The Great Walks are the six most spectacular long-distance hiking trails in Tyrol. From the Karnische Höhenweg in East Tyrol to the Lechtaler Höhenweg and the longest of its kind, the Adlerweg - Tyrol has more than 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers) of marked mountain and hiking trails to offer. The often challenging tours run mostly at great heights and sometimes present even experienced mountain hikers with exciting challenges. This is the best guarantee for unforgettable experiences and real adventures on which you can immerse yourself in the particularly beautiful Alpine mountain landscapes.
But not only hikers experience an unforgettable time in Tyrol: mountain bikers also get their money's worth here. Comfortable bike swings, lonely singletracks, special bike accommodations - Tyrol knows exactly what mountain bikers want. As a downhill mountain biker, you will experience fun and action on the five most fluid singletracks that Tyrol has to offer - the Great Trails. From the Arzler Alm Trail in Innsbruck to the Plamort Trail on the Reschenpass, here you will find forest paths with roots, high Alpine paths, tight bends and wide Alpine pastures.
Whether you are looking for a challenge on one of the hiking trails or singletracks, they all have one thing in common: both the Great Walks and the Great Trails were selected by a jury of experts. The hiking trails were specially selected for their trail characteristics, the landscape experience, the hut infrastructure, the technical requirements and the special highlights. The singletracks were chosen for their route, length, challenge and scenic experience.
You can hike this impressive, approximately 70-kilometer-long mountain trail between Innsbruck-Igls and Schwaz in six stages. The destinations for this are the Glungezerhütte, the Lizumer Hütte, the Weidener Hütte, the Rastkogelhütte and the Kellerjochhütte. You do not even have to worry about your own catering, because the "Inntaler", which snakes its way along the 2,000-meter high-visibility over the Inn Valley through the Tux Alps, is rightly considered a rewarding pleasure trip by hikers looking for food. All huts offer excellent regional food. This gives strength and endurance for the six mostly medium-difficult day stages between Patscherkofel and Kellerjoch.The highlight of this unique mountain landscape: the Zirbenweg on the first stage. It leads you through the protected landscape area between Patscherkofel, Zirmberg, Viggartal and Glungezer above the Blue Lakes. The large pine tree population there is one of the oldest in Europe. On the further course of the Inntaler Höhenweg the route also grazes many romantic valleys: Voldertal, Navistal, Wattental, Nafing and Nurpenstal, Sidantal and Finsinggrund. The only difficult place on the second stage can be avoided. Entrances and descents are possible on each stage.
Starting from Finkenberg and the Gamshütte, the difficult mountain trail leads through the heart of the Zillertal Alps high mountain nature park: glorious views of the glaciated alpine world await you as well as wonderful insights into the natural beauties of this high alpine landscape. Many are especially looking forward to the literal highlight of this tour: the Berliner Hütte. It is the largest alpine club hut in Tyrol and the first to be listed. This is mainly thanks to its exceptionally magnificent interior design, the wood-paneled walls, the five-meter-high dining room, the chandeliers. A real pearl in the middle of high mountains.The Höhenweg is a demanding tour for experienced mountain hikers: if you take the whole route, you will spend a good 85 kilometers in six different stages in about one week. The following milestones are the Friesenberghaus, the Furtschaglhaus, the Berliner Hütte, the Greizer Hütte and the Kasseler Hütte. The start of the hiking tour is the Gamshütte, which you can reach from Finkenberg via an almost seven-kilometer climb. The destination of the hike is the Karl-von-Edel-Hütte. From here it goes on a nearly nine-kilometer descent to Mayrhofen. The length of the tour, however, can be determined by yourself: From all huts there are descents into the valley.
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A mountain path of superlatives, in terms of scenic beauty and mountaineering requirements: over a length of about 85 kilometers and an altitude between 2,000 and 2,500 meters, the Lechtaler Höhenweg follows the main ridge of the Lechtal Alps. It is subdivided into variants in ten stages, which usually run on difficult climbs.13 Alpine Club huts offer protection, accommodation, excellent food, peace and conviviality. For many hikers, the biggest scenic attraction is the Steinsee. To the east of the Steinseehütte, it embeds itself like a green-blue pearl in the dramatic mountain scenery with the striking Dremlscharte.The Lechtaler Höhenweg is part of the North-Alpine long-distance footpath 01 and the European long-distance footpath E4. As a high alpine trail, he demands the highest possible level of fitness, well-founded high mountain experience, sure-footedness, a head for heights and climbing abilities. Depending on the snow conditions you will need rope, pimples and crampons on some stages. The key points include the rope-insured Roßkarscharte between Steinseehütte and Württemberger Haus, as well as the Südostwand crossing of Vorderseespitze between Ansbacher Hütte and Kaiserjochhaus.
