A peak between sky and earth
At 2,444 m above sea level, Kröndlhorn is the highest mountain in the Brixental region. The summit is - contrary to what you might expect - adorned with a small, memorial chapel instead of a summit cross. The full-day tour takes you through an impressive alpinescape, with breathtaking views of up to seventy 3,000-metre peaks.
checkType: Full-day tour
checkDuration: Approx. 7 hours
checkDistance: Approx. 13.5 km
checkHighest point: 2,444 m
checkElevation gain: 1,200 m
checkElevation loss: 1.200 m
checkEquipment: Sturdy hiking boots, provisions, weather-appropriate clothing
checkStarting point: Holzplatz/Krumbach car park in the Windautal Valley
- The Rotwandalm mountain inn (1,597 m), at approx. 1/3 of the route, beckons you to stop for refreshment - typical alpine produce fresh from the proprietor's farm
- The legendary Lake Reinkarsee at 2,194 m
- The Kröndlhorn Chapel at 2,444 m, the highest "church" in the Kitzbühel Alps
Refreshment stops: Only on the Rotwandalm (on the first third of the trail on the ascent or the last third on the descent).
Via the natural jewel, Windautal Valley, to the starting point of the hike
Via streams and forests up to alpine pastures
Black as night - the legendary Lake Reinkarsee
'If you banish me from the lake, then Windau beware! Then I'll let the lake the out and you'll no longer see even the rooftop of a house.'
... roared the black bull in a terrible voice.
However, this did not scare the two summoners. And so they began their exorcism and uttered their words of banishment. The bull then plunged into the water and has been trapped in it ever since.
Since then it has been said that the black colour of the water comes from the bull. People from Brixen, Kitzbühel, Sankt Johann and from the valleys often come to hear the bull roar. But he never emerges. But occasionally he will glance up, only with his eyes, and very devilishly.
"Anyone who thinks this is final highlight of the tour couldn't be more wrong!"
Next stop: Rotwandalm mountain inn
Hiking tips for Kröndlhorn
Below we offer you some important information to help you plan your Kröndlhorn tour, so that you can enjoy your hiking holiday in Westendorf. We would also be glad to offer you individual advice on this or other tours in the region.
For example, on using the Windautaler hiking taxi for your journey to the starting point. Find all the information about the beautiful and certified hiking region Brixental Valley and the activities available to explore. Would you like to go on the KAT Walk? If you love multi-day hikes - then we highly recommend these 6 stages. Simply read on!
How to get from Westendorf to the hike starting point
From the centre of Westendorf, take the Dorfstraße towards the golf course and follow the winding road for about 8 km. In Rettenbach cross the bridge and then turn left at the toll booth. Drive along the first asphalted and later unpaved toll road for the next almost 16 km past the Gamskogelhütte mountain inn to either the Foisching or Krumbach car park and park your vehicle there.