From the tourist office we walk to the hamlet of Bärnstetten, where we take the Stations of the Cross Trail to the Blood of Mary Hermitage. From there we continue through a mixed forest up to Gmail chapel, at 900 meters - the highest point of our hike. The high baroque chapel was built into a rock cave in 1782. We then walk down to Lourdes Grotto. Many years ago a St. Johann local who had been healed in Lourdes placed a statue of the Virgin Mary in a rock shelter here as a sign of his gratitude. We continue via Astaueralm to Gasteig, where we visit the Wilder Käser creamery. The hikers’ shuttle will take us back to St. Johann in Tirol.
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Difficulty: ### Suitable for slightly advanced hikers who are comfortable on alpine trails. Trails can have exposed sections that require a good head for heights.
Effort Level: ### 600 - 900 meters elevation gain and loss
Hiking guides may change the tour program at their discretion due to adverse weather conditions and/or participants’ experience levels.
Hikers who show up with inappropriate gear will not be allowed to join the tour!
All guided hikes are free of charge with St. Johann Card (without guest card € 10). Discounts with guest card from the regions St. Johann in Tirol, PillerseeTal, Brixental and Hohe Salve. Any cost for mountain lifts must be paid by the participants themselves. Dogs are not allowed!
Equipment: sturdy hiking boots (no trainers), appropriate clothing, water, snacks, rainwear, sun screen/sun protection, backpack, hiking poles (hiking poles can be rented at the tourist office)
Registration by the day before until 4pm at St. Johann in Tirol, Oberndorf or Kirchdorf tourist office Tel. +43 5352 63335-0 or on www.kitzalps.cc/experience
The hike takes place already from one person. Please arrive a few minutes earlier and show your guest card.