Hiking, running, Nordic Walking & power places in Tyrol

Feel nature

Hiking is a trend sport of dynamic spirits, those young at heart and the young. Gone are the days of checked sweat shirts and hiking songs. Even the good old hiking pin of the Thierseetal region can now be carried digitally on the smart phone. 

The Thierseetal is a region giving peace and strength. 

Forest in the nature reserve Kaisertal

Dreamlike tours from Tyrol to Bavaria

Our guests hike in functional clothes over certified top trails and defy the wind and the weather. Starting from the Juffing, new tours and perspectives open up between the Bavarian alpine foothills with the mighty Sonnwendjoch and the eastern Brandenberger Alpen. From spring to autumn and even in the cold season during winter hiking, the region's natural landscape will enchant you. Be a part of it because hiking helps against high blood pressure, burn-out, arthrosis and depression. Walking in nature decelerates and relieves the head.

Interactive hiking map
Hiking map

Hiking around the Juffing

The selection is huge - from leisurely circular hikes on solitary forest trails where time flies by to extensive, guided summit and climbing tours. Around a charming mountain scenery there are trails and paths for every taste. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the Alps. Many serviced huts, alps and mountain restaurants will invite you to stop and eat. 
Start directly from the hotel! Those who would like to leave their car in the hotel's underground car park should know the following hikes right from the hotel: 

Circular tour around Hinterthiersee
Difference in altitude: 70 m or 230 m, duration: 1.5-2 h or 3-3.5 h

Kapellenberg Bichlhörndl - "summit cross" - Kranhof - Modal

Are you in the mood for a relaxed walk around Hinterthiersee Village? The trail starts behind the hotel. Take the narrow path on your right, then turn left and follow the signs towards the farmhouses “Unter- and Oberbichl”. Ascend the Chapel Mountain towards the television tower. Or if you turn left at the Unterbichl farmhouse, your trail will lead across the sunny flank of the mountain towards the Moarhof farmhouse towards the summit cross, which is charmingly illuminated at night. Past the “Oberend” farmhouse back down to the “Schiestlbauer” farm (don’t forget to pack an apple for the horses), across the road back to the hotel. If you are hungry for more, cross the road at the “Schiestlbauer” farm and take the forest road towards the “Kranhof” farm. During your ascent through the magical forest you will have a marvellous view of the Glemm Valley, before returning to Hinterthiersee via Modal.

Wäschkogel - circular trail
Difference in altitude: 230 m, duration: 2-3 h

Glemmbachklamm - Modal - Breitenau

Follow the country road towards Landl. At the “Schiestlhof” farm at the village limit, a paved forest road branches off towards the “Kranhof” farm and then meanders through a shady forest along and above the Glemmbachklamm Gorge (the view will take your breath away) for about one hour. At the start of the Ebenwaldstraße road (European Long Distance Trail) turn left onto the gravel road (but not all the way to the “Kranhof” farm, 980 metres). After a brief ascent, turn left at the crossroads and stroll through the highly romantic Modal Forest to the farmhouses of Modal, and further to the Wieshof Inn on your left above the village. If you do not feel tired, take a right turn towards Breitenau and continue your hike to Hinterthiersee from there. The trail is not very steep and is ideally suited to get to know the region.

Folk Tale Trail to the Jägerkapelle chapel
Difference in altitude: 280 m, duration: 1.5-2 h

Breitenau – Jägerkapelle

Start by turning right onto the forest road at the Ayurveda Hotel Sonnhof towards the Breitenau farm and Höhlenstein Mountain (the road is closed to regular traffic). After the sharp right-hand bend beneath the farm, a gravel road branches off to your right and leads to a picturesque chapel hidden in the forest via a short steep ascent. The chapel was erected by a German soldier, who felt lost after the war. He was unhappily in love with a girl from Thiersee Valley and wanted to commit suicide by throwing himself down a cliff. At exactly that moment, the bells of the church in Hinterthiersee rang, and he reconsidered. The chapel was completely renovated by young farmers of Hinterthiersee a few years ago. Either take the same trail back home, or continue on the forest road through the Modal Forest to the paved road and descend to Hinterthiersee via the Wieshof Inn.

