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 first stage of the Eagle Walk takes you to dizzying heights and majestic views. Your way on the wings of the eagle starts at the traditional Gasthof Rummlerhof in St. Johann in Tirol, which you can easily reach by train. On your ascent into the mountains of the Wilder Kaiser you hike past two rushing waterfalls and soon see the "Wilde Schloss": a massive rock massif with numerous battlements, towers and balconies. Perhaps you would like to take a detour into the caves of the so-called thief ovens before you end your day's stage in the cozy Gaudeamushütte with a delicious Kaiserschmarrn.The hut is open from mid-May to mid-October.
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.On your way down you can reward yourself with a fresh buttermilk to the sound of a harp on the cozy Steiner Hochalm. The forested shore of Lake Hinterstein invites you to linger and dream, in warm summer months even for a refreshing swim.Pension Maier in the Scheffau district is the ideal destination for the day. If you go a few hundred meters further, there is additional accommodation at Pension Hagenhof.
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Stage three of the Eagle Walk 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 blooming alpine meadows to the wooden summit cross on the Hochegg with a wonderful view of the Inn Valley.You can reach the chairlift "Wilder Kaiser" via marked paths and forest roads. Here you can decide whether you want to gently float down by train or continue on foot to “the Pearl of Tyrol” to Kufstein. In the Weinbergerhaus you can soak up the wonderful panorama over the Zahmer Kaiser with a cool drink.
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.In the eagle's nest, a wooden lookout tower, you look back at the beautiful Inn Valley and the Wilder Kaiser. You end your day in the cozy Buchackeralm high up on the mountain slope.
Your sure-footedness and a head for heights are required again today. After a short climb you will already 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 that takes you up to the promising Plessenberg with its shiny gold summit cross. From here you can see the Kaiser Mountains, the Kitzbühel Alps and, if the visibility is good, even the Großglockner. You reach the Kienberg via fragrant mountain pine fields. From here you roam beautiful alpine areas on your way down to Pinegg. You can recover from this long, demanding stage in the Gwercherwirt inn in the tranquil Brandenberg high valley.
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.Several snack stations and inns tempt you to stop and have a restful night at the so-called "most beautiful end of the world".
Today you dive deep into the Rofan Mountains. You hike for the first few kilometers over gentle meadow slopes on the long-distance hiking trail E4. Mighty rock formations and cliffs stretch up north. The clear forest path through the Schauertal now turns into a demanding climb that takes you to the Zireiner See - an ice-cold, 200-meter-deep picturesque mountain lake. The path remains steep and leads over roots and through mountain pines to a basin with a turquoise Karsee. Below you you can see the deep blue Achensee flashing again and again.Spend your evening at the rustic Erfurt hut or float down into the valley on the Rofan cable car, where there are several good accommodation options.
Spectacular views and several hearty inns and snack stations are waiting for you in this section. If you have stayed in the Erfurter Hütte, you start with a descent with the cable car directly to the Achensee. Otherwise you start your day's stage in the valley and hike on the shores of the crystal-clear lake to the wonderful Falzthurntal. If you want to refresh yourself before the steep ascent to the Lamsenjochhütte, the Falzthurnalm is right in front of you. You can also walk a few kilometers further, where the inviting Gramaialm with a large sun terrace beckons. Birch trees line the Lunstgraben, a dirt road that will soon change into numerous serpentines.You slowly wind your way up to the Lamsenjochhütte, your daily goal, and enjoy a magnificent view of the Lamsenjoch with the Sonnenjoch that stands out.
On your ninth stage on the Eagle Walk, rugged, impressive rock faces accompany you on both sides. Today it won't be as steep as in the previous sections. You gently climb over meadows and through mixed forest to the Hohljoch and pass the Binsalm and Engalm. Again and again the panorama of the alpine world captures you. The beautiful landscape around the Großer Ahornboden with a cozy inn invites you to stop before you look for climbers under the 1,000-meter-high Laliderer rock walls. You can marvel at a fantastic alpine glow from the newly renovated Falkenhütte, which heralds the end of your day.
