Wildspitze, the Giant in Tirol

Wildspitze mountain Austria
Der Wildspitze, a true bucket-list giant.

The Wildspitze is the second highest mountain in Austria and the highest in Tirol. With more than 100 different ski villages, the Wildspitze is a well-known setting for many wintersport enthusiastics looking for a memorable winter holiday. In summertime, the historical towns, rich culture and traditional Tyrolean customs, make this spot on earth a great location to stay after a long day out and about.

About

Located in Ötztal in Austria

The Wildspitze is located in the Ötztal Alps in Tyrol between the Ötztal and the Pitztal. It is the second highest peak in Austria with an altitude of 3772 meters. Only the Grossglockner reaches higher. The mountain was first ascended by L. Klotz, a local farmer, in 1861. However, in 1848 a group of climbers had already successfully climbed the southern summit, which is slightly lower. During the twentieth century, the snow on the north peak melted away, making the south peak higher. According to some, the ascent of 1848 is considered the first one.

The route via the Breslauer Hut is the most common. It starts in the village of Vent and the summit climb takes about four hours. An alternative route includes a stay over in the Braunschweiger Hut. As this route is more glaciated, there are more crevasses to cross, expanding the climb to 6,5 hours.

Three Best Ways to Climb the Wildspitze

The mountain is heavily glaciated and has twin summits; the South summit which is quite rocky at 3,768m and the North summit which is mostly firn-covered at 3,760m.

Best Time to Climb Wildspitze

The summer months of July, August and September are ideal especially for the normal routes. In case you want to avoid crowds during peak season, climb during weekdays. Due to ice melting on the North face route during summer, there has been increased danger of rock fall. Therefore, spring and winter seasons are recommended while using this route.

Wildspitze Climbing Routes

The Normal Route

Wildspitze (photo Fuchs Robert)

This route is considerably easy; however complete glacial equipment and experience will still be required. A local mountain guide is recommended for the glacier crossing.

The normal route starts from the Breslauer Hut which is at 2,840m over the Mitterkarjoch. Most people opt to spend the night at this hut and proceed to the summit the next morning. You could also take the chairlift from Vent up to Stablein at 2350m. An uphill ride costs €11

Two routes lead to the Breslauer Hut from Vent (1,900m); via Rofen or via Stablein. The route to Rofen has a suspension bridge across the river and is more scenic. The trail gets steeper to the north while following the Rofen Bach and after 600m, the Stablein trail joins from the right. The trail zigzags towards the west for about 200m to the hut.

The chairlift that operates in summer that can take you to Stablein. After which it will take roughly one and a half hours to the Breslauer Hut. You can opt to hike through the trail from Vent to Stablein.

There are two trails that go west from the hut; the upper one goes to Wildspitze and the lower one goes to Vernagt Hutte.

Aiming for the Mitterkarjoch, stick to the valley centre while gaining altitude; make a wide turn to the north and eventually north-east on the glacier.

Once you get to the Mitterkarjoch, the Taschachferner will stretch towards the west. Be on the lookout for crevasses here. The rocky south ridge is the easiest way to reach the summit.

The North Wall Route

This route, like the other north face routes is currently succumbing to the effects of global warming, therefore winter season is recommended as ideal to attempt a climb.

From Pitztal ski area, you can take the lift to Mittelberg Joch and then descend to the Taschach Glacier. On its left side, head south through crevasses, then west to the base of the steep wall. Once beneath this steep wall of ice, the best summit routes will be generally on the right side of the rocks that are in the middle of that face.

From the Pitz Valley Glacier

From Mittelberg Joch, which can be accessed via a cable car, head southwards to the Taschachferner glacier’s eastern edge. Without height gain and under an icefall, proceed westwards. There will be crevasses on your left.

From the snow bridge, turn left heading south-east, pass below the Hinterer Brochkogel and proceed beneath the Mitterkarjoch. The slope is much steeper from here. Make a right turn once you reach the base of the summit. The last hundred meters to the summit are completed by foot over icy snow and rocks.

Pitztal Valley

Pitztal Valley
© Ben The Man

The Pitztal Valley is one of the most-visited places around Wildspitze. A unique family atmosphere permeates the village streets. You find yourself in the middle of the Alps. Pitztal is a side valley of the Inntal. The villages of Wenns, Sankt Leonhard im Pitztal and Arzl im Pitztal are the most important stops for tourists.

