Guidebook

Great Walks in Tirol

The most spectacular long-distance hikes in Tirol

Description

Despite their many differences, all the walks chosen have one thing in common: they offer hikers the chance to get away from it all, discover the beauty of nature and experience a true adventure in the Alps. Most of the walks lead through high-alpine terrain and are challenging, even for experienced hikers. Those who decide to take on one or several of these challenges will, however, be richly rewarded with majestic views and memories for a lifetime.

Trail quality, landscape, accommodation, technical demands and special highlights - are all criteria for these 20+ long-distance hiking trails in Tirol totalling hundreds of kilometres and tens of thousands of vertical metres. Scroll down to check out the very best long-distance hikes in the Heart of the Alps.

Source: https://www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/sports/hiking/greatwalks

Eagle Walk Stage 07: Jausenstation Waldhäusl - Erfurter Hütte

Eagle Walk Stage 07: Jausenstation Waldhäusl - Erfurter Hütte

5 - 6 hrs
17.9 km
1,572 m
751 m
Fully enjoy the scenic diversity of the Rofan Mountain Range on this challenging walk, with its gentle pastoral hills to the south and the sheer rock faces to the north.
Extreme
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 06: Pinegg - Steinberg am Rofan

Eagle Walk Stage 06: Pinegg - Steinberg am Rofan

4 - 5 hrs
17.9 km
1,140 m
816 m
After a good night’s sleep in Pinegg, take a walk from Gwercherwirt Inn over the bridge across Brandenberger Ache River and follow Jägersteig Path all the way to Aschau, a hamlet of Brandenberg. Take the paved road to get to Burgstallgraben, from where the path winds up to Wimm, Wimmerjoch Peak and old Lahnalm Alpine Pasture Hut.
Difficult
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 09 and 10: Lamsenjochhütte - Karwendelhaus

Eagle Walk Stage 09 and 10: Lamsenjochhütte - Karwendelhaus

5 - 6 hrs
21.1 km
1,205 m
1,384 m
Behind the charming mountain village of Eng (featuring a dairy farm open to visitors) there is a wide walking trail towards the Falken Hut.
Extreme
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 08: Erfurter Hütte - Lamsenjochhütte

Eagle Walk Stage 08: Erfurter Hütte - Lamsenjochhütte

Rofan Bergbahn
6 - 7 hrs
19.2 km
1,051 m
917 m
This day, the Eagle Walk starts gently: Take Rofan Gondola for an effortless and scenic downhill ride from Erfurter Hütte Hut to Maurach and enjoy magnificent views of emerald Lake Achensee.
Difficult
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 12: Hallerangerhaus - Innsbruck

Eagle Walk Stage 12: Hallerangerhaus - Innsbruck

7 - 8 hrs
18.1 km
1,135 m
2,317 m
This trek along the Eagle Walk is where you will get the best of both worlds – the urban sophistication of a historic city and remote mountain wilderness.
Extreme
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 03: Hintersteinersee - Kufstein

Eagle Walk Stage 03: Hintersteinersee - Kufstein

Wilder Kaiser
4 - 5 hrs
13.5 km
727 m
1,158 m
This segment will take you to the small town of Kufstein located on the banks of the Inn River – a town which has been celebrated in song and is steeped in history and character. Walk through the lush and verdant beauty of a pasture paradise with cosy huts and mountain restaurants to take a rest (delicious “Kiachl” are served at Brentenjoch Hut every Saturday).
Difficult
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 05: Gasthof Buchacker - Pinegg

Eagle Walk Stage 05: Gasthof Buchacker - Pinegg

5 - 6 hrs
18.0 km
965 m
1,619 m
This walk is largely for those interested in heading up, steeply. The grade will keep you busy as you follow trails up, up, up. However, it more than makes up for the efforts with superior views. Views to knock off your sweaty socks.
Extreme
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 04: Kufstein - Gasthof Buchacker

Eagle Walk Stage 04: Kufstein - Gasthof Buchacker

4 - 5 hrs
10.7 km
1,388 m
543 m
When leaving the charming historic small town behind, you might still be able to hear the sound of the “Heroes’ Organ” with its 4,948 perfectly tuned pipes – the world’s largest outdoor organ.
Difficult
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 14: Innsbruck - Solsteinhaus Lodge

Eagle Walk Stage 14: Innsbruck - Solsteinhaus Lodge

Innsbruck
2 - 3 hrs
6.8 km
909 m
27 m
Today starts rather swiftly with a train ride on the Karwendelbahn/Mittenwaldbahn Train from Innsbruck to Hochzirl. From there, follow signage to Solsteinhaus Lodge. While presenting nothing in the way of technical challenges, the grade is steep in places.
Difficult
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 01: St. Johann in Tirol - Gaudeamushütte

Eagle Walk Stage 01: St. Johann in Tirol - Gaudeamushütte

Wilder Kaiser
3 - 4 hrs
12.7 km
1,051 m
451 m
Trailhead is Rummlerhof Inn, northwest of the village centre of St. Johann. After a successful first segment, why not take a rest at Gaudeamus Hut, raise your glass and sing: “Gaudeamus igitur – Let us be happy!” For many hikers this is far enough, contentment has already set in. Adventurous souls continue on the trail that works its way up across Klamml Gorge to Grutten Hut, which entails another 400 metres of climbing.
Difficult
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 02: Gaudeamushütte - Hintersteinersee

