Lofer Mountains

The Lofer Mountains are located in Austria, strictly speaking in North Tyrol and Salzburg.

The Lofer Mountains are a mountain chain in the Northern Limestone Alps and are closely connected with the Leogang Mountains: both mountain chains border on each other and are sometimes also defined as subgroup. The two mountain chains, called “Steinberge”, are divided by the 1,202 m high Römersattel pass. The Lofer Mountains are a karst mountain chain and offer a wide cave system. The most famous is the Prax ice cave in Salzburg.

The Lofer Mountains are delimited by the Chiemgau Alps in the north, the Berchtesgaden Alps in the east and the Leongang Mountains in the south east, while in the south west there are the Kitzbühel Alps, and in the west the Kaiser Mountains stretch. In Tyrol, there are holidays destinations such as Waidring and Hochfilzen in the Pillersee valley. Also the Loferer Alm, a famous skiing area, is located in Tyrolean territory, which, however, belongs to the Steinplatte mountain and not to the Lofer Mountains.

Peaks: the highest mountain of the Lofer Mountains is the Grosses Ochsenhorn with 2,511 m asl. Further important peaks are the Grosses Reifehorn (2,480 m), the Breithorn (2,413 m), the Rothörnl (2,394 m) and the Seehorn (2,155 m).

Trails: in the Lofer Mountains, there are two fixed rope routes as well as the Schmidt-Zabierow mountain hut, which is the only mountain hut of the local Alpinists’ association AVS in this mountain chain. Otherwise the mountains of this range are not really famous, as there are not opened up by lift facilities. The ascend to the peak of the Loferer Skihörndl (2,286 m), however, is a popular ski tour.

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