Even on the tenth stage you stay in the wonderful Karwendel Nature Park and follow an old cart path through the valley. Flowering alpine meadows make the Alpine panorama even more unique. The Ladiz Alpe, a high plateau of the Engalm, which you passed on the previous stage, appears as if from a picture book and the Kleine Ahornboden is at least as impressive in landscape terms as its big brother. In order to get to the Hochsattel and the promising Karwendelhaus, you have to bridge another 400 meters of altitude via a rocky mountain path before you can put your feet up.
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.After you have reached the highest point, you descend into the beautiful Hinterautal with its rustic alpine houses. On the Hallerangeralm you stop at the Alpine Club house of the same name and can recover from this demanding stage.
The city is calling, because today you are reaching the state capital of Tyrol - Innsbruck. After leaving the Hallerangerhaus, the Adlerweg at the foot of the Großer Lafatscher leads you along the Lafatscher Kars. From here a steep climb over numerous switchbacks begins. You can take a short break at the Pfeishütte in the Pfeis high valley, because the way up to the Mandlscharte demands a lot from you. Once you have passed the Mandlspitze, the view of the Inn Valley opens and you can already see Innsbruck flashing through.The Nordkettenbahn takes you slowly from the Hafelekar mountain station and with the best view down into the city life of Innsbruck.
With the 13th stage you will get to know the "tail" of the eagle. For a relaxed day tour, get on the bus or tram to Igls and take the gondola to the Patscherkofel mountain station. If you are still fit, you can of course hike to the valley station. When you arrive at the Patscherkofel, you follow the broad pine path to the east. You have the best view of Innsbruck from the inviting bench on the small mountain lake. Before you float down into the valley again with the Halsmarterlift, you can stop off at the cozy Tulfeinalm snack station.Once in the valley you take the bus back to Igls and then continue by bus or tram back to Innsbruck. Alternatively, you can take a leisurely walk back to Innsbruck on the banks of the Inn. We have worked out the route for you here.
You can sleep in today because your day's stage is refreshingly short. With the Karwendelbahn or Mittenwaldbahn you leave Innsbruck's city bustle behind and start your return to the mountains at the Hochzirl train station. Only the first section is a bit steeper, but an impressive canyon opens up in the Zirler forest, which the Ehrbach has washed into the mountain. And another surprise is waiting for you after your climb. Look for a spruce tree with a picture frame and wooden bench and some small change. Worth it.Arrived at 1,805 meters, the idyllic Solsteinhaus awaits you with a hearty dinner and accommodation in small room camps or camps.
After the relaxed day before, you get a little more thrill today. Your day begins with an ascent to the Eppzirler Scharte. Sure-footedness is an absolute requirement here. From here you have a particularly beautiful view of the large and small Solstein. You can reach the Eppzirler Alm with its small chapel via lush alpine meadows. From the mountain pasture you can now comfortably descend into the Eppzirler valley and the forested Gießenbachklamm. It gets really rocky again. With the high saddle you have arrived at a great viewpoint.A wide forest road takes you over a bridge over the rushing Leutascher Ache to your stage destination in Leutasch / Ahrn. Here you will find several good accommodations.
More distance, but less altitude difference. Along the crystal-clear Leutascher Ache you reach the picturesque Gaisbach valley. On the Ganghofer Weg you can enjoy the unique mountain idyll. The choice of places to stop for refreshments is great today, because the Gaistalalm, Tillfusalm and the generous Ehrwaldalm with Tyrolean specialties await you in the wonderful alpine area.A pretty meadow path leads you down to the Ehrwald community. Here, at the foot of the imposing Zugspitze, you will find a variety of accommodation options.
