Guidebook

Scenic Views & Tasty Meals: Gourmet Alpine Hut Hikes

Hike to cozy huts in the Alps for scenic views and delicious local food!

Description

For some, the words “mountain hut” suggest images of dark, rustic spaces without running water or electricity. Throw “alpine” in front of that, and you’ve got an entirely different story: cozy fireplaces, gourmet food and drinks, and luxury aplenty.

There are more than 3,000 huts sprinkled throughout the Alps. They’re a treat for serious mountaineers and families alike looking for a way to rest their weary legs after a day of hiking. Some offer overnight stays while others focus mon simply offering a mid-hike respite.

Some huts are more remote than others. Along the Sun Trail in Italy, for example, you’ll find plenty of huts (“rifugi” in Italian) to stop for refreshments and treats en route. Another Italian route, the Circular Hiking Tour near Bressanone/Brixen, includes many options for pit stops and snacks. Keep your eye out for Trametschhütte, near the bottom of the Plose gondola station, known for serving local specialties. Another gem, Joggle Alm is known for its fresh strudel, musical events, and theatrical stable performances.

Switzerland also boasts a wide range of “hütten” (or “refuges” if you’re in the French-speaking areas). Check out Horli-Hitta on Eggishorn. You can either hike or take the cable car up from Fiesch to admire views and savor delectable specialties like Valais raclette or cheese fondue dishes. In Austria, the Kerschbaumeralm hut is known for two main things: grey cheese and alpine butter.

Each country has its own version of a hut list, whether it’s a national website or series of regional websites. Some websites are more populated than others, though. In Switzerland, for example, check out the Swiss Alpine Club’s site. The Alpenvereinshüttenfinder is another resource with over 1,000 huts in the Eastern Alps owned by both Alpine associations and private owners.

Sources:
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/austria-hiking-huts/index.html
http://www.alpenverein.at/huetten/finder.php
https://www.sac-cas.ch/en/huts-and-tours/sac-route-portal/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/experience-alpine-enchantment-these-eight-austrian-huts-180957161/
https://www.tourispo.com/hike/important-art-in-small-churches--the-circular-hiking-tour-on-mount-plose-near-bressanone-brixen.html

Wildhorn hut - Niesehore - Wildhorn hut

Wildhorn hut - Niesehore - Wildhorn hut

Crans-Montana
2 - 3 hrs
5.6 km
567 m
562 m
Moderate
Private
From Eggishorn passing Märjelen Lake to Fiescheralp

From Eggishorn passing Märjelen Lake to Fiescheralp

2 - 3 hrs
11.4 km
218 m
882 m
Several hours lasting hiking tour from the cable car station at Eggishorn to Fiescheralp.
Moderate
Private
Niederwald - Egga - Fiesch

Niederwald - Egga - Fiesch

1 - 2 hrs
7.0 km
185 m
367 m
Moderate
Private
Loop to Flüealp alpine pasture

Loop to Flüealp alpine pasture

3 - 4 hrs
13.7 km
790 m
793 m
Loop around the high valley above Leukerbad, through alpine pastures to an atmospheric rock chapel. Fabulous views of the surrounding mountains.
Difficult
Private
Walk to Holzgau

Walk to Holzgau

Ski Arlberg
4 - 5 hrs
21.9 km
455 m
847 m
A beautiful walk through the alpine meadows near Warth before descending into the woods of the Lech valley.
Moderate
Private
Excursion to the hut Kerschbaumeralm

Excursion to the hut Kerschbaumeralm

Trentino-Alto Adige
1 - 2 hrs
2.6 km
485 m
0 m
Moderate
Private
Von der Hexenseehütte zur Ascherhütte

Von der Hexenseehütte zur Ascherhütte

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
3 - 4 hrs
9.2 km
595 m
923 m
From the Hexenseehütte via Masnerjoch and Berglialpe to the Ascher Hütte.
Moderate
Private
Circular Hiking Tour on Mount Plose near Bressanone/Brixen

Circular Hiking Tour on Mount Plose near Bressanone/Brixen

Trentino-Alto Adige
2 - 3 hrs
10.6 km
512 m
512 m
Moderate
Private
To the Ladurnerhütte

To the Ladurnerhütte

Trentino-Alto Adige
2 - 3 hrs
6.8 km
592 m
592 m
Moderate
Private
Excursion to the hut Joggelealm

Excursion to the hut Joggelealm

Trentino-Alto Adige
1 - 2 hrs
2.9 km
557 m
0 m
Moderate
Private
Excursion to the hut Moarerbergalm

Excursion to the hut Moarerbergalm

Trentino-Alto Adige
1 - 2 hrs
6.0 km
714 m
10 m
Difficult
Private
Alpine Farm Hike at Telves/Telfes in the Ridnauntal Valley

Alpine Farm Hike at Telves/Telfes in the Ridnauntal Valley

Trentino-Alto Adige
2 - 3 hrs
6.8 km
657 m
273 m
Moderate
Private
Sun trail

Sun trail

Trentino-Alto Adige
3 - 4 hrs
12.1 km
711 m
711 m
Easy
Private