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The Stubai And Brandenberg Alps

A combination of two mountain holidays - discover your Tirolean summer

From£1,849

  • Austria

  • 14 nights
  • Flora

  • Jun

    Jul

    Aug

Moderate Challenging

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Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Challenging

Grade 8

Hard mountain walking every day in the Alps, the Balkans and the Pyrenees, with long ascents, descents and scrambling.

Stamina and a good head for heights are essential.

Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but cumulative ascents and descents will normally be between 1000 and 1500m each day.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Hike spectacular ridges and peaks over 2000m.
  • Admire the panoramic views, the Stubai Glacier, dominating the landscape at its highest point of 3333m.
  • Walk amidst the meadows and limestone mountains abundant with flora and fauna.
  • Take a break in mountain huts with the glorious sweeping views of the surrounding 2000m and 3000m peaks.
  • Explore another world of the high alps.
  • Relax in comfortable four-star hotels, ideally situated in typical alpine villages.

This holiday is a combination of our one week holiday in Stubai Alps and our one week holiday in Brandenberg Alps.

A week in the Stubai Valley has everything you could wish from a summer holiday in the Alps. The picturesque valley villages, with their window boxes and surrounding hay meadows give way to woodland and high alpine pasture. Here cows roam, the views stretch far away down the valleys, and alpine huts dot the alms. We have a great selection of walks on offer opening up the magical world of the high Alps. Cable cars allow easier walking above above Fulpmes and Neder, and at the southern end of the stubai valley, the Eisgratbahn top station (2,900m) gives us access to the Stubai Glacier. The Stubai Glacier, whose highest point is 3333m, is visible on many walks. We will never exhaust the almost endless selection of walks on offer. Cable cars to the Kreuzjoch above Fulpmes and the Dresdner Hut at the southern end of the valley open up the magical world of the high Alps. Our base is Fulpmes perfectly located in the Stubai Valley. It is just a short journey through the mountains from the beautiful city of Innsbruck which can easily be visited on a free day. Throughout the summer there are various Tirolean evening events and brass band performances to enjoy in Fulpmes.

Our second week holiday surrounds the beautiful turquoise waters of the Achensee, the largest lake in the Tirol, at the centre of the Brandenberg Alps. All of our walks will at some point have views of the beautiful lake. The area where we walk can be split roughly into three – Achenkirch where our hotel is to the north of the lake with generally easier mountains, the Rofan mountains with several accessible peaks to the east, and the Karwendel range to the south and west. Achenkirch is a pretty alpine village with traditional buildings, window boxes and spectacular scenery. In winter, Achenkirch is ideal for winter sports whereas summer is perfect for hikes and rides across the lake on a sailing boat or traditional steamboat! It is an ideal all year round destination! The mountain rock is limestone throughout, so the flowers are wonderful. Marmots and chamois can pretty well be guaranteed and ibex are sometimes seen in the Karwendel. There are plenty of mountain cafes with beer and cake and terraces from where you can soak up the views! 

Our holiday departure on 21 June will be at a more leisurely pace to allow time to appreciate the flora. On day 10 of the holiday, we will be guided by a local walking and flower expert. We'll learn about the local plants and flowers, educating us ready for our week ahead. Please refer to this dates specific Holiday Information sheet specific. 

Our holiday departure on the 19 July is a two grade, two leader tour where grade 6 and 8 walks can be enjoyed. Please refer to this dates specific Holiday Information sheet specific. 

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation with coffee and cake
  • Two walks, two leaders, two grades on some dates
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fulpmes

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road to the Aktivhotel Donnerhof, Fulpmes for 7 nights. 

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2 to 7

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will enjoy a number of walks during our time in the Stubai Valley. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Our days may include one or more of the walks examples below.

  • Time

    3-3.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

The Autenalm Circuit. A scenic view point from the top station using the Elfer cable car up to start the walk. We take the path up to meet the Panorama trail, then visit the Elfer hut for coffee. We take a narrow stoney woodland path downwards, to find the ancient and very hospitable Autenalm, where we have lunch. We return to the Elfer top station, on a lovely balcony path through woodland, and take the cable car down to Neustift. Here we pick up the riverside path and then walk back to Fulpmes along the valley side.

  • Time

    3.5-4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/980m

The Starkenburger Circuit. A stunning high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding all round views of many glaciers and 3000m peaks. We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to a hut for refreshments, and from the middle station, take the cable car down before we return to the hotel. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure en route to the Starkenburger Hut. 

