View over Pillerseetal Valley from the Summit of Wildseeloder, © TVB Pillerseetal
View over Pillerseetal Valley from the Summit of Wildseeloder, © TVB Pillerseetal

WAIWI Long Distance Walk – From Waidring to Wildseeloder

Though the name might sound Chinese, this is actually a wonderful 50-kilometer trip across some of Tirol’s most beautiful mountainous areas that takes three days to complete. It may not be the longest of the multi-day hiking paths in Tirol, but it is definitely one of the most scenic walks, where you can explore the best of the country’s nature and landscapes and experience a wealth of history and culture. A number of places along the “Waiwi” are so special that you’ll have the images etched into your memory for years to come. From Pillerseetal Valley at the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps, the trek takes avid walkers from the historic village of Waidring to the top of lofty Wildseeloder Peak and down to Fieberbrunn. There are majestic mountains and long stretches of Alpine pastures to negotiate, and there are lots of rustic and friendly on-mountain eateries to stop by and gather new strength. The tarn next to Wildseeloder Lodge is a natural gem, tucked under an iconic peak. Mountain scenery, dramatic vistas and the striking colour of the lake will take your breath away. You’ll pass by Tirol landmarks, like the Triassic Park at Steinplatte Waidring, the Jakobskreuz atop the summit of Buchensteinwand Mountain, a multi-storey building in the shape of a cross, and the fountain on the church hilltop of Fieberbrunn, with its healing water that is said to have cured an attack of fever of Tirol’s duchess Margarethe Maultasch in time long past. With its huge amount of up-and-down work, and some exceedingly steep climbs and descents in places, this walk requires a great deal of experience of mountain walking, equipment and a high level of fitness. If you are adequately prepared, you will enjoy a unique walking experience to be treasured forever.

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Starting point  

Waidring

Finishing point

Fieberbrunn

Mountain chain

Kitzbühel Alps

Length

50 km

Duration

3 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,120m 790m

Elevation uphill 3,200m
Vertical metres downhill 3,200m

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.

Trail description

Stage 1: Waidring - Hausberg - Schaflberg - Kirchberg - St. Jakob in Haus
Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters, Elevation Loss: 1,100 meters, Distance: 21.8 kilometers, Hiking Time: 8 hours

Departing from Gasthof Post Inn in Waidring (elev. 778 m), the way leads through mixed forest to the top of Hausberg and across romantic Weissbachschlucht Gorge to Oberweissbach. From there, it continues over wide-open Alpine pastures and fields of dwarf pines to Schafelberg (elev. 1,597 m) and Kirchberg (elev. 1,678 m). Here, it drops down to Winterstelleralm Alpine Pasture Hut and on to the St. Ulrich hamlet of Schartental. Walk past Schwendt and the hamlet named “Weiler Flecken” with its chocolate box Tirol-style farmhouses to reach the destination end of the first day, St. Jakob in Haus.

Stage 2: St. Jakob in Haus - Buchensteinwand – Wildseeloderhaus Lodge
Elevation Gain: 1,700 meters, Elevation Loss: 700 meters, Distance: 17 kilometers, Hiking Time: 8 hours

From St. Jakob in Haus (elev. 855 m), a steep climb takes you to Buchensteinwand Mountain and Jakobskreuz Cross past “Katzeneck”. Standing 30 meters tall atop the summit of Buchensteinwand Mountain, Jakobskreuz is a multi-storey building in the shape of a cross. The most exciting feature of this outstanding building, which can be seen from afar, is the glorious 360-degree views. Continue walking toward Tennalm and take the left fork down to Fieberbrunn/Buchau slightly above the ski lift terminal. Head toward Walchau and Streuböden base terminal, before the route resumes its climb along Krottenweg Trail to Lärchfilzhochalm and Wildalm Alpine Pasture Huts (elev. 1,579 m). A final push up a steep hillside is all that’s keeping you from your base for that night, the 1,854-meter Wildseeloderhaus Lodge on the shores of the amazing mountain lake of the same name.

Please Note: You can cut out miles from the (ascending) route by taking the gondola, which conveniently whisks you up from the base at Fieberbrunn to the top of 1,645-meter Lärchfilzkogel. From here, it’s a mere 1.5 hour climb along the scenic Panoramaweg Trail and past Wildalm Alpine Pasture Hut.

Stage 3: Wildseeloderhaus Lodge – Summit of Wildseeloder Peak - Fieberbrunn
Elevation Gain: 400 meters, Elevation Loss: 1,400 meters, Distance: 11.2 kilometers, Hiking Time: 4 hours

From the shelter, a steep ridgeline ascent past the lake takes you through a rocky gate. The well groomed trail soon reaches a ridge and heads to the 2,118-meter summit of “Loder” Peak. Stop and rest and admire the sweeping views of nearby valleys and mountains and contemplate the forces of nature that created it. Eventually, begin the descent to Fieberbrunn past Seenieder and Wildalm Alpine Pasture Huts. Berggasthof Wildalpgatterl on-mountain inn is the perfect place to gather new strength after the hiking effort of the day. Try their delicious, homemade stone oven baked bread! At Streuböden Mid-Station, behind Gasthof Streuböden Alm Inn you will find the Mountain World of Timok, where you can walk on the Adventure Trail, climb your way through the Climbing Park or take your adventure to new heights at the Aerial Forest Adventure Park. Next to the start of the Alpine coaster, walk toward the reservoir of the snowmaking facilities and take the left fork down to “Brent” and Lauchsee Lake before reaching it. Pass the swimming lake on your way to the center of Fieberbrunn (elev. 790 m).

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