Hundalm ice and stalactite cave, © TVB Hohe Salve
Hundalm ice and stalactite cave, © TVB Hohe Salve

Circular Walk
Hundalm Ice and Stalactite Cave

This walk to the Hundalm cave in the Brandenberg Alps offers not only wonderful views of the Kitzbühel Alps and Zillertal Alps but also the chance to take a look inside the mountain itself. This is the only cave of its kind, with ice formations and stalactites, open to the public anywhere in the Alps of Tirol (the cave is closed in 2020). Experts are on hand to guide visitors through the complex up to 45 metres below the surface, exploring a fascinating world of ice, stalagmites and stalactites. Sturdy footwear and warm clothing are recommended throughout the year - temperatures are around 0°C even in summer. This walk is relatively long and therefore only suitable for hikers with good fitness levels. Sure footing is required on certain sections.

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Starting point  

Mariastein, pilgrimage church

Hike to

Hundalm ice and stalactite cave

Finishing point

Mariastein, pilgrimage church

Mountain chain

Brandenberg Alps (Rofan)

Length

17.5 km

Approximate hiking time

7 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,496m 555m

Elevation uphill 1,070m
Vertical metres downhill 1,070m

Fitness level

Technique

Best time of year

Jan
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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.

Public transport

  • Accessible using public transport

Parking

Parking available next to the parish church in the village

 

Places serving food & drink

  • Buchackeralm (overnight accommodation available)
  • Höhlensteinhaus (early May until the end of October)
  • Various locations in Mariastein

 

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Trail description

The walk begins at the pilgrimage church in Mariastein. From the main road ("Landesstraße") head right and cross over a stream before continuing across a meadow. After passing the "Haus Rudolf", turn sharp left onto a small road called "Badl". Follow this for a few hundred metres in a westerly direction until you reach a farmstead on your right-hand side. Turn right there, then continue up past several houses to the edge of the forest. Take the road heading right and walk up through the forest towards the "Höhlensteinhaus", At a clearing in the forest, branch off left onto a trail. This trail is relatively flat initially, then becomes steeper as it skirts the lower slopes of the Feuerköpfl mountain. Soon you will see the "Höhlensteinhaus" on your right – a good place for a rest. Continue along the trail known as the "Adlerrunde" in a westerly direction, across the Köglalpe meadows and then in a south-westerly direction gently uphill to the Hundalm cave. There, follow the signs for the cave. (Guided tours are offered from mid-May until late September, between 10:00 and 16:00; adults €6, children €3.) After enjoying a guided tour of the cave complex, which takes around 30 minutes, return via the Buchackeralm hut serving hearty local food. From there, follow the signs for Mariastein – either on the wide track or the narrower trail, which is steep in places but quicker.

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