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    864/899m

Pinnistal Panoramaweg. We take the Elfer cable car up, and walk up to the Panoramaweg, at around 2000m. We take the lower path descending until we are deep in the valley. We drop down to the popular Karalm hut for lunch and continue along the valley floor a short distance to Pinnissalm, before contouring woodland path back up to the cable car. We descend on the cable car and return to hotel. This walk is at the top of grade 5, with the ascents and descents being more of a low grade 6. However, we walk on good, well established paths / tracks, some narrower, rockier paths. With truly unforgettable scenery.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/600m

Stubaier Glacier and Wild Water Weg. An impressive gondola uplift of 1500m to the glacier watershed between the Ötztal and Stubaital, with superb panoramic views over several glaciers. Optional visit to an ice cave, and the top platform of Stubia with coffee at the Jochdohle (3150m), Austria’s highest eating place. (Clients can if they wish to relax at an intermediate station terrace of the cable car). We descend to the mid-station Dresden Hut terrace for early lunch with fantastic views, then to the valley to follow the ‘Wild Water Weg’, an impressive glacial riverside walk past the Grawa Waterfall, the widest waterfall of the Eastern Alps. The walk distance is variable due to distance walked along the valley – the whole wanderweg is up to 36km – we aim to walk to Doadleralm or Ranalt.

A free day will be offered to allow you to further explore the area independently or take a day trip to Innsbruck. The Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and benefits include direct access to the four cable car systems in the valley, unlimited use of buses in the valley, travel between Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier and the Stubai Tram which runs to Innsbruck; as well as various other discounts. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the start of the walks, and you may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.

Day 8

Achensee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we say goodbye to Fulpmes and our 1 week companions and transfer from Achensee for our final week.

Day 9 to 14

Achensee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During our week in the Achensee we will enjoy a flexible walking programme. Please see the below walks description for some of the walks we are likely to include in our programme.

  • Time

    4-4.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

The Rofanspitze (2259m). From Maurach at the southern end of the lake we take the Rofan cable car to the Erfurter mountain hut at 1834m. From here we walk through a magnificent open high-level valley, rising gradually to the peak of the Rofanspitze. The walk is undemanding but the views all the way along are sensational. The panorama from the grassy approach ridge and from the summit itself is out of this world – peaks, lakes and across the Inn Valley you can even see the glaciers in the Zillertal. We return broadly the same way, but there are several detours which make the walk slightly different. Either on this walk or the one to the Dalfazalm it is worth at the end putting in the 1 ½ hour detour to the Gschöllkopf, a peak just above the Erfurter Hut. From the summit there is a 360º view, and you can watch intrepid souls taking the Skyglider down to the hut. 

  • Time

    5-5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/650m

Over the Kögeljoch. We take the local bus to Steinberg am Rofan, a village hemmed in by the mountains. Our path takes us initially through woods, then into more open woodland before we reach the Schönjochalm. We reach our highest point at the collection of rustic huts at the Köglalm, from where there are glorious views of the lake below and the mountains rising from its western shore.  From here we descend, steeply at times, to the northern end of the Achensee.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

Above the Dalfazalm. The meadows above the Dalfazalm are rich in flowers for much of the summer. Today we are accompanied by local flower and herb expert, Mischa, who knows the area like the back of her hand. From the top station of the Rofan cable car we follow a panoramic path to the Dalfazalm mountain meadow. Ascending from here along the Gentian Path we explore the open meadows in remote mountain scenery close to the rocky gateway in the mountains known as the Steinernes Tor. On the way back we call into the mountain café at the Dalfazalm which has its own farm.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/640m

The Feilkopf & Gerntal Meadows. The Feilkopf is the lowest peak in the area; from the summit there are excellent panoramic views over the southern end of the Achensee. We start by walking up the Gern valley from Pertisau, then follow a narrow path which enters open woodland and finally alpine pasture higher up. The ascent to the grassy summit of the Feilkopf at 1562m is along an easy track. We then drop down to the idyllically located mountain café at the Feilalm before returning along a forest track and then through the meadows and woodland of the Gern valley, passing farms at the Pletzachalm and Sennalm on the way, to Pertisau.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

Around the Bärenkopf. The Bärenkopf is the mountain which dominates the southern end of the Achensee. The summit is beyond the grade, but there are views just as good, if not better, on the lower paths which we follow. Our walk starts and ends at the top cable car station of the Karwendellift above Pertisau. An easy path takes us to the mountain café at the Bärenbadalm. From here we ascend steeply, mostly through open woodland, with plenty of places to stop and admire the views, to a ridge at just under 1900m. We descend this beautiful broad grassy ridge with classic views to the north of the Achensee, with the option for an afternoon break at the Weißenbachalm mountain restaurant.

On day 10, a local walking and flower expert will guide us during our walk. We'll learn about the plants and flowers during our day, educating us ready for our week ahead. During the week there will be a free day offered to allow you to further explore the area independently. You will be provided with a local Achensee Card where you will receive free transportation on local buses which means you can travel around the area at ease. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the gondolas for the start of the walks. You may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day. Maybe take a local bus to a gondola to reach a mountain cafe for lunch with a view. Maybe take a relaxing walk along the Achensee or treat yourself to a boat ride across the lake (approximately 20-35 euros per person).

