Hiking Kitzbühel - Lienz

AT - Tyrol
  • Holiday type Hiking
  • Duration 8 days
  • Difficulty Level Media

The hike leads over the Kitzbüheler Alps into the Hohe Tauern National Park with its glacially shaped valleys and extraordinary floral diversity. The area is getting rougher, the cliffs are steeper and in the distance the
iron-covered summits of the three-thousanders. Jochberg, Mittersill in East Tyrol and Kals am Großglockner are your destinations on the way into the sunny city Lienz, wherefrom the Dolomites are close to grab.

The hike runs along marked mountain and hiking trails. The tour is suitable for anyone with a good basic condition. Climbing skills are not necessary. Larger climbs are overcome by cable car and it is possible to shorten the stages by using public transport and/or taxi.

Included and Not Included Services

Accommodation in guesthouses and hotels 3*** category

Breakfast buffet or full breakfast

Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

Transfers according to the program (tickets for bus)

Well planned routes

Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

Arrival to the starting point of the tour

Departure at the end of the tour

Drinks, tourist tax and all extras

Lunch, Dinner

Not mentioned entries

Travel insurance

All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

The city of chamois, as Kitzbühel is often called, is best known for the Hahnenkamm Race. Since 1931, races have been held on the notorious course.
The National Park Worlds in Mittersill bring the unique alpine experience around Austria's highest peak (Grossglockner, 3,798 m) and another 266 three-thousand-metre peaks, over 342 glaciers and one of the world's mightiest waterfalls under one roof.
Hohe Tauern
The Großvenediger is located in the Hohe Tauern mountains, on the border between East Tyrol and Salzburg. With an altitude of 3657 m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the Venediger Group.
The water comes from the glacier, so the flow varies according to the time of day and season.

Day 1: Kitzbühel

Individual arrival at the hotel in Kitzbühel.

Day 2: Kitzbühel – Aurach – Jochberg

ascent approx. 600 m, descent approx. 426 m / approx. 4 - 5 hours

Starting from Kitzbühel, you walk comfortably below the Kitzbüheler Südberge. You will pass small villages and rustic farms with wonderful floral decorations. The village character of Aurach in Tyrol, the various hamlets and settlements and the wonderful location at the foot of the Kitzbüheler Südberge make Aurach special. It is not for nothing that the great Kitzbüheler artist and painter Alfons Walde has chosen the church and the small village square of Aurach as motifs again and again, thus helping them to achieve worldwide fame. Overnight stay in Jochberg.

Day 3: Jochberg – Gauxjoch – Hartkaserhöhe – Mittersill

ascent approx. 790 m, descent approx. 800 m / approx. 5-6 hours or approx. 875 m, descent approx. 250 m / approx. 4 - 5 hours

A shuttle will take you to the starting point of your trip. Passing through lush alpine pastures below the valley heights, you will continue to hike up into the beautiful mountains. Enjoy the tranquility and the flora and fauna. Via the Gauxjoch you reach the Trattenbachalm and the Hartkaserhöhe. Along the hilltop runs the border between the two provinces of Tyrol and Salzburg. If you want to avoid the descent from the Resterhöhe, you can use the Panoramabahn Kitzbühler Alpen II to shorten some altitude meters (not included in the price). A bus will take you to Mittersill.

Day 4: Mittersill – Tauernhaus - Venedigerblick - Matrei

ascent approx. 575 m, descent approx. 575 m / approx. 3 - 4 hours
Option: 1: Hintersee -St.Pöltener Hütte - Tauernhaus; ascent approx. 1225 m, descent approx. 1025 m / approx. 5.5 - 6.5 hours
Option 2: Innergschlöß; ascent approx. 225 m, descent approx. 225 m / approx. 3 hours

In the morning transfer from Mittersill to the Matreier Tauernhaus. If you like, you can also walk from lake Hintersee over the Felbertauern and the St. Pöltener Hütte to the Matreier Tauernhaus. At first, the trail climbs steadily through meadows and larch forests to the Venedigerblick. At the highest point you have a wonderful view of the glacier world of the Großvenediger. Over a well signposted hiking trail, the Großvenediger and the surrounding mountains always in view, you hike in the direction of Innergschlöss and over the beautiful alpine pastures back to the Matreier Tauernhaus. From there you can get to Matrei by public transport.

