The Pillersee valley in the Austrian Tyrol offers two very different panorama viewpoints of the surrounding mountain landscape.
The Steinplatte viewing platform
This viewpoint above the village of Waidring is right next to the rock formations of the Steinplatte and almost 70 metres above a drop.
The platform is shaped like a fan coral and provides visitors with some spectacular views and breathtaking perspectives. The different textures of the flooring guarantee that even people who are not completely free from vertigo can venture out without too many problems. Some of the coral branches are deliberately opaque and thus provide a reassuringly solid base.
The more daring can walk over the coarse-meshed grating between the branches or risk a look through the completely transparent glass surfaces.
The Jakobskreuz in St. Ulrich am Pillersee
The Jakobskreuz on the summit of the Buchensteinwand, the loveliest mountain in the Pillersee valley, is one of the many highlights in the Kitzbühel Alps. The largest accessible summit cross in the world, at a height of rougly 30 metres, offers magnificent views over the peaks of the Loferer and Leoganger Steinberge mountains.
The four viewing platforms at a height of 19 metres can be easily reached with a passenger lift and are accessible for wheelchair users or people with physical disabilities. This top excursion destination in the Kitzbühel Alps is open in summer as well as in winter during the opening hours of the Pillersee/Buchensteinwand cable car.
As of October 2020, the Jakobskreuz has a new attraction – the Antonius Chapel. The Kitzbühel master carpenter and artist Max Biembacher has created a small, minimalist mountain chapel directly at the base of the Jakobskreuz. Craftsmen from the Pillerseetal region contributed and the marble for the altar comes from Kramsach.
Admission to the Jakobskreuz and Antonius Chapel is covered if you buy the PillerseeTal Card.
More information: www.pillerseetal.at