Day 15

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

We bid farewell to Austria and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,849

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Jun 2020 - 5th Jul 2020 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs 45mins
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fulpmes

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road to the Aktivhotel Donnerhof, Fulmpes for 7 nights.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2 to 7

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will enjoy a number of walks during our time in the Stubai Valley. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Our days may include one or more of the walks examples below.

  • Time

    3-3.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

The Autenalm Circuit. A scenic view point from the top station using the Elfer cable car up to start the walk. We take the path up to meet the Panorama trail, then visit the Elfer hut for coffee. We take a narrow stoney woodland path downwards, to find the ancient and very hospitable Autenalm, where we have lunch. We return to the Elfer top station, on a lovely balcony path through woodland, and take the cable car down to Neustift. Here we pick up the riverside path and then walk back to Fulpmes along the valley side. 

  • Time

    3.5-4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/980m

The Starkenburger Circuit. A stunning high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding all round views of many glaciers and 3000m peaks. We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to a hut for refreshments, and from the middle station, take the cable car down before we return to the hotel. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure en route to the Starkenburger Hut

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    430m

Pinnistal Panoramaweg. We take the Elfer cable car up, and walk up to the Elfer Hut. From here we pick up and walk along the Panoramaweg at around 2000m, until we are deep in the valley. We drop down to the popular Karalm for lunch and continue along the valley floor a short distance, before taking a gently climbing path back up to the cable car. We descend on the cable car and return to hotel. This walk is on good, well established paths / tracks, some narrower, rockier paths. With truly unforgettable scenery. 

A free day will be offered to allow you to further explore the area independently or take a day trip to Innsbruck. The Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and benefits include direct access to the four cable car systems in the valley, unlimited use of buses in the valley, travel between Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier and the Stubai Tram which runs to Innsbruck; as well as various other discounts. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the start of the walks, and you may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.


Day 8

Achensee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we say goodbye to Fulpmes and our 1 week companions and transfer from Achensee for our final week.

Day 9 to 14

Achensee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During our week in the Achensee we will enjoy a flexible walking programme. Please see the below walks description for some of the walks we are likely to include in our programme.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

The Rofanspitze (2259m). From Maurach at the southern end of the lake we take the Rofan cable car to the Erfurter mountain hut at 1834m. From here a walk through a magnificent open high level valley, rising gradually to the peak of the Rofanspitze. The walk is undemanding but the views all the way along are sensational. The peak itself isn’t for those with no head for heights (and you can stop just before the summit) as there is a steep drop on one side; the views, however, are stunning – peaks, lakes and across the Inn Valley you can even see the glaciers in the Zillertal. We return broadly the same way, but there are several paths which make the walk slightly different. It is worth at the end putting in the 1 ½ hour detour to the Gschöllkopf (2039m), a peak just overlooking the Erfurter Hut. From the summit there is a 360º view, and you can watch intrepid souls taking the Skyglider down to the hut. 

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750m

The Bärenkopf (1991m). The Bärenkopf is the mountain which dominates the southern end of the Achensee. The views back across the Achensee from various points on the walk are the most famous ones in the area. Our walk starts and ends at the top cable car station above Pertisau. An easy path takes us to the mountain café at the Bärenbadalm. From here we ascend steeply, mostly through open woodland, with plenty of places to stop and admire the views, to a ridge at just under 1900m. From here there is some light scrambling before the easy final ascent to the summit. The views from the top, over the Achensee, the Karwendel mountains to the west and the Rofan range to the east are magnificent. Returning the same way for a short distance we descend a beautiful broad grassy ridge with classic views to the north of the Achensee, with the option for lunch or an afternoon break at the Weißenbachalm mountain restaurant.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750/780m

The Feilkopf & Gerntal Meadows. The Feilkopf is the lowest peak in the area; from the summit there are excellent panoramic views over the southern end of the Achensee. We start by walking up the Gern valley from Pertisau, then follow a narrow path which enters open woodland higher up. The ascent to the grassy summit of the Feilkopf at 1562m is along an easy track. Now continuing up we arrive at the idyllic Gütenbergalm meadow, the perfect place for lunch. There is now a steep zig-zag descent down the other side of the ridge through woods  to the Gern valley. From here we follow paths through the meadows and woodland of the Gern valley, passing farms at the Gernalm, Pletzachalm and Sennalm on the way, to Pertisau.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700m

Alms & Huts. Today we explore the summer pastures (‘Almen’) and mountain huts to the north west of the hotel. We start with a steep climb through forest, past the small farm at the Bründlalm to the Jochalm hut, owned by our hotel. From here we continue to the idyllically situated Seewaldhütte, set amidst open woodland. We then traverse across the open hillside with far-reaching views to the Kleinzemmalm. From here we head down to meet a forest track which takes us back to the hotel, towards the end following the Unteraubach river. This track follows what is known as the Tirolean Stone-Oil Experience path. Stone oil has been ‘mined’ in the area since 1902 and has all sorts of health-giving properties. 

