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Hike across Austria in 49 days – North Alpine Trail 01

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Hike across Austria in 49 days – North Alpine Trail 01

Hiking Collection by Valerie

49

Tours

362:54 h

597 mi

153,525 ft

Since its conception in 1975, the North Alpine Long-distance Trail 01 has led passionate hikers across Austria, from lake to lake through almost all provinces. To be more precise, the route runs for almost 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) from Lake Neusiedl or the Vienna Woods in the east, through the northern limestone peaks of the Eastern Alps to Lake Constance in the west. This is an adventure that brings together the most beautiful alpine scenes in Austria, and it’s one you won’t forget in a hurry.

In this Collection, I introduce you to one version of the first Austrian high-altitude transversal through the Alps. Starting in the Vienna Woods, you hike through the provinces of Lower Austria, Styria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Tyrol and Vorarlberg, finishing at the wonderful Lake Constance, the third-largest freshwater lake in Europe. Alternatively, you can start at Lake Neusiedl – you can view this route in this small additional Collection: komoot.de/collection/1143275.

On a total of 49 stages, you hike through mountain groups and areas that are divided into five categories and wonderfully varied. On the first five stages of the Vienna Route, you hike from the outskirts of Vienna to the Rax region. Stages 5 to 11 take you through the spectacular Hohe Veitsch and Hochschwab mountain groups. On stages 12 to 24, you reach alpine heights as you hike through the Gesäuse Mountains and the Totes Gebirge mountain group, climbing proud peaks and breathing in the fresh mountain air. From stage 25 to 36, you make your way from Salzburg to Tyrol via the Hochkönig peak in the Kaiser and Karwendel mountains. Here, you experience far-reaching views, unending nature and rocky peaks that will look particularly good in your photo album. Finally, from stage 37, you walk through the Lechtal Alps, the Arlbeg, and part of the Bregenz Forest, before finally finding yourself on the shores of the shimmering Lake Constance.

You climb just shy of the 3,000 metre (9,842 feet) mark on this route and experience some of the most beautiful areas in Austria. By the time you reach Lake Constance, you’ll have clocked up almost 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) in distance and 46,000 metres (150,090 feet) of elevation gain. I don’t need to tell you that this adventure requires a certain basic fitness level, a head for heights and surefootedness. You should also choose the equipment you bring with you for your journey wisely and make sure it’s right for you.

You can shorten or extend all the stages as you wish. Some Tours have alpine alternatives which I’ve pointed out in the stage descriptions. You should reserve your accommodation at the respective stage destinations in advance to ensure you have a warm bed for the night.
Oh, and before I forget: By completing this long-distance trail, you'll have walked a fair bit of the European Long Distance Trail E4. But more about that another time. For now, enjoy your crossing of Austria. See you at the other end!

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Der Nordalpenweg 01

595 mi

165,225 ft

164,775 ft

Last updated: January 19, 2022

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  • Difficult
    07:31
    15.3 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,275 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of the Northern Alpine Path is long at almost 25 kilometers, but thanks to the easy-to-walk paths without massive climbs, it is a nice tour for "warm hiking". Starting from Perchtoldsdorf (alternatively Rodaun) you hike from the outskirts of Vienna into the idyllic Vienna Woods, then

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  • Difficult
    05:13
    10.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 2 of the Northern Alpine Trail is relatively leisurely. That's why you can - if you want - include a detour to the summit cross near the Peilsteinhaus right at the beginning. Although it involves a short scramble, it definitely pays off. Then you hike down to Neuhaus with the castle of the same

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  • Difficult
    09:07
    16.1 mi
    1.8 mph
    4,275 ft
    3,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You get closer and closer to the Schneeberg on stage 3 of your adventure. For the first time you will also get a little more alpine air while you are crossing the Dürre Wand. This spectacle begins in the area of the Gauermannhütte on the Plattenstein, which you can reach from your night quarters via

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  • Difficult
    06:58
    8.78 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,675 ft
    4,950 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    For the first time it’s going to be really alpine today: Starting from your overnight accommodation, the Fadensteig will greet you and let you climb steeply, in places exposed but well insured, to the Fischerhütte. Once there, the altitude meters are not quite over: you still have to climb a bit, then

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  • Difficult
    06:00
    7.59 mi
    1.3 mph
    4,775 ft
    750 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Before you head towards Veitsch tomorrow, you can discover the wonderful area of the Rax today. To do this, starting from yesterday's quarters, you climb up steep, partially exposed sections equipped with iron ladders to the Wachthüttelkamm. Concentration is required here, but you also have wonderful

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    7.66 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 6 demands a lot of skill and stamina from you. On the twelve-kilometer tour, you not only master the main summit of the Rax, the 2,007 meter high Heukuppe, but also the challenging descent over the (insured) Gamsecksteig. Uphill over the Nasskamm to the Schneealmplateau you first reach the Lurgbauerh

