We start this hiking tour at the tourist information office in Hopfgarten. We walk left across the lift parking lot and downhill towards the pedestrian underpass. After the underpass we turn left and walk along the main road for a short bit before we cross the wooden bridge “Steger Brücke” on the right. We turn left after the bridge and follow the road to Kelchsau for about 300 m. Then we turn left and cross the bridge” Elsbethenbrücke”. From there we follow the signs through the peacefully situated district of Elsbethen. The route also takes us past Elsbethen Church, which the settlement was named after. The late Gothic church fascinates with its simple, rural style.
On we go to the cross-roads “Glantersberg” and “Gruberberg”. We take the road towards “Gruberberg” which leads us straight ahead uphill. From now on we keep following the sign “Lend” for about 1,2 km. At the first crossing we turn left and walk in the direction of Lend until we get to a junction right above the farmhouse “Oberau”. From there we follow the sign “KAT Walk Winter”. From here the path leads downhill again. We follow the cleared road for about 2 km. Once in the valley, we cross the bridge. After about 40 metres out of the valley, at Lendwirt, we turn right onto the road towards Westendorf. This takes us about 80 metres in altitude uphill through the snow-covered winter forest.
After having reached the plateau of Westendorf, we wander past the golf course, Waldhäusl chapel and the Windau Lounge, where we can enjoy some refreshment on the spacious sun terrace, towards the village center.
Our destination, the Hotel Post, is on the left, about 50 m after the church.
An alternative highlight is a unique mountain breakfast before the hike. This is best enjoyed on the Hohe Salve. With a grandiose view and a fantastic mountain backdrop, you get ready for the upcoming tour.
The summit restaurant “Gipfelalm Hohe Salve” can be easily reached in winter with the gondola from Hopfgarten.
Here you can find the operating times of the Hopfgarten / Itter mountain railways.
Attention: Please note that there is no refreshment station between Hopfgarten and Westendorf. Make sure you take enough to drink and, if necessary, something to eat.
KAT Walk Winter Stage 1
- access_time3:30 hDuration
- arrow_right_alt10,4 kmDistance
- terrain894 mHighest point
- trending_up380 mUphill
- trending_down200 mDownhill
KAT Walk Winter Stage 1
- check easy / hiking trail
- Infobüro Hopfgarten
- Hotel Post Westendorf
- On this stage you mostly walk on cleared asphalt roads and pavements
- Sturdy shoes, winter clothing, hiking poles (optional), sufficient water (no refreshment stops along the way)
- ÖBB: Bahnhof Hopfgarten im Brixental Berglift