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/1200m

The Dalfazalm & the Steinernes Tor. This walk takes us into wild country outside the most popular routes. Taking the Rofan lift again to the Erfurter Hut we follow the excellent panorama path to the hut at the Dalfazalm, probably the mountain restaurant with the best view in the area. We climb from here through increasingly wild meadows to the Steinernes Tor, a narrow pass between two great rocky outcrops. From here there is a gradual descent through high mountain pasture then woods to the Köglalm. Then follows a choice of descents to the Achensee lake, either along broad forest tracks or steeper woodland paths.

During the week there will be a free day offered to allow you to further explore the area independently. You will be provided with a local Achensee Card where you will receive free transportation on local buses which means you can travel around the area at ease. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the gondolas for the start of the walks. You may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day. Maybe take a local bus to a gondola to reach a mountain cafe for lunch with a view. Maybe take a relaxing walk along the Achensee or treat yourself to a boat ride across the lake (approximately 20-35 euros per person).

Day 15

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

We bid farewell to Austria and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,925

Departure dates for your selected tour

5th Jul 2020 - 19th Jul 2020 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs 45mins
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fulpmes

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road to the Aktivhotel Donnerhof, Fulmpes for 7 nights.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2 to 7

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will enjoy a number of walks during our time in the Stubai Valley. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Our days may include one or more of the walks examples below.

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/980m

The Starkenburger Circuit (Grade 6). A stunning high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding all round views of many glaciers and 3000m peaks. We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to a hut for refreshments, and from the middle station, take the cable car down before we return to the hotel. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure en route to the Starkenburger Hut 

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1375m

The Rotspitze (Grade 8). A tough but rewarding walk from the valley to the remote and wild Rotspitzel (2379m), which gives excellent views across the surrounding 3000m peaks. We can visit two remote and characterful alms. Expect steep tracks and mountain paths.

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1225/1900m

Serlesjochl (Grade 8). A big day ideal for finishing the holiday, climbing a substantial and formidable peak. We take the cable car and walk over to Maria Waldrast to access the route up. We climb steadily to the col (Serlesjochl 2384m), then we use a ladder to climb up to the steep, stony summit path. We return to the col, and continue with a steep descent over loose scree to reach Wildeben. Here we can stop for refreshments, a fresh mint tea perhaps, and there follows a prolonged descent to Fulpmes and the hotel. Expect steep mountain paths, moderate to strong exposure, ladder.

  • Distance

    9 or 13.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    460 or 775/420 or 775m

The Joint valley route (Grade 6 and 8). A pleasant walk on low level paths and tracks through meadows and forest to reach the beautifully located Kartnallalm for lunch. We continue downhill to the valley and follow the river to Neustift, from where we take the bus back to Fulpmes. Expect an excellent valley walk with peak and glacier views. The grade 8 group walk back from Neustift to Fulpmes.

  • Distance

    7 or 9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    45 or 1050/840 or 1050m

The Gloatsteig (Grade 6 and 8). This is a classic, mid-level Alpine traverse, starting in the Schlicker valley at Froneben, reaching the Pfarrachalm for lunch and returning to Fulpmes steeply down through forested areas. We go over some narrow paths, small scree areas and steep, constructed steps, with mild exposure. Experience super views across to the Kalkogel and over to Serles. The grade 6 group use the cable car to reach the start of the walk at Froneben. The grade 8 group walk from the hotel to Froneben.

A free day will be offered to allow you to further explore the area independently or take a day trip to Innsbruck. The Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and benefits include direct access to the four cable car systems in the valley, unlimited use of buses in the valley, travel between Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier and the Stubai Tram which runs to Innsbruck; as well as various other discounts. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the start of the walks, and you may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.

Day 8

Achensee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we say goodbye to Fulpmes and our 1 week companions and transfer from Achensee for our final week.

Day 9 to 14

Achensee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We enjoy a number of walks during our stay in Achenkirch. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Below are examples of our grade 6 and 8 walks. 

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

The Rofanspitze (Grade 6). From Maurach at the southern end of the lake we take the Rofan cable car to the Erfurter mountain hut at 1834m. From here a walk through a magnificent open high level valley, rising gradually to the peak of the Rofanspitze (2259m). The walk is undemanding but the views all the way along are sensational. The peak itself isn’t for those with no head for heights (and you can stop just before the summit) as there is a steep drop on one side; the views, however, are stunning – peaks, lakes and across the Inn Valley you can even see the glaciers in the Zillertal. We return broadly the same way, but there are several paths which make the walk slightly different. It is worth at the end putting in the 1 ½ hour detour to the Gschöllkopf (2039m), a peak just overlooking the Erfurter Hut. From the summit there is a 360º view, and you can watch intrepid souls taking the Skyglider down to the hut. 

