Kasererscharte - Frauenwand
The Tux Valley was divided for political, church and administrative purposes for long years. That means that the people of Hintertux had to make a long journey over Tuxer Joch to Schmirn to take care of bureaucratic matters. This was problematic in winter, not only because Tuxer Joch was impassable but also because of the dead. They had to be kept in the attic until the trail over Tuxer Joch was open again in spring. In 1926 Hintertux joined Tux-Lanersbach, which had belonged to Salzburg State until then, and Lämmerbichl to form Tux Municipality. The lookout point at Kasererscharte, at 2,460 m, affords a particularly good view down to Schmirn. With a little imagination, you can still picture the treks that took place in the early days of the 20th century. And from up there it's much easier to grasp how difficult the long trail was for the people of the Tux Valley at that time. In order to start your hike over Kasererscharte and to Frauenwand, first take the cable car from Hintertux (1,500 m) to Sommerbergalm (2,100 m). From there, walk along Spannagelweg, under Ramsmooslift to the trail crossing (1/2 hrs.) and then continue along a narrow path up to Kasererscharte. Alpine roses, St.-John's-wort and wild gentian provide a gentle contrast to the mighty glacier and the famous peaks and steep rock faces. Lärmstange (2,686 m), Olperer (3,476 m), Gefrorene-Wand-Spitzen (3,288 m) and Hoher Riffler (3,231 m) compete for the spectator's favor. After climbing for about 2 hours, on Kasererscharte, the scenery changes. On a good day, the view extends all the way to the Ötz Valley and Stubai Alps. Far below is Schmirn. Another place for a spectacular view is the peak of Frauenwand, at 2,541 m. The ascent to the peak, the highlight of the day, along the well marked and well laid out trail takes about 30 minutes. Behind it, facing Tuxer Joch, is a peaceful alp. Another 1/2 hour and you're at the Tuxer-Joch-Haus (2,313 m). There, of course, you'll need refreshments in order to enjoy the view. Your descent takes you through Weitental, past Schleierwasserfall (waterfall) to Hintertux. Our tip: Don't forget your camera and binoculars.