Experience two charming town centers and hike along the Aschauer Ache river to the stage destination Schloss Münichau.
Culinary delights guaranteed - on today's stage you will find the village centers of Brixen im Thale and Kirchberg in Tirol, which offer many traditional restaurants and refreshment stops. This way you get to explore the idyllic villages up close and there is enough time for delicious Tyrolean delicacies.
Today's hike starts at the Westendorf tourist information office.
From there you leave the village center on Schulgasse, past the tennis court, towards the east.
At the end of Schulgasse, the paved road joins a winter hiking trail, on which you can hike to the hamlet of Bichling.
After reaching an asphalt road again, you will soon pass a farm and then a small junction where the path meanders down to the left.
Walking between traditional farmhouses, you finally reach the intersection on Bichling. From there the path leads to the right in the direction of Brixen im Thale.
After about 2 km, at the crossroads to Kandler Alm, you can use the Hochbrixen mountain railway for a detour to higher altitudes. To do so, walk straight ahead along the street and, after a downward passage, turn left through an underpass towards the mountain railways. Continuing straight ahead, you first reach the SkiWeltbahn and directly opposite the Hochbrixen gondola, which leads up to the Alpeniglu village.
Would you rather continue hiking without this detour? Then, at the crossroads to Kandler Alm, the route has to be followed slightly to the right over the wooden bridge. Soon you will be marching under the white gondolas of the SkiWeltbahn. If you want to take a coffee break in Brixen im Thale, you can follow the signs to the village center at the intersection at lake Erlensee.
Otherwise, continue on the winter hiking trail, which soon crosses the valley run of the ski slope to get to the Brixen bathing lake. Then the route continues through the outskirts of Brixen towards Kirchberg.
After about an hour's walk from the bathing lake, you will reach the trotting track and the KTM E-Cross Center Kirchberg.
Here you can either walk straight ahead to the center of the village (shortcut: -1.5 hours) or walk up to the Gaisberg. From up there you will enjoy a wonderful panorama, after which you can walk down into the valley.
To do so, turn right onto Schergrubweg and follow this road uphill for almost 2 km.
At the highest point, just after a farmhouse, the path leads into the forest. As soon as the forest clears, you will cross a snow-covered field.
At the end of this lies the Gasthaus Obergaisberg, where a refreshment stop is worthwhile.
From here, walk along the road in several curves into the valley, always following the signs to Kirchberg. Kirchberg also offers many hotels, restaurants and small shops - perfect for a break from hiking.
If you feel like it, you can walk to the Gaisberg lift and borrow sledges there to whiz down the natural toboggan run on the Gaisberg. Up with the chairlift and down with the toboggan - what a highlight on this tour!
To stay on the regular route, cross the village square ("Dorfplatz") in the center at Hotel Bechlwirt.
Continue straight until you can turn right onto the lively Kitzbüheler Straße.
Immediately after crossing the bridge, a staircase on the right leads down to the Aschauer Ache river.
Once under the bridge, continue to the right to hike downstream on the promenade.
Via Klausen near Kirchberg you get to Gundhabing near Kitzbühel to the Schwarzsee golf course. Turn left there in the direction of Reith bei Kitzbühel. Walking along Golfweg you will soon reach the intersection with the Griesbachweg.
KAT Walk “complete hassle-free package” bookers turn left here to follow Griesbachweg to today's accommodation, Pension Thainerhof.
To reach the stage destination Schloss Münichau, turn right at the intersection to take the Griesbachweg heading north. As soon as the path crosses Kitzbüheler Straße, Münichau Castle lies right in front of you and you have reached your destination.
Tips and additional highlights:
local dairy with regional delicacies on sale
Carriage rides in the snow - register one day in advance at the tourist information office
Along the way:
Detour with the Hochbrixen gondola to the Alpeniglu village
Erber schnapps distillery in Brixen im Thale - Tyrol's oldest fine distiller
Natural toboggan run on the Gaisberg - sledges can be hired at the valley station of the Gaisberg lift
Ehrenbachhöhe - take the Fleckalmbahn to 1800 m above sea level, optional winter hiking trail to the famous Hahnenkamm
Münichau Castle - historical castle, built in the 15th century and now a hotel
Seebach farm shop - 24-hour self-service shop with self-made products from regional farmers
Walk around the Schwarzsee lake
Book the multi-day KAT Walk Winter with the “complete hassle-free package” including overnight stays, half board, luggage transfer, maps and much more: www.kat-walk.uk/winter
KAT Walk Winter stage 2: Exploring Tyrolean hospitality
- access_time5:00 hDuration
- arrow_right_alt16,5 kmDistance
- terrain1029 mHighest point
- trending_up240 mUphill
- trending_down250 mDownhill
KAT Walk Winter stage 2: Exploring Tyrolean hospitality
- check easy / hiking trail
- Depending on snow conditions, cleared winter hiking trail, asphalt, gravel
- Warm and breathable winter outdoor clothing, waterproof shoes with a non-slip profile, maps, sufficient drinks and snacks (no refreshment stops along the way), first aid equipment, mobile phone with a fully charged battery and charger or powerbank, maps, possibly GPS device or load GPS data onto your mobile phone, cash, sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen), possibly sticks, etc.
- via road no. B170 to Westendorf
- free parking lot - 8 minutes' walk to starting point