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750m

The Bärenkopf (Grade 6). The Bärenkopf (1991m) is the mountain which dominates the southern end of the Achensee. The views back across the Achensee from various points on the walk are the most famous ones in the area. Our walk starts and ends at the top cable car station above Pertisau. An easy path takes us to the mountain café at the Bärenbadalm. From here we ascend steeply, mostly through open woodland, with plenty of places to stop and admire the views, to a ridge at just under 1900m. From here there is some light scrambling before the easy final ascent to the summit. The views from the top, over the Achensee, the Karwendel mountains to the west and the Rofan range to the east are magnificent. Returning the same way for a short distance we descend a beautiful broad grassy ridge with classic views to the north of the Achensee, with the option for lunch or an afternoon break at the Weißenbachalm mountain restaurant.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750/780m

The Feilkopf & Gerntal Meadows (Grade 6). The Feilkopf is the lowest peak in the area; from the summit there are excellent panoramic views over the southern end of the Achensee. We start by walking up the Gern valley from Pertisau, then follow a narrow path which enters open woodland higher up. The ascent to the grassy summit of the Feilkopf at 1562m is along an easy track. Now continuing up we arrive at the idyllic Gütenbergalm meadow, the perfect place for lunch. There is now a steep zig-zag descent down the other side of the ridge through woods  to the Gern valley. From here we follow paths through the meadows and woodland of the Gern valley, passing farms at the Gernalm, Pletzachalm and Sennalm on the way, to Pertisau.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700m

Alms & Huts (Grade 6). Today we explore the summer pastures (‘Almen’) and mountain huts to the north west of the hotel. We start with a steep climb through forest, past the small farm at the Bründlalm to the Jochalm hut, owned by our hotel. From here we continue to the idyllically situated Seewaldhütte, set amidst open woodland. We then traverse across the open hillside with far-reaching views to the Kleinzemmalm. From here we head down to meet a forest track which takes us back to the hotel, towards the end following the Unteraubach river. This track follows what is known as the Tirolean Stone-Oil Experience path. Stone oil has been ‘mined’ in the area since 1902 and has all sorts of health-giving properties. 

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/1200m

The Dalfazalm & the Steinernes Tor (Grade 6). This walk takes us into wild country outside the most popular routes. Taking the Rofan lift again to the Erfurter Hut we follow the excellent panorama path to the hut at the Dalfazalm, probably the mountain restaurant with the best view in the area. We climb from here through increasingly wild meadows to the Steinernes Tor, a narrow pass between two great rocky outcrops. From here there is a gradual descent through high mountain pasture then woods to the Köglalm. Then follows a choice of descents to the Achensee lake, either along broad forest tracks or steeper woodland paths.

  • Time

    5-5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900m

The Hochplatte (Grade 8). This is a grassy summit (1813m) to the NW of our hotel and the lake and makes a good first day destination. We ascend directly from the hotel through woodland to the Seewald Hut. From here to the summit we pass through meadows with great views back to the Achensee. Early to mid-summer the meadows are rich in wild flowers. Returning to the Seewald Hut we traverse across the grassy hillside to the Kleinzemmalm, then follow a forest trail through the picturesque Unterau valley back to the hotel.

  • Time

    5-5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900m

Rofanspitze & the Vorderes Sonnwendjoch (Grade 8). This is a magnificent circuit taking in some of the best views of the week. We start at the Rofan cable car top station. A steady easy ascent brings us to the Rofanspitze (2259m) - the panorama from the grassy approach ridge and from the summit itself is out of this world – peaks, lakes and across the Inn Valley you can even see the glaciers in the Zillertal. From here we take head towards the Sagzahn taking the rocky traverse around the peak, before walking the length of the magnificent grassy ridge to the Sonnwendjoch (2224m). A steep descent to the Schermsteinalm is followed by a steep ascent to the Krahnsattel, from where it is a short distance back to the Erfurter Hut.

  • Time

    5.5-6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    950/1500m

Stanserjoch & Bärenkopf (Grade 8). Today we walk in the Karwendel Mountains. From the top of the Karwendel lift we climb steadily to the Weißenbach saddle, then more steeply to the Stanserjoch Ridge (2102m). The summit affords a great view back over the Achensee, deep into the Karwendel mountains, and up and down the Inn Valley. Back down at the saddle we ascend the broad ridge towards the Bärenkopf (1991m), with the odd easy scramble on the way to the summit. The views along the entire length of the Achensee are excellent. A steep descent with mainly open views brings us to the Bärenbadalm for refreshments, before we descend back down to the valley.