Ötztal

Ötztal
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Idyllic is probably the best word to describe the nature in the Ötztal from hilly alpine meadows to the eternal snows high up in the mountains. There are several villages in this valley that will immerse you into the traditional Tyrolean culture: Sautens, Haiming-Ochsengarten, Sölden, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and Vent. All of them are great starting bases to discover the many hiking trails leading through this region.

Mountain Huts near the Wildspitze

Breslauer Hut

Mountain hut - Breslauer Hut
Breslauer Hut

The Breslauer Hut is a German Alpine Club mountain hut located at the base of the Wildspitze, the highest mountain in North Tirol. Due to its elevation of 2844m, it isthe perfect starting point for ascents up Mount Wildspitze. When the hut was built in 1882, there were only 15 sleeping places inside. Nowadays, it accommodates at least 172 people. It takes about three hours to reach the cabin from the village of Vent. Popular mountains climbed from this hut are the Hinterer Brochkogel, Ötztaler Urkund, Wildes Mannle and the Wildspitze. Hikers often stayover before hiking further to Braunschweiger Hutte, Taschachhaus or Vernagthutte.

Braunschweiger Hut

Mountain hut - Braunschweiger Hutte
Braunschweiger Hutte

The Braunschweiger Hut is slightly lower than the Breslauer Hut with an elevation of 2759m. The hut, owned by the German Alpine Club,is situated close to the Mittelbergferner Glacier along the E5 long distance hiking trail. Its wooden interior evokes the charm of the Tyrolean Alps. The smell of the traditional Austrian cuisine servedadds to the atmosphere. Many hikers set the cabin as their goal to get tremendous views of the Mittelbergferner Glacier. You can opt to hike your way up or use the Gletscherexpress lift, before descending your way down. The hut has 56 beds and 127 matress dormitories.

Vernagthutte

Mountain hut - Vernagthutte
Vernagthutte

Starting from Vent, it takes about three hours to reach Vernagthutte (2755m). The cabin is open from March to mid-May, and from mid-June to mid-September. There are 192 places to sleep.

 

 

Accommodations in the region of the Wildspitze

Tirol stretches over Austria and Italy and has become a popular winter sport destination. In the summertime, the region around Wildspitze lures active travelers from all over the world with its fine mountain vistas. If you are looking for fine hotel, these are worth checking out:

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Geierwallihof

I highly recommend Geierwallihof in Vent. It is the last building up in the valley, where the road ends and the mountains begin. I stayed there a few times with my father and we had a lovely time. The Klotz family takes care of groups with the same personal touch as if you are by yourself. Enjoy the cordial and refreshing atmosphere surrounded by the most beautiful mountains of Tyrol.

Hubert is also an experienced  mountain guide who takes his guests for beautiful hikes. The route is discussed and fixed the day before. Food and drinks are prepared by their kitchen. When required, the hotel bus provides transport, free of charge.

 

Hiking near the Wildspitze

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 Live view of Vent

If you are looking for an active summer holiday, the Otztal in Tyrol has plenty to offer from family circular walks to glacier tours. The many huts, lakes and trails that connect them provide great fun while in the nature of Tyrol.

Mittelbergferner Glacier

From the village Mittelberg at the end of the Pitztal, you can take the Gletscherexpress or hike your way up to the Mittelbergferner glacier. This takes about 2 to 3 hours. If you wish to stay in the nearby Braunschweiger Hut, you will need proper equipment to cross the tongue of the glacier.
Starting from Sölden in the Ötztal valley you can hike to Pitztaler Jöchl.

Sellrain Hut Loop

The Sellrain Hut Loop is a tour divided into 7 stages with walking times between three and six hours. It is ideal for beginners and mountaineers planning for higher targets. The alpine paths lead from hut to hut all the way through the Sellrainer mountains. The tour often starts in Sellrain and has an overall distance of 78 kilometers during which it gains and loses 5,950 meters of elevation.

