Stone towers on Vorderer Brunnenkopf
is a mountain located high above the famous villages of Fiss
. The mountain is a true hikers destination in summer
and a ski-touring destination in winter
. There are several well-marked trails
up to its summit coming from West (Serfaus) and East (Fiss). The mountain is separated from its higher neighbor Planskopf by the Plansjoch
saddle. To the east Vorderer Brunnenkof is bordered by Hinterer Sattelkopf
Vorderer Brunnenkopf measures 2683 meters above sea level and is part of the long ridge connecting Zwolferkopf (2596m) in the NE with Planskopf(2805m) in the SW. In-between are Oberer- & Hinterer Sattelkopf (2670m) and Vorderer Brunnenkopf (2685m). The full ridge of mountains can be seen very well, especially from Serfaus (1427m). A famous hiking route in this part of the Samnaun group leads over the entire ridge of these mountains starting at Oberer Sattelkopf and ending at the highest peak of the ridge: Planskopf at 2805 meters. This hiking trail is not too difficult and very popular: T3+. Vorderer Brunnenkopf can be climbed best during the summer months plus in spring and fall, when there is no snow present on the mountain.
Brunnenkopf in Winter
Brunnenkopf in Summer
Vorderer Brunnenkopf is located in the (far) eastern part
of the Samnaun Group
. The only peaks more to the east are Oberer- & Hinterer Sattelkopf and Zwolferkopf.
(2596m) The altitude of the ridge decreases further to the East-NE down to the village of Fliess
, which marks the ending of the Samnaun Group mountains. Because of this position on the edge of the Samaun Group one can enjoy the perfect summit view
, especially towards the north and east. Towards the north rises the Venet
region with Glanderspitze
, towards the east the Kaunergrat
, towards the southeast the Glockturmkamm
and towards the west the Samnaun
Sheep, Komperdell and Serfaus from the ridge
Brunnenkopf Panorama as seen from nearby Hinterer Sattelkopf (2670m)
Vorderer Brunnenkopf MAPThere are several good options for climbing Vorderer Brunnenkopf. All routes are fairly easy mountain hikes with gradations of T3+ or less. Choosing a route really depends on the effort one would like to make for reaching this summit. I will describe the main route in further detail in the section below.
Route: Fiss - Ridge- Serfaus
Vorderer Brunnenkopf and the Sattelkopfe
Secured part & Plansjoch
The most popular
route for climbing Vorderer Brunnenkopf is by starting at the Fisser Joch
. The route starts at the top station of the Schonjochbahn which is also called Berg diamant
). So take the Schonjochbahn up from Fiss
. When you exit the cablecar you will find yourself already at 2436 meters of altitude. You can spot the big yellow signposts
at once. Go there and take a left in the direction of the Oberer Sattelkopf –Gratweg
and Planskopf. The trail is named ‘’Trail 23
’’. Follow the trail in a W-SW direction. Soon you will pass underneath Zwolferkopf
(2596m) and the large summit cross
of Oberer Sattelkopf comes into sight. Keep following the trail which goes onto the Grat
(the ridge) after you have passed Zwolferkopf. On the ridge the route steepens a bit and goes up in a straight line to the summit cross. In about 50 minutes to an hour you will find yourself on the summit
of Oberer Sattelkopf. From here follow the trail towards the SW. After a short descent the trail starts to gain elevation again. After some 30 minutes you will reach the summit of Hinterer Sattelkopf
(2670m). Keep heading to the SW and once again after a short descent from the summit the route gains elevation again, you are now ascending Vorderer Brunnenkopf
. In about 15 to 20 minutes you will arrive on the summit.
From the summit follow the marked trail towards the SW. You are now descending Brunnenkopf along the SW-flank. At this point the trail is secured by steel cables for a short section. This part of the trail is the hardest and graded T3 to T3+ at max. After descending this short section you will arrive on the Plansjoch, the saddlepoint connecting the mountain to Planskopf (2805m). At the junction on the Joch, follow the trail back down towards Komperdell/Serfaus. The trail goes down along the SE-flank of the mountain. You can already spot the cableway system beneath you. Follow the well-marked trail down and after 1 to 1,5 hours you will reach the Komperdell middle station. From here it is possible to take the cableway back down to Serfaus of hike further down to Serfaus (an additional 1,5 to 2 hours, T2). Of course it is also possible to hike this route the other way around and start from Serfaus instead of Fiss.
How to get there
How to get There Map
) are located in the heart of Tirol and can be reached most easily by car
. The official website of Serfaus-Fiss and Ladis includes a route-planner. Fill in your home address for your route information. The route planner can be found here. This link also provides information about Train & Bus schedules as well as Taxi services.
When to climb
On trail to Brunnenkopf
Vorderer Brunnenkopf can be climbed best during the summer months and in Fall
(June / October) when there is no snow
present on the mountain. Ski-touring is also possible in wintertime.
Maps & Books
Kummerleyand Frey – Ischgl & Serfaus - 1:35.000 - ISBN 9783259007136
Kompass 42- Landeck Nauders Samnaun Group – 1:50.000 - ISBN 9783850265423
Bergfex Weather Fiss and Serfaus
Accomodation in Fiss & Serfaus