  • Time

    5-5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1080/1200m

Vorderunnütz (Grade 8). The Unnütz ridge (2078m) soars above the village of Achenkirch; this walk goes to the southernmost and highest of the three peaks. We take the local bus round to Steinberg, then climb along good woodland tracks to around 1500m. From here to the summit the terrain is rougher, but with excellent open views. From the summit we drop down the ridge south for refreshments at the Köglalm, from where there is a sharp descent back to the northern end of the Achensee.

  • Time

    5-5.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    570/1450m

Gschöllkopf & Hochiss (Grade 8). Returning to the top station of the Rofan cable car we start with the straightforward ascent of the Gschöllkopf (2299m) from where there are excellent views down over the lake, back into the Rofan mountains and west into the Karwendel mountains. Returning a short way we start the ascent of the Hochiss (2299m). Easy at first, the path becomes steep and eroded, but the views from the grassy peak makes it all worthwhile. You can see as far at the glaciers of the Ziller and Oetz valleys. Shortly after the descent starts we scramble down the rake known locally as the ‘Rotes Klamml’, then it’s a straightforward descent through wild terrain to the hut at the Dalfazalm. We continue steadily down with great views of the lake, over the Durraalm to Maurach.

During the week there will be a free day offered to allow you to further explore the area independently. You will be provided with a local Achensee Card where you will receive free transportation on local buses which means you can travel around the area at ease. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the gondolas for the start of the walks. You may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day. Maybe take a local bus to a gondola to reach a mountain cafe for lunch with a view. Maybe take a relaxing walk along the Achensee or treat yourself to a boat ride across the lake (approximately 20-35 euros per person).

Day 15

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

We bid farewell to Austria and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£2,049

Departure dates for your selected tour

19th Jul 2020 - 2nd Aug 2020 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs 45mins
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Fulpmes

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road to the Aktivhotel Donnerhof, Fulmpes for 7 nights.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2 to 7

Fulpmes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will enjoy a number of walks during our time in the Stubai Valley. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions. Our days may include one or more of the walks examples below.

  • Time

    3-3.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

The Autenalm Circuit. A scenic view point from the top station using the Elfer cable car up to start the walk. We take the path up to meet the Panorama trail, then visit the Elfer hut for coffee. We take a narrow stoney woodland path downwards, to find the ancient and very hospitable Autenalm, where we have lunch. We return to the Elfer top station, on a lovely balcony path through woodland, and take the cable car down to Neustift. Here we pick up the riverside path and then walk back to Fulpmes along the valley side 

  • Time

    3.5-4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/980m

The Starkenburger Circuit. A stunning high level walk from the top of the Schlick 2000 cable car system, traversing the Hohe Burgstal to reach the lunch stop at the Starkenburger Hut, perched high above the valley and giving outstanding all round views of many glaciers and 3000m peaks. We continue on very scenic and gently descending track to a hut for refreshments, and from the middle station, take the cable car down before we return to the hotel. We will encounter some narrow paths, sections of scree and moderate exposure en route to the Starkenburger Hut. 

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    864/899m

Pinnistal Panoramaweg. We take the Elfer cable car up, and walk up to the Panoramaweg, at around 2000m. We take the lower path descending until we are deep in the valley. We drop down to the popular Karalm hut for lunch and continue along the valley floor a short distance to Pinnissalm, before contouring woodland path back up to the cable car. We descend on the cable car and return to hotel. This walk is at the top of grade 5, with the ascents and descents being more of a low grade 6. However, we walk on good, well established paths / tracks, some narrower, rockier paths. With truly unforgettable scenery.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/600m

Stubaier Glacier and Wild Water Weg. An impressive gondola uplift of 1500m to the glacier watershed between the Ötztal and Stubaital, with superb panoramic views over several glaciers. Optional visit to an ice cave, and the top platform of Stubia with coffee at the Jochdohle (3150m), Austria’s highest eating place. (Clients can if they wish to relax at an intermediate station terrace of the cable car). We descend to the mid-station Dresden Hut terrace for early lunch with fantastic views, then to the valley to follow the ‘Wild Water Weg’, an impressive glacial riverside walk past the Grawa Waterfall, the widest waterfall of the Eastern Alps. The walk distance is variable due to distance walked along the valley – the whole wanderweg is up to 36km – we aim to walk to Doadleralm or Ranalt.

A free day will be offered to allow you to further explore the area independently or take a day trip to Innsbruck. The Stubai Super Card is included in the cost of the holiday and benefits include direct access to the four cable car systems in the valley, unlimited use of buses in the valley, travel between Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier and the Stubai Tram which runs to Innsbruck; as well as various other discounts. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the start of the walks, and you may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day.

Day 8

Achensee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we say goodbye to Fulpmes and our 1 week companions and transfer from Achensee for our final week.

Day 9 to 14

Achensee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During our week in the Achensee we will enjoy a flexible walking programme. Please see the below walks description for some of the walks we are likely to include in our programme.