Over 5,000 meters in altitude, almost 80 kilometers of track, eight huts - and all around a single valley: The Stubai High Trail is one of the most beautiful, but also the most challenging high-altitude hiking trails in the Eastern Alps, leading through the Stubai Alps on seven stages. The stage destinations are the Franz Senn Hut, the Neue Regensburger Hut, the Dresdner Hut, the Sulzenau Hut, the Nürnberger Hut and the Bremer Hut. Starting point of the tour is the Starkenburger hut, which you can reach via the gondola lift Kreuzjoch. The destination of the hike is the Innsbrucker Hütte, from which you can reach Neder via a descent of almost eleven kilometers. As the undisputed main attraction of the Stubaier Höhenweg, the many glacier glimpses on the stages between Dresdner and Bremer Hütte are considered.The route is classified as a black mountain trail and winds only through alpine terrain. Surefootedness, a corresponding basic condition, a head for heights and the right equipment are therefore basic requirements to get to know the powerful mountains on the Stubaier Höhenweg. You can easily walk the mountain trail in both directions. Another special feature is that there are descent possibilities from each hut to the valley and vice versa. Thus, you can make the long-distance trail also in stages.
The Karnische Höhenweg follows the Carnic main ridge with a total length of 168 kilometers, which runs in a west-easterly direction in the Austrian-Italian border area. The tightrope walk lasting up to eleven days is very popular with alpinists due to its extraordinary views, especially in the Dolomites. The sometimes demanding route starts in Sillian in Alta Pusteria. It is divided into eleven sometimes very long daily stages and ends in Unterhörl in Carinthia. Stage destinations include the Sillianer Hütte or Obstanserseehütte, the Filmoor-Standschützenhütte, the Porzehütte, the Hochweißsteinhaus, the Wolayerseehütte, the Gasthof Untere Valentinalm, the Zollnersee-Hütte, the Rudnig-Alm, the Garnitzenalm and the Feistritzer Alm.The highlight of the course awaits you right at the beginning: on the first third from Hollbrucker Spitze the route is largely identical to the first section of the "Peace Trail", which leads through the Dolomites to the Swiss border. It was created along the Austro-Italian front line from the First World War, partly on former military platforms. At each stage there are alpine huts, huts or inns to stop. It attracts a remarkable 30 hiking summits, such as the Great Kinigat (2,689 meters) and the Pfannspitze (2,678 meters), the highest point of the tour. The geological diversity of the Carnic Alps is shown by the geo-trail panels between Sillian and Nassfeld. The route can be shortened well at Plöckenpass-Straße - Stage seven - or at Nassfeld - Stage nine.
The 420-kilometer Adlerweg is the king of all long-distance hiking trails in Tyrol. When you complete your route, you draw with your steps the silhouette of a flying eagle in the high mountain world between St. Johann in the Kitzbühel Alps and St. Christoph am Arlberg and between Ströden and the Stüdlhütte am Großglockner in East Tyrol. The shape of the king of the skies so and the heraldic animal of Tyrol. The two routes in North and East Tyrol are divided into seven sections and together make up 33 daily stages with a total of 31,000 vertical meters in ascent. It is a company that takes time, but which leads to the most spectacular mountainous regions in the state.If you want to discover the country with extensive hikes, you will be just as enthusiastic about the Adlerweg as experienced mountaineers and alpinists, who strive for summit victories. Alpine experience, sure-footedness and a head for heights are the prerequisite for many stages.The first section of the Adlerweg takes you to the Brentenjoch, about 40 kilometers from St. Johann in Tirol, from where you can take the Kaiser lift to Kufstein. The beautiful route that leads you through the nature reserve of the Kaisergebirge, you can go in three stages. As a milestone here come the Gaudeamushütte and the Hintersteiner See in question.
At about 130 kilometers, the second section of the Adlerweg leads you from Langkampfen near Kufstein to the Hafelekarspitze, from where you can take various mountain railways to Innsbruck. You can go this tour in eight to nine days. On the way, the Gasthof Buchacker, Pinegg, Steinberg am Rofan, the Erfurter Hütte, the Lamsenjochhütte, the Karwendelhaus and the Hallerangerhaus or the Hallerangeralm are all possible destinations.For the hike, you need sure-footedness, sturdy footwear and alpine experience. So you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and the breathtaking panoramic views along the route, the highlight of which is the Karwendel with the Goetheweg on the Nordkette. The contrast between the wild mountains and the view of the urban Innsbruck is unique.
