Picturesque mountain panoramas, turquoise lakes, rushing waterfalls and countless peaks – you will find beautiful landscapes on Tyrol's most famous hiking trail, the Adlerweg in North Tyrol. The route lives up to its name as its outline resembles an eagle gliding through the air. On its wings, it takes you from east to west through the whole of Tyrol, showing you idyllic alpine landscapes and magnificent mountains along the way.
The 256-mile (413 km) long hiking trail is divided into two routes: the Adlerweg in North Tyrol and its "little brother" in East Tyrol. In this Collection, we will guide you through the 199-mile (320-km) North Tyrolean long-distance hiking trail in 24 diverse and sometimes challenging stages.
You will hike through six magnificent mountain ranges: the Kaisergebirge, the Brandenberger Alps, the Karwendelgebirge, the Tuxer Alps, the Wettersteingebirge and the Lechtaler Alps. Some of the stages are quite demanding and require sure-footedness and a head for heights. However, each of them offers breathtaking alpine panoramas and wonderful views. You will also often hear a few marmots calling.
Almost every stage starts and ends at a cozy mountain hut or village with several accommodation options. Since some huts have limited space, we recommend that you book well in advance.
If you like to collect stamps and badges, the Adlerweg is the right hike for you as the trail is lined with numerous stamp points at huts, alpine pastures and inns. Depending on how many stages you have walked through, you can pick up the eagle pin in bronze, silver or gold and an Adlerweg certificate.
You can easily reach the starting point in St. Johann in Tirol by train. From the end of the route in St. Christoph am Arlberg, you can take a bus to St. Anton, the closest train station with long-distance trains.
Since there is still plenty of snow in the higher altitudes until early summer, the best season for your long-distance hike is from mid-June to the end of September.
If you are short on time or if you fancy a shorter but equally exciting route along the Adlerweg through East Tyrol or if you have already conquered the long route, you will find everything you need for your East Tyrolean adventure in this Collection: komoot.de/collection/897755/gletscherreiches-fernwandern-der-adlerweg-in-osttirol
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The first leg of the Eagle Walk takes you to dizzying heights and majestic views. Your way on the swing of the eagle starts at the traditional Gasthof Rummlerhof in St. Johann in Tirol, which is easily reached by train. On your ascent to the mountains of the Wilder Kaiser, you will pass two rushing waterfalls and soon you will see the "Wild Castle": a mighty rock massif with numerous battlements, towers and balconies. Perhaps you would like to make a detour to the caves of the so-called thieves' stoves before finishing your day's journey in the cozy Gaudeamushütte with a delicious Kaiserschmarrn.
The cabin is open from mid-May to mid-October.
The second stage takes you over the narrow Felssteig Klamml even deeper into the Kaisergebirge and the highest mountain hut, the Gruttenhütte. Surefootedness and a head for heights are essential on this section. On the following long descent, which offers you the most beautiful views of the Hohe Tauern and the Kitzbühel Alps, you will already see the turquoise Lake Hintersteiner glistening beneath you.On your way down you can reward yourself with a fresh buttermilk to the harp on the cozy Steiner Hochalm. The wooded shores of the Hintersteiner lake invites you to linger and dream, in warm summer months even on a refreshing bath.Pension Maier in the district Scheffau offers itself as your destination of the day. If you walk a few hundred meters further, there is another accommodation at the Pension Hagenhof.
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Stage three of the Adlerweg begins gently until you reach the managed Walleralm. Right next door is the Stöfflhütte with home-brewed beer and a delicious Kaiserschmarrn. A challenging climb takes you across flowering alpine meadows up to the wooden summit cross on the Hochegg with a wonderful view of the Inn Valley.Via marked trails and woody forest roads you will reach the chairlift "Wilder Kaiser". Here you can decide whether you want to descend gently by train or continue on foot in "the pearl of Tyrol" to Kufstein on foot. In the Weinbergerhaus you can once again absorb the wonderful panorama over the Zahmen Kaiser into a cool drink.