  • Time

    4-4.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

The Rofanspitze (2259m). From Maurach at the southern end of the lake we take the Rofan cable car to the Erfurter mountain hut at 1834m. From here we walk through a magnificent open high-level valley, rising gradually to the peak of the Rofanspitze. The walk is undemanding but the views all the way along are sensational. The panorama from the grassy approach ridge and from the summit itself is out of this world – peaks, lakes and across the Inn Valley you can even see the glaciers in the Zillertal. We return broadly the same way, but there are several detours which make the walk slightly different. Either on this walk or the one to the Dalfazalm it is worth at the end putting in the 1 ½ hour detour to the Gschöllkopf, a peak just above the Erfurter Hut. From the summit there is a 360º view, and you can watch intrepid souls taking the Skyglider down to the hut. 

  • Time

    5-5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/650m

Over the Kögeljoch. We take the local bus to Steinberg am Rofan, a village hemmed in by the mountains. Our path takes us initially through woods, then into more open woodland before we reach the Schönjochalm. We reach our highest point at the collection of rustic huts at the Köglalm, from where there are glorious views of the lake below and the mountains rising from its western shore.  From here we descend, steeply at times, to the northern end of the Achensee.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

Above the Dalfazalm. The meadows above the Dalfazalm are rich in flowers for much of the summer. From the top station of the Rofan cable car we follow a panoramic path to the Dalfazalm mountain meadow. Ascending from here along the Gentian Path we explore the open meadows in remote mountain scenery close to the rocky gateway in the mountains known as the Steinernes Tor. On the way back we call into the mountain café at the Dalfazalm which has its own farm.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/640m

The Feilkopf & Gerntal Meadows. The Feilkopf is the lowest peak in the area; from the summit there are excellent panoramic views over the southern end of the Achensee. We start by walking up the Gern valley from Pertisau, then follow a narrow path which enters open woodland and finally alpine pasture higher up. The ascent to the grassy summit of the Feilkopf at 1562m is along an easy track. We then drop down to the idyllically located mountain café at the Feilalm before returning along a forest track and then through the meadows and woodland of the Gern valley, passing farms at the Pletzachalm and Sennalm on the way, to Pertisau.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

Around the Bärenkopf. The Bärenkopf is the mountain which dominates the southern end of the Achensee. The summit is beyond the grade, but there are views just as good, if not better, on the lower paths which we follow. Our walk starts and ends at the top cable car station of the Karwendellift above Pertisau. An easy path takes us to the mountain café at the Bärenbadalm. From here we ascend steeply, mostly through open woodland, with plenty of places to stop and admire the views, to a ridge at just under 1900m. We descend this beautiful broad grassy ridge with classic views to the north of the Achensee, with the option for an afternoon break at the Weißenbachalm mountain restaurant.

During the week there will be a free day offered to allow you to further explore the area independently. You will be provided with a local Achensee Card where you will receive free transportation on local buses which means you can travel around the area at ease. This card will be used to travel on local transport when it is required to get to the gondolas for the start of the walks. You may also wish to make good use of this card on your free day. Maybe take a local bus to a gondola to reach a mountain cafe for lunch with a view. Maybe take a relaxing walk along the Achensee or treat yourself to a boat ride across the lake (approximately 20-35 euros per person).


Day 15

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

We bid farewell to Austria and transfer to Munich airport for our return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,925

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th Aug 2020 - 23rd Aug 2020 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs 45mins
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

Aktivhotel Donnerhof

Fulpmes is a delightful alpine village famous for its century old tram line connecting the village to Innsbruck. It is a beautiful village with many services you would hope to find, including supermarkets, bakeries, ATM, tourist information office, post office and cafes. 

We stay in the very comfortable, four-star family run Aktivhotel Donnerhof in Fulpmes. Elisabeth Villgrater and her team have made us very welcome here for many years. The hotel has a swimming pool partly inside and partly outside the hotel, table tennis and a lovely garden to relax in and is very close to a variety of small shops. 

Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical 'Austrian type beds' which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. In most cases the twin rooms will also contain a sofa-bed as well as the Austrian type bed, which will make a more comfortable sleeping arrangement for room sharing. Rooms are equipped with either a shower only or a bath and shower combined. They include a TV, hairdryer and some of the rooms have a balcony. Wifi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

Hotel Achentalerhof

Achenkirch is a pretty alpine village with beautiful scenery and access to miles upon miles of hiking routes, perfect for our holiday! Achenkirch is small in terms of facilities. There is a supermarket approximately 15-20 minutes walk away and a few small sport shops. Pertisau and Maurach are villages just a short 15-20 minute bus ride away. Pertisau is set on the lakeside and is extremely picturesque. Here you can find an information centre and various shops and cafes. Maurach is larger with many large supermarkets, sports shops, banks, ATMs and cafes.