Nature exploration trail

The nature exploration trail is one of the many thematic trails found in the region. The hike is suitable for all levels across the Sölden ski area. The trail starts at the middle station of the Gaislachkogelbahn and ends at the Edelweiss Hut. Along the way of this 7km trail, you will be educated about several topics including the fauna and flora to be found there or the ancient customs and traditions of the Ötztal. Furthermore, it offers insight into the dangers that can be found on the mountains. Hiking the Nature exploration trail takes about two hours during which you ascend 100m and descend about 450m.

Hike to Heidealm

Starting in the village of Sölden, you walk to the church and take the steeply-rising trail leading to the hamlet of Innerwald. Then continue your hike to the area known as “Stiegele” before a rising pasture trail takes you to the Gaislach forest road. This will bring you to the Gaislach Alm mountain inn where you will find the further trail to the mountain hut, Heidealm. The remaining hike willascend and wind. This trail is rated an easy hike and can be completed in 1h30 min. However, most of the trail you will be ascending towards the hut, so make sure you are fit to undertake this hike.

Hut Tour Windachtal

If you have an active holiday in mind filled with hiking in beautiful mountain scenery, this hut tour might be perfect for you. This hut tour starts in Sölden and can be completed in three to five days, depending on your preferences. If you choose the five-day itinerary, you will find yourself hiking for 4 to five hours a day. Along the way, you can sleep in several mountain huts, where you can rest and enjoy some Austrian specialties. The severe elevation change (4000m+) makes this a difficult tour for experienced walkers.

Ötztal trek

For those with more time on their hands, the Otztal trek affords the ultimate Tyrolean experience. A total distance of 400 kilometers, divided into 22 sections and gaining over 30000 altitude meters, this multi-day trek guarantees picturesque mountain views, idyllic mountain lakes and thrilling trails leading to even better vistas. The Ötztal trek is a string of exceptional viewpoints to the summits of impressive 3000 meter peaks in the high alpine terrain.

Hochoetz

The alpine hut region, Hochoetz, is truly a hikers paradise. The Acherkogelbahn takes you up to 2020m in no time, at the starting point of several well-marked hiking trails. It is recommended whether you are looking for easy hikes to nearby mountain huts or a more challenging tour over the mountain tops and sidevalleys of the Ötztal.

Hiking with kids

If you are on an active holiday with young children, you can find many family-friendly hikes around the area. However, if there is one hiketo recommend, it would be the Zwerglerweg. This hike starts at the middle station of the Gaislachkogel gondola and leads to the quaint Goldegg hut. The hike will give the children an opportunity to discover different stories and fairytales. The hike only takes about 40min and leads downhill, making it an easy walk.

Things to do around Wildspitze

Mount Wildspitze is located in Tyrol, Austria, a region where visitors are enchanted by the imposing mountain surroundings. The Ötztal is surrounded by several mountain huts and alms, making for great daytrips for hikers. Don’t forget to soak up the traditional culture by participating in one of the festivals during the summer or enjoying typical Tyrolean specialties such as Tiroler Gröstl and Kiachl with cranberry jam.

Ötzi
In Umhausen (1031 meters) you will find the Ötzi Museum, which was established as a result of the discovery in September 1991 of the Ötzi iceman.

From the car park of the Ötzi museum you can take a walk to the highest waterfall in Tyrol. The Stuibenfall falls 150 meters in depth, and is the highest waterfall in Austria

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Großvenediger – the Ancient Majesty

Generally the Grossvenediger is considered to be the fourth highest mountain in Austria. The glaciated peak is part of the Hohe Tauern National Park, a hiking and biking paradise in East Tyrol. With the many villages situated close to the base of the peak, the mountain is often the setting for many day hikes as well as multi-day treks.

About the Grossvenediger

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The Grossvenediger (3666m) is the fourth highest mountain in Austria after Grossglockner (3798m), Wildspitze (3774m) and Weisskugel (3739m). The origin of the name is not quite clear. Some claim it is derived from the Venetian merchants, who were passing by via a trade route over the mountain passes. Others say it is named Grossvenediger (translation: Great Venetian) since the view from the summit reaches as far as Venice, some 200 kilometers away. However, in reality, Venice is not to be seen from the summit.

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Grossvenediger Gipfelgrat ©coyote05

Several attempts were made in the early 19th century to climb to the summit of the Grossvenediger; however, it was only reach about 40 years after the first ascent of the nearby Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria. In 1828, 17 expedition members failed to reach the summit due to an avalanche. It was only on September 3d, 1841, that a team led by Josef Schwab successfully summited. Their expedition started in Neukirchen, in the Salzach Valley.

