"Beneath the Wilder Kaiser" Ellmau by sandysmith

Ellmau Travel Guide: 78 reviews and 176 photos

Ellmau is my favourite tyrolean village, situated between the
Wilder Kaiser and Hartkaiser mountain ranges.

These are very much like the dolomites with their jagged appearance.

Hiking Paths

There is an extensive network of hikingh trails on both sides of Ellmau. The Wilder Kaiser is rugged and is hard walking but rewarding scenery - no cable-car here!

On the Hartkaiser side you have a funicular in Ellmau and Gondolas at Going And Scheffau (villages either side of Ellmau) which make for great circular hikes. Another gondola ride at Soll takes you to the Hohe Salve where a panorama of 70 peaks over 3000 ft can be seen too.

May 2004 we returned for another week of hiking. We were blessed with several good days and the hiking once again was marvellous - the scenery even more stunning as the preceding winter had plenty of snow and the mountains were more snow-capped than our previous visit which had been in autumn. Indeed there were still patches on snow on the higher paths that we had to negotiate at times.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:stunning scenery
  • Cons:no cable-cars on the Wilder Kaiser :-((
  • In a nutshell:Alpine charm and hikers paradise
  • Last visit to Ellmau: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 28, 2004
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    we stayed somewhere here for a few days as part of a tour to Oberammegau in 2000, yet to remember the name of the place!but looking a little familiar...esp the church . nice page thanks Sandy

  • Jul 21, 2007 at 6:38 AM

    Just booked a lastmin.com summer week to Ellmau, and this is a handy guide, although we're not big walkers. We're just big :). Greetings to WK from sunny Warrington.

  • morgenhund's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2006 at 3:40 AM

    I have been to Söll before now - and remember the walking trails and walking to Ellmau at one point. Will have to revisit as it is easily reachable from Vienna - PS Hoping to get there in Spring 2007 possibly!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2006 at 1:52 PM

    Bootiful indeed, just looking for some updates.

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2006 at 12:51 PM

    Looks like paradise- mountains, hiking, and churches! Great page, I've never heard of Ellmau before but now I want to go!

  • desert_princess's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2005 at 3:59 PM

    On the Hohe Salve tip in the middle is the Pyramid of the Grossglockner :))) Kool!! No cable cars on wilder kaiser ....it is only acessed from the Back - by entering the Kaisertal through Kufstein...been there..done that...

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2005 at 4:10 AM

    Outstanding page, Sandy !! Ellmau and the surroundings are so beautiful - and Wilder Kaiser is just the best ! Hihi, so I see you also have visited the famous Ruebezahl Huette :-))

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2005 at 3:01 PM

    My congratulations, great stuff. I like your suggestions for hiking fans (in the travelogue), amazing views and landscapes, very interesting local customs tips as well.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2005 at 11:15 AM

    Never heard of it. As usual, you make me want to go there! Love those pics. Back for another visit

  • Minnieg's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2005 at 2:19 PM

    Wow, beautiful Picture! hope to find a way to visit Tirol in the future! greetings from Seattle! Minnie


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