This ultimately scenic two day trek is of moderate difficulty and is filled with delights and natural wonders along the way. Unique Rofan Mountain Range is known for its limestone karst formations and perpendicular rock walls—this is a truly electrifying environment that will captivate you. The spectacular views of Tirol’s glorious mountain scenery and the outstanding wilderness exploration all combine to make this two day tour an outstanding experience. An aquatic gem wrapped along craggy rock faces, Zireinersee Lake is considered one of the most beautiful mountain lakes of Tirol. Find a quiet shoreline ledge or boulder to soak rays or feet. On this trek across Rofan Mountain Range, your senses will be enlivened by the fragrance and colours of the flower-studded mountain meadows and by the sounds of marmots whistling.
Brandenberg Alps (Rofan)
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
intermediate (red mountain trails)
Elevation uphill 2,065m
Vertical metres downhill 805m
Best time of year
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Day 1: Kramsach – Sonnwendjochhaus Lodge (by chair lift) – Bayreuther Hut
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 150/350 meters | Hiking Time: 2¼ hours | Distance: 5 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,880 meters
In two sections, Sonnwendjoch Chair Lift whisks you from Kramsach to Sonnwendjochhaus Lodge at an elevation of 1,785 meters. (Note: Due to an official directive, Sonnwendjochbahn chairlift is out of operation until further notice!) You can walk to Sonnwendjochhaus from Kramsach along a steep forest trail (takes 3.5 hours).
From the top, a singletrack climbs Alpine meadows and leads towards “Rosskogel/Zireiner See”. Atop Rosskogel Peak turn left onto Gappsteig Path and descend to Zireinersee Lake. Skirt the southern shore of the lake westwards with a vigorous climb taking you up to a turnoff. Take the left fork towards Zireiner Alm and Bayreuther Hut, your lodge for that night.
Day 2: Bayreuther Hut – Sonnwendbichlalm – Krahnsattel Col – Erfurter Hut – Maurach – Kramsach (by bus)
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 650/400 meters | Hiking Time: 5 hours | Distance: 10 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,000 meters
From Bayreuther Hut, walk along the southern flank of Vorderes Sonnwendjoch Col; pass Sonnwendbichlalm Alpine Pasture Hut and continue your walk to Alpigl Alm; from there it’s a vigorous climb up to lovely Schermsteinalm Alpine Pasture Hut that nestles under a precipitous cliff; then it’s onto Haidachstellwand. The trail, with steep climbs, is excellent and runs atop Krähnsattel Col, from where there are uninterrupted panoramic views of Rofan Range with lofty Rosskopf Peak, Seekarlspitze Spire, Spieljoch Col, and Rotspitze Summit in the background, which is a popular climbing terrain. Follow the path that takes you through so-called “Stiege” (stairs) as you slowly lose altitude and reach the destination end of this walk, Erfurter Hut or, alternatively, Rofan Gondola. From the top terminal you can either walk down (approx. 1½ hours) or ride the gondola to Maurach. From the base, take a path leading to the underpass of the Federal Road to the bus stop “Hauptschule”. Catch a bus via Wiesing back to Kramsach.
Strongly Recommended: Take some time to get an eagle's eye view of the mountains at the Eagle View, a special sightseeing telescope viewer that is installed at Sonnwendjochhaus Lodge. It will leave your head spinning as you try to identify a seemingly infinite array of peaks spread out before you.