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The Kitzbühel Alpine Trail ©Peter Vonier
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Highlights

  • Hike the best of the Kitzbühel Alpine Trail (the KAT-Walk) through Austrian Tyrol
  • Summit Kitzbühler Horn at 1,996m for panoramic mountain views
  • Stay in 4* hotels with small ‘wellness’ areas; ideal for after-walk relaxation
  • Explore the baroque town of St. Johann and the chic streets of Kitzbühel
  • Dine on hearty regional specialities like Tiroler Gröstl and Kaiserschmarrn

Follow the best section of the long-distance Kitzbühel Alpine Trail (aka the ‘KAT-Walk’) on this walking tour through Tyrol’s stunning Kitzbüheler Alps. Discover picturesque mountains and traditional alpine villages on this unique adventure from Hopfgarten to St. Johann.

You will be following the KAT-walk for the first three days to Kitzbühel. From here, the train brings you to the beautifully baroque town of St. Johann where various hiking options await exploration. Hike to the summit of Kitzbüheler Horn, a prominent local mountain, for far-reaching views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, or take a loop walk to the verdant Baumooskogel, St. Johann’s local summit.

Stay each night in 4* standard hotels offering the best of Tyrolean hospitality. Unwind in the small sauna areas, the perfect way to end the walking day!

Day 1: Arrive in Hopfgarten

Hopfgarten im Brixental is easily accessible by plane and train. The best place to fly into is Innsbruck, from where you can catch the train, with one change, to Hopfgarten (approx. 1 hours)


Hopfgarten is a small market town located at 662m above sea-level. Well known to  skiers, it’s also a vibrant summer destination without being over-crowded. If you have time, the renowned church with its ornate ceiling is worth seeing. Otherwise, wonder the historical streets of the town and prepare for the start of your hike tomorrow.    


Dinner & Overnight: Hopfgarten


Day 2: Walk to Brixen im Thale

Start your adventure by taking the Hopfgartner cable car (payable locally, approx. 10 euros) to the summit of Hohe Salve (1,828m), a fantastic view point and location of Austria’s highest pilgrimage church. Enjoy the 360 panoramic view over the Tyrolean mountains. Follow picturesque paths as they descend to Salven and the serene Vilsalpsee, and finally to the town of Brixen am Thale. Located on the sunny side of the Brixental Valley, this small peaceful town is surrounded by rolling green hills and dreamy, gentle landscapes.


Walking: 10 km, ascent/descent: 700m/1050m


Dinner & Overnight: Brixen im Thale


Day 3: Walk to Kirchberg

The Kitzbühel Alpine Trail continues on a pleasant path to Brixenbachalm. Follow the trail through shaded forest and open pastures to reach the beautifully located Wiegalm at 1,507m; a large traditional alpine hut where you can stop for refreshment (opening is weather-dependent). Why not indulge in some Kaiserschmarrn? (Fluffy, warm pancake pieces, served with icing sugar and home-made jam).


After a break, ascend to Gaisberglift where you can shorten the descent to Kirchberg by jumping on the gondola. If you would like to walk the entire way, follow the leisurely gravel path down to the valley.


Walking: 13.5km, ascent/descent: 1000m/950m


Dinner & Overnight: Kirchberg


Day 4: Walk to Kitzbühel and train to St. Johann

Today the trail covers terrain used for the famous Kitzbüheler Hahnenkamm, or ‘the Streif’, considered the world’s most challenging downhill ski race. Start by ascending on country roads and tracks to reach the highest point of today’s hike, the Ehrenbadchhöhe at 1,800m.


Begin to descend through the famous ski area and along the ‘Streif’ race track, where information boards explain the key points and features of the race. Arrive to the hustle and bustle of stylish Kitzbühel. Explore the streets and shops before taking a train to St. Johann (approx. 7 minutes, payable locally).


Walking: 15 km, ascent/descent: 100m/1050m


Overnight: St. Johann


Day 5: Train to Kitzbühel and walk to St. Johann

Start by taking the train back to Kitzbühel and embark on the longest stage of the KAT-Walk (the stage can be shortened at various points).


