The quite strenuous one day trek from Mariastein to Buchacker Mountain Inn and past Höhlenstein Inn and Buchackeralm Alpine Pasture Hut back to Mariastein is of moderate difficulty. The 7.5 hour walk gains 1,350 meters in elevation and loses 1,300 meters again. The sweeping vistas of the amazing mountain scenery and friendly on-mountain eateries will be your rewards for the efforts of this hike.
Brandenberg Alps (Rofan)
Approximate hiking time
8 h 30 min
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
intermediate (red mountain trails)
Elevation uphill 1,280m
Vertical metres downhill 1,260m
Best time of year
* 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.
This walk begins with a ten minute bus ride from Mariastein to Unterlangkampfen. For information regarding bus times, please refer to www.vvt.at. Above the parish church in Unterlangkampfen you follow the signed forest road to “Höhlensteinhaus”, and then take the right fork onto a dirt road. A steady climb will take you up through forest until at the end of the trees, you come out onto wide open Alpine meadows where you will find Höhlensteinhaus Lodge. From there the track steeply climbs through lush forest to “Köglhörndl” Peak. This track is a steady and partly rocky climb through remote and pristine woodland that leads up to the ridge. The walk continues uphill and downhill with a last climb taking you atop Hundsalmjoch Col. Leave the ridge and follow the route opposite Hundsalmkreuz Cross. From there it's a gentle downhill stroll to Alpine meadows and pastures. Cut out portions of the walk by taking the left fork from the forest road and walk downhill over verdant meadows until you reach Buchacker Mountain Inn (now closed).
From the inn, it’s another one-kilometer long downhill walk on the forest road until the route branches off to Kaiserhaus Lodge. Ignore this fork and continue walking down on the forest road towards Mariastein. In the last sharp hairpin bend to the right follow signage to “Gasthaus Buchacker” and “Eishöhle” (Ice Cave) and descend on a singletrack until you get to a tiny chapel. Take the fork to the left and follow this 1.8 kilometer long road that will bring you to Mariastein.
Strongly Recommended: At Buchacker Mountain Inn you are strongly recommended to take some time to get an eagle's eye view of the mountains at the Eagle View Overlook, a special sightseeing telescope viewer that offers breathtaking 360° views of the surrounding ranges.