Around the Rifflsee lake

This nice little tour around the Rifflsee lake, which is one of the natural highlights in the Pitztal valley, is more a walk than a real hike. Ideal for relaxing hours in the mountains at the Kaunergrat crest.

In Mandarfen, at the upper course of the Pitze river, the valley station of the Rifflsee Cable Car is located. It takes us up to the starting point of our walk, the Sunna Alm mountain hut at 2,290 m a.s.l. Here the view opens on the Rifflsee, the largest natural lake in the Ötztal Alps. A gravel path leads down to its northern bank. Past the kiosk at the landing stage of the raft, which has been offering cruises across the lake since 2017, the route leads to the valley basin on the west bank, where the Rifflbach brook flows into the lake. Here we have arrived at perhaps the most beautiful spot of our circular walk and admire the wild landscape of the Kaunergrat peaks and the mild wetland of the lake with extensive meadows of cotton grass.

Always with view on the turquoise glacier water, the tour continues along the southern shore to our last stop, the Riffelseehütte mountain hut. It is located on a hill above the lake and the Taschachtal valley. Here we enjoy the beautiful view on the Pitztal glacier world, the hut also offers Tyrolean specialities. Only a 15-minute walk takes us back to the Sunna Alm mountain hut, where our circular tour ends. By cable car we come down into the valley again.

Author: AT

If you want to do this walking tour please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: mountain station of the Rifflsee Cable Car
Markers: Seerundgang, Riffelsee Hütte mountain hut, Rifflsee Cable Car
Distance: 3.6 km (in total)
Walking time: about 1 hour
Altitude difference: approx. 60 m
Altitude level: between 2,230 and 2,290 m a.s.l.
Suited for prams? yes
Hiking with dogs: suited
Rest points: Sunna Alm (mountain station Rifflsee Cable Car), Riffelseehütte
Experienced in: July 2018

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