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Brechhorn

Breathtaking views, Lake Kreuzjöchlsee and a summit for everyone

At 2,037 m above sea level, Brechhorn is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Westendorf region. There are many different routes to conquer the summit, making it accessible not only to athletic summiteers, but also to families. You can reach the summit either by catching a lift on a cable car or start your trek from down in the valley. Along the trail, you'll enjoy stunning views of the magnificent peaks surrounding the Brixental Valley, while Lake Kreuzjöchelsee at the foot of Brechhorn mountain beckons you to take a break. On your descent, you can stop by the Brechhornhaus mountain inn just below the lake, where you can share stories of your adventures with friends or fellow hikers.

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Hiking tip: Brechhorn

At 2,037 m above sea level, Brechhorn is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Westendorf region. There are many different routes to conquer the summit.

Details

  • checkType: Half-day tour

  • checkDuration: 5 hours

  • checkDistance: 11.8 km

  • checkHighest point: 2,037 m

  • checkElevation gain: 600 m

  • checkElevation loss: 600 m

  • checkLevel: Moderate/red

  • checkEquipment: Sturdy hiking boots, provisions, weather-appropriate clothing

  • checkStarting point: Alpenrosenbahn mountain station in Westendorf

Special waypoints:
Lake Kreuzjöchlsee at the beginning and end of the hike

Refreshment stops: Talkaser mountain inn right next to the Alpenrosenbahn mountain station and Brechhaus at Lake Kreuzjöchlsee.

Summit hike to the Brechhorn facilitated by the Alpenrosenbahn.

  • directions_walkMediumLevel
  • access_time5:00 hDuration
  • arrow_right_alt11,8 kmDistance
  • terrain2030 mHighest point
  • trending_up600 mUphill
  • trending_down600 mDownhill
  • Details
  • Lake Kreuzjöchlsee
    Lake Kreuzjöchlsee lies on the path from Talkaser mountain restaurant to Brechhorn summit.
  • Brechhorn plaque on summit cross
    The plaque on the summit cross lists the coordinates and altitude you have conquered on the hike.
  • Rest stops
    On the path from Talkaser mountain inn to Lake Kreuzjöchlsee you'll have plenty of opportunity to take a short break and relax.
  • Summit cross on Brechhorn mountain
    On the last few metres before reaching the cross, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains in the Kitzbüheler Alpen.
  • Sunset on Brechhorn summit
    The Brechhorn summit is a popular place to watch the sunset.
  • Hiking trail through forests and meadows
    A narrow hiking trail through forests and meadows takes you from Brechhornhaus mountain inn towards the summit.
  • Goats on Brechhorn mountain
    In summer, hikers are often pleasantly surprised by the sight of friendly goats grazing and relaxing on Brechhorn mountain.

From Talkaser mountain inn to Lake Kreuzjöchlsee

Lake Kreuzjöchlsee
The hike starts at Alpenrosenbahn mountain station. From there it takes you past Talkaser mountain inn towards Brechhornhaus and Lake Kreuzjöchlsee. The trail is well signposted and therefore easy to follow. After about 1 hour's walk you'll reach Lake Kreuzjöchlsee. In winter, the mountain lake serves as a reservoir for snowmaking on the ski slopes. A few metres further, Brechhornhaus mountain inn beckons you to rest and recharge your batteries.

Summit ascent

Hiking trail through forests and meadows
A narrow hiking trail takes you from Brechhornhaus mountain inn towards the summit. It first goes briefly downhill until the path branches off to the left and upwards. The trail then continues through trees and meadows towards the summit. The final stage leads along a ridge that always offers wonderful views down into the valley.

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