Compact Stage 1: From Hopfgarten to Brixen im Thale

To the Hohe Salve - a summit adventure providing plenty of views

With the cable car you can get to the Alpine terrain beneath the Hohe Salve. The climb to the Hohe Salve is not too difficult – yet this is one of the mountains in Tyrol which provides the best views. Right on the summit you will find Austria’s highest lying pilgrimage church. The descent via Salven- and Filzalm lakes proceeds via picturesque stee paths. In Hochbrixen you can take the cable car again to continue the descent, or continue hiking via a steep path down to Brixen im Thale and its impressive double-towered church.

Characteristics of the trail

KAT-Walk kompakt E1: Hopfgarten - Hohe Salve - Brixen im Thale

KAT-Walk kompakt E1: Hopfgarten - Hohe Salve - Brixen im Thale

KAT-Walk kompakt E1: Hopfgarten - Hohe Salve - Brixen im Thale

Diese Etappe ist vom ersten Schritt an eine Aussichtswanderung. Mit der Fahrt mit der Gondelbahn erreicht man bereits das Almgelände unterhalb der Hohen Salve. Es folgt ein unschwieriger Aufstieg auf ...


  • Duration4:15h

  • Distance10,0km

  • Elevation uphill700m1050m

  • Highest1829m

Detailed description of the trail

The Salvenbahn proceeds from Hopfgarten to the intermediate station (1,157 m). Follow the signposts for Rigi, Hohe Salve and hike on the right-hand side beneath the cables right to Gasthaus Tenn. The route continues on a narrow path above the guesthouse to the third hairpin bend at the junction for Tennerwald 1,231 m. Bear right again and follow a short section on the road, continuing to Salvenalm, Rigi, Hohe Salve. After about one hundred metres, the route branches left on a steeper cart track.

Continue the ascent on this track through the forest and pastures to the Hohe Salve until you reach a wider forest trail. Three hairpin bends lead through open Alpine area to Kälberalm and Alpengasthaus Rigi (1,537m; 1 hour from the intermediate station). Continue on the steeper forest trail and several hairpin bends through the skiing area until you reach the summit of the Hohe Salve, which has a pilgrimage church and summit restaurant (1,829 m; 1 hour from Gasthof Rigi). The descent to Filzalmsee/Brixen continues via a path on the south-eastern side of
the summit, heading down in several hairpin bends to lake Salve, which is easy to make out. Just after the reservoir, come away from the trail onto a pasture path which proceeds via a ski piste to lake Filzalm. Stay on this route and continue down, always orienting yourself to the signs for Filzalmsee, Brixen. The lovely path soon leads into a section of forest and you hike past the little chapel Jordankapelle, which is the source of a spring.

Continue on through open terrain down to a forest trail which initially leads to Filzalm, (which is open for business) and to the lake of the same name. From here it is just a few metres to the intermediate station for the cable car (1 hour 15 mins from the Hohe Salve). Alternatively you can proceed from here by cable car to the destination for the stage in Brixen im Thale. On foot, just before the station, look for the signs for Hof, Brixen im Thale and hike on the right-hand side on route no. 95 back into the valley. Shortly after the route leads into the forest, it branches off
left to a steeper yet very well-tended hiking trail to Brixen. The trail goes down on both sides of a fosse through the forest. At the junction for Oberkaslach at 1,013 metres altitude several routes proceed to Brixen.

The route now proceeds left through the trench (follow the signposts for Brixen with the cable-car symbol). On the opposite side of the trench, hike next to the pasture, down to the asphalt road. Keep on this road heading down to the road to the village. Now on the left side, continue to the centre of Brixen im Thale (1 hour from the intermediate station in Hochbrixen).

Food & Beverage opportunities

At the beginning of the tour at the intermediate station you can find the Berggasthof Tenn.

After an hour you reach the Alpengasthaus Rigi.

At the top of the Hohe Salve you reacht the Gipfelalm.

On the descent you reach above the Bergbahn Hochbrixen the Filzalm .




Mountain pasture at the foot of the "Hohe Salve" close to the magical Filzalmsee. Oldest alpine hut in the skiing and hiking area.

Filz 24 Brixen im Thale0043 664 4608008


Directly at the top station Hochbrixen you find the SkiWelt Hütte Hochbrixen.


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