Meter-high, wood-panelled walls, ornate carpentry and a dining room with chandeliers – perhaps not what you would expect in a mountain hut in the Alps. The Berlin Hut, which was extensively renovated in 1912, is the largest alpine club hut in Tyrol and a wonderful highlight along the Berlin High Trail hike.
The Berlin High Trail leads you 52 miles (85 km) from Finkenberg through the high mountains of the Zillertaler Alps nature park. You will gain around 21,653 feet (6,600 meters) across the eight stages. Along the way, you will explore the magnificent glaciated world of house mountains: dramatic crags, narrow mountain paths, picturesque meadows and rugged peaks will define your adventure. Standing at 10,282 feet (3,134 meters), the impressive Schönbichler Horn is the highest point of the route. The Berlin High Trail is a demanding hike and previous alpine experience will help you enjoy it to the fullest.
Each stage begins and ends at a comfortable mountain huts. As these are popular during the summer months, we recommend reserving a place as soon as you have committed to your hike.
You can easily reach the Zillertal Alpine region by train. From Jenbach station, on the edge of the Zillertal, you can hop on a train or bus to the mountains. The Christophorus Line’s 4104 bus runs between the start and finishing points in Finkenberg and Mayrhofen.
The Berlin High Trail 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 Berlin High Trail, the Tyrolean hiking trail elites include the Lechtal Mountain Trail, the Stubai High Trail, the Eagle Way, and the Inntal High Trail.
Majestic hiking along the Eagle Way – Great Walks
Following eagle wings on the Eagle Way East Tyrol:
Hiking at high altitudes on the Stubai High Trail:
Hiking between borders on the Karnisch High Trail:
The picturesque Inntal High Trail in six stages:
Hut-Hopping on the Lechtal High Trail:
The first stage of the Berliner Höhenweg begins in the center of Finkenberg. From there it goes on the wooden Teufelsbrücke over the Tuxbach and then straight into the mountain forest. You follow the signposted hiking trail 533 through the forest in countless hairpin bends. You quickly gain height and in individual clearings you can take a first look at the surrounding mountain landscape.Only shortly before your stage goal do you leave the forest and are immediately expected by an incredible mountain panorama. Only a few more steps and you reach the Gamshütte happily, but a little out of breath.All information about the Gamshütte and reservations at gamshuette.at.
Hut telephone: +43 (664) 42 82 969
With a distance of almost 15 kilometers, the second stage is by far the longest of the Berliner Höhenweg. Since you are only one day behind you and you can fortify yourself with a hearty mountaineer breakfast, this is not a problem for you.From the Gamshütte, the Berliner Höhenweg leads you along the eastern flank of the Vordere Grindbergspitze. Here you hike on a narrow path over steep mountain meadows, which can be very slippery after rainy weather. In this case, pay close attention to your steps and ask the hut owner about the accessibility of the path.From the Grauen Platte, a side ridge of the Hinterer Grindbergspitze, it is now a little downhill. Up to the unmanaged Kesselalm, located directly on the Kesselbach, the mountain path runs without major differences in height. After you have crossed the stream, you will quickly climb up again. The landscape is becoming increasingly barren and after you have passed the picturesque Wesendlekarsee, you will reach the Friesenberghaus.All information about the Friesenberghaus and reservations at friesenberghaus.com.
Hut telephone: +43 (676) 7497550
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The third stage is not only short, there are also only small ascents and descents on the program. So today you can take it easy and stretch your legs over breakfast in the Friesenberghaus.Then it goes up along the Friesenbergsee. But don't worry, after the short serpentine section you have already made the entire ascent of the day and from now on you will hike evenly downhill with a fantastic view of the Schlegeisspeicher.After about two hours of hiking you will reach the luxurious Olpererhütte.Booking and information at olpererhuette.de/zillertal-huette-urlaub.html.