This approximately eight-kilometer section of the Eagle Walk is a good day-trip from Innsbruck. Even for less experienced hikers, this beautiful tour is feasible, because you need sure-footedness, but no alpine experience.From Innsbruck you can take a bus or tram to Igls, from where you take the gondola lift to the Patscherkofel mountain station. Once at the top, the hike starts directly on the Zirbenweg. The wide path leads you to the east without steep passages. Only slightly uphill it goes over to Boschebenhütte. From there you hike on to the Tulfeinalm, from where you can take the cable car to the valley to Tulfes. Via Igls you will get back to Innsbruck.
The fourth section of the Adlerweg is about 54 kilometers long. He leads you from Hochzirl near Innsbruck to Lermoos. For the track you need good slip resistance, sturdy footwear and alpine experience. If you plan three stages, the Solsteinhaus and Leutasch / Ahrn are eligible as milestones.It starts in Hochzirl, where you can take the train or the S-Bahn from Innsbruck. From here you can hike through the beautiful mountains and admire spectacular mountain forms on the way. In addition to rugged peaks you can see many episodes of glacial glaciations with corresponding round shapes, moraines and glaciers. On lonesome passages of the path you can enjoy the closeness to nature and the overwhelming mountains in peace. At the end of the section you walk down into the valley and reach Ehrwald via Lermoos.
The fifth section of the Eagle Walk leads you on about 100 kilometers from Lermoos to St. Christoph am Arlberg. For the eight stages you need good shoes, sure-footedness and alpine experience. On the way, the Lorea Hut, the Anhalter Hut, the Hanauer Hut, the Württemberger House, the Memminger Hut, the Ansbacher Hut and the Kaiserjochhaus are all suitable stops.On the way from Lermoos to St. Christoph you can expect marvelous nature, such as the nature reserve Ehrwalder Becken. Rural village idylls and high mountains alternate. Again and again you have fascinating views of magical lakes, such as the Parzinnseen, nestle like two shiny emeralds idyllic in a carmine. While you're hiking, you'll see the impressive Dremelspitze and the Dremelscharte. From the Großbergspitze, you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the red top and the red plate amaze with their reddish color. But also the small details along the way, like the innumerable pretty alpine flowers, are worth seeing.
Sure-footedness, sturdy footwear and alpine experience are also required for the sixth, approximately 52-kilometer section of the Eagle Walk. The track can be divided into five stages. The Johannishütte, the Eisseehütte, the Bonn-Matreier-Hütte and the Badener Hütte are suitable as stage destinations.It starts at the Plarkplatz in Ströden. From here you hike uphill on the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park. In the area of the proud three-thousand-meter peaks, a vast panorama opens up to you with majestic peaks. A pretty sight is also the ice lake, to which a worthwhile walk of one hour leads from the Eisseehütte. From the Bonn Matreier Hut you have a breathtaking view of the Lasörling Group, the Dolomites and the Schober Group. In good distance you can even see the highest mountain in Slovenia, the Triglav (2,864 meters). At the end of the tour you will hike to Tauernbachtal, where the section ends in Tauer.
The last section of the Eagle Walk takes you to the Lucknerhaus on about 40 kilometers from Matrei in East Tyrol. You can hike the route well in four stages, whereby the Sudetendeutsche Hütte, the Kalser Tauernhaus and the Stüdlhütte are suitable as stage destinations. For the hike through the high mountains, you need sturdy shoes, good slip resistance and alpine experience.On this final part of the Eagle Walk, you can once again enjoy the fascinating mountain scenery and let your gaze wander over the sugared peaks. On the Edelweißwiese, you may even discover a specimen of the rare Alpine flower. The highest point of the Garnet Point group is the Great Muntanitz (3,232 meters), which you have in view from the trail. You can also see fascinating mountains and rocks such as the board top and board wall from the mountain trails. The steeply arranged mica schists are reminiscent of smooth boards, hence their name. At the Lucknerhaus you have reached the destination and can proudly and satisfied look back on 33 stages through the mountains of Tyrol. If you do not have enough, you have the opportunity to explore two nature trails from the Lucknerhaus - a nice end to the mountain adventure on the Adlerweg.