Hiking tour to the Höhlensteinhaus
Difference in altitude: 390 m, hiking time: 3.5-4 h

Höhlenstein - Feuerköpfl

From your hotel, head towards Vorderthiersee. Turn right onto the perfectly sign-posted road at the Ayurveda Hotel Sonnhof. This broad, comfortable path leads towards the Höhlensteinhaus alpine inn. After ascending along grazing pastures to the edge of the forest, follow the shady road towards the Breitenau farm. After leading across picturesque flower meadows, the gravel trail passes through wood copses and clearings to the alpine shelter and inn with its extensive patio (1,259 metres above sea level), located in the middle of an idyllic cirque. Treat yourself to a hearty meal or refreshing drink after the 1½ to 2 hour hike. Explore the picturesque farms of Modal and the Wieshof Inn on your way back. Once you reach the Höhlensteinhaus alpine inn, we strongly recommend a detour to the summit of Feuerköpfl Mountain at 1,292 metres above sea level (conveniently accessible from the inn in 15 minutes). You will be rewarded by a breath-taking view of the Inn Valley and the Tauern Mountain Range. 

Hike to Köglhörndl mountain
Difference in altitude: 570 m, hiking time: 3.5-4 h

Köglhörndl

At the hotel, turn right towards Landl. Follow the trail originating shortly before the sawmill towards the farms of Modal and the Wieshof Inn. From there, a shady woodland trail takes you to the Köglalm alpine pasture, and from there across the sparsely larch-covered flanks of the mountain up to the summit of Köglhörndl Mountain with its summit cross at 1,645 metres above sea level (2 ½ hours). Take the path leading south at the eastern side of the summit towards the Höhlensteinhaus alpine shelter and inn with its extensive patio (1,259 metres above sea level) and stop for a bite to eat. Then take a nice stroll on the forest road towards Breitenau and to Hinterthiersee.

Hiking tour with a view to the summit of Pendling mountain
Difference in altitude: 610 m, hiking time: 6 h

Schneeberg Mountain – Kala alpine pasture – Pendling Mountain

Start by turning right onto the forest road at the Ayurveda Hotel Sonnhof towards the Breitenau farm. After approximately 20 minutes, you will reach a path branching off on your left towards “Schneeberg – Mitterland – Pendling”. The trail leads past the single Gschwendterwies farmhouse towards the Gschwendt Inn, and from there further towards Schneeberg Mountain and the Kala Alm alpine pasture. This hike takes about 2 ½ hours. At the summit a new mountain restaurant (closed on Mondays in winter, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in winter) with a sunny scenic terrace is waiting for you! Continue your hike towards Pendling Mountain (on a new gravel road with a nice view of the Inn and Thiersee Valleys and the surrounding mountains). The chalet you can see from your hotel is the Kufsteiner-Haus Chalet, where you can sit in the sun to enjoy the view. If you want to take a shortcut on your way back, turn right after following the ridge for 15 minutes onto the trail towards the Oskarquelle Spring, which will take you back to the Kala Alm pasture.

Hiking tour to the ice cave
Difference in altitude: 650 or 780 m, duration: 6 or 8 h

Hundsalm Ice Cave – Buchacker

Shortly after the hotel, the paved road branches off to the Wieshof Inn at the sawmill and leads the hiker through shady woods to the Modal farms in about 30 minutes. From there, ascend towards the Köglalm alpine pasture, and further towards Tyrol's only ice and dripstone cave at 1,520 metres above sea level. There are guided tours of the stalagmite cave every weekend in summer from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Since the temperature is around freezing all year round, we strongly recommend bringing warm clothes in your backpack. The admission fee is €5 for adults; €4 with a holiday card discount; €2.50 for children. After this, the Köglhörndl summit (1,645 metres above sea level) beckons mountaineering aficionados. After this exciting adventure, take the descent via the farms of Modal to the Wieshof Inn, or turn south and descend towards the Buchacker alpine restaurant in approximately 30 minutes. Indulge in hearty Tyrolean fare at the Buchacker restaurant, which produces its own meat (the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in May and October). From there, traverse the Hasa Valley towards the Ebenwald Trail, which leads above the Glemmbachklamm Gorge to the Kranhof farm on a comfortable forest road. After a short descent from the Kranhof farm (which offers a marvellous view of the gorge), you will reach the country road towards Hinterthiersee at the Schiestlhof farm.

