Hochfilzen, located in the Pillersee valley, is a paradise for those who love biathlon and cross-country skiing.
Altitude: 959 m asl
Beside St. Ulrich am Pillersee, Fieberbrunn, St. Jakob in Haus and Waidring, Hochfilzen is one of the five municipalities of the Pillersee valley. The village is located at the Griessenpass (970 m asl) at the border to Salzburg and Bavaria. The economic upturn of Hochfilzen started in 1957, when a magnesite plant was established, which still today lifts this mineral.
The village is embedded into the Leoganger Steinberge and Loferer Steinberge mountain chains and the Kitzbühel Alps and offers a vast network of hiking and mountain bike trails, including over 400 km and resp. 800 km of trails. Those who love climbing will feel at ease in the outdoor climbing gym at Lake Wiesensee. However, the village also boasts some sights, such as the pilgrimage chapel Maria Schnee, constructed in 1745 AD and reshaped in its present form in the years from 1960-1965.
In winter Hochfilzen is reigned by cross-country skiers and biathletes. The Biathlon World Cup competition has transformed Hochfilzen into a real biathlon stronghold. Its facilities and the respective offer are more than remarkable: cross-country ski centre with biathlon facility for tourists, weekly biathlon sports for tourists, a professional shooting range as well as a network of resp. 100 km of cross-country ski trails for classical and for skating techniques. To complete this offer, there is an ice stock sport rink, the illuminated toboggan run Hoametzl and three skiing areas in the Pillersee valley: Fieberbrunn, Waidring-Steinplatte and Buchensteinwand-Pillersee Tal. Boredom? No chance!
Our recommendation: the “PillerseeTal-Card”, available for 4 or 6 days in the tourist offices of the valley, provides several discounts and benefits. Particularly recommendable to those who spend active holidays!