Welcome to St. Anton, a small village in the Tyrolean Alps. In winter, it is considered the gateway to the Arlberg skiing area and is affectionately called the "cradle of alpine skiing". In summer, the village shows its quieter, more dreamy side, still offering a range of sports. As in winter, everything revolves around the mountains during the warmer months of the year. Instead of discovering the region with skis on your feet, you can hike. We’ve put together 12 fantastic hikes for you here.
You will head up into the lofty heights around the Arlberg, sometimes following a comfortable hut route or a more demanding mountain trail. With each step through the beautiful west of Austria, you can expect fun, stunning nature and many culinary delights that are typical to the region. Far away from hectic cities, you are transported to a mountainous idyll with nothing but the infinitely soothing silence of the Alps in your ears.
Around St. Anton, there are over 186 miles (300 km) of marked hiking trails waiting to be discovered by you. Sometimes our routes start directly in the center of the village and therefore only a stone's throw away from your accommodation. In other cases, the bus will take you through the scenic landscape to your starting point. And, sometimes you "fly" to the start by cable car.
Climb peaks, swim in mountain lakes and taste the region’s culinary delights – nothing is missing when you hike on the Arlberg. At the end of your visit, you will realize that few areas offer such varied nature – have fun discovering it!
The Putzen-Alpe (also called Putzenalm) is a popular excursion hut. Located at an altitude of 1,700 meters in the middle of the Lechtal Alps, you should expect almost four hours and about 600 meters of altitude for the round trip to the Alm and back - starting from St. Anton.Once you arrive, a very special alpine “flair” awaits you. Because up here there is its own alpine dairy. And you will taste it - if you choose the right snack. If you are not a cheese fan, you will also like the other Tyrolean delicacies such as gröstl and bacon dumplings.But first things first. Because what's the name of it? "Work before pleasure!"You start your hike at the valley station of the Nassereinbahn in St. Anton and first hike the Nassereinstraße, then along a forest road - always following the signs "Putzenalpe". At the first water intake, turn right to get to the Putzenwaldweg. In the forest you hike between mighty trees, surrounded by rich shades of green, until the path finally ends in the forest road.From here you can already see them - the Putzen-Alpe. And thus tackle the final spurt and the last 15 minutes of your hike to the well-deserved "Brettljause".After your break, follow the hiking trail down the Butzenalpbach into the valley. Via Sankt Jakob am Arlberg you stroll along meadows back to the starting point of your tour.
This day tour lives up to its name. It first leads you through the idyllic Moostal, past dreamlike vantage points and always along the Moosbach, which ripples peacefully. Then via the Alpenrosenweg, which ensures that the nature up here mainly shows up in the color red. As a reward, you finally look towards the Rendl Alm, which welcomes you with homemade Tyrolean specialties and a magnificent view.You start your hike directly in front of the gates of the "Arlberg WellCom", from where you hike westwards and the Rendlbahn, cross a footbridge and follow the signs to the "Moostalweg" through a forest. As soon as you have reached the Moostal driveway, you keep walking towards the Rendl mountain station. The Rendl playground is located directly at the station and is perfect as a small playful break for kids.And then it starts: the Alpenrosenweg. Which initially leads you slightly upwards and - depending on the snow situation, from mid-June - through deep red alpine meadows. You will pass the Knottenkino and hike on a varied single trail. Until you finally reach the Rendlalm already advertised above.The way back - first via roads, then through a forest - towards St. Anton.Tip: If you want to shorten this tour, you can take the Rendlbahn to the mountain station (in summer only on Wednesdays and Thursdays) and start your hike from there. This shortens the time required by around two hours.
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The Darmstadt hut is a DAV shelter in the Verwall group, which with its red and white shutters offers a nice color change to the stone gray of its surrounding rocks. It is the destination of your tour today.A tour that has it all by the way. On a little over 24 kilometers (there and back) you master almost 1,100 meters of altitude. But let me tell you one thing: it pays off!As always, you start in the center of St. Anton. From here you make your way towards Moostal, which - contrary to what its name might suggest - not only has moss, but a whole alpine flora splendor for you. It is also the one that, from your tour destination, together with the impressive mountain panorama all around, ensures a truly breathtaking view.And then there is another natural highlight waiting for you on this tour: The Kartell reservoir shows itself in all its turquoise-blue splendor. And it shows potential not only as a photo motif, but also as a sunny resting place.
