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Kaiser Mountains

The Wilder Kaiser and Zahmer Kaiser mountain chains dominate the Alps at the border between Germany and Austria.

At the eastern Inn riverside near Kufstein there are two nearly parallel mountain chains, which are called Wilder Kaiser and Zahmer Kaiser. The southern mountain chain, the Wilder Kaiser, is completely situated in Tyrol. In the south it borders on the Kitzbühel Alps, in the east the mountain ridge becomes lower and in the north the mountain chain of the Zahmer Kaiser borders on the Wilder Kaiser mountains. The natural junction of the two mountain chains is called Stripsenjoch (1,577 m). The Wilder Kaiser mountain chain is surrounded by good transport-connected valleys. Perfect starting point for hikes in the mountains are Kufstein, Scheffau, Ellmau, Going, St. Johann in Tirol and Griesenau.

The Zahmer Kaiser represents the northern part of the Kaiser Mountains. In the north there are the Chiemgau Alps. With locals the Zahmer Kaiser is also called Sonnkaiser, Ebbser Kaiser, Walchsee Kaiser or Hinterkaiser. Except for the Vordere Kesselschneid (2,002 m), the mountains of the Zahmer Kaiser are not higher than 2,000 metres. There is also a third "Kaiser", which literally means "emperor", in the region: the Niederkaiser. This mountain chain is attached to the Wilder Kaiser in the south east. The little mountain ridge is not higher than the timber line...

Peaks: To mention only some of the most beautiful mountains of the Wilder Kaiser: Ellmauer Halt (2,344 m), Sonneck (2,200 m), Goinger Halt (2,242 m), Scheffauer (2,111 m), Mitterkaiser (2,011 m), Zettenkaiser (1,968 m) and Karlspitzen (2,281 m). Important mountains of the Zahmer Kaiser mountain chain are the Vordere Kesselschneid (2,002 m), Pyramidenspitze (1,998 m), Elferkogel (1,601 m), Naunspitze (1,633 m) and the Petersköpfl (1,745 m).

Trails: However, from the mountains of the Wilder Kaiser mountain chain you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view as well as great hikes. Via fixed rope route you can e.g. scale the Pyramidenspitze mountain. And there are also very easy hiking paths that can be scaled by everyone. Also the mountain ridge of the Niederkaiser has got several surprises to offer, as there are fixed rope routes and the most beautiful waterfall of the Kaiser Mountains.

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