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: Adlerblick viewing platform, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4: Adlerblick viewing platform, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4: Gasthof Buchacker, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4: Gasthof Buchacker, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 4, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz

Eagle Walk Stage 4: Kufstein - Gasthof Buchacker

When leaving the charming historic small town behind, you might still be able to hear the faint 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 a narrow path from the Höhlensteinhaus to Köglhörndl, where you will enjoy magnificent views of the Inn Valley. The path continues to the Hundsalmjoch ridge at 1,637m. Close to the Alpengasthof Buchacker you will find the Hundalm Ice Cave at an elevation of 1,520m. Descend into this fascinating underground world with its numerous stalagmites and stalactites. Almost like Plato’s allegory of the cave!

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·Between the Hundalm and Buchacker huts, in the immediate vicinity of the ice and stalactite cave, stands the spectacular “Adlerhorst” viewing platform, a small structure made of timber. As well as showcasing elaborate wooden eagle sculptures, the platform commands uninterrupted views of Lower Inn Valley and the Kitzbühel Alps.

 

Eagle Kick ·Hundalm is the only ice and stalactite cave in the Alps. A series of 122 steps leads down into a world that few get to see. Glowing blue walls of ice, light seeping through cracks and holes, rushing and dripping water – a tour of the cave with a trained guide is an exciting experience that you will remember 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. The Hundalm cave lies 45 metres below the surface at its deepest point. Warm layered clothing is required as the average temperature in the cave is just 4°C all year round. The cave can only be accessed with a guide.

 

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Starting point  

Unterlangkampfen

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

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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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Starting point: Unterlangkampfen

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

Food & drink: Höhlensteinhaus

A steady and steep climb will take you up through the forest until you reach wide open alpine meadows. From here it’s a gentle downhill stroll to the Höhlensteinhaus, a mountain tavern 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 region's most pristine and beautiful surroundings. Continue along a remote ridge to the 1,645-metre-high peak of the Köglhörndl and savour majestic views from the top. 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 the Hundsalmjoch ridge (1,637m), graced by a modern-style steel cross on its summit. This is where you 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 (1,450m). 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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