Climb through sparse mountain forest to reach the Alderhütte, another traditional hut where refreshments can be picked up. Continue to the summit of Kitzbüheler Horn, at a lofty 1,996m it is the highest point of your tour. Enjoy the views before starting one of the finest sections of the trail to the quaint Harschbichalm. From here you have the choice to take the mountain railway to St. Johann, or you can continue on foot.


Walking: 10-17 km, ascent/descent: 100m/1250m


Overnight: St. Johann


Day 6: Loop Walk to Baumooskogel

Follow the KAT-Walk to Baumooskogel, St. Johann’s popular local mountain. Hike the trail around the summit and take in the views of the St. Johann basin and the Wilder Kaiser mountain range.


Leaving the KAT-walk behind, hike to Leitneralm and through idyllic alpine pastures to Aigslau. Follow the Niederhoferbach river along an easy-going trail back to St. Johann.


Walking: 15 km, ascent/descent: 900m/900m


Overnight: St. Johann


Day 7: Onward Travel

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and start your onward journey. You can of course add extra nights in St. Johann if you would like more time to explore the area.




Accommodation

Stay 6 nights in comfortable 4* hotels. All the hotels we use have been chosen for their Tyrolean hospitality, cosy atmosphere and high standards. They also have a small ‘Wellness’ area which usually includes a sauna, steam bath and sometimes a pool.


Please be aware that twin & double rooms in Austria (Doppelzimmer in German) are typically 2 single mattresses side by side in one double bed frame with two separate duvet covers and pillows.


Some examples of accommodations we typically use are listed below. If unavailable then we will book you into accommodation of the same or a higher standard.  


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and a solo walker supplement is payable. If you are undertaking this trip solo you should be an experienced walker. Single rooms are also available on request and  again a supplement is payable.


Meals

6 continental breakfasts are included. This is usually in buffet form and there are many filling breakfast items available which are perfect for hikers; e.g. boiled eggs, ham, cheese, fresh bread and muesli.


Lunch is not included and can be picked up at local supermarkets or ‘Backerei’ along the way. Most accommodations will also be able to provide you with a packed lunch for the day, ask upon arrival (payable locally). There are also various lunch options along the way in typical alpine chalets and huts.


3 dinners are included (in Hopfgarten, Brixen im Thale and Kirchberg). Dinner is not included in St. Johann where you are free to choose from the many dining options available.


Tyrolean specialities include ‘Tiroler Gröstl’, a bacon, onion and potato fry-up topped with a fried egg, or ‘Kiachl’ a fried yeast dough pastry that can be served sweet or savoury. Kaiserschmarrn (translates as Emperor’s mess, named after Franz Joesph the first) is another ubiquitous Tyrolean dish, and is chopped, fluffy, warm pancakes served with icing sugar and home-made jam or compote– absolutely delicious!




If you have any dietary requirements please let us know at the time of booking.  



 

 

 



Hotel Hohe Salve - Hopfgarten

The Hohe Salve is a newly built hotel which benefits from a convenient location right next to the Hopfgarten cable car. There is also a large ‘Move and Relax’ area which includes two swimming pools, 2 saunas and a steam bath.



 

 

 



Hotel Reitlwirt - Brixen

Centrally located in Brixen, the Hotel Reitlwirt has a lovely familiar atmosphere about it. Rooms are spacious, bright and comfortable. The traditional food at the on-site restaurant is fantastisch! Wellness facitlities include a sauna, massage shower and a steam bath



 

 

 



Hotel Alexander - Kirchberg

A warm welcome awaits from the team at Hotel Alexander. The hotel is decorated in typical alpine style and the on-site restaurant offers international and Austrian cuisine. The wellness area includes saunas, a steam bath and a relaxation room.



 

 

 



Hotel Brückenwirt - St. Johann

This elegant, family run, boutique hotel is located in the heart of St. Johann. The on-site restaurant offers award-winning food and great service in a pleasant atmosphere. The wellness area includes a sauna, steam bath and a sunbed.



 

 

 



Hotel Wirthaus Post - St. Johann

This hotel is situated in the pedestrianised centre of St. Johann. Recently renovated to a modern, alpine style, this traditional building has bright, comfortable rooms and a lovely wellness area which includes a sauna, steam bath, relaxation and fitness room.


