Incredible mountain panoramas, picturesque mountain lakes, cool waterfalls and more peaks than you can count – this is what you will find on the king of the Tyrolean long-distance hiking trails, the Eagle Way in North Tyrol. The trail gets its name from its shape as the route outline resembles an eagle gliding through the air. It takes you from east to west through the entire Tyrol region on its wings, showcasing idyllic alpine landscapes and dizzying mountains along the way.
Covering around 260 miles (420 kilometers), this long-distance trail is divided into two routes: the Eagle Way in North Tyrol and its ‘little brother’ in East Tyrol. In this Collection, we have prepared the 200 mile (320 kilometer) North Tyrolean long-distance hiking trail for you, along which you can enjoy the unique contrast between wild mountain scenery and urban life.
Six magnificent mountain ranges await you on the Eagle Way: the Kaiser Mountains, the Brandenberg Alps, the Karwendel Mountains, the Tuxer Alps, the Wetterstein Mountains and the Lechtal Alps. As some of the stages are quite demanding, you must be surefooted and have a head for heights to take on this adventure. Ideally, you are already an experienced alpinist. Come prepared, and you will be rewarded with breathtaking alpine panoramas and wonderful views with marmots and ibexes on the rocky slopes.
Almost every stage starts and ends at a cozy, panoramic mountain hut or village with several accommodation options. As some huts have limited space, we recommend you book well in advance.
If you enjoy collecting stamps and badges, the Eagle Way is the right place for you. Along the way, you will always find stamps at huts, mountain pastures and inns. Depending on how many stages you have walked through, you can pick up a bronze, silver or gold eagle pin as well as an Eagle Way certificate.
You can reach the starting point in St. Johann in Tirol easily by train. From the endpoint in St. Christoph am Arlberg a bus will take you to the nearest long-distance train station in St. Anton.
As there is often a lot of snow at higher altitudes until early summer, mid-June to the end of September is the best period for your adventure.
If you are limited on time or simply feel like hiking the shorter but equally exciting Great Walk of the Eagle Path through East Tyrol, you will find everything you need for your East Tyrolean adventure in this Collection: komoot.de/collection/899218
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:
Following eagle wings on the Eagle Way East Tyrol:
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:
The second stage leads you over the narrow Klamml rock path even deeper into the Kaiser Mountains and to the highest mountain hut, the Grutten hut. Surefootedness and a head for heights are essential in this section. On the following long descent, which offers you the most beautiful views of the Hohe Tauern and Kitzbüheler Alps, you can already see the turquoise Hintersteiner See shining beneath you.
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This stage rewards your ascent into the wonderful mountains several times with unique views. You leave the tranquil Kufstein behind you and follow the rail tracks below you for a while before the path meanders up the mountain slope. At the high-altitude Almgasthof Höhlenstein, you can take a breather on the sunny terrace, because then it's an exciting narrow path to the Köglhörndl and Hundsalmjoch panoramic mountains. Here you can also immortalize yourself in the summit book.
Crystal-clear, rushing streams are your constant companion on this stage. After you have left your quarters in Pinegg, you cross the cool Brandenberger and Steinberger Ache. A leisurely climb takes you halfway to the highest point of your stage, the Wimmerjoch. Here you can take a break on the green alpine meadows and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Now you follow small village and forest roads to the idyllic Steinberg.
Today you can expect many meters of altitude - both up and down. On the way up to the highest elevation in the Karwendel Mountains, the Birkkarspitze with 2,749 meters, you need good physical condition and a head for heights. Before you go up to the highest peak, you cross the scree field-rich hose car and a snow field. If the weather changes, you will find a small emergency hut below the Birkkarspitze.
Rocks, stones, gravel and rubble characterize this stage. On the less traveled route, you climb up to the Eastern Dremelscharte. To make the ascent easier for you, steel ropes are available in the narrow gorge. Again and again you will discover the turquoise-blue mountain lakes in the gray of the stone masses, which glisten in the sun and invite you to take a cool bath. The Steinseehütte is ideal for a breather on the promising sun terrace.