Balance that inspires: nostalgia & hiking pin per app
Those who own a smartphone do not need the good old hiking pass out of cardboard any longer. It is way easier with the app "SummitLynx". The app is available for free in all app stores. Install the app, put on your hiking shoes and off you go. There are three different tours. GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE - depending on your motivation you can choose your goal in the respective category. Having arrived at the respective destination you simply open the app and thus register at this location - even without internet connection. Take a picture and sign the virtual summit guestbook of the app. SummitLynx counts the reached destinations and automatically "gives" you the right medal. 

Man standing on a mountain in front of fog

Running & Nordic Walking

The region around Kufstein offers highly professional conditions for the sport of running. 350 kilometres of trails are a true argument for the biggest running and Nordic Walking region of Tyrol. 
Tread the ground in the Thierseetal - three wonderful running tracks right from the hotel or around the Thiersee will invite you to be active: 

Lake round

Follow the shore. The 2 km long lake round at the Thiersee runs right along the shore of the lake. With idyllic views of the Thiersee and the impressive Pendling. The running round starts at the tourist info Thiersee, leads over the campsite on the right side after the pavilion and around the picturesque lake. 

Modal forest round

A picturesque track through the magic forest and to the Modal farms: This beautiful running track starts in Hinterthiersee and can be begun right at the hotel. First turn left towards Thiersee, then follow the forest road up to Breitenau and walk through the nearly even forest towards Modalwiese. Afterwards, the round with a total length of 5.5 km leads back to the village via the Wieshof hut.

Wäschkogel round

Around the mountain. Start from the hotel towards Landl, then take the left turn into the forest at the Gruber farm, follow the ascending trail towards the impressive rockfall of the Glemmbachklamm gorge, a short way on the forest trail on the lefthand side and around the Wäschkogel mountain over the Modal meadow and Breitenau. After 8 km you will arrive back in Hinterthiersee. 

Numerous health aspects are connected with Nordic Walking, e.g. reducing stress and tension or training your condition and cardiovascular system. And it is suitable for everyone, no matter if beginner or advanced, active sportsman or professional athlete. How to do it right? Simply put on non-slip shoes, adjust your Nordic Walking sticks, warm up a bit and off you go - for at least 30 minutes! Afterwards you should definitely stretch - and then the Juffing sauna world and relaxing massages will await you.

In the Thierseetal in Tyrol you can choose from a variety of trails for walking, there are, for example, six signposted tracks where Nordic walkers can pursue their hobby. Nordic Walking sticks can be rented for free by our guests at the Juffing!

 

Running & Nordic Walking routes
Group meditating on a mountain

Kaiser mountains: experience nature

During your indulgence breakfast at the hotel you will directly see the Wilder and Zahmer Kaiser mountains! After a short bus or car ride to Kufstein you will discover a wonderland for nature lovers: In 1963, the mighty Kaiser mountains became a nature reserve, in 2016 it was elected the most beautiful place of Austria in the TV initiative "9 Plätze - 9 Schätze". The last valley of Austria into which only 35 inhabitants of the valley can drive. All others can take a contemplative trail over 282 steps into a pristine nature scenery. Hiking trails in all levels of difficulty weave a network through the mountain valleys and summits will enable a unique experience of the majestic mountain landscape around Kufstein. 

Or you let the Kaiserlift take you up to 1,200 metres above sea level in 20 minutes from May to October and show you a world outside the norm. Enjoy twenty minutes of quietude. The mountain station Brentenjoch will become the gate to a conscious experience of nature. And will lure you to hikes along orchid meadows at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser. 

