:: We start at Kitzbühel tourism office 1 in the centre of Kitzbühel. Wearing waterproof clothes and sturdy, waterproof footwear, we walk through the town centre towards the Kitzbüheler Horn cable car. After ascending on the cable car, we follow the KitzTrail signs towards the Ölbergkapelle. After a brief ascent up a short forest path, we cross a field to the romantic Römerweg, which runs beneath the Kitzbüheler Horn.
:: We walk along a hard-surface path past old Tyrolean buildings and modern architecture. After approx. 20
minutes, we reach the rustic Hinterobernau farmhouse museum*. This 16th-century Salzburg/Tyrolean
“Einhof” farmhouse, preserved in its original condition, is surrounded by verdant pastures and green forests. Finally back in the dry, our audio guides transport us back to Tyrol’s distant past and we see a wash house, a chapel, an oven, an apiary, a threshing floor, a cart house and a wide range of antique farmhouse furniture, equipment and tools.
:: Breathing in the smell of fresh rainwater, we set out again. After walking for another 30 minutes, we make our first stop-off at the Vordergrub country hotel and pub. In a cosy modern ambience, we have a cup of milky coffee to warm ourselves up, enjoy a glass of Austrian wine and contemplate the power of the element of water.
:: After our well-earned break, we cross the main road and follow the Kitzbüheler Ache river towards the Hausertal.
:: Passing through woods and areas of pasture, after approx. 45 minutes we reach the Alps’ warmest moorland lake, where Kitzbühel locals come to replenish their energies – the Schwarzsee. Despite the rainy weather, we can’t help but dip our feet in the soothing waters. After a pleasurable snack at the lakeside cafe, we walk back to Kitzbühel via the Lebenberg.
TIP: For a longer route, head towards Hausertal via the Bichlach hills past Vogelsberg Weiher to the Schwarzsee.