Nature reserve Kaiserbachtal

Kaiserbachtal Kirchdorf Griesenau



The Kaiserbachtal Valley is situated in the Wilder Kaiser Nature Reserve and extends from Kirchdorf’s hamlet of Griesenau to Stripsenjoch. The pristine valley is flanked by the rugged Wilder Kaiser in the east and by Feldberg and Zahmer Kaiser in the north. The 9,260-hectare nature reserve is home to a fauna and flora that is unique in the Northeastern Limestone Alps. Kaiserbachtal is starting point for countless peak hikes and challenging rock-climbing tours in the Kaiser Massif. Two great hikes include the ridge hike from Stripsenjoch via Feldberg for its spectacular views; and the easy hike along Kaiserbach River is easy for its scenic beauty. Predigtstuhl (Preacher’s Pulpit), Fleischbank (Meat Bank) and Totenkirchl (Church of the Dead) are names well known in the mountaineering and climbing community and stand as reminder of the dangers associated with climbing. The memorial chapel in Kaiserbachtal was built in 1984 to honor those mountaineers who died in the Kaiser Massif. A 5-kilometer long toll road leads from Griesenau to the foot of the spectacular Wilder Kaiser Mountains at 1024 meters above sea level. The road is open in the summer from approx. middle of March to the end of October, allowing non-hikers to enjoy this magnificent mountain scenery.

Toll road:
Car: € 4,00; Motorcycle: € 2.00; Minibus (up to 14 persons) € 6.00; Bus (15 persons) € 0.50 per person


The Kaiserbach valley in Kirchdorf in Tirol is a popular excursion destination in summer and winter. In winter there are various possibilities to experience the nature at the Wilder Kaiser. The winter hike in the Kaiserbach valley is the most pleasant way to experience the magic and charms of the Wilder Kaiser up close. The impressive rocky summits tower impressively over the lower Kaiserbach valley at the Fischbachalm and the Griesner Alm (new for winter 22/23). The Kaiserbach valley is a place for winter hikers, snowshoe walkers and tour skiers. Little by little after Lärchegg you will see further points of the Kaiser, for instance the Mitterkaiser. Soon, after around half an hour, the valley widens. You reach a stopping-off point in the snow-covered pasture - the Fischbachalm (856 m). Shortly after the Fischbachalm, to the left of the Kaiserbach, the memorial chapel commemorates those who perished on the mountains of the Wilder Kaiser. Many names are listed on the brass plaques. From the Fischbachalm, things get steep as you head up to the Griesner Alm at 1024 m. The mainly north-facing rocky outcrops, including Totenkirchl, Fleischbank and Predigtstuhl, tower up vertically seemingly so close to each other - offering a real highlight of the excursion. 

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