Villages around the Grossvenediger

The mountain is located in the Hohe Tauern National Park where several valleys separate the mountain massifs. The village, Neukirchen am Grossvenediger, is one of the best places to stay if you wish to hike in the region of this peak.  It is a traditional and charming Austrian village that offers skiing fun in the winter as well. Being in the middle of the national park, you spend most of your time surrounded by mountains, valleys and in the proximity to several hiking trails.

Another small settlement is the village Prägraten in the Virgental Valley. The summit of the Grossvenediger is officially a part of the village and makes a great starting point for hikes varying from easy day hikes to challenging multi-day treks such as the Venediger High Alpine Trail. Also, villages such as Krimml, Hollersbach, Bruck, Rauris and Virgen are great options.

Live view from Virgen

Mellitz: Virgen − Sonnberg − Blick nach Westen

Ochsnerhütte

Mountain hut - Ochsnerhütte
Ochsnerhütte

The Ochsnerhütte is located at an altitude of 1835m and about half an hour from the Leppner Alm and 1h30 min from the valley. For many years, you have been able to buy freshly-made cheese and milk products at the cabin. After having enjoyed these local specialities, don’t forget to hike to Wetterkreuz and Froschlacke, two viewing points that are well worth the effort.

Johannis Hütte

On the southern side of the Grossvenediger, at an altitude of 2121m, you will find the Johannis Hütte. Hiking towards it takes about two hours from Hinterbichl. It accommodates about 50 people and has several facilities including a shower, laundry room and a dry room,ideal for active travelers who have been surprised by an afternoon shower. The terrace is not only a great place to have a drink, but it also offers amazing views of the Grossvenediger.

Eissee Hütte

A 3h30 min hike from the village of Prägraten through the Timmeltal takes you to the Eissee Hütte. The hut, located at 2521m, offers 45 beds and is a popular starting base for climbs to 10 peaks that reach over 3000 meters, including Weissspitze.

Stabant Hütte

Mountain hut - Stabant Hut
Stabant Hut

Stabant Hut is often described as “Austria’s most beautiful hiking hut” and those who have made the effort to visit it will agree. The hut is located along the Hochalpiner Pilgerweg and is easily reachable from the valley in about 1h to 1h30 minutes. For this reason, it makes a great family trip.

Neue Prager Hütte

Mountain hut - Neue Prager Hütte
Neue Prager Hütte

The Neue Prager Hütte is one of the highestin the region (2796m). Due to its location in the Innergschloss, one of the finest alpine valleys in Austria, it has an impressive setting with glaciers surrounding it. Thus, not only experienced mountaineers comes to see the panoramas. Despite its height, the hut is reachable on foot in about 1 hour. The hut is hosted by Wilfried, Sylvia and Claudia.

Hiking around the Grossvenediger

The Hohe Tauern National Park in which the Grossvenediger is located is a true hiker’s paradise. A total of 256 hiking trails, 52 long distance hiking stages and 2 thematic trail routes are waiting to be explored by the many active travelers that spend their holidays here during the summer season.

Venediger Track

With a total distance of 50 kilometers, it takes about 3 to 5 days to hike the Venediger track. The linear route runs from Parcheggio Ströden or Prägraten to Matreier Tauernhaus. Along the way, you can spend your nights in one of the many mountain huts offering real mountain charm.

Venediger High Alpine Trail

Venediger Höhenweg
© Schwarz Jens

Better known as the Venediger Höhenweg, this trail is a great way to get acquinted with an extremely beautiful part of the Austrian Alps. It leads around the Virgental in Ost Tirol, with famous peaks such as the Grossvenediger in the vicinity. Your nights will be spent in one of the many mountain cabins along the route. Hiking the full trail will take about nine days. The start of trail is at Matreier Tauernhaus and ends in Virgen. Those who have extra hiking days during their holiday can prelude the hike with the Venediger track.

Lasörling track

Lasörling track
© Uwe Grinzinger

This trail leads hikers through forests, alpine meadows and viewpoints offering spectacular sights of mountain peaks. All mountain huts along this route are reachable from the valley, making it a walk suitable for children as well, despite the extreme differences in altitude. If you wish to hike the complete trail, prepare yourself for a 53 kilometer hike during which you gain about 4000 meters of altitude.