This stage rewards your renewed ascent in the beautiful mountains several times with unique views. You leave the contemplative Kufstein behind you and follow the railway tracks below you for a while before the path snakes up the mountain slope. At the high-altitude Almgasthof Höhlenstein you can catch a breath on the sunny terrace, because then it goes over an exciting narrow path to the mountains Köglhörndl and Hundsalmjoch. Here you can immortalize yourself in the summit book.In the Adlerhorst, a wooden observation tower, you can look back on the beautiful Inn Valley and the Wilder Kaiser. You end your day in the cozy Buchackeralm high on the mountainside.
Today, your surefootedness and head for heights are in demand again. After a short climb you will reach the first summit of the day, the Ascherjöchl. From now on, it will be challenging, because you turn onto a black marked, rope insured path, which brings you up to the promising Plessenberg with its golden-shiny summit cross. From here you can see the Kaiser Mountains, the Kitzbühel Alps and even the Grossglockner on a clear day. Over scented pines you will reach the Kienberg. From here you will roam through beautiful alpine pastures on your way down to Pinegg. From this long, challenging stage, you can relax in the inn Gwercherwirt in the tranquil high valley Brandenberg.
Crystal clear, rushing streams are your constant companion at this stage. After leaving your quarters in Pinegg, cross the cool Brandenberger and Steinberger Ache. A leisurely climb will take you halfway to the highest point of your stage, the Wimmerjoch. Here you can enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains during a break on the green alpine meadows. Now you follow small village and forest roads to the idyllic Steinberg.Several snack stations and inns invite you to stop for a restful night at the so-called "most beautiful end of the world".
Today you dive deep into the Rofan Mountains. You wander on the first kilometers over gentle meadow slopes on the long distance hiking trail E4. Powerful rock formations and steep walls extend to the north. The light forest path through the Schauertal now turns into a challenging trail that takes you to Lake Zireiner - an ice-cold, 200-meter-deep picturesque mountain lake. The path remains steep and leads over roots and through pines to a cauldron with turquoise Karsee. Below you see now and again the deep blue Achensee flashing.You spend your evening on the quaint Erfurt hut or even float down the Rofanbahn into the valley, where there are several good overnight accommodations.
Spectacular views and several hearty inns and snack stations await you in this section. If you are staying in the Erfurt hut, you will start with a descent with the gondola directly to the Achensee. Otherwise, you start your day's stage already in the valley and wander on the shore of the crystal-clear lake to the beautiful Falzthurntal. If you want to refresh yourself before the steep ascent to Lamsenjochhütte, the Falzthurnalm is already right in front of you. But you can also go a few miles further, where the inviting Gramaialm beckons with a large sun terrace. Birch trees line the Lunstgraben, a gravel road that soon turns into numerous serpentines.You meander slowly to Lamsenjochhütte, your destination of the day, upwards and can enjoy a magnificent view over the Lamsenjoch with the prominent Sonnenjoch.
On your ninth stage on the Adlerweg you will be accompanied by rugged, impressive cliffs on both sides. Today it will not be as steep as in the previous sections. Gently, you climb over meadows and through mixed forest to Hohljoch and pass the Binsalm and Engalm. Again and again the panorama of the alpine world catches you. The beautiful landscape around the Großer Ahornboden with a cozy guesthouse invites you to stop by, before you look out for climbers under the 1,000-meter-high Laliderer rock walls. You can admire a dreamlike alpenglow from the newly renovated Falkenhütte, which heralds the end of your day.
Also on the tenth stage you stay in the beautiful Karwendel Nature Park and follow an old cart track through the valley. Blossoming alpine meadows make the Alpine panorama even more unique. The Ladiz Alpe, an upriver of the Engalm, which you have passed on the pre-stage, looks like a picture book and also the small maple back is at least as impressive as his big brother. To get to the Hochsattel and the promising Karwendelhaus, you will cross over a stony mountain path another 400 meters before you can put your feet up.