 

Hiking routes Kaiser mountains
Outdoor view of a tavern in the old town of Kufstein

Theme paths

A special characteristic are the various theme paths in the region: The health path Bad Häring will tell you interesting things about the effect of moor baths, the theme path "Traumfabrik" around the Thiersee is dedicated to the local film history. In Kufstein itself a historic circular trail will lead you through the rich history of the fortress town. And on the 280 km long Adlerweg you can hike up to the ice cave in airy heights - one of 31 stages on the eagle's swings on the trail Höhlensteinhaus - Kögelhörndl - Hundsalmjoch - Buchacker inn. 

Adventure & health path
Historic circular trail Kufstein
Map of the Adlerweg
Way of St. James
Map of the Way of St. James

Balance of nature & quietude

The Thierseetal is a recreation area giving peace and strength. By foot, with the e-bike, the free bus or a short car ride you can easily reach the following places of power: 

Mayrhoferkreuz

The Mayrhoferkreuz at the sunny side hill of the village can already be seen from far away. A bank will invite you to stay. You will reach the cross starting at the hotel, then pass by the playground and the old tennis court behind the church. You can connect this walk with a detour to the Bichlhörndl.

Labyrinth

On an idyllic forest round around the Schattberg, which is also a wonderful trail in winter, you will discover the labyrinth. Follow the forest road to the right until you reach the Breitenau farm. At the end of the meadow you can find a labyrinth on the ground which was built out of 16 tons of stones and was based on the model in the San Vitale church in Ravenna.

Hunter's chapel

The hunter's chapel is located on the highest point of the densely forested Schattberg mountain (1,126 m) on a small clearing. The chapel was built by a soldier who wanted to jump down the cliff next to the chapel out of despair. In this moment the bells of Hinterthiersee rang and he returned. The young farmers of Thiersee have built the chapel completely new. Hidden between the trees and less easily accessible below the new chapel lies the old Halt chapel, the smallest walk-in chapel of Thiersee. 

Thierbergkapelle

The Thierberg castle (erected around 1280 AD) with the small chapel, a popular pilgrimage destination on a 721 metres high forest hill, can be reached via a trail with many serpentines. It is a Calvary mountain which was an important place of power, for praying and meditating for many inhabitants of Kufstein and Thiersee. 

Glemmbachklamm

In the west of the Thierseetal lies the wildly romantic Glemmbachklamm gorge - a natural paradise. An eldorado for everyone who loves adventurous hikes. Through the forest and on narrow paths, accompanied by the gushing water, you will go through the icy cold water. This path can be reached via the country road to Landl from Hinterthiersee. Turn left at the Glemmtal road and park under the bridge at its end. Then you walk towards the gorge on the wide hiking trail. You need to be sure-footed as the trail is marked red. Consider taking a second pair of shoes with you as you will have to wade through the Glemmbach stream on your way. 

Forest pool at the high moor

The inconspicuous high moor, which has grown over thousands of years, originated in the Jochberg village part at an altitude of 830 m above sea level and is accessible via Landl and Riedenberg. It is located north of the "Rohrmoosbauern" chapel in a terrain depression with a diameter of more than 100 m - surrounded by a spruce belt and criss-crossed by typical drainage channels. Enter the site with just a few steps and touch the cool moist peat soil in front of you. Around the natural high moor and the energetic stone circle, various stations will invite you to meditate and linger.

Ackernalm

Visit Austria's highest cheese dairy on the Ackernalm. A toll road leads up from Landl in a long left-hand bend shortly after the end of Landl and to the cheese dairy which will give you interesting insights from May to October (while the 320 milk cows are "summered"). The Ackernalm lies between Veitsberg and the Sonnwendjoch, marvellous mountain summits can be tackled there. The view towards the Kaiser mountains and Hinterthiersee will be unforgettable. And for all those who do not want to walk up high there will be a beautiful walk towards the Hinterbärenbad where foxes, rabbits and chamois meet.