Bärenkopf: A popular destination year-round

Am Gipfel des Bärenkopfes

The peaks around Lake Achensee are among the most popular tour destinations in the Karwendel and Rofan mountains. One of the most dominant is the Bärenkopf – the rugged mountain landscape with its sparse rock vegetation and mountain pine fields in the southeastern part of the Karwendel mountains affords beautiful panoramic vistas. The tour to the Bärenkopf is one of the region’s highlights overlooking the valley and the deep blue Lake Achensee which lies like a fjord between the mountains. The Bärenkopf has rightly been recognized as an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1989 (in addition to being part of the Nature Park Karwendel). It was placed under protection to preserve the special characteristics and beauty of the landscape and its recreational value.

Whether choosing the route through the Tilio-Acerion forests of the Weißenbachtal valley or the route from the Zwölferkopf via the Bärenbadalm, visitors will be amazed by the diversity of flora and fauna around the Bärenkopf. Many of the plants that grow here are protected. There is so much to discover: Between the Weißenbachalm and the summit there is a high moor and in the summit area of the Bärenkopf there are impressive craggy rock formations. All this can be experienced on an extensive hike which offers rewarding panoramic vistas. Depending on the starting point, the summit tours take between 4 and 6.5 hours.

The origin of the names Bärenkopf and Bärenbadalm (bear’s head and bear’s pasture) will most likely remain a legend. One thing is certain: Even if an increasing number of wild animals such as wolves or lynxes appear in the European Alps, visitors don’t have to worry about encountering the Bärenkopf’s eponym. However, it’s not hard to imagine the large, heavy mammals in this impressive landscape. Today, the Bärenbadalm mountain hut is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers who enjoy homemade delicacies such as Kaiserschmarrn (a sweet, fluffy shredded pancake) and elderflower syrup. Whether as a stop for refreshments during the ascent or descent or as a place of excursion, the Bärenbadalm is ideal for a stopover in the stunning mountainscape. In winter, the Bärenkopf offers perfect conditions for backcountry skiing in open terrain –spectacular deep snow descents and views of the fjord inclusive!

One thing is for sure: The Bärenkopf at Lake Achensee is a desirable destination with unique panoramic vistas year-round.