Muhs-Panorama-path

This challenging day hike takes about 6 hours, but it is well worth the effort. You start off at Dorfer Säge in Prägraten and take a steep path towards Bergersee Hütte, a mountain hut with refreshment options. Shortly after gaining some altitude, scenic views start to break in and continue for the rest of your journey. Via the Lasnitzenhütte, the route leads you back to the parking area. The total elevation gain is 1098m.

 Virgin via Obermauern naar Prägraten

For those looking for a short day hike, the trail from the National park- Infostelle Virgin (1194m) to Infostelle Prägraten (1309m) is a great option. To cover the distance of 8 kilometers, average hikers need about three hours. There is not too much of an elevation gain (a mere 350m), making the hike not too difficult.

Accommodations around the Grossvenediger

Today, many mountain huts surround the mountain as a base for summit ascents. Climbing this peak is only for experienced mountaineers as there are several crevasses on route.If you are looking for fine hotel, these are worth checking out:

Hotel HEIMAT – the Nature Resort  offers 22 rooms with 2 beds and 3 rooms with “Grandlit Total 47” plus extra beds. All rooms have shower room, toilet, TV and balcony. The rooms are decorated in natural colors and have wooden larch floors, black-out linen curtains, comfortable armchairs, shelves and beds (height 55 cm) of international quality.

Familienhotel Replerhof, A wonderful destination for families in every season. After all, the Replerhof and the entire host team have been specializing for many years and gaining notoriety. Families with small, very small and large children will find here a varied 4 star hotel complex with adjoining farm.

Gasthof Islitzer is a cozy little hotel in the district of Hinterbichl. They value a pleasant atmosphere and traditions, after all, the house has been run by our family for centuries. The guests should feel comfortable, relax and recover. Of course, the incomparable location in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park also contributes to this.

Things to do in the Grossvenediger region

The Hohe Tauern National Park has lured active travelers looking for splendid mountain views for decades. With impressive peaks like Grossvenediger and Grossglockner all within its boundaries, it lives up to its reputation. The quaint traditional Austrian villages are great bases for exploring the expansive network of trails leading to mountain passes, mountain huts and peaks.

Besides hiking and biking, this region in Tyrol has plenty of other outdoor activities. Those who don’t suffer from vertigo (or wish to conquer it) can go on a paragliding flight or glide along waterfalls during a canyoning session. Adrenalin junkies probably will want to paddle the rapids on a rafting trip. Relaxing can be done during horseback riding, a golf session in a mountainous environment or a day in one of the many spas and thermal baths.

Those who have spent some time in alpine valleys and meadows will have spotted animals like horses, cows, sheep and goats. They spend the entire summer season in these meadows, but when winter comes, they want to return back to their stables. This “returning of the cattle” is a traditional annual event celebrated at the end of every summer. Those who are lucky enough to spend their vacation in Tyrol at this time of the year can witness this event and enjoy the music, entertainment and traditional delicacies that go along with it.

Ice Climbing in Tirol

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Ice Climbing

Ice Park East Tyrol near the Grossvenediger has the the largest outdoor artificial ice climbing park in Austria. This will make any serious mountaineers heart beat faster.

This ice crag, opened in January 2016, has optimum conditions to all ice climbing fans.
The search for the perfect location lasted a full year, and it was found just a 20 minute walk from the far side of Matreier Tauernhaus. When they have prepared, the artificial ice falls, created by fine mist from conduits, it provides a frozen wall with some 70 routes in a very compact space.

Hiking with kids

For kids, hiking needs a reward, whether it is a mountain hut where refreshments are waiting, or a splendid waterfall such as the Umbalfälle waterfall. Located near the Isel river, the trail takes families past churning whirlpools and deep gorges. Along the way, there are about 14 places where you can see how the force of water has shaped the landscape. The 11km trail is easy and non-challenging, making it a great family trip. The elevation change is about 445m.

If you are looking for something shorter, the Innergschlöss is a good option. This valley is considered as one of the most beautiful in the Eastern Alps. Surrounded by the nature of the Hohe Tauern National Park with views over the impressive glaciers of the Grossvenediger, it offers plenty of photo opportunities. The ascent of 250 meters over the 8km distance makes it a trail well within the ability of young children.

