Lake Rifflsee is the largest lake of the Oetztal Alps and is located at the Kaunergrat ridge.
Lake Rifflsee, which is a moraine lake, is located above the Pitztal valley, close to the Kaunergrat ridge and the respective nature park. The lake is surrounded by the superb landscape of the Oetztal Alps and the rough Kaunergrat peaks such as the Seekokel and the Rostizkofel.
Already around 1500 AD the lake was mentioned in the fishery book of the emperor Maximilian I. Peter Anich, a famous Tyrolean cartographer of the 18th century, gave the lake the name "Riffl". In the 19th century, it was mentioned as Lake "Taschachsee" by the topographer Jakob Staffler. The greenish waters comes from the glaciers Seekarlesferner, Löcherferner and Rifflferner, feeding the lake. Today Lake Rifflsee is by the way the largest lake of the Oetztal Alps and a popular destination in summertime. The Rifflsee lift facility takes you from the locality of Mandarfen to the mighty world of mountains. From the mountain station to the lake, it is only a 5 minutes' walk.
If you would like to combine a visit to Lake Rifflsee with a walking tour, we recommend you one of the hikes in the Pitztal valley or the walk from Mandarfen throughout the Hirschtal valley, making you reach the lake in a two hours' walk. However, also the lake itself represents a starting point for tours, such as the Fulda high altitude path, the hiking trail Rifflsee or the fixed rope route to the glacier, reserved to experienced mountaineers only. In winter this area offers 44 km of ski slopes in the Pitztal Glacier - Rifflsee skiing area.
Altitude: 2,232 m a.s.l.
Surface: 27 hectares
Maximum depth: 24 m