Alexander-Enzinger Trail

Difficulty
This reflects the 10Adventures difficulty rating for each route. We aim to keep ratings consistent across regions.
Moderate
Duration
This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
3.5-4.5h
Distance
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
15.4 km
Elevation
This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
235 m
User Ratings
These ratings are completed by users who have completed this trail and not subject to reviews by 10Adventures.
Overall Rating
This is the average user-submitted overall rating on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.
9.7
Physical Difficulty
This is the average user-submitted rating on the physical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
This is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Read Reviews
Directions to Trailhead
Panoramic views of the Alexander-Enzinger Trail hike in Zell am See and Kaprun Valley, Austria

The Alexander - Enzinger hike is a stunning hike along a mountain ridge between Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier area. With beautiful views and a high point of 2,452 m, this is a challenging yet rewarding hiking trail in the Zell am See-Kaprun region.

Guide-book quality info for over 8,000 trails

View Alexander-Enzinger Trail on Map

View Map

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

Route Description for Alexander-Enzinger Trail

We prefer to take the bus at the start of the hike and leave our car in Kaprun, that way we save waiting for the bus to go back to get our car at the end.

Either way, take the Gletscherjet 1 and 2 cable cars up.  From the top Gletscherjet 2, head to the Alpin Center (2,450 m) and choose route Number 5, towards the Krefelderhütte in north-east direction. At first you will follow part of a ski piste and stay almost under the cable cars. Here you will find real alpine vegetation and marmots. After a while the path will head north, towards the mountain ridge which closes in the Kitzsteinhorn area on the left-hand side.

From here, a limited amount of ascending has to be done, towards the Lakarschneid (2,652 m). Once you hit the ridge, the path stays on top or close to the ridge and you will start the descent.

On some parts of the descent there is rope present to help with extra safety since there are steep slopes on one side of the path. Peek over the ridge when possible, you will have a great view in the valley ‘next door’: Dietersbachtal.

Follow the ridge along, passing the Dreiwallner-Höhe towards the Glocknerblick mountain hut. This is the perfect stop for lunch, and is a wonderful traditional hutte, with great staff and wonderful food.

After another 20 minutes, you will reach the Maiskogel family ranch. This is another great place to eat on this hike.  This is where the old Maiskogel cable car top-station used to be located. If you are tired and are finished for the day, there is the possibility to take the ‘hiking-bus’ down from here (last run down at 16:30).

We love this hike, so we encourage you to finish the whole hike.  The last bit of the hike is 2 hours of mountain adventure!  The route to be taken is called the ‘Maiskogel Güterweg (Route Number 33).  This is a broad mountain road trail, which makes its way down to Kaprun in a big snake-like trail. On the way, you have the time to relax and enjoy the stunning views, see parts of the Maiskogel ski area and traditional Austrian farms in action.

Once you get close to the Kaprun again, you will pass Jausenstation Untereigen. This family run farm, restaurant and pension, also has its own ‘Schnapps’-distillery (Austrian brandy). Stop here for a last drink and try one of the award-winning Schnapps from the host, Toni.

After getting totally relaxed, hike the last 20 minutes down to Kaprun. You will find yourself exactly in the city center again. If you have your car parked at the bottom of the glacier cable cars, hop on the 660 bus and drive back to the bottom of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. Or if you had travelled by bus, you can start your next adventure straight away!

Insider Hints for Alexander-Enzinger Trail

  • Because you are at high altitudes, UV can be really sharp. Use a good sun block, ideally SPF 50.
  • If you are staying in an accommodation in Kaprun, ask if they have the Zell am See-Kaprun Summer card. With that, the cable car ride, hiking bus and normal bus are free!
  • When you stop for lunch at the Glocknerblick and are looking for a sweet treat, try Tina’s homemade Topfenstrudel with fresh vanilla sauce. You will be in heaven.
  • If you try schnapps at Toni’s place; the Willi-Birne Schnapps for gentleman, and the hazelnut-schnapps or egg-liqueur for the ladies, are highly recommended!
  • Click the link to find out more about hiking the Austrian Alps.

Getting to the Alexander-Enzinger Trail Trailhead

Travel to Kaprun, pass the town and continue just over 7.0 km to the bottom of the Glacier Cable Cars. Take the Gletscherjet 1 and then 2 up to the Alpin Center. If you travel by bus from Mittersill or Zell am See, stay on the 660 bus which brings you to Kaprun. It will pass the town and bring you to the bottom of the cable car (this is the bus turn around point).

Route Information

  • When to do

    May to October

  • Toilets

    Alpin Center and mountain huts

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    One Way

Alexander-Enzinger Trail Elevation Graph

Weather Forecast

Check Area Weather

Alexander-Enzinger Trail Reviews

Add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Nearby Trails

Nearby Regions

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

Tours

Routes

Blogs