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Großglockner – “King of the Alps” and the highest mountain in Austria

Großglockner

The Grossglockner, with an altitude of 3798 meters, is the highest mountain in Austria. Located in Tyrol, it is a popular trip for travelers staying in one of the diverse holiday destinations in the region. From the top of the Grossglocknerstrasse, one of the most beautiful mountain roads in the world, which can be reached from Heiligenblut and Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse, you have splendid views of the “King of the Alps”. This mighty mountain is part of the Hohe Tauern national park. Grossglockner is often visited by day tourists, but lots of hikers and bikers explore the trails nearby as well.

About the Großglockner

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Der Großglockner

The Grossglockner is the highest mountain in Austria with an elevation of 3798 meters. It is located in the Hohe Tauern, on the border of Austrian states Carinthia and East Tyrol, close to the Pasterze glacier. It was first ascended on July 28, 1800 after several failed attempts the year before. An expedition with 62 members succeeded: Martin Klotz, Sepp Klotz, Martin Reicher and Joseph Orrasch are often named as the first to have reached the summit.

Despite being in the Eastern Alps, the heavily glaciated rocky summit is often compared to the mountains in the Western Alps. Still, it’s not the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps. Both Piz Bernina (4049m) and the Ortler (3905m) are higher.

The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, leading from Zell am See to Heiligenblut via Bruck, has made the mountain a tourist attraction.

Three Best Ways to Climb the Grossglockner

The Grossglockner is Austria’s highest mountain standing at 3,798m above sea level and also the highest mountain in the Alps. The Grossglockner forms part of the Glockner Group which belongs to the Hohe Tauern range. It lies on the Carinthia-Tyrol border.

Best Time to Climb

The months of July through to September are ideal for ascents attempted on the normal routes. However, these routes are mostly crowded, so avoid the weekends if you can.

Climbing Routes

  1. The Normal Route

This route can be approached from Kals (west side) or Heiligenblut (east side). The two routes later join at Erzherzog Johann Hut where you will find one distinct route all the way to the summit.

If you choose the Kals route to Erzherzog Johann Hut, from Kalser Glocknerstrasse you will use a scenic route that leads to Lucknerhut.  Make a left turn at the yellow signpost to get to Studlhut.

Once at Studlhut, proceed to the Kodnitzkees glacier which will be an easy trek. It is advisable to wear crampons and rope up at this point. Walk along the glacier onto a rocky ridge while watching out for crevasses until you reach Adlersruhe (3,450m). Scramble onwards to the Erzherzog Johann Hut.

If you choose the Heiligenblut route, proceed upwards to Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse. The trail starts at the Glocknerhaus all the way to Margaritzen reservoir. The trail will be marked. Cross the wall onto the beautiful Leiter valley then descend to Stockerscharte. Via the Wiener Hohenweg you will reach Salm hut. From this hut, proceed onwards to Hohenwartkees, climb a few rocks to get to Hohenwartscharte. Then go across the Auserre Hofmannkees to Salmkamp. Proceed onwards to get to the hut.

Once you have reached Erzherzog Johann Hut, the walk will be easy across snow to Bahnhof, and then it becomes steeper as you get into Glocknerleitl. At the top of this point you will find Sattele. Continue upwards across a rocky ridge to reach Kleinglockner which is the fore summit at 3,770m. The route will then descend slightly onto Glocknerscharte. It is however very narrow and has steep drops on either side, so exercising caution is of importance. Further climbing will lead you to the summit cross.

Descent is along the same route.

  1. Mayerlrampe

This route is considered to be the best ice route on this mountain and less exposed to rock fall compared to Pallavicini-Rinne. Starting from Franz-Jozefs-Hohe (2,362m), pass the Pasterze and ascend onto the Glockner bivaouc. The route has many crevasses so you need to be roped up.

Once at the bivaouc, cross over the bergschrund to reach the actual Mayrelrampe. Proceed onwards applying proper alpine ice climbing skills through to Grogerschneid. From this point, head upwards to the summit via the North West ridge.