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  • Difficult
    07:17
    17.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    1,950 ft
    5,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 7 of the Nordalpenweg 01 starts high up at the Schneealpenhaus and ends at the bottom of the valley in the manageable Neuberg an der Mürz. To do this, you first climb uphill from yesterday's stage destination to the 1,903-meter-high Windberg, the highest summit of the Schneealm, and then always

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  • Difficult
    07:43
    11.4 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,625 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Woken up in the valley, stage 8 of the North Alpine Trail 01 is up again. Accompanied by a great panorama, you climb over the spacious Veitsch plateau up to the summit. This is not quite strenuous, but it can be mastered without extensive alpine knowledge. After you have thoroughly enjoyed the view of

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  • Difficult
    08:16
    14.4 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Have you been looking forward to a really beautiful alpine hike since the beginning of your adventure? Then you will particularly like stage 9! From the Graf-Meran-Haus you climb the Teufelssteig, which is quite steep, but - contrary to what its name might suggest - not difficult, down to the Rotsohlalm

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  • Difficult
    07:33
    9.47 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    It's going to be alpine! On its 15 kilometers, stage 10 of the North Alpine Trail 01 lets you experience a summit with great views and then find a well-deserved rest in a cozy hut. First of all, you can master the alpine Graf-Meran-Steig. As steep as it is in parts, the landscape that surrounds it is

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  • Difficult
    07:23
    12.7 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,150 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With stage 11 you can expect a long but comparatively leisurely section of the Nordalpenweg 01. From the Sonnschienalm you start the long descent, which first leads you to the cultivated Androthalm, then to the banks of the lively bubbling Fobisbach. Through its valley, the Hinterseeaugraben, an impressive

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  • Difficult
    05:54
    11.7 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After waking up in Eisenerz, it is worthwhile to linger a little longer and take a look at the beautiful old town houses. Then you start hiking, after all, today there are again almost 19 kilometers ahead of you. Once you cross Eisenerz itself, with the beautiful Liebfrauenkirche. Then the path leads

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  • Difficult
    07:45
    10.0 mi
    1.3 mph
    5,700 ft
    2,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today we are going up high again. On the 16 kilometers of the 13th stage, you have to master an impressive 1,740 meters in altitude. But don't let that put you off! Because, as always, you will of course enjoy the finest nature and wonderful views. But let's first take a forest road to the Schoderkreuz

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  • Difficult
    06:54
    11.5 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,625 ft
    4,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Without becoming too demanding, stage 14 takes you on its proud total length of 18.5 kilometers into the heart of the Gesäuses. From the Heßhütte you first descend to the mountaineering village of Johnsbach. Always in view: the imposing Hochtorgruppe. But whoever dismounts, as is well known, has to go

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  • Difficult
    07:17
    13.8 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,275 ft
    3,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 15 again has a lot of lush green nature, but also one or the other dreamy town for you. From the Oberst Klinke Hütte you hike on a successful mix of roads and forest trails over the Kaiserau to Admont, where a famous monastery is waiting to be discovered in all its internal and external splendor

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  • Difficult
    09:50
    14.5 mi
    1.5 mph
    5,600 ft
    3,875 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A lot of water in all imaginable forms awaits you on the 23-kilometer-long stage 16 of the North Alpine Trail 01. Starting from the Bosruckhütte, the first water-rich highlight is not far: the Dr. Vogelgesang Klamm leads you over sturdy wooden ladders and stairs past thundering waterfalls and mighty

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  • Difficult
    08:04
    13.4 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,700 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    So that you can digest the exertion of the day before, stage 17 of the North Alpine Trail 01 begins directly with a descent. But it is steep and can get slippery, so be careful. When you arrive in Vorderstoder, you make your way to Hinterstoder. It remains relaxing and flat with some really idyllic sections

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    6.99 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,550 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Ambitious hikers will love stage 18: While it is not too long compared to the previous sections, it requires stamina, concentration and surefootedness. But it also leads right into the impressive heart of the Dead Mountains. From yesterday's quarter you get to the Klinserschucht via a steep slope crossed

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  • Difficult
    06:53
    12.2 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 19 of the Northern Alpine Trail is comparatively green and mild: Instead of over rugged rock, today you hike through alpine pastures, forests and lake areas. Starting from the Pühringerhütte, the section starts relatively comfortably. Sooner or later you turn right towards Salzofen and thus master

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  • Difficult
    07:04
    12.5 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,875 ft
    5,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 20 is relatively long with a good 20 kilometers. But it's going downhill for a large part. At the end of it you have successfully crossed the Dead Mountains. Starting from the Loserhütte, you march once more through the unique landscape, past several rustic huts and always beautifully in the direction

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    49
  • Distance
    597 mi
  • Duration
    362:54 h
  • Elevation
    153,525 ft

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