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Culinary alpine lodge hike through the Kitzbüheler Alpen

The highlights of this tour are not just the enchanting views to the Hohe Tauern and the Wilder Kaiser. All three accommodation providers along this Kitzbüheler Alpen crossing, away from the easy to get to destinations, provide excellent food. Labalm and Gasthaus Steinberg are members of the ambitious Brixentaler KochArt project. In Gasthof Tirolerhof*** the chef delights you with delicious food from the region. On the final day of the hiking stage from the idyllic little own of Kelchsau you take the bus to Hopfgarten. Having arrived at your destination, you will find a 'delicious, fantastic' reward for your efforts over the past three days in the cosy, family-run Gasthof Tirolerhof***.

Facts: Three days - three nights

Day Metres altitude uphill Metres altitude downhill Overnight stays
1. + 1500m altitude - 1200m altitude Labalm (1264m)
2. + 800m altitude - 1200m altitude Steinberghaus (1109m)
3. + 1100m altitude - 1150m altitude (to Kelchsau) Gasthof Tirolerhof
Total metres altitude: + 2400m/- 3550m Interesting information about the tour: Time: from around the end of May until mid-October Difficulty level: Technical requirements: easy, Großer Rettenstein: moderate Fitness level required: moderate to high Map: "Kirchberg - Brixen - Westendorfl" hiking map (1:22.500), EUR 5,00, available in the local tourist information office. The alpine inns are open from around the end of May and the tour may also be tackled in the opposite direction.
Blick auf großen Rettenstein

Tour outline - DAY ONE

The journey to this crossing of the Kitzbüheler Alpen proceeds via Kirchberg i.T. and Aschau to the large car park at the end of the Spertental. Those of you who will be arriving late can spend the first night in Oberlandhütte. Incidentally, this alpine association lodge uses predominantly produce from the region and is part of the 'So schmecken die Berge' campaign. The first destination is the 550 metre Spießnägel. Proceeding along the wonderful ridge to Schöntaljoch and continuing to the 2366 metre Großer Rettenstein. Sure-footedness is required in the upper section. Thanks to its unrivalled position, the Rettenstein provides a fantastic panorama view - the eternal ice cover on the peaks of the Hohe Tauern, the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Wilder Kaiser compete for the viewer's attention. The descent proceeds via the larch-lined Schöntal to Labalm. Harald Klingsbigl indulges his guests with hearty home-cooked fare which is of the utmost quality. His special 'Bauernbratl' and 'Knödelteller' are especially popular.

Tour outline - DAY TWO

From Labalm the route proceeds to Gerstinger Joch. Via Hintenkarscharte and Scheibenschlagalm you head down to Gasthaus Steinberg, where by way of refreshment you should definitely try out Michael Grafl's herb parfait. In the evening tender chamois schnitzel with plum sauce, or the medium-rare saddle of venison provide temptation.

Tour outline - DAY THREE

The route continues to the west to Leitneralm, to the 1925 metre Lodron. From here you get to enjoy a wonderful view to the Großglockner et al. The descent proceeds via Lodronalm to the centre of Kelchsau. From here you take the bus to Hopfgarten and Gasthof Tirolerhof***. The extensive, first-rate menu on offer and a cosy stay in a family-run business and landlords who play music, is your reward for your exertions of the past three days. It's best to take a taxi to the starting point in Kirchberg; the journey time is some twenty minutes. However, those of you who have energy to spare after the climb to the Lodron, may also opt for the descent direct to Hopfgarten via the Glantersberg (Lodronalm – Hintere Ölbankalm – Vordere Ölbankalm). Walking time from Lodron to Hopfgarten is around 3 ¾ Stunden (1320m altitude - 14.7 km). Bus connection from Kelchsau to Hopfgarten: Postbus: Monday-Friday 12:48 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Salventaxi (free): Monday-Sunday 5:25 p.m.

Information and map material can be obtained at:

Kitzbüheler Alpen - Brixen im Thale - Kirchberg - Westendorf Tourist information office Brixen im 0043 5357 2000 200

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