  1. Berglerrinne

Starting from Biwakschachtel, follow the ridge then head south till you get to the base of Berglerrinne. Cross the bergschrund at the base of this couloir. Proceed upwards amidst great difficulty and steepness onto a narrow couloir. Watch out for rock fall. After about 50m, you will reach a snow-ridge; follow it all the way to the summit.

Accommodation around the Grossglockner

The region where the Austrian states Salzburg, Carinthia and Tyrol join together is a popular holiday destination for active travelers. Not only are there many hikes around the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, but it is very close to the Hohe Tauern National Park. This offers great options for outdoor enthusiastics and active families. If you are looking for fine hotel, these are worth checking out:

Hotel Post Fusch is a premier Alps village, and an exceptional place for family holidays, adventure trips, a romantic gateway or group holidays. Fusch village, together with surrounding areas, offers endless activities and special events for you to enjoy on your free time. Hotel Post offers a variety of resources for guests – great hospitality, family atmosphere, comfortable leisure in an affordable price and perfect cuisine.

Hotel Nationalpark Lodge Grossglockner, formerly Hotel Glocknerhof, is located in the middle of the famous mountaineering village Heiligenblut am Großglockner. Where alpine history was written and where you breathe pioneering spirit everywhere. Nature experiences and mountain adventures are in Heiligenblut right on the doorstep.

Bergerhof is located on the sunny side of Kals , surrounded by meadows with a wonderful panoramic view . The guest area is reached through a separate entrance and staircase plus elevator and offers with a holiday apartment , three double bedrooms , a family room and a twin room , the ideal place for groups, families with children, couples, solo travelers and mountaineers.

Salzburgerland

Salzburgerland
Zell am See

In the state Salzburgerland, the traditional villages, Fusch and Bruck, are great options to stay. Bruck is a stop along the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, a panoramic mountain route. Besides going on a scenic drive, both villages are well-placed bases to go hiking in the mountains. However, the most famous village on this side of the Grossglockner is probably Zell am See, situated at the Zeller See. It has a classy reputation as a winter resort, but the traffic-free village center makes it also a pleasant place to be in the summer. Zell am See has plenty of options regarding restaurants, bars, clubs and sport facilities.

Carinthia

Heiligenblut is the best-known village in the Carinthia region and the end-stop of the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse. The village is surrounded by the nature of Hohe Tauern National Park, making it a well-visited place for outdoor enthusiastics and families looking for some quality time in nature.

Tyrol

Tyrol
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The Tyrolean side of the Grossglockner lures mountaineers and hikers with its 250 kilometers of trails. Kals is an idyllic village located at the base of the mountain. Despite being quite small, it has all the facilities such as a supermarket, restaurants, bars and even a bank. A cable lift takes tourists to a viewpoint at an altitude of 2000 meters, offering great views on the Grossglockner and surrounding peaks.

Stuedl Hütte

Situated at a mere 2802 meters, this is the most important mountain hut for climbs starting from Kals. It takes about two and a half hours to walk from the Lucknerhaus or four hours from the Taurer Inn. It has about 104 beds and is also a stopover for climbers taking on the Stuedlgrat.

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Erzherzog – Johann – Hütte

Mountain hut - Erzherzog – Johann – Hütte
Erzherzog–Johan –Hütte

The Erzherzog–Johan –Hütte is the highest mountain hut in Austria, located on a unique spot at the shoulder of the Grossglockner. The view from this hut can easily be compared to the view from the summit of a peak in the Alps. However, getting to the hut isn’t too easy as it requires gear for glacier climbs. The most popular route is from the Stuedl Hut which takes three hours. It requires you to cross the Koednitz glacier and a short steep scramble.

Glockner-Haus

This historic inn served as an alpine hut, but is now located along the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse between Heiligenblut and the Franz-Josefs-Hoehe at an altitude of 2132m.

Oberwalderhütte

Mountain hut - Oberwalderhütte
Oberwalderhütte

Despite its location on the Grossglockner, this mountain hut is not a starting point for climbing the mountain directly since it lies on the opposite side of the Pasterze glacier. However, it is the biggest mountain hut in the region and an important meeting location for the Austrian Alpine Club. It is a great destination for hikers, starting at the Franz-Josefs-Hoehe, who take the Gasgrubenweg, a two and a half hour hike. In the winter season, the hut is a popular starting point for the famous ski trip around the Grossglockner.