Day 5: Matrei – waterfall Umbaltal – Matrei

ascent approx. 600 m, descent approx. 600 m / approx. 4.5 - 5.5 hours

Your hiking day begins with a bus ride in through the Virgental till Hinterbichl (part of the community Prägraten am Großvenediger) in the National Park Hohe Tauern, where local habitants chose an ecologically compatible tourism. Here you can enjoy your mountain holiday away from a mass tourism. Your hiking continues along the first water natural trail in Europa till the waterfalls Umbal. The new constructed viewing platform brings the visitors very close to the roar water. Only a few metres away from the waterfalls the Islitzer Alm, a hut which invites you for a break. With the public bus you return back to Matrei.

Day 6: Matrei – Europa panorama path – Kals am Großglockner

ascent approx. 1.550 m, ascent approx. 150 m /approx. 3 - 4 hours

From the centre of Matrei you walk to the valley station Klauznerberg; afterwards the Bärensteig leads you to the Kals-Matreier Törl at 2.207 m. Once arrived on the top you will enjoy a phamtastic panoramic view on the mountains and on the spaciously hiking region. Now the comfortable section of your hiking day begins along the Europa panorama path with the view onto the highest Austrian mountain, the Großglocker. The roundtrip continues with a slightly up and down in direction Goldried and Cimaross (2.405 m). After a short break and refreshment in the mountain-restaurant Adlerlounge you return back with the cable car to Kals am Großglockner, the destination of the stage. The sunny blessed village is embedded in a stupendous mountain panorama of the surrounding Threethousander. Here tradition and rural culture are kept alive by the inhabitants.

Day 7: Kals am Großglockner – Lienz

ascent approx. 1.100 m, ascent approx. 1.300 m / approx. 3 - 4 hours

The last day begins with a short transfer to the starting point of the last stage. After ascending to the highest point of the stage at 1.659 m, past a sappy meadows and through the green Leibniger Wald you reach the small village Oberleibnig. Around this isolated and hided village entwine many stories: one of them goes back to 1809 when as the french troops drawed through the valley Isel and the local people hided the Maria Schnee chapel with trees so that nobody had the idea that behind the roofs, on a sunny plateau, will be a land settlement. Once arrived in the valley the postbus brings you into the sunny city of Lienz with his southern flair and a contrast to your covered distance.

Day 8: Lienz

Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.


By car:
Coming from the north (D, NL, B, GB, ...): A8 direction Salzburg - Inntal - Dreieck direction Kufstein A93 - exit Kufstein South - Loferer federal road B178 direction St. Johann in Tirol - Pass Thurn federal road B161 direction Kitzbühel.
Coming from the west (CH): Inntalautobahn A12 - Exit Wörgl Ost - Loferer Bundesstraße B178 direction St. Johann in Tirol - Pass Thurn Bundesstraße B161 direction Kitzbühel.
Coming from the east: Westautobahn A1 direction Salzburg - A8 direction Munich first exit Bad Reichenhall - B20 direction Lofer - Loferer federal road B178 direction St. Johann in Tyrol - Pass Thurn federal road B161 direction Kitzbühel.
By train:
Tyrol can be reached quickly and easily by train, via Munich with one of more than 25 daily direct connections to Tyrol.
By plane:
Airport Munich, Salzburg or Innsbruck. There are many taxi companies that offer trips from all these cities to your starting point.

Guesthouses and hotels 3***category.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot!

Unattended parking facilities near the hotel.

Return transfer from Lienz to Kitzbühel on Friday, price € 59.00 per person. Min. 4 persons.

Alternative: It is also possible to take the public transport from Lienz to Kitzbühel by post bus.


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Tour information

  • Duration 8 days
  • Minimum age 14 years and older
  • Difficulty Level Media