Up the Kaitersberg to Kötztinger Hütte
This magnificent winter walk through the Bavarian Forest leads from Arrach on the Kaitersberg up to a rustic mountain hut.
The Kaitersberg is a mountain range in the Bavarian Forest that stretches from Bad Kötzting to the Arber region, between Lamer Winkel and Zellertal. The exceptional, even bizarre rock formations are a magnet for walking and climbing enthusiasts. The “high points” of the range are the Große Riedelstein (1,132 m) with the Waldschmidt monument, the mystical-looking stone towers called the Rauchröhren (1,044 M), the Steinbühler Gesenke (1,044 m), the Mittagstein (1,034 m) with the Kötztinger Hütte, and the Kreuzfelsen (999 m) with the Räuber-Heigl-Höhle – a cave steeped in legend. Numerous walking trails run around and over the striking mountain range and even in winter you can still enjoy this classic of the Bavarian Forest. A medium difficulty walking route starts in the Simmereinöd district of Arrach. It follows the blue and white markings that identify a tributary of the Goldsteig Trail and leads up to the ridge of the Kaitersberg. From there it veers to the right, following the yellow and white markings of the main Goldsteig trail, Germany’s longest certified quality walking trail, up to the Kötztinger Hütte. Along the way, you can enjoy wonderful views of the winter landscape of Lamer Winkel and Zellertal. Once you arrive at the Kötztinger Hütte you can fortify yourself with some hearty snacks and warm up (if you haven’t already worked up a sweat) before taking the same trail on the return journey to Simmereinöd.
The total length of this trail is about 3.9 km (easy) and it takes around 2 hours to complete. There is a total elevation change of around 474 metres along the way.