KAT Walk Family stage 1: Kraxxln, nature discovery stations and a legendary giant


  • MediumLevel
  • access_time5:30 hDuration
  • arrow_right_alt10,0 kmDistance
  • terrain1829 mHighest point
  • trending_up700 mUphill
  • trending_down1050 mDownhill
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Tour information

Let's go – your adventure in the mountains starts today!
The summit of the Hohe Salve awaits you with a Kraxxl playground and a revolving restaurant. After you've romped, head back towards the valley. On the way, you can explore the Filzalmsee with its exciting discovery zones. But wait a minute: Is that a giant living in the Filzalmsee?

Stoabock route: for sporty families and children in good physical condition with endurance (can be partially shortened with the mountain railway as an option)

Oachkatzl route: minimal walking distance, maximum fun – with use of the mountain railway for leisurely hiking days

Stoabock route (10 km  700 m uphill  1,050 m downhill – 5.5 hours):
At the start of today's hike, the bright red gondola of the Salvenbahn will take you hard-working ibex up to the middle station. How many mountain peaks can you see?

Once there, you can choose whether you want to hike to the summit of the Hohe Salve or pass up a good bit of distance. To do this, get on the next cable car right across the meadow and take it up to the mountain top.

Otherwise, the hiking trail leads from the middle station towards the summit. Follow the yellow signs with the inscription Rigi, Hohe Salve and walk under the cable cars of the gondola. Above Gasthaus Tenn, count to three: After the third bend, look for the sign towards Salvenalm, Rigi, Hohe Salve. You now require muscle strenght: On the steep cart path you will march uphill through forest and meadows towards Hohe Salve until you reach a wide forest path.

The magic number three also applies here: after three loops you will already reach the area, where a little detour to the reservoir Kleine Salve is worthwhile. Sun loungers and oversized hiking poles, which look great on souvenir photos, await you here. Afterwards, you will head to Kälberalm and Alpengasthof Rigi. You have been on the road for over an hour now, well done!

From Alpengasthof Rigi you will hike on a forest path through meadows that are covered in snow in winter and used for skiing. Can you imagine that you are currently on ski slopes? After another hour you will have done it: real hikers call that a summit conquest!
Now you can take a break at the revolving restaurant of Gipfelalm Hohe Salve or enjoy yourself in Salvi’s Kraxxl-Platzl playground. Did you know that "kraxxln" means climbing in Tyrolean dialect?

Since you have already reached the highest point of the hike, from now on the trail will lead downhill. Always follow the signs to Filzalmsee / Brixen and take the hiking trail to the Salvensee. This is used as a storage location so that the snow cannons have enough water to produce snow for the ski slopes in winter.

Past the lake, hike over a meadow path, again across the ski slope, towards lake Filzalmsee. After a small path in the forest you will reach Jordankapelle (Jordan Chapel). Can you discover the spring from which crystal clear and healthy mountain water rises?

After the chapel, the path leads past Filzalm hut before you reach the exciting area around Filzalmsee. Wooden rafts, skittles, water sprayers and discovery stations await curious naturalists! And where is the giant of Filzalmsee hiding?

After you've learned so much about the exciting mountain world, you can decide whether to take the nearby Hochbrixen mountain railway to today's destination, Brixen im Thale, or to walk down into the valley in around an hour.
You have already mastered the first stage – bravo! Tomorrow we will continue with an exciting puzzle tour!

Oachkatzl Route (4 km  500 m downhill  1.5 hours):
The squirrels among you will take the red Salvenbahn I and then Salvenbahn II up to the summit of Hohe Salve. That way you will arrive directly at the revolving restaurant of Gipfelalm Hohe Salve and at Salvi's Kraxxl-Platzl to have fun on the playground!

Then the path leads downhill, always following the signs towards Filzalmsee / Brixen. Past Salvensee, Jordankapelle (Jordan Chapel) and Filzalm hut, you will reach Filzalmsee with its discovery zones. After you have mastered the wooden raft, bowling, and more, you can take the Hochbrixen mountain railway back down into the valley and, as true naturalists, you have reached the stage destination Brixen im Thale!

Highlights along the way:

Children's playground, pilgrimage church & Hohe Salve revolving restaurant
directly on the summit of the most beautiful panoramic mountain in Tyrol

at 1,300 m, with a wooden raft, biotope & cool nature discovery stations

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KAT Walk Family stage 1: Kraxxln, nature discovery stations and a legendary giant


  • check medium difficulty / red mountain path
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  • Asphalt road, forest roads, mountain paths (medium difficulty – marked in red)
  • Outdoor clothing Sturdy footwear Sufficient food and drink First aid equipment Mobile phone with full battery & charger Hiking map & guide literature Possibly GPS device or load the GPS data onto the mobile phone Sun protection (sunglasses, sun cream & cap) Rain protection Cash
  • Coming from Innsbruck/Munich: A12 exit Wörgl Ost - feeder road B178 towards St. Johann i. T. & Kitzbühel - after the tunnel take the exit towards Hopfgarten - at the roundabout take the B170 towards Hopfgarten - in Hopfgarten turn left before the railway subway towards Salvena - follow the signs to your destination.

    Coming from Kitzbühel: B170 Brixentalstraße towards Wörgl - in Hopfgarten, after the second railway subway, take the first exit on the right towards Salvena - follow the signs to your destination.
  • Bus stop: "Hopfgarten Berglift railway station" 

    Train station: "Hopfgarten Berglift Bahnhof "

    Guest card = ticket - bus & train included! 

    Online timetables:


  • Free parking lot Wasserfeld in Hopfgarten – 5 minutes' walk to the starting point

    Fee based garage at the Hopfgarten cable car – right at the starting point

Restaurants & infrastructure

Alpengasthof Rigi

Alpengasthof  Rigi
Alpengasthof Rigi
Open todayHopfgarten im Brixental


Open todayBrixen im Thale