Enjoy the summer
Active summer in the Ahrntal
Its fresh mountain air and absolute tranquillity make St. Jakob im Ahrntal eminently suitable for a restorative and relaxing stay. A wide range of leisurely walking trails, easy hikes for young and old and high mountain tours are offered in this mountain world. Popular destinations such as the Dolomites, Lake Garda, Venice, the Großglockner mountain, Bozen (Bolzano), Meran (Merano) and the South Tyrolean Wine Road are all accessible for day trips.
One particular highlight is the traditional "Almabtriebe" (driving cattle down from pasture), which takes place from the end of September to the end of October.
The entire Ahrntal is a paradise for hikers. From leisurely walks to challenging climbing tours, mountain lovers will find everything they could possibly want. We have put together a few hikes for you here.
At a glance: The Lausitzer Höhenweg runs from the Birnlücke border pass to the Hundskehljoch at the end of the Ahrntal (the furthermost edge of South Tyrol, so to speak) but still on the southern side of the Zillertal Alps. This high-alpine tour covers the eastern third via the Birnlücken mountain huts and the descent via the Tauernweg. There is a rest stop at the Schutzhaus on the Birnlücke.
Level of difficulty: 800 m ascent, moderately steep, approx. 3 hours to the Birnlücke; steep descent via the Tauernweg. Total walking time approx. 6 hours.
At a glance: At the end of the vast Tauferer Valley lies the town of Sand with its awe-inspiring castle complex, which is one of the biggest in the country. No less impressive, however, is the Reinbach Waterfall, which you can also visit on this round tour. Rest stops along the way.
Main delights: short tour with waterfalls that are well worth seeing and a fully preserved and furnished castle.
Level of difficulty: short hike with little altitude difference; walking time 2.5 hours, easy and very rewarding.
At a glance: This extensive high-alpine hike runs through the Rieserfernergruppe mountains to the Kasseler Hütte (huts), beneath the imposing Hochgall, past its glaciers and back into the valley. Recommended as a one-day tour for experienced mountain hikers, or as a two-day tour with accommodation at the Kasseler Hütte.
Level of difficulty: Ascent to the huts 2.5 hours, Arthur-Hartdegen Way and descent 5 hours.