Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz

Eagle Walk Stage 04: Kufstein - Gasthof Buchacker

When leaving the charming historic small town behind, you might still be able to hear the sound of the “Heroes’ Organ” with its 4,948 perfectly tuned pipes – the world’s largest outdoor organ. First, take the train to Unterlangkampfen where the trail starts right above the church. Follow a steady climb through old-growth forest to gain elevation once again. Then take on a narrow path from Höhlensteinhaus Lodge to Köglhörndl, where you will enjoy magnificent views of Inntal Valley. The path continues to Hundsalmjoch Col at 1,637 metres altitude. Close to Alpengasthof Buchacker you will find Hundalm Ice Cave, at an elevation of 1,520 metres. Descend to the underground world directly from the top of the mountain. Almost like Plato’s allegory of the cave!

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·Located between Hundalm and Buchacker Inn, in immediate vicinity to the ice and stalactite cave, you will find the spectacular “Adlerhorst” (Eyrie) Viewing Platform, a small structure made of timber. Apart from admiring the elaborate wooden eagle sculptures, the platform commands uninterrupted views of Unterinntal Valley and the Kitzbühel Alps.

Eagle Kick ·Hundalm is the Alps’ one and only ice and stalactite cave. A series of 122 steps leads to a world that few get to see and experience. Glowing blue walls of ice, light seeping through cracks and holes, rushing and dripping water—a discovery tour through the cave with a trained guide is an exciting experience that will be remembered for years to come. The ice formations evoke feelings of awe and wonder. At 25 metres long, the Ice Dome is the cave’s largest space; its most famous formation is the Head of Christ in the stalactite chamber. Hundalm Ice and Stalactite Cave lies 45 metres below the surface at its deepest point. Warm layered clothing is required as the average temperature in the cave is below 4° C all year round; the cave is accessible by guided tours only.

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Starting point  

Kufstein

Finishing point

Gasthof Buchacker

Mountain chain

Brandenberg Alps (Rofan)

Length

10.7 km

Approximate hiking time

5 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,620m 490m

Elevation uphill 1,330m
Vertical metres downhill 500m

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: Unterlangkampfen

Trailhead for this Eagle Walk segment is the tiny resort of Unterlangkampfen, located halfway between Kufstein and Kirchbichl. Follow the way to the pedestrian underpass and keep on walking to the town centre with its parish church. Slightly above the church is where the signed (“Höhlensteinhaus”) forest road starts; follow the road for a little while and do not miss the right fork onto a narrow dirt road. A steady and steep climb will take you up through the forest until you reach wide open Alpine meadows.

Trailside eateries: Höhlensteinhaus Lodge

From here it’s a gentle downhill stroll to Höhlensteinhaus Lodge, situated in a lovely hollow. From the lodge, a footpath will take you to “Köglhörndl”. Follow the red-white blazes, heading up, steeply, and you will be rewarded with a true wilderness experience in and among some of the country's most pristine and beautiful surroundings. Amble along a remote, peak-packed, view-granting ridge to 1,645-metre Köglhörndl Peak and savour one of the finest vantages for admiring mesmerizing mountains from its cross on the summit. Continue on as the trail takes a gentle up and down course along the ridge, with a final uphill section taking you to the top of Hundsalmjoch Col (1,637m), graced by a modern-style, high-grade steel  cross on its summit. This is where you will leave the ridge and continue directly opposite the cross on the way-marked path down to Alpine pastures. Follow the shortcut through the meadows to your left to the forest road. This is where the final section of the descent begins, leading down to the Gasthof Buchacker (1.450 m). If you have the time and energy, turn off to the right just before reaching the Buchackeralm for an optional 20-minute walk to visit the Hundalm ice and stalactite cave.

Finishing point: Alpengasthaus Buchacker (closed on Mondays; no overnight stay possible from Sunday to Monday; from Monday to Tuesday overnight stay possible from 17:00, but please book in advance)

Alternatively, hikers can leave out Stage 4, travel by bus from Kufstein bus station (Südtiroler Platz) to Angerberg (get off at the stop "Angerberg Franzlerbrücke") and move straight on to Stage 5.

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