 

 

 

Availability

This walk is available to start on any day of the week from the middle of  June (start of August for 2018 season) to the end of September. 


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and a solo walker supplement is payable. Single rooms are on request and  again a supplement is payable.


Grade & Fitness

We have graded this trip moderate. The trails range from narrow mountain trails to wide hiking paths. You will be walking on alpine terrain so you should be sure-footed  with a head for heights since some sections can be steep and narrow. You should be in good shape to get the most from this tour.  


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The trails are well way-marked, and together with detailed route notes, maps and the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS, you will have no problems finding the way.


Baggage Transfer

Bag transfer of one bag per person (up to 20kg) is included as standard. Your bags will be moved from Hopfgarten to St. Johann, giving you the freedom to walk each day with just a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.


Getting to Hopfgarten

Fly into Innsbruck, Salzburg or Vienna airport and then take a train to Hopfgarten im Brixtal with one change in Wörgl ( 1, 2 or 4 hours).


Getting from St. Johann

From St. Johann you can travel by train to any other Austrian destination or back to Innsbruck, Salzburg or Vienna airports, again with a change in Wörgl (1.5, 2 or 4.5 hours)


Information on the trains in Austria can be found in English at the Austrian National Rail Service website: https://www.oebb.at/en

Included

  • 6 nights in 4* hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Bag transfer
  • Route notes, maps, GPX tracks, access to our GPS app & info pack
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our German and UK offices

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Hopfgarten and from St. Johann
  • Lunches & 3 Dinners
  • Public transport/cable cars
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable.
  • Additional nights during the holiday.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised so that we can secure the best accommodation options for you.

How fit do I need to be?

We have graded this trip moderate. The trails range from narrow mountain trails to wide hiking paths. You will be walking on alpine terrain so you should be sure-footed  with a head for heights since some sections can be steep and narrow. You should be in good shape to get the most from this tour.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Bag transfer of one bag per person (up to 20kg) is included as standard. Your bags will be moved from Hopfgarten to Brixen im Thale, from Brixen to Kirchberg and from Kircheberg to St. Johann, giving you the freedom to walk each day with just a day pack.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or a local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop. Your accommodations will be able to help with arrangements, or we are able to assist you from our German and UK office. 

Lovely Trip

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Mixed weather brought mixed blessings when it came to our walks. However we enjoyed 3 out of 5 high walks loving the scenery and panoramic views.These trails at this time of year ( early Sept) were very quiet. We missed the camaraderie of other walkers doing the same trail. Our personal enjoyment was not hugely compromised by this, but I would check in future as to the popularity of a trail at the time of walking.. We so enjoyed the company on the West Highland Way and Mont Blanc Tour.. we we're quite solitary on this one.

Happy Hikers

Near Skipton

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I would use this product again

5

I found this site online sight unseen. Spoke with our contact person (Lauren - amazing!!!) and planned the trip. I wasn't totally sure that I had not been internet scammed for a while. And nothing could be further from the truth. This trip was EXACTLY as they said it would be. All luggage was moved, all the hotels were expecting us (and great) and were prepared for us. All meals were as planned. There were absolutely no hiccups (unless we created them). I cannot say enough about MACS Adventures. I will use this organization in a heartbeat again!!! I was somewhat of pain by emailing, and questioning if this was all coming together and, they were patient and understanding. It totally worked out. Fear nothing at all!

long board

Ontario

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Classic Alpine

4

Classic Alps mountain hiking with lots of ascending and descending each day. Interestingly, it's in prime skiing territory and there are chairlifts and cable cars up and down many of the peaks. This allows you to decide how much actual hiking you want, taking the lifts up or down as is your preference. There are also restaurants at or near most of the peaks. All these amenities means you are close to civilization most of the time and close to other people. If you want these amenities, great. If you want an isolated nature experience in the mountains, this is not it.

Ted

North Carolina

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Lovely steep walk!

5

Really well organised - the KAT walk is a very well run route by Austria Tyrols - I found their maps much better than the Mac Adventure maps and it was easy enough to sort a bus on the last day to do the full trail rather than a loop. Accomodation all good and easy to get luggage transfer. I did a day in Salzburg en route which was good.

Dorset Walker

Dorset

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The Kitzbühel Alpine Trail

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