Visitors to Tirol in summer may well be familiar with the KAT Walk, a long-distance hiking trail leading through the Kitzbühel Alps. Now there is also a winter version, the KAT Winter Walk. With four stages comprising a total of 60 kilometres of hiking, it offers ambitious winter walkers the opportunity to explore the region around Hopfgarten im Brixental, Reith bei Kitzbühel, St. Johann and St. Ulrich am Pillersee using trails which are cleared of snow and kept in excellent condition throughout the winter. The hiking itself is easy, with just a few climbs and descents. En route you will find plenty of huts and guesthouses serving food as well as points of interest such as small chapels. There is also the option of heading up into the mountains using one of several cable cars along the KAT Winter Walk.
Long-Distance Winter Hiking Trail
Hopfgarten im Brixental
St. Ulrich am Pillersee
Loferer Rocky Mountains
- Circular hike
Elevation uphill 880m
Vertical metres downhill 645m
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.
- Accessible using public transport
Railway station: Hopfgarten im Brixental Berglift (REX, S8); train connections to Hochfilzen, Wörgl, Innsbruck, etc.
Places serving food and drink
- Stage 1: Gasthof Zum Lendwirt, Windau Lounge, various locations in Westendorf
- Stage 2: Restaurant Fischerstadl, Restaurant Thalhof, Restaurant Loipenstub´n, various locations in Kirchberg, Schloss Münichau
- Stage 3: Hotel-Restaurant Vordergrub, Penzinghof, Hotel Kitzbüheler Horn, various locations in St. Johann
- Stage 4: Kröpflstüberl, Naturhotel Kitzspitz (both in St. Jakob), Restaurant Das Bergblick, Forellenranch, KochBar, Domiciel Cooking (all in St. Ulrich), Gasthof St. Adolari
Car park P3 Wasserfeld (next to the "Kelchsauer Landestraße" road; free of charge)
Stage 1: Hopfgarten – Westendorf
Uphill/downhill: 375/200 vertical metres, walking time: 3 hours 15 minutes, distance: 10.4 kilometres, difficulty: easy
Stage one begins at the tourist information office in Hopfgarten. Walk to the ski lift car park, then cross under the railway line using the underpass. The route continues over two bridges, through the settlement of Elsbethen and then along trail 89 uphill to the Gruberberg, which lies around 250 vertical metres above the valley floor. Follow the signs downhill to Lend, past the Schwaigerbergkapelle chapel all the way to Unterwindau. Cross the bridge. At the Lendwirt guesthouse take the road heading right to the village of Westendorf. The final section leads across the Westendorf Plateau to the centre of the village.
Stage 2: Westendorf – Schloss Münichau
Uphill/downhill: 38/42 vertical metres, walking time: 3 hours, distance: 12.9 kilometres, difficulty: easy
These stage also begins at the local tourist information office, this time in Westendorf. Walk through the settlement of Bichling, which forms part of Westendorf, heading east. After crossing meadows and fields on the valley floor you will soon reach the small lake of Erlensee and then the village of Brixen im Thale. There you can continue your journey straight away following the route to the south of the railway tracks, or you can stop for a rest. Take trail number 3 heading east. Soon you will be walking along the banks of the Schleicherbach stream. After a few kilometres you will already reach the village of Kirchberg. This is another good place for a rest. The final section of the route begins on the south side of the Aschauer Ache river. Near Gundhabing it then turns and heads north across a golf course. After around one kilometre you will reach Schloss Münichau.
Stage 3: Schloss Münichau – St. Johann in Tirol
Uphill/downhill: 145/250 vertical metres, walking time: 3.5 hours, distance: 13 kilometres, difficulty: easy
Day three starts in Münichau and leads through the rolling landscape of Bichlach with two beautiful lakes, the Gieringer Weiher and the Vogelsberger Weiher. The route then heads into the valley to Grub, over the Kitzbüheler Ache river and then on the eastern side of the valley along the "Römerweg" trail in a northerly direction. Cross the village of Oberndorf and follow the trail all the way to St. Johann. The "Speckbacherstraße" road will then take you into the centre of St. Johann.
Stage 4: St. Johann in Tirol – St. Ulrich am Pillersee
Uphill/downhill: 345/162 vertical metres, walking time: 6 hours 15 minutes, distance: 23 kilometres, difficulty: easy
The fourth and longest stage of the KAT Winter Walk begins at the tourist information office in St. Johann. Take the "Dechant-Wieshofer-Straße" to the Fieberbrunner Ache river. Cross over the river and head east along the nothern bank, on a trail forming part of the "Jakobsweg" (Way of Saint James). Shortly after passing the landing area for light aircraft and gliders, branch off left towards Reitham and follow the trail in a south-easterly direction through several hamlets. After a few kilometres you will reach the western part of Fieberbrunn. In the settlement of Wall the trail heads north for a while before switching in Obwall to an easterly direction, heading towards St. Jakob in Haus. Follow the "WaiWi" trail past the bottom station of the Buchensteinwandbahn cable car, heading into the Pillerseetal Valley. The route leads east around St. Ulrich (on a trail known as the "Aurunde"), then along the eastern side of the Pillersee Valley all the way to the finishing point: the Gasthof St. Adolari in St. Ulrich am Pillersee.