Today you can expect many vertical meters - both up and down. On the way up to the highest elevation in the Karwendelgebirge, the Birkkarspitze with 2,749 meters, you need a good condition and no fear of heights. Before you go to the highest peak, you cross the boulder-filled Schlauchkar and a snowfield. If the weather changes, you will find a small emergency hut below the Birkkarspitze.After you have reached the highest point, you descend into the beautiful Hinterautal with its rustic Almhäusern. At the Hallerangeralm, you enter the Alpine Club of the same name and can recover from this demanding stage.
The city calls, because today you reach the provincial capital of Tyrol - Innsbruck. After leaving the Hallerangerhaus, the Adlerweg leads you at the foot of the Großer Lafatscher along the Lafatscher Kars. From here begins a steep climb over numerous serpentines. At the Pfeishütte in the Hochtal Pfeis you can catch a quick breath, because the way up to the Mandlscharte requires a lot more from you. Once you have passed the Mandlspitze, the view of the Inn Valley opens up and you can already see through Innsbruck.The Nordkettenbahn takes you from the Hafelekar mountain station slowly floating and with the best view down to the city life of Innsbruck.
With the 13th stage you will take the "tail" of the eagle. For a relaxing day trip, you can hop on a bus or tram to Igls and take the gondola lift to the Patscherkofel mountain station. If you are still fit, you can of course also hike to the valley station. Arrived on the Patscherkofel you follow the wide Zirbenweg to the east. From the inviting bench on the small mountain lake you have the best view of Innsbruck. Before you float down into the valley again with the Halsmarter lift, you can stop off at the cozy snack bar Tulfeinalm.Once in the valley, take the bus back to Igls and then continue by bus or tram back to Innsbruck. Alternatively, you can stroll back to Innsbruck on the Inn river. We have worked out the route here for you.
Today you can sleep in, because your stage is refreshingly short. With the Karwendelbahn or Mittenwaldbahn you leave the city bustle of Innsbruck behind you and start your return to the mountains at Hochzirl station. Only the first section is a bit steeper, but in the Zirler forest an impressive canyon opens, which the Ehrbach has washed into the mountain. And another surprise awaits you after your climb. Look for a spruce with picture frame and wooden bench and some small change ready. Worth it.Arrived at 1,805 meters, the idyllically located Solsteinhaus awaits you with a hearty dinner and accommodation in small room warehouses or warehouses.
After the relaxed day before you get a bit more thrills today. Your day starts with a climb to the Eppzirler Scharte. Surefootedness is an absolute prerequisite here. From here you have a particularly beautiful view of the Großer and Kleiner Solstein. The Eppzirler Alm with its small chapel can be reached via lush meadows. From the pasture, it is now comfortable down to the Eppzirler valley and the wooded Gießenbachklamm. It gets really rocky again. With the high saddle you have arrived on a great vantage point.A wide forest road brings you over a bridge over the rushing Leutascher Ache to your stage goal in Leutasch / Ahrn. Here you will find several good accommodations.
More distance, but less altitude. Along the crystal clear Leutascher Ache you reach the picturesque Gaisbachtal. On Ganghofer Weg you can enjoy the unique mountain idyll. The choice of rest stops is great today, because in the beautiful alpine pastures the Gaistalalm, Tillfußalm and the generous Ehrwaldalm with Tyrolean specialties are waiting for you.A pretty meadow path leads you down to the community Ehrwald. Here, at the foot of the imposing Zugspitze, you will find a variety of accommodation options.
Today you can decide again - float loosely with the Grubigsteinbahn to the summit house at 2,050 meters or give everything and walk the track on foot up. It's up to you. We have prepared the second version to give you the appropriate overview. No matter how you choose, dense mountain pine trees and forest passages are waiting to be crossed by you. On the "Via Augusta" you will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans and head for the Fernstein Castle, which today houses a hotel.A steep, serpentine path leads you to the quaint self-catering Lorea-Hütte. The hut is open to Alpine Club members and their companions. Do not forget to pick up the key from your responsible section in advance.