Salm Hut

Mountain hut - Salm Hut
Salm Hut

The Salm Hut is the mountain hut from which the historic first ascent of the Grossglockner started. It is situated on the south side of the mountain and is still a recommended point on your way to climbing the mountain, as the route to the Erzherhog Johann Hut has no crevasse danger. The hut can be reached from Heiligenblut in 4.5h by following the Leiter Valley, or 3 hours from the Stuedl Hütte.

Edelweisshutte

This mountain hut is located at the Edelweissspitze,the highest accessible point along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, about 2571 meters above sea level. You can enjoy culinary specialties of the region here while taking in the views of 37 peaks, reaching higher than 3000 meters, and several glaciers. The hut is owned by the descendants of Peter and Julianna Lederer, who built the hut in 1935.

Hiking around the Grossglockner

Austria is a popular destination for hiking holidays. The Hohe Tauern National Park is one of the most beautiful hiking locations in the country. It is the largest national park of Central-Europe, located on the border of Carinthia, Salzburg and OstTyrol. From the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe,you can make several walks, such as the Gamsgrubenweg that brings you to the Hofmannshütte in about half an hour, or the Pasterzen Rundweg to enjoy views on the glacier. Here are some of the best walks to do during your holiday in Tyrol.

Pasterzen Rundweg

This glacier trail runs from the Alpine center Glocknerhaus to the ecologically-important area in front of the Pasterze glacier, the largest in the Eastern Alps. It shows everything shaped by the last Ice Age, from rock formations and moraines to rock plates. You can hike to the glacier tongue, but be carefulas hiking on the glacier is not allowed due to crevasse danger. The hike takes about 3 hours.

Großglockner
Großglockner

Glocknerrrunde

This route circumnavigates the Grossglockner in seven days and allows you to sleep in the many mountain huts along the way. This hike was a project created by the Austrian Alpine Club and the German Alpine Club collaborating with the Hohe Tauern National Park. It has a high level of difficulty with a strenuous day stage, requiring good stamina.

Best season: July – August

Arlhöhe

For hikers who wish to enjoy a great panoramic view but don’t want to hike too far, the ascent up the Arlhöhe is a great recommendation. The route leads to the Osnabrücker Hütte and onwards to the Arlscharte (2252m), and further to the summit of Arlhöhe.  Climbing up and down takes about 3.5 hours.

Nature trail Elendträler

A strenuous hike, but well worth the effort affordingpanoramic views over the Kleinelendtal and the Zwischenelendscarte. The route starts at the parking near Kölnbreinsperre at the end of the Malta Hochalmstrasse and takes about 7 hours to complete.

Things to do in the region of Grossglockner

The region of the Grossglockner offers a wide variety of hiking and mountainbiking trails. However, most tourists who visit OstTyrol intend to drive the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, an impressive panoramic route that leads to the best mountain views.

To gain access to this highest surfaced mountain pass road, a toll is assessed. Cars are charged €35 to drive the full 47.8 kilometers. The route starts at Zell am See at an altitude of 805m and ascends to 2504m, before descending again to Heiligenblut at an altitude of 1301m. It connects the regions Salzburg and Carinthia via the Hoge Tauern National Park where the Grossglockner is located, Austria’s highest mountain.

Along the way, you can make several stops to soak up the views, learn more about the route, or explore the area by taking a cable car. With views of 3000m peaks such as the Großglockner (3798 m), the Sonnenwelleck (3261 m), the Johannisberg (3460 m), the Fuscherkarkopf (3331 m), the Hohe Dock (3348 m), the Großes Wiesbachhorn (3564 m) and the Hoher Tenn (3368 m), it’s easy not to get bored.

Hiking with kids

Hiking with children often means you are looking for a short and easy hike. The route from Hüttschlag to Schödertal is a great option as it is not only short ( 1-2 hours), but it also offers the chance to see some wildlife. The trail ends near the Schödersee, a lake that is mostly dry in summer, but fills up in the spring with melting water. It starts at the information boot of the Talwirt National Park.

Another option is the hike to Krimml Falls. The 380 meter falls are the biggest in Central Europe and the sixth highest in the world. A hike to the upper falls takes about 1h15min and goes along some great viewpoints for a impressive nature experience.

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