© Tirol Werbung/Robert Pupeter
© Tirol Werbung/Robert Pupeter

Two Day Trek: Kitzbühel – Fieberbrunn

Take some time to stroll around the historic center of Kitzbühel. The hike starts with a scenic gondola ride to Kitzbühel Horn Peak and one of the most stunning 360⁰ views. From Alpenhaus it’s a gentle climb through verdant meadows past Bichalm Alpine Pasture Hut to the top of Gebrajoch Col. The area it sits on is steeped in mining history. You will see old mine openings, drill marks in rock walls, mine shafts and the mostly-collapsed remains of former mining structures. The hike here gives you a glimpse into its past, as well as great views and photo opportunities. Wildseeloderhaus Lodge and Wildsee Lake are tucked securely in a lovely basin. At the end of the day, the lodge extends a warm welcome and a sincere invite to call it a day over hearty Tirolese specialties. On day two, there are many natural wonders to keep you entertained along the route. Idyllic Wildsee Lake and the imposing bog lake hold a special allure that is very hard to overstate. The trail leads to seemingly endless open meadows of Alpine blossoms that tease the nose, ease the mind, and tickle the imagination. And those stunning views! In amongst the shrubs and wildflowers here, a population of marmots begin a welcome that continues for much of the hike. Lumbering through the meadows, they seem not only unconcerned by the hikers passing through, but intent on entertaining them.Snow crossings last until late in the season and can be treacherous in adverse weather conditions and intimidating to an unseasoned hiker. In early season and after heavy rainfall, it may have you seeking an alternative hike for the day. Watch your footing the way down to Wildsee Lake as the trail there is rugged and rocky and calls for extra caution descending.

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Starting point  

Kitzbühel (763m)

Finishing point

Fieberbrunn (790m)

Mountain chain

Kitzbühel Alps

Length

25.3 km

Duration

2 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,940m 780m

Elevation uphill 790m
Vertical metres downhill 1,665m

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.

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Trail description

Day 1: Kitzbühel – Wildseeloderhaus Lodge
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 450/350 meters | Hiking Time: 5,5 hours | Distance: 16 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,933 meters | Trail Rating: Moderate (red)

From Kitzbühel, Hornbahn Gondola conveniently takes you up to Alpenhaus. From there, follow trail no. 32 to Lämmerbichlalm and continue walking to Bichlalm. Follow the yellow-blazed trail to “Gaisberg” on a dirt road for a very short distance. Soon, the trail turns onto a footpath that traverses tussock slopes through (mostly) wide open terrain. Keep following signs for “Gaisberg”; after another short stretch on a dirt road, turn onto a path again (“Hochwildalm”). This route will take you to Gaisbergsattel Saddleback from where you continue towards “Gebrajoch” on a dirt road (do not turn left) that nears the small Gaisberg Summit, which is marked by a cross. Pass below Gaisberg to the right and proceed to “Gebrajoch” on a trail that gradually ascends to Gebrajoch Col. From the col, follow signs for “Wildseeloder” and descend to Gebra Chapel (one short climb). At the chapel take the trail to “Wildseeloder” (no. 2, “Fieberbrunner Höhenweg”, Fieberbrunn High Altitude Trail) that passes below Große Gebra Mountain through a deep and impenetrable, jungle-like forest of shrubs and bushes. Beyond the forest, the route winds through undulating terrain with many ups and downs and enters the world of wide open Alpine pastures again. Bear left at a fork and gently ascend over wetlands (follow the pegs) to gain another saddleback (all in all, you’ll gain some elevation on the stretch from the chapel to this saddle). From the saddle a long, steep climb into northeastern direction takes you to a ridge. Turn left shortly below the ridge (slightly downhill), then bear right on the trail that soon resumes its climb through the rugged terrain of Jufenhöhe to gain Seenieder Saddle. Beyond the saddle, a steep plunge takes you down to Wildsee Lake and Wildseeloderhaus Lodge. After Bichlalm, the walk coincides with Fieberbrunn High Altitude Trail (trail no. 2; later follow trail no. 2 and no. 711), which meanders in wide bends that seem like slight detours.

Strongly Recommended: Admire the stone retaining walls on the Alpine pastures and take some quiet time at lovely Gebra Chapel. In the area between Leogang in Salzburg Province and Kitzbühel, centuries of mining history can be traced wherever you go. You’ll notice old mine openings, drill marks in rock walls, mine shafts, and remnants of former mining structures, which have left their mark for hikers to explore and enjoy.

Day 2: Wildseeloderhaus Lodge – Fieberbrunn
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 50/1,100 meters | Hiking Time: 3 hours | Distance: 8 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,854 meters | Trail Rating: Moderate (red)

From Wildseeloderhaus Lodge, take trail no. 711 towards “Lärchfilzkogel”. The trail winds down the steep slope in switchbacks until you reach the basin of Wildalm. From there, follow signs for “Lärchfilzkogel Bergstation” (Lärchfilzkogel Top Terminal) and climb this trail for a short distance to a saddleback. Continue ahead on trail no. 711 that winds down to the ski resort through larch groves on a dirt road. Pass “Berggasthof Wildalpgatterl” Mountain Inn to the left and proceed to Streuböden gondola mid terminal and Streubödenalm (right next to the terminal). Follow signage for “Lauchsee” and turn left after a short distance (“Lauchsee”), passing the reservoir of the snowmaking facilities on your way to the wetlands (“Lauchsee”). Soon you’ll get to a farmstead where you cross an access road in the direction of “Fieberbrunn”. Passing above a tiny bog to the right, walk towards the village of Fieberbrunn that can be seen from afar. On this nice ramble on a paved road you’ll pass Lauchsee swamp lake to your left and reach the church of Fieberbrunn; walk down to the community center between church and parsonage. From Fieberbrunn you can get to Kitzbühel by bus or train.

Strongly Recommended: The Alpine Pasture Village at Wildalm is definitely worth visiting. Must-sees in Fieberbrunn are the Baroque-style parsonage with its Baroque-style chapel. The chapel is adorned by frescoes of Matthäus Günther, an important Bavarian painter and artist of the Baroque and Rococo era.

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Your destination address: Hornweg 23a, Kitzbühel

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