This is my big crossing of Austria from east to west: I spent 25 days on expedition in the Austrian Alps. I started at the Czech border and finished at the Swiss border. I explored a total of twelve alpine regions in 22 hikes and climbed 14 peaks - five of them were over 3,000 meters. In between, our DIY camper van served as a home and base.
Everywhere was beautiful in its own way but I especially liked the Schobergruppe and the Rätikon mountain ranges. The result is a Collection of some fantastic day Tours and four hut (overnighter) Tours.
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Now it has started, our little project for this summer. We passed the Czech border this morning and are now starting our big crossing of Austria.
What's the plan? In 25 days the van takes you across the Alps, from the Czech border to Liechtenstein (or Lake Constance, I don't know exactly yet).
Rax-Schneeberg is the name of today's Alpine region where we stopped. To be honest, I have to admit, I haven't heard anything about it before. With the Schneeberg massif, we have therefore chosen the most prominent mountain. With over 17 kilometers and 1,400 meters in altitude, the tour to the highest…
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A hike to the summit is one of the classic and most popular routes in southern Lower Austria. The "gentle giant" is equally popular in both summer and winter. The panorama is breathtaking. The next stop is the Fischerhütte (around 20 to 30 minutes on foot)
Tip by Turnsackerl 🇦🇹
Today we stopped in the Seckauer Tauern in Styria and we were quite impressed. Of course, when you go up the highest mountain (Geierhaupt) in the best hiking weather, it can only be awesome.
Although the ascent of almost 1,200 meters was below what we did yesterday, it cost a lot of grain. What a few…
The ascent to the highest peak of the Seckauer Tauern from Ingeringsee is challenging, but worth all the effort! An impressive summit that guarantees a fantastic view. The hike requires a good dose of stamina and surefootedness. Recommended only in good weather, but then very warm.
Tip by Romy von Etappen-Wandern
From the Hannoverhaus over the Ankogel to the Celler Hütte and the next day descent to the mountaineering village of Mallnitz, that was the plan for the last two days. But sometimes you just have to reschedule. We started early at the Hannoverhaus and dared to climb the 3,252 meter high Ankogel. But…
Finally we can walk through the mountains for several days at a time. Today our longest trek of this crossing of Austria started. In six days it goes through the Glockner and Schober groups.
From Heiligenblut we climbed to the foot of the Großglockner today, but not without making a detour to the Gössnitz…
It was short and painless today to the Salmhütte. We'd better do without the glacier trail after looking at the weather forecast. Somehow I'm not so lucky with the weather this year. Still, it was a great tour.
First we climbed up to the Stockerscharte, from where we could take a last look at the Pasterze…
Hike from the foot of the Großglockner over a 3,000-meter peak and then spend a night in a bivouac at over 2,900 meters to see the almost perfect sunset. Doesn't that sound too good to be true?
That's exactly how my hike was today. In bright sunshine, we hiked leisurely over lush alpine meadows, bridges…
Even if the name suggests an adrenaline-pumping climb, the Böse Weibl belongs to the rather easy 3,000-meter peaks - which also explains its great popularity.
From the conical summit you have a fantastic view of the Großglockner and the Schober group. The ascent leads on beautiful mountain paths over beautiful alpine meadows, shortly before the summit it goes over scree and boulder.
Tip by Stephanie
The Gernot Röhr bivouac with space for six to eight people stands alone on the Kesselkees saddle. It belongs to the Lienz ÖAV section and is located on the Wiener Höhenweg between Glorerhütte and Elberfelder Hütte. No hotplate, no water and no possibility of heating.
Tip by Romy von Etappen-Wandern
The night in the bivouac was surprisingly relaxing, although I got a headache due to the altitude overnight. We made the one and a half hour descent to the Elberfelder Hütte quite brisk, driven by a thirst for coffee. We would have loved to stay a little longer, but we still had two strenuous ascents…
For us, the time in the Schobergruppe is unfortunately over again, but what a brilliant end! Today we followed the path of the water and climbed from the Noßberger Hütte through the magical Gradental back into the valley.
We walked past mountain lakes, wild streams, shallow streams and steeply falling…
Well, I can't really recommend this round. Actually, we just wanted to do a lap with Lotte on our day off. But it was so hot in the valley that we quickly took the gondola up the mountain. But really, it was so built up and overcrowded up here, terrible. On my demanding tours that I usually do, I almost…
You don't believe how frustrated I am! It could have been so perfect. We found a great parking space for our van, only 15 minutes away from the Schlegeis reservoir, where our ascent to the Hohe Riffler should start today. The night was great, at six we peeled out of bed full of anticipation, bright sunshine…
Nice to shoulder the trekking backpack again and go on a hut tour, especially since the last two day tours in the Zillertal were not necessarily satisfactory. In two days we will now explore the Tux Alps. On the agenda today were the two highest peaks in the Alpine region, the Geier (2,857 meters) and…
After the fantastic weather yesterday, today we hiked down in the clouds to the Tux valley. A gap and a small peak still had to be conquered. The definitely biggest challenge was crossing a huge cow pasture with a lot of young stunted animals. Not only were they standing directly on the way, but they…
It's good if there are two ways to the hut! The Stubai Alps greet us with bad weather: gray, wet and cold. The planned tour up to the Sulzenauhütte with an ascent of 1,500 meters was therefore not particularly tempting. Today we decided on a short variant over the "Wild Water Path".
That was definitely…
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