Today you can make up your mind again - leisurely hike up the Grubigsteinbahn cable car to the summit house at 2,050 meters or give it your all and master the route on foot. It's up to you. We have prepared the second variant to give you the right overview. Whatever you choose, dense mountain pines and forest passages are waiting to be crossed by you. You follow the traces of the ancient Romans on the "Via Augusta" and head for the Fernstein Castle, which now houses a hotel.A steep, serpentine path leads you to the rustic self-catering house Lorea-Hütte. The hut is open to Alpine Club members and their companions. Don't forget to pick up the key in your responsible section beforehand.
This stage will be a challenge for your muscles and your resistance to pedaling. After you have left the beautiful Lorea hut, the path climbs steeply. You cross the Loreascharte at 2,315 meters and can climb a side path up to the Loreakopf. After that, however, it is just as steep down into the Heimbach valley. Scree and old snow fields can make the descent difficult. In Heimbach Valley you can eat and strengthen yourself on the Hintere Tarrentonalm, because it goes up again. Via a steep grass slope and a kar you get to the rustic Anhalter hut.The hut is closed until 2021 due to renovations. As a transition, you have to hike to Boden, where you can spend the night in the Bergheimat inn and continue the 19th stage.
The 19th stage is characterized by a few kilometers and a comparatively few meters in altitude. If you start from the ground, your daily walk to Hanauer Hütte will be even shorter. From the Anhalter Hütte you climb leisurely up on steel cables to the Steinjöchl with its wooden summit cross. From here follow gentle alpine meadows and mountain 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 worth it, because just in front of the hut a waterfall washed a vertically falling gorge into the rocks. You will spend the evening below the rugged Kogelsee peak, at the foot of which is the Hanauer Hütte.
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.Shortly before the Württemberger Haus, an uninsured climb makes the path particularly exciting before you descend a few serpentines to your overnight camp at 2,220 meters.
Your total concentration is required again today. Magnificent meadow slopes let you start the day gently. A rope-insured point will soon lead you to your tightrope walk with fantastic views of the Lechtal Alps. You climb the Großbergspitze and a little later the Großbergkopf. If you can't get enough of peaks, you can also make a detour to the two gauntlet tips. But when you descend, pay special attention to where you are going, because it is very steep and exposed downhill. It is better to stop every now and then to marvel at the three glittering mountain lakes at the Memminger Hütte shortly before arrival.
You remain loyal to the rocky, barren mountains on this stage. In addition, there are so-called Tobel - deep, gorge-like incisions in steep slopes or clearly deepened valleys, which a torrent has washed into it. You will pass some of these ravages today. Your path initially leads you over the easily accessible Langkar. Then the ascent to the Grießlscharte begins at 2,632 meters above sea level through a kind of rope-insured chimney. The surface can be very slippery, especially when it is wet, so caution is advised.Once you have surmounted the notch, it goes steeply down to the Winterjoch and past the bull's head. You will reach the beautifully situated Ansbacher hut shortly after you have passed through the head gap.
The penultimate stage on the North Tyrolean Eagle Walk is short but crisp. The Lechtal Alps still have dizzying heights and demanding passages for you. The route is characterized by steep, sloping terrain. Debris and meadows alternate on your way from the Flarschjoch. When you reach the Alpschonerjoch, you can decide whether you want to follow the challenge on the partly rope-insured, downhill and rocky Haas-Weg or prefer to descend to the front lake.The ascent to the daily goal, the Kaiserjochhaus, is characterized by difficult terrain until green mountain meadows finally open up. Now you have arrived at the Kaiserjochhaus.
Your last stage on the northern route of the Eagle Walk has begun. You now gradually leave the heights of the Lechtal Alps behind and dive into a sea of alpine flowers over a last challenging section with possible old snow. With the Leutkircher and Ulmer Hütte there are two temptations to stop at the roadside. On the panorama trail you can enjoy the fantastic view, because then an alpine road leads you down to St. Christoph am Arlberg. Here you can immortalize yourself with your personal Adlerweg history 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. You can either get to St. Anton by taking bus line 92 or you can hike the 6.5 kilometers from St. Christoph to the train station.