© Tirol Werbung / Frank Stolle
© Tirol Werbung / Frank Stolle

Kufsteinerland: Winter Sunrise Hikes in the Kaisertal Valley

As the full moon casts its pale light on the snowy mountains and slowly gives way to the first rays of the morning sun, visitors to the Kufsteinerland can enjoy this magical moment during an early-morning dawn hike in the winter months.

Thanks to its location in the Lower Inn Valley, the Kufsteinerland region can be reached quickly and easily by holidaymakers. The area between Thiersee and Kufstein, Ebbs and Bad Häring is home to a large network of winter walking trails criss-crossing the gently rolling foothills. A walk into the Kaisertal Valley is also well worth the effort. In 2016 the Austrian national broadcaster 2016 crowned the Kaisertal Valley as "Austria's Most Beautiful Location". Under the watchful gaze of the Wilder and Zahmer Kaiser Mountains, walkers make their way to the Ritzau-Alm hut. Guided full-moon and sunrise hikes are also offered in winter.

Winter walking in the Kaisertal Valley, © Tirol Werbung / Oliver Soulas

Experience

There is no time of day quite as special as early morning – this is also the case in winter. The guided sunrise walks in the Kaisertal Valley give visitors the chance to experience the sight of the sun rising from behind the mountains in the company of an experienced guide. Dates are chosen to coincide with the full moon so that participants get to enjoy both the pale light of the moon on the snowy landscape and the arrival of the sun's first rays. Leaving from Kufstein, walkers ascend 670 vertical metres to the Ritzau-Alm mountain hut, where a hearty breakfast awaits.

Food & Drink

In the shadow of Kufstein Castle, just a stone's throw from the banks of the Inn, is one of Kufstein's best restraurants: Auracher Löchl. It is known for its traditional snug, which dates back to 1896 – and for its small but perfectly formed "bridge restaurant". "Two seats, four eyes, five courses" is the motto. While you are there, don't miss out on the chance to visit the Stollen 1930, a gin bar in a 600-year-old rock cave.

Accommodation

Victorias Home is named after the young owner of this recently opened four-star hotel. It includes several large apartments, some of which have their own in-room spa with infrared cabin and steam shower. Highlights also include the chance to complete a cooking course with Victoria herself, who is a qualified pâtissière and therefore an expert when it comes to whipping up sweet treats!

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