The Rofangebirge


The word Rofan comes from the Ladin "roa" (= mudflow) and ("rov-aneumonte" - "mountain with muds"). High above the Achensee, at 1840 meters above sea level in the Rofan mountains, you are able to experience a cozy, sporty and relaxing time.

Geography and Geology:

Geographically, the Rofan Mountains are actually part of the Brandenberg Alps. The northernmost foothills of the Brandenberg Alps is the Pendling near Kufstein. In its southern part, this part of the Brandenberg Alps is better known among mountaineers under the name "Rofan Mountains". Earlier (around 1900) it was also called "Sonnwend- or Achensee Mountains". In recent times, especially on the hiking maps, it has prevailed to designate the southeastern part as "Rofan" and the northwestern part as "Brandenberg Alps". Both are separated by the valley of the river Brandenberger Ache. The southern border of the Rofan forms the Achensee, it forms the border between Rofan and Karwendel. In the north, even the Guffert is added to the Rofan. Important villages are Maurach, Achenkirch, Steinberg, Brandenberg and Kramsach.

The most famous summits:

Hochiss (highest at 2299 m), Rofanspitze, Vorder Sonnwendjoch, Streichkopf, Guffert, Unnütz and many others.

Flora and fauna:

Despite the vastly growing tourism, many of the protected plants still grow in the Rofan. For example, you can still find beautiful fields with Alpine roses, even an edelweiss is still occasionally discovered in addition to orchids, cotton grass and many orchid species. The wildlife is also rich, especially the constant whistling of marmots is amazing, especially despite (or even because of?) the many tourists who come up by ropeway. Also grouse and black grouse, chamois, red and roe deer can be seen again and again.