Eagle Walk Stage 02: Gaudeamushütte - Hintersteinersee

Wilder Kaiser
4 - 5 hrs
14.4 km
728 m
1,065 m
Is it about the journey or the destination? You decide. There is nothing like a pristine mountain lake for relief from summer's heat. You might find it incomparably refreshing to cool off in lovely Hintersteinersee Lake at the end of your hiking day.
Difficult
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 13: Innsbruck - Zirbenweg Trail - Innsbruck

Eagle Walk Stage 13: Innsbruck - Zirbenweg Trail - Innsbruck

Patscherkofel
1 - 2 hrs
7.8 km
263 m
154 m
True mountaineers will be drawn back into the mountains again. Therefore, this easy walk will be just right after living the high life in town.
Difficult
Private
Eagle Walk Stage 11: Karwendelhaus Lodge - Hallerangerhaus Lodge

Eagle Walk Stage 11: Karwendelhaus Lodge - Hallerangerhaus Lodge

5 - 6 hrs
14.0 km
1,438 m
1,454 m
Excelsior! On this walk, you will find yourself in a world almost as far removed as you can get from the forested valleys below.
Extreme
Private
Berlin High Trail

Berlin High Trail

Mayrhofen
1 day +
86.5 km
6,653 m
6,865 m
The challenging Berlin High Trail is a must-do high Alpine hike starting in Finkenberg and leading right through the heart of the extraordinary Zillertal Alps, visiting one of the crown jewels of Tirol’s park system: the Zillertal Alps Nature Park. Among the highlights of the hike is the Berliner Hütte hut, the largest hut in Tirol to be run by the Austrian Alpine Club and the first hut in the region to become a listed building. With its wood-panelled rooms, five-metre-high dining hall and chandeliers on the ceiling, it is a true pearl of the Alps. The Berlin High Trail is a challenging hike for experienced walkers. It takes around a week to complete the full trail from start to finish with 85 kilometres and 6,600 vertical metres. The route can, however, also be shorted - from each hut there is the option of descending down into the valley.
Severe
Private
Lechtal High Trail

Lechtal High Trail

Lech - Zuers
1 day +
85.5 km
6,631 m
6,475 m
Add to travel guide Measuring at least 85 kilometres in length and generally staying at between 2,000 and 2,500 metres above sea level, this is an outdoor adventure for fit and experienced mountaineers in search of a real challenge. The route follows the main ridge of the Lechtal Alps and is divided into 18 stages which can be completed in between 10 and 19 days depending on the fitness level of the group. The shortest of the several variations available has 7,000 vertical metres of climbing and descending along technical trails. Along the way there are 13 huts run by the Austrian Alpine Club offering not only accommodation but also hearty food and good company in the evenings. The biggest attraction from a landscape perspective is the Steinsee lake, a shimmering green-blue pearl located to the east of the Steinseehütte hut in a natural rock amphitheatre capped by the imposing Dremlscharte ridge. The Lechtal High Trail is part of the North Alpine Long-Distance Trail 01 and the European HikingTrail E4. The majority of the route leads through high alpine terrain. That means hikers must be very fit, experienced in the mountains, sure-footed, not afraid of heights and familiar with the basics of rock climbing. Depending on the snow conditions, some stages of this hike may require a rope, ice pick and crampons. Among the most difficult sections is the Roßkarscharte ridge between the Steinseehütte and the Württemberger Haus huts and the traverse of the south-east face of the Vorderseespitze mountain between the Ansbacher Hütte and Kaiserjochhaus huts.
Severe
Private
Stubai High Trail

Stubai High Trail

1 day +
56.8 km
5,095 m
4,956 m
Difficult
Private
Carnic High Trail

Carnic High Trail

Trentino-Alto Adige
1 day +
169.7 km
9,213 m
9,646 m
The Carnic Trail follows the Austrian-Italian border heading from west to east along the main ridge of the Carnic Alps. With a total distance of 168 kilometres, this high-altitude hike is a challenge even for experienced hikers and generally takes up to eleven days to complete. It is popular with walkers in the summer months thanks to its fine views of the Dolomites. The trail begins in Sillian in the High Pustertal Valley and ends in Unterhörl in the neighbouring province of Carinthia. The highlight of the hike comes right at the start. The first third from the Hollbrucker Spitze mountain takes hikers along the first section of the Peace Trail leading through the Dolomites all the way to the Swiss border. This trail traces the Austrian-Italian front during the First World War and includes passages along trails created back then to move troops and equipment. Each stage features a number of mountain huts or restaurants serving local food. All in all there are no fewer than 30 peaks along the trail such as the Großer Kinigat (2,689 metres) and the Pfannspitze (2,678 metres), the highest point of the hike. The information boards along the Geo Trail give visitors information about the geological diversity of the Carnic Alps between Sillian and Nassfeld. There is the option of shortening the route by taking a transfer along the road over the Plöcken pass (stage 7) and at Nassfeld (stage 9).
Severe
Private