What you can expect from a hiking weekend in Kitzbühel, as told by Moni and her friend in the following guest blog. Many thanks for sharing your experiences with us.
1.5-hour countdown to the hiking weekend
On Friday afternoon, straight after work, I made my way from Berchtesgaden to Kitzbühel. As agreed, my girlfriend (a teacher) did the same and we arrived almost simultaneously at Q Resort, in Kitzbühel. The weather could not have been more beautiful. Blue sky and a beautiful mountainous panorama are presented to us on arrival. To be honest, “just” a spa weekend with a few extra’s thrown in of good food and chilled out days in Kitzbühel was planned, but then….
Salsa dancing on the mountain? For sure!
As we checked in with a pleasant welcome prosecco, the nice lady presented us with a host of hiking and mountain tour flyers. My heart skips a beat, as I have been hoping to acquaint myself with the mountains of Kitzbühel for some time. By the way: my friend is a Salsa dancer (as she says herself, “dancing salsa once a week is also sport”) and I am a mountain enthusiast from Berchtesgaden. The super friendly receptionist then provided us with her full armoury of top mountain tips, while I made every effort to ensure my girlfriend’s mountain tour is as palatable for her as possible.
Relaxing in the spa
After an initial inspection of our room, we went straight to the Spa area to indulge in our first treatment. Following a 3-course gourmet meal in our hotel we actually wanted to make our way to the town centre, however, we had to abandon our plans after an almighty thunderstorm broke out.
The alarm clock rang bright and early Saturday morning. I wanted to check the weather situation, so we could set out straight away under good conditions. I lifted the curtain a little and, to my delight, felt sunshine on my face. Now we’ll soon find out if things are going to pan out according to plan. A little persuasion is needed over breakfast, but then the joy is all the sweeter when my girlfriend agrees to go on a small tour. With the help of our map and flyers, we head off towards the Hahnenkammbahn cable car.
Leisurely hike to the Einsiedelei Hut
There is something going on. One fire engine after the other – it seems there is a vintage fire engine rally meeting today! I didn’t want to hang about, in case my partner got cold feet about the hut-to-hut tour. We came across the yellow hiking trail signs and were able to orient ourselves immediately. I didn’t really want to push my girlfriend to tackle the demands of the “Streif”, so we agreed to take the easier route to the Einsiedelei Hut. After 3km, we arrive there and are the hut’s first guests. We received a warm welcome and treated ourselves to our first drink. A little more persuasion is needed on my part, but we agreed to carry on and have lunch at the Seidl Alm. A beautiful path leads from Einsiedelei through the forest to the Seidl Alm (although you can also take the forest road).
Sundowner in Kitzbühel’s historic town centre
Along the way, we were able to sample the Kitzbühel spring water, which appears to be in no way inferior to our Berchtesgaden spring water 😉 After refreshments, we walked back down the Streif. I have skied down the Streif in winter, but to my mind, you ought to walk it at least once in summer.
After arriving in the village, we treated ourselves a drink whilst watching the Kitzbüheler jet set for a while.
Nach Ankunft im Ort haben wir uns selbstverständlich noch einen Drink gegönnt und die Kitzbüheler Schickeria ein wenig beobachtet.
To summarise: “We’ll be back!”
After yet another massage and blissful dinner, we prepared to set off for home again on Sunday after breakfast. I will, without fail, explore the mountains again with my mountain buddy. Our alpine hut tour was super nice, there really is something for everyone and every level of fitness – I personally, however, would like to go even higher!