Rugged peaks with panoramic views, mountain huts ranging from modern to futuristic, and magnificent glaciers will make every hiker’s heart beat faster on the Eagle Way in East Tyrol. You will climb spectacular trails, catching a glimpse of turquoise glacial lakes and the Großvenediger and Großglockner peaks.
Following an eagle’s silhouette, you will take the shorter of the two routes of the Eagle Way, an in total 260 mile (420 km) long-distance hiking trail in Tyrol
With a total length of around 62 miles (100 km), the Eagle Way in East Tyrol is much shorter than its 199 mile (320 km) long ‘big brother’, but no less exciting. You will hike to the glacier-rich Venice Group and the imposing Großglockner where you can enjoy the famous alpenglow at its feet. The nine stages are demanding so you often need to take care, have a head for heights and be able to keep your feet firmly on the ground.
Each day starts and finishes at a panoramic mountain hut. We recommend reserving a hut in good time, especially during the summer when they are often fully-booked. The hiking conditions are best from June to the end of September. Outside of this period, you will most likely encounter heavy snow at higher altitudes.
To get to the starting point in the east of Tyrol, you take the train to Lienz. A free bus takes you from there to your start point in Ströden. Getting back to Lienz from the endpoint in Kals am Großglockner is just as easy.
If you're a stamp collector and enjoy gathering coveted hiking pins, then the Eagle Way is the perfect place for you. You can get your stamp booklet out in many huts, mountain pastures and inns. At the end of your journey, you can pick up the Eagle Pin in bronze, silver or gold and an Eagle Path certificate, depending on the number of stamp sites you visit. You can order your Eagle Walk starter kit including the stamp booklet here: tirol.at/reisefuehrer/sport/wandern/adlerweg/adlerweg-starterpaket-mit-stempelblatt.
If you have the time and feel like a longer challenge, we recommend checking out the 24 stages of the wonderfully demanding "big brother" of the Eagle Path in North Tyrol:
The Eagle Way is one of the six most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in Tyrol, the so-called ‘Great Walks’. All routes promise you three things: escape from your everyday, beautiful alpine landscapes and real adventure. As well as the Eagle Way, the Tyrolean hiking trail elites include the Berlin High Trail, Lechtal High Trail, the Stubai High Trail and the Inntal High Trail.
Hiking in the Zillertal Alps on the Berlin High Trail:
High altitude air on the Stubai High Trail:
Between borders on the Karnisch High Trail:
The Inntal High Trail:
Hut-Hopping on the Lechtal High Trail:
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Last updated: November 14, 2022
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Your adventure on the Eagle Walk in East Tyrol starts at the Ströden car park. From here the ascent to the picturesque Maurertal begins with its rushing mountain streams, green pastures and views of the glaciated landscape. In the Essen-Rostocker hut, you can reward yourself for the strenuous ascent…
The second stage will be exciting and challenging at the same time, because the Eagle Walk takes you into high alpine terrain. After you have left your cozy accommodation in the Johannishütte, you climb up several turns to the Schernesschaft at 3,040 meters. You can enjoy a unique view of the glacier…
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Today, a short and relaxed day's stage awaits you, so you can consider whether you should make a detour to the ice lake before returning to the Adlerweg. A circular walk of about an hour takes you from the ice hut to the ice-cold but beautifully turquoise glowing glacial lake. The Adlerweg now follows…
Steep climbs, demanding descents, steel belts and old snow fields shape your way on the fourth stage. It is again a challenge to your sure-footedness, but offers impressive views of the omnipresent Großvenediger and the Großglockner massif. In fine weather you can even see the Dolomites. You are again…
Always keeping an eye on the glacier world of the Großvenediger, today you climb several hundred meters down into the valley to Innergschlöss. Rope points always give you security on the steep descent. On your way you will pass the "Eye of God", a mountain lake, which a small peninsula made of grass…
To get from your last stage destination at the Tauernhaus to your next stage, you can take the hiking bus 955 to Matrei Hinterburg, which belongs to the municipality of Matrei in East Tyrol. The low-traffic driveway takes you to the Glanz car park, your starting point today. Through dense larch forest…
You come closer and closer to the imposing Großglocker with the seventh stage. Ice age moraine dominate the landscape as you hike below the Gradöt glacier up to the eponymous gorge in a rocky area. You will soon cross the Muntanitzbach. If the snow melts heavily, it will be difficult to cross it with…
Your valley hike through the picturesque village valley continues. You pass the inviting Bergeralm, which serves the best Kaiserschmarrn. A stop in the Moa-Alm is almost a must, because the rustic alpine hut is still used to cook on an 80-year-old wood-burning stove. The alp, which has been left in its…
The East Tyrolean Eagle Walk is coming to an end. The last stage comes up again with an exposed spot, rubble and rubble. With the departure from the Stüdlhütte you leave the Großglockner behind. A look back at the gigantic glacier massif is always worthwhile. You reach the climax of the stage on the…
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