It is not far from here until you reach your goal - the Darmstadt hut. At 2,384 meters above sea level, it gives you a view where you can enjoy the delicious dumplings even better before heading back down the valley.Tip: You can shorten the approach to the hut somewhat by taking the Rendlbahn to the mountain station (in summer only on Wednesdays and Thursdays).
A magical lake, two wonderful valleys, a modern refuge, wild brooks and the all-dominating summit of the 3,056 meter high patteriol are the highlights of the hike from St. Anton am Arlberg to the Konstanzer hut.You start your hike in the center of St. Anton and hike in the direction of the Rosanna Gorge. This part - along the tirelessly rippling Rosanna - is particularly beautiful thanks to the framing, untouched nature.On the entire tour, you never actually leave Rosanna - just watch her flow into the idyllic Verwallsee in between, but then head straight on to the Constance Hut.The hut, which was only newly built in 1990, sits enthroned at an impressive 1,668 meters above sea level, exactly where the Verwall Valley splits into the Schönverwall Valley and the Fasultal Valley. She welcomes you with delicacies from her home country, and also has a bed ready for you if necessary.On the way back - presumably with a heavy heart due to the wonderful panorama - past the turquoise blue Verwallsee, through the Verwall valley and through unique nature into the valley to St. Anton.
The tour to the famous Kaltenberghütte begins in summerly dreamy St. Christoph, just at the height of the Arlberg Pass. Running on the border between Tyrol and Vorarlberg - and thus combining the best of two federal states - the circular hike lets you hike a little over 16 kilometers and 800 meters in altitude. But you will hardly notice that, you will encounter some wonderfully natural highlights on the way.It starts with a small idyllic mountain lake, which you will find at the beginning of the so-called mountain spirit trail. After a short break to soak up the wonderful panorama - yes, who knows, maybe you even dare to go into the freezing cold water - you hike on. Always along the way. And after a while, with a little luck, you'll hear them - the marmots. Because the area up here is known for (with a little bit more luck) you will meet the little rodents every now and then.After a little more than six kilometers you finally reach the Kaltenberghütte, which not only serves you delicious dishes, but also a wonderful view. After the well-deserved break on the busy hut terrace, the way back is via the so-called Maroi heads and finally via the Paul-Bantlin-Weg into the valley.St. Christoph is not far from St. Anton - buses run between the two places several times a day. So you can comfortably come back to your St. Anton quarters after your hike.
The day tour from Kapall via the Leutkirchen hut to the Kaiserjochhaus takes you into the film-like slopes above the Stanzertal. You hike over proud heights, alpine meadows peppered with alpine flowers and past traditional huts. In total there are almost 17 kilometers, but more depth than altitude meters in front of you. Because: right at the start of the tour, the Kapall cable car saves you from laborious ascent meters.This hike, which is part of the Lechtaler Höhenweg, can almost be described as a hut tour. That is why you will particularly like it if you are one of those hikers for whom the culinary experience is as important as the nature to be hiked. On the way you will find two tempting places to stop for a bite to eat.But even if you are more interested in the sporting aspect and the associated prospects, you will like this hike. Because you climb one or the other summit, including the 2,225 meter high Almajurjoch and - if you dare a little detour - the fabulous 2,546 meter of the Hirschpleis head.After you have reached the last hut, the Kaiserjochhaus, the path leads you back into the valley. To Pettneu, to be precise, from where you can be comfortably transported back to your starting point by bus.
This almost eight-kilometer hike has it all: you master almost 1,200 vertical meters on the way from Pettneu to the Edmund-Graf hut. But do not worry, the beautiful landscape through which you wander, always compensates.You leave Pettneu and walk steadily uphill. After a good four kilometers, you will pass the Malfonalpe. Ideal to take a break for refreshment. On the terrace you can gather energy for the remaining ascent with an excellent Kaiserschmarren.Through the beautiful Malfontal valley you hike on a wide gravel path uphill. You cross the tree line and take the last few meters up to your destination on steep serpentines.Once at the Edmund-Graf-Hütte, you can recover from the ascent in the midst of a fantastic mountain backdrop. From the 22nd of June to the 22nd of September the hut will be farmed. Back to the valley you walk the same way.If the ascent is too long for you, you can also take a long break at the Malfonalpe and return there again. Until then, you are about half of the altitude back.
