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The Leutasch Valley

Tyrol – secret valleys & splendid peaks
Starting point:

The Hotel Inntaler Hof, Mösern for two nights.

Day 1
Circular route via Gschwandtkopf: 14km, 4.5hrs

There are various walking options from Mösern. We recommend a route which ascends steadily to the summit of Gschwandtkopf at 1,500 metres, where you are rewarded with a glorious 360-degree panorama. You then descend to Seefeld and return to Mösern through a mixture of meadows and forest in time to hear the daily toll of the Friedensglocke (Peace Bell). Alternatively, take the opportunity to visit charming Innsbruck, the ‘city at the heart of the Alps’ – trains run regularly from Seefeld (pay locally).

Day 2
Mösern to Ober Weidach: 12km, 3.5hrs

Today's walk offers broad views of the upper Inn Valley as you head out of Mösern towards Lottensee (more of a marsh than a lake). The route wanders gently on through sections of forest and across fields to Ober Weidach, where you stay in the Hotel Kristall for two nights.

Day 3
Circular walk in the Gaistal Valley: 25km, 7hrs
Shorter option using shuttle bus: 17.5km, 4.5hrs

On your day in Ober-Weidach, explore the secluded and completely unspoiled Gaistal Valley. For a gentle walk, simply follow the river, though it is worth striking out up the northern slopes of the valley to best appreciate the beautiful scenery. You can shorten the walk considerably by taking advantage of the hotel's complimentary shuttle service which will drop you nearer the valley.

Day 4
Ober-Weidach to Reindlau (recommended option): 14km, 5.5hrs
Low-level option: 8km, 3hrs

This is a reasonably strenuous walk, but thoroughly enjoyable - on a clear day, the views are some of the best of the holiday. After a short transfer, you ascend to the saddle at Scharnitzjoch (2,048 metres), where the panorama of the Leutasch Valley is excellent enough. However, even better vistas right to the end of the valley can be enjoyed by ascending to the peak itself. You then descend through open meadows to Reindlau. For an easier day, you could simply cross the valley floor. You stay for two nights in the Hubertushof in Reindlau.

Day 5
Low-level route to Mittenwald (recommended option): 9.5km, 3hrs each way
High-level option: 12.5km, 5hrs, one way

We suggest two possible walks for your day in Reindlau, both of which lead to the small German town of Mittenwald just across the border, where many of the oldest houses are decorated with frescoes. The low route is our favourite, and takes you through the Leutaschklamm, a dramatic gorge in which the path crisscrosses the river by means of a series of footbridges. (There is an alternative route for vertigo sufferers.) The high route is more challenging, but offers sweeping views and is interesting in that it leads along the border on the route Napoleon took to invade the Tyrol in 1805. From Mittenwald, you can either return by bus (pay locally) or on foot.

Day 6
Reindlau to Mösern via Hochmoos: 18km, 5.5hrs

Your final walk starts with a pleasant riverside section before heading up into the mountains through the beautiful forests of the Schlagwald area. As you follow the ridge, you pass numerous viewpoints to reach the summit of the Hochmoos for a spectacular panorama of the Leutasch Valley, other viewpoints affording vistas of Seefeld and the jagged Karwendel Mountains beyond. You then descend back to the starting point of your holiday in Mösern where you spend your last night in the Hotel Inntaler Hof.

extend your stay

To extend your holiday, why not add on three nights at the highly praised Hotel Wiesenhof in another corner of the Tyrol, where you can enjoy spectacular lakeside walks or relax in the hotel's state-of-the-art spa by day, and in the evening savour first-rate cuisine?

Walk into Germany

If you want to continue walking, this holiday combines perfectly with our Beneath the Zugspitze walk to create a thrilling 13-night adventure From the Tyrol to the Bavarian Alps.

Add-on Innsbruck or Munich:

If flying via Innsbruck or Munich, why not add on a couple of nights to explore either of these historic cities?

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 Walking Chart
Walking Chart:The Leutasch Valley This is an approximation only. If comparing holidays, please note the scale of the chart as this can differ.
Walk into Bavaria
If you want to continue walking, this holiday combines perfectly with our Beneath the Zugspitze walk to create a thrilling 13-night adventure From the Tyrol to the Bavarian Alps.
Short break
Alternatively, if you are limited for time, we offer a 4-night version of this holiday, A Leutasch Encounter.