Eagle Walk Stage 3: Hintersteinersee - Kufstein, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 3: Hintersteinersee - Kufstein, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 3: Hintersteinersee - Kufstein, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 3: Hintersteinersee - Kufstein, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 3: Hintersteinersee - Kufstein, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 3: Hintersteinersee - Kufstein, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz

Eagle Walk Stage 03: Hintersteinersee - Kufstein

This stage takes hikers to the small town of Kufstein located on the banks of the Inn river – a town which has been celebrated in song and is steeped in history and character. Walkers make their way through the lush and verdant beauty of a pasture paradise with cosy huts and mountain restaurants before stopping for a rest at the Brentenjochhütte hut (delicious “Kiachl” are served every Saturday). With so many sights to marvel at, don't forget to keep an eye out for the nearly one thousand species of flowering plants native to the Kaiser Mountains. A final highlight of this stage is the ride on the “Wilder Kaiser” chairlift – a chance to unwind and recharge your batteries as you glide down Sparchen, a district of Kufstein.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·You don’t need an eagle eye to spot Kufstein Castle towering 90 metres above the town on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Inn river. This iconic landmark of Kufstein is one of the most remarkable sights in Tirol. Further attractions include the local heritage museum and the world’s largest outdoor organ, the "Heroes’ Organ", which is played daily at 12:00 noon. Hikers tired after a long walk can also access Kufstein Castle quickly and easily via a gondola offering spectacular 360° views.

Eagle Kick ·A trip to the Gamskogel mountain is a must. Sure, this peak between the Zahmer and Wilder Kaiser Mountains is not the toughest climb in the region, but it promises sweeping views of the Kaisertal Valley and the towering and jagged northern faces of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains.

 

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Starting point  

Scheffau, Lake Hintersteinersee

Finishing point

Kusfstein

Mountain chain

Kaiser Mountains

Length

9.5 km

Approximate hiking time

3 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,460m 480m

Elevation uphill 730m
Vertical metres downhill 460m

Fitness level

Technique

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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Eagle Walk

This is a stage of the Eagle Walk, Tirol's most famous long-distance hiking trail.

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Trail description

Starting point: Lake Hintersteinersee - Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

Starting from the car park at the Seestüberl Café, skirt the lake’s southern shore along trail number 822 towards “Biobauernhof Pension Maier”. Pass the farm to the right and head northward at the car park, where the wide private access road to the Walleralm hut begins. Follow this road (trail number 45) northward, passing the Schafberg mountain to your left, and continue uphill through forest until you reach the open pastures.

Food & drink: Walleralm, Kaindlhütte and Weinberger Haus.

The Walleralm hut is a good place to stop off for a rest and a meal. It is there that the trail begins (follow the signposts) to the Kaindlhütte hut. Most of the trail leads through forested terrain up to Hochegg (1,470m). Shortly before reaching the Hochegg ridge itself, the trail becomes significantly steeper. At the top, on the grassy peak of the mountain with its huge crucifix, hikers can look forward to magnificent views of the Inn Valley and the Zahmer Kaiser Mountains. From there it is downhill through open meadows to the Steinbergalm and the Kaindlhütte hut. From the hut, follow the forest trail futher downhill. Just a few minutes after leaving the Kaindlhütte hut, hikers branch off the trail and follow another trail downhill from the (closed) Steinberghütte hut through a small dip in the landscape over the Gaisbach stream. On the other side of the dip, head gently uphill back onto the forest road, which then continues its way uphill to the Brentenjochalm hut. On the right-hand side there is a signposted trail leading to the chairlift station just a few metres further up the mountain. Take the Wilder Kaiser chairlift all the way down to the settlement of Sparchen in Kufstein. Alternatively, hikers who wish to continue on foot can do so via Aschenbrenner along the Panoramaweg trail all the way down to Kufstein.

Finishing point: Kufstein

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