With the Fleckalmbahn in Klausen it is easy to the mountain station at 1,797 meters above sea level. Once at the top, follow the signs to the marked trail, taking the first few meters on the forest road.At the beginning, the route leads along the edge of the slope through a root-shaped forest. After a short transfer over the forest road you cross the ski slope. Now the brown trail band runs through the lush green of the alpine meadows. Before the trail opens into a dense forest, wait a few fun residents and smaller tables on you. Curve by curve, the track now meanders down the steep, tree-lined forest slope. Again and again you get into a sweat by short ascents. After you have passed the mountain inn Fleckalm, you can look forward to more flow again. Fast adjacent curves and smaller jumps provide variety on this section. Afterwards you drive along the edge of the forest, continue on beautiful meadows and finally through a beautiful forest back to the valley station Fleckalmbahn.Tip: The Berggasthof Fleckalm invites you to a cozy rest in between. With hearty delicacies you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view on the sun terrace.
Just below Hochsölden, in the first sharp right-hander, the Leiterberg Trail branches off to the left. The moderately steep and flowing singletrack leads you along the ridge to the Leiterberg Alm. It is a trail that hikers and bikers share. After a few meters on the forest trail starts the fun. You cross the Haimbach and follow the clear route to the rustic Leiterberg Alm. A stop at the cozy snack station is almost mandatory and a boost for the following trail is an advantage.Below the pasture, past the Edelweißhütte, you follow a short piece of the forest road. Immediately branched, specially for bikers, Leiterberg trail back into the forest and is increasingly demanding. Roots, stones, steps and tight curves are typical of this section. Advanced cyclists have the opportunity to work on their technique, beginners can avoid passages due to the numerous crossings of the forest road again and again.
From Lermoos you reach with the Grubigsteinbahnen the entrance into the Blindseetrail. Alternatively, you can cycle up the mountain bike trails 804 and 860 to the Grubigalm in about two hours on your own.After the trail entrance follows a short ascent. Then it goes on a wider trail section to the first stream crossing. Now begins a technically demanding section. Think about the choice of line well, because it collects again and again deep debris in gutters. A magnificent view of the Blindsee rewards the efforts of this section. At the waterfall you have reached the key point and it is recommended to push the bike. It follows a short section on the forest road, then you turn left into a short trail. On a new section on the forest road follows the technically challenging trail towards Blindsee. At the first fork in the road, turn right, then follow the beautiful Ufertrail around the Blindsee to the parking lot.Finally, after this adrenaline-loaded tour, you can treat yourself to a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the blind lake - an absolute treat. On the surrounding meadows and the stone beach you can relax wonderfully.
It starts at the mountain station Bergkastel at 2,172 meters altitude. Following the signposting of the alpine trail, you will reach this flowing tributary, past the Stieralm, up to the plateau Plamort. Here's the start of the Plamort Trail. Flowig it goes a little uphill and downhill on a meadow trail through the middle of the imposing tank barriers to the Austrian-Italian border. At the historic bunker facilities it goes past the Bunker Trail, which is the main connection towards Reschen.The first meters of altitude you rush over a flat and fast trail over beautiful alpine meadows. Then the terrain becomes steeper. About roots and partly loose ground, it goes downhill. This is followed by fast and flowing crossings through the forest and the trail runs along the slope to the entrance into the Etsch Trail. In countless, sometimes steep and tight bends, the track meanders across loose and stony ground through the forest and requires a certain amount of technical driving skills. This last part of the varied descent is certainly the most challenging and occasionally has difficulties up to level S3. After about 680 meters of pure downhill fun, the trail ends directly in Resia.For the way back there are several possibilities: The valley station of the Schönebenbahn can be reached along the Reschensee in a few minutes. You take the train up and over the Upper Schöneben Trail via Reschner Alm and the beautiful and varied 3-country Enduro Trail back to Mutzkopf after Nauders. If there is no muscle power left, you can reach the starting point in Tyrol from Reschen on the beautiful cycle path in the valley (Via Claudia Augusta).
The Trailstart is located at 1,080 meters altitude between the Arzler Alm and the Rumer Alm. It is best to get there by taking the Hungerburgbahn to the mountain station and from there follow the signposted mountain bike route in the direction of Arzler Alm.On a difference of just under 400 meters of altitude on the Arzler Alm Trail then waiting about three kilometers of absolute trail pleasure on you. The first section offers pitch changes, steep turns and some jumps, but they can always be avoided. The trail now crosses the forest road and the second section begins. Long, steep curves, narrow hairpin bends and flowing passages with small jumps make this section particularly varied. Experts can try the Jumpline, which can be bypassed via "chicken line". After about 15 minutes of driving, the trail leads into the new mountain bike route, which leads from Mühlau to the Hungerburg. From here it goes back to the city.Tip: A stop at the Arzler Alm, which gives the trail its name, is an absolute must. In addition to the wonderful view of the city, delicacies are served according to grandmother's recipes.