The Cross of St James in Pillersee

Last updated on April 8th, 2020 at 06:49 am

An unusual summit cross is the attraction on the Buchensteinwand in the Pillersee valley of the Tyrol.

The mountainous Pillersee valley lies in the Kitzbühel Alps but is one of the less-known destinations in this popular tourist region.

The Pillersee lift company transports visitors up to one of the peaks, the Buchensteinwand, with a four-seater chairlift. The astonishing Jakobskreuz (Cross of St James) is right next to the mountain station.

The thirty-metre-high cross is accessible and the largest of its kind in the world. From the four viewing platforms, which can be reached by lift, a magnificent panoramic view opens up: from the Kitzbüheler Horn to the Loferer and Leoganger Steinbergen mountains.

The panorama from the Buchensteinwand in the Pillersee valley.
The Lärchfilzkogel in the Pillersee valley
© TVB Pillersee Tal – Kitzbüheler Alpen | Sina Bodingbauer

The panoramic mountain excursion can be combined with a short hike on the flower nature trail at the summit. The path is almost flat, the numerous alpine flowers are described on boards and the walking time is about 45 minutes.

The Pillersee mountain railway runs from Friday to Sunday until 3 November.

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