More than 14,912 miles (24,000 kilometers) of marked mountain and hiking trails await you in Tyrol. Among them are the Great Walks - the six most spectacular long-distance hiking trails in the region. They lead you over rugged peaks and crystal-clear mountain lakes, over breathtaking high-altitude trails and through enchanted forests. Along the way, you can stop off in cozy huts, surrounded by picturesque alpine meadows or breathtaking rock formations, and indulge yourself in regional specialties.
In this Collection of hikes, we introduce you to the six Great Walks in Tyrol. They are between six and 33 stages long. From the Karnischen Höhenweg in East Tyrol to the Lechtaler Höhenweg and the Adlerweg, the longest of its kind - here in Tyrol the most beautiful and challenging long-distance hiking trails await you. The often challenging tours usually take place at great heights and sometimes challenge even experienced mountain hikers. You are guaranteed to experience unforgettable adventures and immerse yourself in the vast alpine mountain landscapes.
In addition to the multi-day routes, we show you four of the most beautiful day hikes along the Great Walks so that you can experience the same stunning scenery within a day. The Great Walks were selected by a panel of experts, not just for their quality of trail, but also the hut infrastructure, technical requirements, highlights, and above all, for their stunning landscape.
So whether you choose a multi-day hike on one of the excellent long-distance trails or one of the beautiful day hikes on the Great Walks, you will definitely experience unforgettable mountain adventures in Tyrol.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This hike impresses with its spectacular views from the Kellerjoch. You can let your eyes wander from the Großglockner to the Großvenediger until it meets the Zugspitze in the northwest. The goal of the hike, which is considered a simple tour in Tyrol, is the Kellerjochhütte. She is known for her good food. For all sure-footed hikers, it is only a stone's throw from the hut to the chapel at the top of the Kellerjoch.If you come from Schwaz, you can take the city bus on the Hochpillberg to the hotel peace. From the bus station it goes past the Hotel Grafenast to the lift. You pass underneath the lift station and then start the ascent, which takes you alternately over a footpath, climb, track and in places over the runway. It usually goes up comfortably in the (light) forest. At about 1,600 meters you change from the old Kellerjochweg on the Jägersteig. The leads you in the light forest with virtually no significant change in altitude over to Naunzalm (Niederleger). In the open alpine pasture, you will hike to the small, old Alm building with the path cross. Then it goes in serpentines gently up to the Naunzalm-Hochleger. From Hochleger you hike up a steep track to the very visible Kellerjochhütte.If you want, you can after a culinary break on the Kellerjochhütte in half an hour walk up to the Kellerjoch summit. At the summit at an altitude of 2,344 meters, not only the spectacular summit chapel awaits, but also a panorama that surpasses the view from the hut. Surefootedness and a fundamental degree of vertigo are necessary for the ascent. Then you return to the starting point of the hike on the same way.
The hike has a little more than 1,300 vertical meters in the ascent, but you will be rewarded along the round trip with magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Highlight of the round is the Zireiner lake: It is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Tyrol and is idyllically situated in a basin. From there you have a fantastic view of the Rofanstock with the mighty Rofanturm as an eye-catcher. The Berghaus Sonnwendjoch with a fantastic view over the Inn valley invites you towards the end of the tour to stop before finally going back to the valley to Kramsach.From the parking lot of Sonnwendjochbahn (not in operation) you follow the path to the junction Kaltwasserbründl and continue to the middle station of the lift. From there, the route takes you below the lift route to the mountain station. From Berghaus Sonnwendjoch you hike straight up to the Rosskogel saddle and pass the Rosskogel in a northerly direction. Via the Rosswies you go downhill and reach the Zireiner See. After the climb at the western end of the lake, there is a fork in the road, here you turn left and continue towards Zireiner Alm. Now it is a short distance downhill and then via a path to Bayreuther Hütte and Bergalm. Here you can take a long break and enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and the valley as you fortify yourself with delicious food. With new forces, it goes from here back down to the lift car park in Kramsach, the starting point of the hike.
The approximately ten-kilometer-long, moderately difficult day tour over the Goetheweg is considered one of the most beautiful hikes around Innsbruck. Here you can experience the rough Karwendelgebirge as well as its gentle side overgrown with meadows and pines. The goal of the tour is the Pfeishütte at 1,922 meters with its original dining rooms and large sun terrace. Recommended is an overnight stay at the hut, so to postpone the beginning of the return to the next morning. The tour is for enduring hikers but also in one day to create. It starts at the mountain station Hafelekar the Innsbruck Nordkettenbahn (2,269 meters).The Nordkettenbahn takes you from the base station Innsbruck-Hungerburg (868 meters) to the mountain station Hafelekar. From here you hike at the beginning without large differences in altitude in an easterly direction Mühlkarscharte (2,243 meters). The trail runs past the northern chain below the Mandlspitze (2,366 meters) and in serpentines to the highest point of the tour, the Mandlscharte (2,314 meters), up. Beyond the gap, the path leads down into the "Pfeis" and gently continues through the fields of pine trees to the Pfeishütte. After you have arrived comfortably and have fortified yourself with delicious food, you wander on the same way back to the mountain station Hafelekar. On the way you have from the Goetheweg a magnificent view of the city of Innsbruck, which lies at your feet. From the mountain station you can then take the cable car to the center of Innsbruck.
At every turn you will be accompanied on this tour by the view of Austria's highest mountain. On the top there are wonderful views and views over the Virgen valley to the glaciers of the Venediger group, which makes the tour particularly attractive. Already at the top station of the Goldriedbahn, the Grossglockner, at 3,798 meters the highest mountain in Austria, seems close enough to touch. Along the panoramic path between Kals-Matreier-Törl and the top station Blauspitz, panels explain the fauna and flora in the high mountains. At the Gasthaus Glocknerblick, the herb and flower path informs about the peculiarity of the Alpine vegetation.In Matrei you take the Goldried mountain railway and drive up to the mountain station Goldried. Here begins the hike. At the beginning, you follow the path to Kals-Matreier-Törl and walk barely noticeably uphill. At 2,204 meters you reach the Kals-Matreier-Törl, where the snack station offers a rest. Strengthened it goes from here on the climb direction "Panorama Restaurant Blauspitz". In practically constant height you walk comfortably over fragrant meadows on the Glockner. Later, the route gently climbs up until you reach the top station Blauspitz with the panorama restaurant Blauspitz. Here you can take another well-deserved break. Then it's just downhill. On a trail you walk down the ski area in serpentines. Passing the "Bergrestaurant Glocknerblick" you continue downhill past the middle station of the chairlift and on to Kals to the National Park information point in the Glocknerhaus at the parish church, where the hike ends.To the starting point back to Matrei you arrive with the Postbus. The journey takes about 35 minutes.