This stage will again be a challenge to your muscles and foot strength. After you have left the beautiful Lorea hut, the path is already rising steeply. You cross the Loreascharte at 2,315 meters and can climb over a side path up to the Loreakopf. Then it goes just as steep down to the Heimbachtal. Scree and old snowfields can make the descent difficult. In the Heimbachtal you can eat and fortify yourself at the rear Tarrentonalm, because it goes up again. Over a steep grassy slope and a kart you reach the quaint hitchhiker's hut.The cottage is closed until 2021 due to renovations. For a transitional period, you must therefore continue to Boden, where you can spend the night in the Gasthof Bergheimat and continue the 19th stage.
A few kilometers and comparatively few meters mark the 19th stage. If you start from the ground, your day's march to the Hanauer hut will be even shorter. From the Anhalter hut, you climb leisurely up the steel cables to the Steinjöchl with its wooden summit cross. From here follow gentle alpine meadows and pine fields that lead to a cart road. In the distance you can already see the Hanauer hut. A look into the rock walls is worthwhile, because shortly before the hut a waterfall has washed a vertically falling gorge in the rocks. The evening you spend below the rugged Kogelseespitze, at the foot of the Hanauer hut lies.
Rocks, stones, gravel and rubble characterize this stage. On the less traveled route you climb up to the eastern Dremelscharte. To ease the climb, steel cables are waiting in the narrow canyon. Again and again you discover in the gray of the stone masses wonderful turquoise blue mountain lakes, which sparkle in the sun and invite to a cool bath. The Steinseehütte is ideal for a breather on the scenic sun terrace.Shortly before the Württemberger house makes an uninsured trail the path again particularly exciting, before you climb over some serpentines to your camp at 2,220 meters altitude.
Even today, your entire concentration is required again. Gorgeous meadow slopes make you start the day gently. Soon a rope-insured body will guide you on your tightrope walk with fantastic views of the Lechtal Alps. You climb the Großbergspitze and a little later the Großbergkopf. If you can not get enough of summits, you can also make a detour to the two spit rod tips. When descending, pay particular attention to where you are going because it is very steep and exposed downhill. Stay away from time to time to marvel at the three sparkling mountain lakes just before arriving at the Memminger Hütte.
You will remain faithful to the rocky, barren mountains on this stage. There are also so-called ravines - deep, gorgeous cuts in steep slopes or clearly sunken valleys, which a stream has washed into it. You will pass some of these ravines today. Your way leads you first over the well practicable Langkar. Then the ascent to the Grießlscharte begins at 2,632 meters altitude through a kind of cable-insured fireplace. Especially when wet, the surface can be very slippery here, so absolute caution is required.Once you have overcome the saddle, it goes steeply down to Winterjoch and past the bull's head. The wonderfully located Ansbacher Hütte can be reached shortly after you have passed the Kopfscharte.
The penultimate stage on the Nordtiroler Adlerweg is short but crisp. The Lechtal Alps continue to hold dizzy heights and demanding passages for you. The route is characterized by steep, sloping terrain. Debris and meadows alternate on your way from the Flarschjoch. If you reach the Alpschonerjoch, you can decide whether you will follow the challenge on the partly rope-insured, sloping and rocky Haas-Weg or rather descend to the Vordersee.Even the ascent to the destination of the day, the Kaiserjochhaus, is characterized by difficult terrain, until at last green mountain meadows open up. Now you have arrived at the Kaiserjochhaus.
Your last leg on the north route of the Eagle Walk has begun. You are now gradually leaving the heights of the Lechtal Alps behind you and dive over a last challenging section with possible old snow in a sea of alpine flowers. With the Leutkircher and Ulmer Hütte there are two temptations to stop by the wayside. On the panorama trail, you can enjoy the fantastic far-sightedness, because then an alpine road leads you down to St. Christoph am Arlberg. Here you can immortalise yourself with your personal Adlerweg story in the Adlerweg tour book at the reception of the Arlberg Hospiz Hotel.You can start your journey home from St. Anton am Arlberg by train. Trains run from here to Innsbruck, Bregenz, Vienna, Munich and Zurich. After St. Anton you either come with the bus line 92 or you wander again to the end of the 6.5 kilometers from St. Christoph to the station.