How many hiking trails crisscross the mountains of Tyrol? We don't know. But they are everywhere, in every length, height and difficulty. Busy or lonely, steep or contemplative - there are suitable hikes for everyone.
One of the most famous routes is the Adlerweg, which crosses the whole of Tyrol, from St. Johann north of Kitzbühel via the Karwendel, the Seefeld Olympic region and the Ötztal to St. Christoph am Arlberg. Those who want to complete the entire tour will need about 3 ½ weeks and must be prepared for the approximately 20,000 meters of ascent. Since the long-distance hiking trail, which is marked with an eagle, has been officially divided into 24 stages, it can also be tackled in sections.
Eagle trail - 5th stage
- Length: 14 km
- Meters in altitude: 1.350
- Duration: 7,5 h
The 5th stage from Grub to Pinegg leads through alpine terrain and is only recommended for experienced mountain hikers. The starting point is the Gasthof Kaiserblick, where the ascent to the Ruraalm and the Ascherjoch begins at an altitude of about 1,500 meters. The following section of the route up the Plessenberg is partly secured with ropes and requires surefootedness and good physical condition in the steep passages. A magnificent panoramic view rewards the effort.
After the first summit (1,743 m), the route initially goes downhill again to the Heubergsattel, but with the Kienberg, the highest elevation of the route is already in sight. Again you reach almost 1,800 m, before it goes through calmer alpine pastures towards the finish. Pinegg is reached after a steeply descending climb. The Gasthof Gwerchenwirt is recommended here, where you can stay overnight for 35 euros per person - mountain view from the balcony and a good breakfast included.
- Length: 10 km
- Altitude difference: 705
- Duration: 4 h
Although the Glungezer Round starts and ends in the chairlift, one should not be deceived: After a good four hours of taut hiking over more than 700 meters in altitude, many a mountain enthusiast is glad to end the evening quietly in one of Tulfes' hotels.
The hike leads from the mountain station of the Glungezerbahn via the Zirbenweg in the direction of Boscheben. If you stop at the local inn at 2,030 meters above sea level, you have to be careful: Most of the trail is still to come and especially in the second third it gets steep and sweaty.
From Alpengasthof Boscheben, follow the Glungezer Höhenweg trail and in a good two hours you will reach the Glungezerhütte, the highest PES ski touring hut in Tyrol at 2,610 meters. The 2016 winter season starts here on December 20. From the Glungezerhütte it takes around 90 minutes to descend - either via the Hirschvogl or the Panoramasteg - to the Tulfeinalm and back to the mountain railroad.
Hut hike Hoch-Imst
- Length: 7,5 km
- Altitude difference: 50
- Duration: 3,5 h
Just 50 meters uphill, but over 1,000 meters downhill: this hike may not require as much lung as usual, but knees and calves should be well trained. The starting point is the Alpjoch, 2,000 meters above sea level, which can be easily reached by cable car from Hoch-Imst. From here, you walk back down to the valley via the Drischlsteig trail.
The first stop on the route is the Muttekopfhütte (1,934 m, open in summer from June 1, 2017), which tempts with a variety of culinary temptations. If you have the time, you should stop here and try an East Tyrolean Schlipfkrapfen (9.50 euros) or a Tyrolean Brettljause with house schnapps (12.50 euros).
At the hut, the well-shod hiker chooses the route across the meadow slope to quickly continue downhill. If you are unsure, you can ask the innkeepers what the current trail conditions are and which route you should choose. The final destination is the valley station of the material cable car. If you are in doubt, keep to the right and you should not miss it. Follow the path parallel to the stream until you reach the mountain hut (open until the end of October). Here you cross the stream and hike without much change of direction further southeast, downhill through the forest, towards Imst.
Tip: Near the Untermarker Alm, already pretty much at the end of the tour near Ilm, awaits with the "Alpine Coaster" a 3.5 km long roller coaster , which can be used for the descent. For children, the prospect of the rapid ride should be motivation for the entire mountain tour. Runs also in winter!
- Length: 3 km
- Altitude difference: 700
- Duration: 2,5 h
The numbers suggest it: You should plan a good two and a half hours for the short distance of three kilometers, because from the Zillergrund to the Bodenalm it goes mighty uphill. Around 700 meters in altitude lie between the starting point, the Häusling Alm, and the end point, the romantic Bodenalm. Thanks to signposting, you can't get lost.
Both houses offer the possibility of a rest with culinary delights. At the Bodenalm you are guaranteed to stay among like-minded people, because it is not even possible to get there by car. The next stopping point for guests is the Dun parking lot, 30 minutes away, but from there a well-maintained path leads to the Almschenke (open until the beginning of October).
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