This 15-kilometer circular walk takes you from the peaceful village of Flirsch up to the green alpine meadows of the Ganatschalm. 840 vertical meters you master on the first eight kilometers, but the magnificent landscape rewards you for it.You leave Flemish and wander a short distance along the banks of Rosanna. Then you cross the river and start the ascent. The path leads you through the nature reserve Mösli and you quickly get an impression of the diverse vegetation.After a good six kilometers you have one last short and crisp climb before you then reach the Ganatschalm. Here you can relax with a hearty meal and enjoy the impressive view.From here the rest of the way leads you through the shady forest downhill into the valley to Flirsch.
At the starting point of this hike you come from St. Anton with the Rendlbahn. Once at the top, you will be greeted by the fantastic elevation of the eleven-kilometer tour. Over the Rossfallalpe you hike a few more meters uphill. Then you reach the highest point of the tour at 2,240 meters - from now it's just downhill.About serpentine you come after nearly five kilometers to the managed hut on the Rossfallalpe and can strengthen you there with a magnificent view. Best with a taste of the cheese from our own dairy.Through the Moosbachtal you hike on a wide gravel path relaxed downhill and enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains. The lapping of Moosbach accompanies you on your way to the valley. Enjoy the peace and beauty of nature before you return to civilization in St. Anton.
This beautiful hike takes you from Strengen up to 1,819 meters. Up to the Dawinalpe you have to climb 800 meters, but the steady increase is leisurely and not particularly steep. You leave austerity and walk the first few kilometers through the tranquil hamlets uphill.You leave the last houses behind and dive into the Dawinwald. Bit by bit you continue to hike uphill. Shortly before your destination you leave the forest and hear soon the splashing of the Dawinbachs. Now you can see the buildings of the Dawinalpe before you. It is surrounded by lush alpine meadows and invites you to a typical Tyrolean snack.Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery before you hike back to the valley on the same way.
Today's tour lets you hike on the last stage of the famous Eagle Walk. What is waiting for you here? A little over 17 kilometers, 700 meters ascent and 1,200 meters descent. Here and there maybe a few pieces of snow. But also countless alpine flowers that make the effort quickly forgotten.You start your tour at the Kaiserjochhaus, an impressive refuge at 2,310 meters above sea level on the Lechtal main ridge. From here you tackle the dreamlike panorama path, which keeps you pausing and enjoying the fantastic far-sightedness. With the Leutkircher and Ulmer Hütte, there are also two tempting places to stop right on the way.Then an alpine road will soon take you down to St. Christoph, a dreamy place on the Arlberg Pass - at least in summer. In winter, with its 1,800 meters, it is one of the highest alpine ski resorts.This tour is perfect as a short two-day hut tour. The best thing to do is to ascend from Pettneu am Arlberg to the Kaiserjochhaus in around 3.5 hours the day before. Also worthwhile for the ascent day: a two-hour tour to the summit of the Grießkopf before you go to your overnight camp in the Kaiserjochhaus. If you are very ambitious, you can of course ascend to the Kaiserjochhaus on the same day and hike to St. Christoph. From the destination in St. Christoph you can comfortably get back to Pettneu or St. Anton am Arlberg by bus.
Time for one of the more demanding day tours around St. Anton am Arlberg. It goes for you from the mountain station of the Vallugabahn towards Kapall. A section of the Lechtaler Höhenweg, which you should not underestimate - although it is only about four kilometers long. After all, you start your hike at a proud 2,809 meters above sea level and encounter stony descents and snow fields on the way.So make sure that you are free from giddiness and sure-footedness, wear sturdy shoes and possibly even have sticks with you. In addition, you should only take this hike in the snow-free months, i.e. from June to October. And then nothing stands in the way of an unforgettable hike through the impressive high mountain landscape of the Lech Valley Alps.From the mountain station of the Valllugabahn you hike downhill over the snow field to the Valfagehrjoch. You will pass the Valllugagrat, which is known for its breathtaking views. You continue to make your way to the east, pass the Mattunjoch and descend a few boulders to below the Weißschrofenspitze. From here you hike between switchbacks to the mountain station at Kapall. Finally, the cable car takes you back to St. Anton, well protected.