Hut telephone: +43 (664) 417 65 66
Your fourth day of hiking is also quite moderate. As soon as you can detach yourself from the view from the sun terrace of the Olpererhütte, you go downhill on steep serpentines to the shores of Lake Schlegeisspeicher. Even if this is just an artificial reservoir - the sight of the turquoise glacier water is simply magical.Once you reach the bottom, you can easily hike along a wide hiking trail along the bank towards the end of the valley. High up in the mountains you can clearly see the huge Schlegeiskees glacier area. You will soon leave the lake behind and hike leisurely uphill along the Schlegeisbach. Soon the signposted mountain trail branches off to the left to the Furtschaglhaus.The hiking path winds its way up the steep grassy slopes in countless switchbacks until you finally reach your destination with satisfaction.You can find all information about the Furtschaglshaus at furtschaglhaus.com.
Hut telephone: +43 (676) 9646350
From the fifth stage, the Berliner Höhenweg now has a distinctive high mountain character. From the barren meadows around the Furtschaglhaus, the hiking trail takes you steeply uphill to the Schönbichler Horn, the highest point of the entire hike.The landscape is becoming increasingly barren and at the summit you stand in a breathtaking rocky landscape. All around you, the magnificent peaks of the Zillertal Alps and the Tux Alps rise into the sky.Treat yourself to a breather at the summit, because the long descent has it all. The descent route on the east ridge of the Schönbichler Horn winds down and is partially secured with ropes.You can see the Berliner Hütte in the valley deep below. And hut is definitely the wrong name here: The venerable Berlin hut is the oldest mountain hut in the Zillertal Alps and proudly bears the nickname "Alpenpalast" to a grand hotel of yesteryear, but don't worry, hikers and mountaineers are warmly welcomed here.You can find all information about the Berliner Hütte at berlinerhütte.at.
Hut telephone: +43 (676) 7051473
Just like the day before, the sixth stage continues: Here the Berliner Höhenweg pampers you with the most beautiful and secluded mountains in the Zillertal Alps. You start your hike at the Berliner Hütte freshly relaxed. The signposted hiking trail 502 leads you quickly uphill along the Zemmbach to the Schwarzsee.Here you can take a break in the wild and romantic landscape before moving up to the Mörchenscharte. The increase is long, but only increases moderately. The highest point of today's hike and a fantastic view await you at the notch.The descent, however, is steeper and initially more adventurous. Long, rope-insured passages zigzag downhill towards Floitengrund. Shortly before you reach the valley floor, you climb down an aluminum ladder several meters long.Now you have done it soon. From the picturesque high valley, a final serpentine climb takes you up to the Greizer Hütte, today's stage destination.Information and booking at alpenverein-greiz.de/huetten-einrichtung/huetten/greizer-huette.
Hut telephone: +43 (664) 1405003
Your high alpine final takes place on the seventh stage. The transition from the Greizer Hütte to the Kasseler Hütte leads over the Lapenscharte. The hiking path leads over rock slabs to the over 2,700-meter-high gap, which offers you an incomparable view of the Stilluptal and the Kasseler Hütte.From the rocky notch it goes downhill in a few bends to the Eisenklamm. Although hardly any differences in altitude await you from this point, one of the most exciting sections of the entire Berlin Höhenweg is now taking place. On a narrow, exposed hiking trail it goes directly along a steep rock face. Almost the entire section is insured with wire ropes and in some places iron treads offer you additional support - a paradise for experienced mountain hikers.You then hike along the slopes of the wide valley basin on a good mountain path to your destination, the Kasseler Hütte.Information and booking at kasselerhuette.de.
Hut telephone: +43 (664) 4016033
On the eighth day of hiking, it's time to say goodbye. To make it easier for you to say goodbye, the Zillertal mountains show their most beautiful side again. With a magnificent view, you first descend in a zigzag from the Kasseler Hütte to the Stilluptal. The Sonntagskarbach accompanies you on your way, which unites further below with the Stillupbach.Once in the valley, a wide and comfortable hiking trail leads you through one of the most beautiful side valleys in the Zillertal. You will soon reach the green wall hut. In the cozy mountain inn you can not only dine - you can also spend a night here and hike through the Stilluptal to Mayrhofen the next day.Alternatively, you can continue your hike to the Stilluper Hut or even to the Gasthof Wasserfall at Stillupspeichersee. From the reservoir you can even take the bus to Mayrhofen.If you still have enough reserves, you can of course hike to Mayrhofen today. In total, there is a distance of around 20 kilometers and a descent of almost 1,600 meters in altitude.