“The eye of Chiemgau” is how one poet referred to the Taubensee. For those who have seen this magnificent mountain lake which lies at an altitude of 1138 m in a hollow of the Rauhe Nadel, it’s easy to understand this rapturous statement. But be prepared for an extensive day hike! The name comes from the local word for a species of crab which can be found in the lake. Crabs aside, let this lake work its magic on you.
Is it true that both the Tyroleans and the Bavarians wanted this lake? Yes, the border runs right through the surface of the lake (boundary stones). However, this body of water truly belongs to hikers and nature lovers.
Hiking time: Tourist office – Glapfalm – Hutzenalm – Stoibenmöseralm – Taubensee – Ochsenalm – Hutzenalm – Birnbach – Tourist office = 6 hours
Demands: Mountain trail with sometimes narrow, steep and hanging paths, 580 m cumulative elevation grain.
Stops along the way: Stoibenmöseralm, Taubenseehütte, Hutzenalm, Stoaner, Glapfhof.
Sights worth seeing: View of the Chiemsee, the Taubensee and the “Glocknerschau”, a view of the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria.
2. Eggenalm – Fellhorn, 1765 m
A classic mountain route which can be taken directly from Reit im Winkl is the Fellhorn route.
Where does the name of Fellhorn come from? It has its roots in the German word for meadow, Feld, indicating that the crest of the mountain is covered in grass and clusters of Alpine roses. What about the horn? When viewing the mountain from the south – or from the Waidring valley – this mountain top looks like an inverted horn.
Hiking time: Hindenburghütte – Straubinger Haus – Fellhorn – Straubinger Haus – Hindenburghütte = 4 – 4 ½ hours
Demands: Moderately difficult mountain hike, 570 m cumulative elevation grain.
Stops along the way: Hindenburghütte, Sulznerkaser, Straubinger Haus.
Sights worth seeing: St. Anne chapel, dry stone walls, Eggenalm chapel