Below the Gästehaus Kofler guesthouse, you will find the Chapel of the Visitation, which was built by the Kofler Family to fulfil a promise. The chapel was consecrated in 1992. A mountain church service (Almsegen) accompanied by a small celebration takes place here every year on the Sunday after the Visitation (2 July). The site of the chapel was formerly home to a stone cross built to ask God for good weather.
Head down to the curve in the road below the Stiglreith car park and follow the Sonnenweg trail south to the highest district of Oberperfuss: Gfas at an altitude of 1,517 metres above sea level. The chapel in Gfas is a Chapel of Our Lady and was originally made of wood. In 1941, Franz Leitner replaced the wooden construction with a brick-built chapel, which was consecrated in 1987 following renovation work. The distinctive Rosskogel mountain towers up behind the chapel.
Hike along the road towards Sulzstich (reservoir) and then follow either the Geisterwanderweg (Ghost Trail) or the road back to Stiglreith. From there, continue down the mountain along the panoramic road towards the Egghöfe district, which is home to the Notburga Chapel, built in 2003. The chapel’s altar is adorned with a beautiful carved figure of Saint Notburga by Mathias Resch from St. Ulrich.
The hike now leads down the mountain to Oberperfuss. Follow the signposts along the Wiesensteig trail no. 9b and the Waldsteig trail no. 6b until you reach the edge of the forest. From there, continue west to the Haggenweg and back to the car park at the Bergbahnen Oberperfuss lift station.
This relaxed chapel hike is an excellent opportunity to get to know both the landscape and culture of Oberperfuss in more detail. A number of friendly and welcoming cafés, guesthouses and mountain huts invite you to stop off for a rest and a bite to eat along the way.
Sources and literature: “Gemeindebuch Oberperfuss” (Oberperfuss Parish Chronicle)
Rest stops: Restaurant Sulzstich (only open when the Bergbahnen Oberperfuss lift is operating), Rosskogelhütte (open from mid-May to the end of October) and the Panoramarestaurant Stiglreith.