Wanda Rutkiewicz

Discover open alpine space on the Pitztal glacier & at the Rifflsee

The mountain summer in the Pitztal mountains will restore your freedom. You can move around at various alpine altitudes in the midst of the eternal ice or at the mountain lake surrounded by lush greenery. While doing so, breathe in the fresh mountain air while always having an indescribable mountain panorama in your field of vision. This summer THE HIGHEST IN TIROL will be your nature experience at alpine heights.

Alpine open space: Pitztal Glacier

They say that all roads lead to Rome. Only one leads to THE HIGHEST IN TIROL, but the possibilities at 2,840 m to 3,440 m are all the more varied. From summit victories over the peaks of the Ötztal Alps to meditative moments in the Chapel of the White Light to culinary delights in Austria’s highest coffee house, the DAS 3440 – there is something up there for everybody.

Visitors can move amidst the eternal ice on the Pitztal Glacier, explore the bizarre glacier world on foot and treat themselves to some time out at the highest viewing point in Austria: THE 3440.

Austria’s highest café and pâtisserie – you simply must go there!

A sacred work of art on the Pitztal Glacier.

Easy circular hike around the Chapel of White Light.

Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 15 minutes

Every THUR and SAT at 10.30 am and 01.30 pm.

Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 7,00€

(The hikes listed can be booked through the Pitztal Tourist Office, the Mountain Guide Office Mandarfen or the Mountain Guide Association.)

Guided tour with a mountain guide every THUR at 09.30 am.

Difficulty level: medium
Duration: 5 hours

(The hikes listed can be booked through the Pitztal Tourist Office, the Mountain Guide Office Mandarfen or the Mounatin Guide Association.)

Every FRI and SAT guided tour with a mountain guide – start early in the morning at 07.00 am for your summit conquest.

Difficulty level: difficult
Duration: 6 to 8 hours

(The hikes listed can be booked through the Pitztal Tourist Office, the Mountain Guide Office Mandarfen or the Mountain Guide Association.)

Guided hike every SAT on the 3.162 m high Mittagskogel.

Difficulty level: medium
Duration: 3 hours

(The hikes listed can be booked through the Pitztal Tourist Office, the Mountain Guide Office Mandarfen or the Mountain Guide Association.)

Every SUN at 08.15 am. You first travel up by cable car to the 3440, then you descent to the Taschachhaus and then back to Mandarfen by mountain bike (Bike Hotline: +43 660 755 84 83).

Difficulty level: difficult
Duration: 5 hours

The highest cache can be found on the HIGHEST IN TIROL.

Anyone hiking on the E5 to the Pitztal can use the Gletscherexpress to shorten the tour by about 1 hour and save around 400 m in altitude.

The photo exhibition in the Wildspitze Glacier Restaurant looks at the history of the Pitztal from the past to the present day.

Free // Opening times are the same as Pitztal Glacier Express.

Alpine open space: Rifflsee

It takes eight minutes for the gondola to cover the 600 metres height difference from Mandarfen to the Rifflsee. At 2.232 metres above the sea, your steps become slower and your breaths deeper.
But up here you are not only tempted by various summit victories, but also by Europe’s highest raft trip, exploration tours in the Pitztaler mountain world or the possibility to observe frogs or tadpoles.
Whether you are a pleasure seeker or an adventurer, an endurance athlete or a family hiker, everybody can find his perfect mountain experience.

Tyrol’s living room by the lake. While seated in the spacious mountain restaurant, you can enjoy regional delicacies and admire the view of Austria’s highest mountain lake.

Suitable for families with strollers.

Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 1 hour

Europe’s highest raft ride at 2,232 m

  • Raft trips take place in the months JUL + AUG
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
  • at 1.30 pm
  • Duration: approx. 45 minutes
  • The kiosk is closed this summer. Drinks are sold directly at the raft!
  • There will be no raft trip in case of bad weather. Info hotline: +43 5413 862 88

Watch frogs and tadpoles at close quarters – suitable for families.

Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 30 minutes

Every FRI, guided hike on the Fuldaer High Trail.
Start out on foot to the Taschachhaus by crossing the Glacier morraine to the goods cable car. Register by telephone (+43 660 755 84 83) to hire a mountain bike to cycle back to Mandarfen.

Difficulty level: medium
Duration: 5 hours

Exciting puzzle for children, involving a tour around the Rifflsee with a certificate and a reward in the Sunna Alm

Guided hike around the mountain lake with mini raft buliding, raft ride and barbecue by the Rifflsee with child supervision. Every FRI.

Difficulty level: easy
Duration: whole day

Find your flow by the water: yoga session followed by breakfast in the Sunna Alm.

Dates: every Thursday (30 JUN to 01 SEPT 2022)
Meeting point: 09.15 am // Rifflseebahn valley station

Another cache is hidden among the mountains by the Rifflsee – can you find it?

The perfect running terrain for trail runners with running routes, that you can tailor to your individual pleasure.

Event Tip: The “Salomon Pitz Alpine Glacier Trail” – the trail running event for all individual ability levels.
All information at

Hike into the valley via the panoramic trail to the Taschach Alm and on to Mandarfen.

Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 1.5 hours

Passing by the Rifflsee, you continue into the “Wurmtal”.
You hike gently uphill and halfway on your way back, you find the Ploder See on the highest point of your hike.

Difficulty level: medium
Duration: 4 hours


At THE HIGHEST IN TIROL and Rifflsee, there are summits in every level of difficulty and up to 3.774 m high.
But even to those who like it more relaxed or prefer to have their feet firmly on the ground, Tirol’s finest head of valley offers a multitude of opportunities.

Easy and interesting walk. On the way to the Gletscherstube mountain hut, the myths of the Pitztal valley are explained.

Difficulty level: family friendly, easy
Duration: 30 minutes from Mittelberg

Around Mandarfen are various stone sculptures that were created at the international stone sculptor symosiums.

Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 1 hour

The park with 8 stations near the “Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten“ (“Four Seasons”) offers excellent training exercises in a wide variety levels.

You learn everything about the reintroduction of the ibex in the Pitztal valley at the Alpine Ibex Center.

Enjoy the summer well-informed in the Pitztal glacier and nature park region

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