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‘New walking’ in den Kitzbühel Alps: enjoyment, not rushing!
“Dear diary! I feel fresh and relaxed; I’ve noticed that I’ve really perked up here. And so has my partner. We’ve both totally escaped from everyday life. We first arrived three days ago and since then every day has been different and special. Sometimes we have been up early for a walk, other times we’ve enjoyed lie-in and then taken a trip to Kitzbühel, Salzburg or one of Tyrol’s smaller resorts. In the evening, dine out at one of the dreamy restaurants here. Afterwards, we enjoy a drink at a bar, in one of the nice local pubs or else go dancing. Yesterday, we were at the casino at the heart of Kitzbühel’s old town – and struck lucky!”
With ‘new walking’, the aim is not to reach as many mountain peaks or huts as possible but rather to enjoy, perceive and experience. A small stream can be just as fascinating as an unexpected view or the pretty colour display in an Alpine meadow. The walks include regular breaks at personal energy points. The Kitzbühel Alps offer plenty of new and unfamiliar facets thanks to the various mountains and mountain groups: grassy mountains, craggy cliff formations, picturesque valleys and gently rolling Alpine landscapes form an impressive contrast. Particularly exciting: the landscape changes throughout the walk from the valley to the peak. At the start, the walk usually leads through mixed woodland with delightful areas of light and shade and lots of birdsong. As it climbs, the route contains fewer deciduous trees and the pine forest becomes lighter, leading on to an Alpine landscape with groups of trees. Here, at the limit of the tree line where there landscapes are at their most beautiful, there are plenty of Alpine trails to explore. Here the shift from stones to lichen, individual trees, Alpine meadows and new unrestricted views lead out in various directions.
2,500 km of footpaths, 25 themed trails and 190 mountain huts
The network of official footpaths in the Kitzbühel Alps extends over some 2,500 kilometres. There are an additional 25 themed trails in and around Kitzbühel, Kirchberg, Hopfgarten and St. Johann in Tirol which transform walking into a cultural, historic or culinary foray. Kitzbühel alone offers a Streif walk, the 7-springs trail and the Erbhof farm trail. There is also the Devil’s Alley trail, the Grossache river experience trail, the mining educational trail around St. Johann in Tirol, the Wappenweg armorial bearings trail, the primeval trail, the Filzalm trail around Brixen and the Hopfgartner mountain walk trail around the Hohe Salve – to name but a few. The Adlerweg eagles trail holds a particularly special significance among the themed routes. It starts in the Baroque market town of St. Johann in Tirol and passes through Tirol in 31 stages to St. Anton am Arlberg. The route is marked throughout using an eagle symbol and has been designed with leisure walkers in mind. The first stage runs from the Rummlerhof in St. Johann in Tirol over the 60 m high Schleier waterfalls to the Gaudeamushütte hut at 1,263 m, leaving the walkers wanting more. Every walk in the Kitzbühel Alps includes traditional mountain huts and picturesque guesthouses along the way, perfect for a refreshments break – there are over 190 in total. Anyone interested in finding out more about the extensive network of footpaths, the various route difficulty ratings and the stop-off points is recommended to consult the Kitzbühel Alps walking map which can be obtained from the Stanglwirt concierge.
Stanglalm walk with Magdalena Hauser
During the Summer months, our cows graze on the gently rolling meadows of the Stanglalm. We also produce our own cheese here. Every Wednesday at 0.800, there is an Alpine walk with landlady Magdalena Hauser, followed by a snack at the mountain hut.
Our Stanglwirt guests love walking... spend a fantastic walking holiday at the Stanglwirt and explore our breath-taking mountain world!