cold refreshment is not exactly your idea of fun, the exceptionally beautiful lakeside scenery provides a wonderful opportunity to simply stand and stare. Or, take a walk along the five kilometre long lake walkway that circles the pristine mountain lake and ascends for stunning views over Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range.