We stay in the four star Hotel Achentalerhof in Achenkirch. The hotel is run by the Waldhart family and now being managed by their third generation. The Achentalerhof is a very welcoming and comfortable hotel, treating its groups exactly as it treats its private guests. Its location is perfect as some of the walks start and/or end at the hotel. The bus stop for buses up and down the valley stops right outside the hotel.

The hotel has a 2000m2 garden park, a stylish vital area with an indoor pool and a south facing sun terrace with spectacular mountain views. Its Finnish sauna, steam bath, solarium, infrared cabin and spacious pine wood relaxation room are just another relaxing option after a day’s exploration. The sauna and steam need to be booked at least 30 minutes before you wish to use them. There is a games room with table tennis and table football. The hotel has a large bar area for relaxation!

Rooms include bath or shower with en-suite facilities, hairdryer, radio, telephone, flat screen TV and safe. Most rooms have balconies and twin rooms include Austrian style twin beds with one bed frame and two separate mattresses and bed packs. The nearest church is a long way away, so there are no bells ringing during the night!

The hotel has a supply of walking gear such as poles, waterproofs and maps for the use of hotel guests. There is no guarantee, however, that they will have your size, so please make sure you take your own.


Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 8 challenging holiday. It will include hard mountain walking every day with long ascents and descents and scrambling. Stamina and a good head for heights is essential. Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but ascents and descents will normally be between 1,000 and 1,500m. Expect long and exhilarating days. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Austria

The currency in Austria is the euro.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Return flights are with British Airways between London Heathrow and Munich. Regional flights from Manchester and Birmingham to Munich and return are available on some dates with Lufthansa. On dates where regional flights are available, the group may need to wait until all flights have landed before transferring to the hotel as the transfer will be combined. 

Travel between Fulpmes and Achensee is by private coach and will take approximately 1 hour. Please be aware that your leader may be leading both weeks of or two week holiday so may require to leave on the morning of day 8 to return to the airport to bid farewell to our departing Stubai Alps 1 week group and greet our arriving Brandenberg Alps 1 week group. This may mean that you require to travel by private coach from Fulpmes to Achensee independently. Please ask your leader for details.  

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R2). We offer regional flight options on this holiday but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer vehicle between the airport and hotel. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Buffet breakfasts are plentiful and excellent four course dinners (including a salad buffet and soup/ or a starter on alternate days) will be provided at the Aktivhotel Donnerhof. The hotel caters very well for special diets so please advise us at the time of booking of any dietary requirements. Lunches are not included; the Aktivhotel Donnerhof can provide packed lunches for €4.50 which can be ordered the previous evening. Alternatively you can buy picnic food in the local supermarket or buy food at the many mountain Alms / Huts, as you go. Coffee and cake and served on the terrace between 16:00-17:00.

We dine at the Hotel Achentalerhof with a large traditional buffet breakfast and typical Austrian 5 course dinner. Our dinners will consist of an appetiser, soup, salad buffet, main course and dessert. We enjoy freshly grown vegetables and herbs from local organic farmers and from the hotel’s kitchen garden, where you can find various local herbs such as Oregano, Horse-radish and Melissa! The drinks prices are very reasonable and tap water is provided on the tables at the Achentalerhof.  Again, lunches are not included but these can be taken as picnics or in local mountain restaurants. The Hotel Achentalerhof is happy for you to make up sandwiches and take fruit from the breakfast buffet to make up your lunch at no charge. They also provide hot water for you to fill up flasks if you want a hot drink to take on the walk.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Austria

In Austria the electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ 

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The following maps cover our walking in the Stubaital and are easily available in the village.

  • Kompass 83 Stubaier Alpen 1:50,000
  • Freytag & Berndt WK241 Innsbruck. Stubai. Sellrain. Brenner. 1:50,000
  • Mayr XL EDITION Stubaital 1:25,000 – available in the local supermarket.

Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holidays in Austria. The local tourist office website www.stubai.at has a section on walking holidays which will whet the appetite. Alternatively, many pictures of the area are available on picture storage websites such as www.flickr.com. Just enter ‘Stubai summer’ into the search engine.

The internet is now an excellent resource of information about holidays in Austria. The local tourist office website is www.achensee.com/en/ and provides a range of information about the area of Achensee plus walking routes. More information on walking can be found at www.tyrol.com/regions/a-achensee/hiking.

Cicerone guide to Alpine Flowers. We like this pocket-sized book on the 230 Alpine flowers  you are most likely to come across on a holiday in the Alps. There’s a really interesting introduction to the properties flowers need to survive life at altitude and good clear photos with short descriptions arranged according to the predominant colour of the flower. Order it from Cicerone directly and quote code RAMBWH for a 25% discount.

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Austria

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Austria. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Austria

  • Capital

    Vienna

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    German

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -3°C

    Avg. Rain: 54mm

  • February

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • March

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • May

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 92mm

  • June

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 122mm

  • July

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 132mm

  • August

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 114mm

  • September

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • October

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • November

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • December

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

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