(Adlerweg) Lamsenjochhütte hut on the Adlerweg
ADLERWEG (SELF-GUIDED)   19 stages and 1 rest day . 21 nights . Austrian Tyrol   Booking

Adlerweg
Self-guided trekking holiday


+ Cross the Austrian Tirol linking villages and Innsbruck
+ Mountain days, valley sections and a sense of travel
+ Hotels and huts booked and full advice given on travel


Latest news November 2019
Our 2020 dates and prices are up! Availability is great at this early point. Please ask us about a trip - thank you.

The Adlerweg is a trekking route across the Tirol and Arlberg regions of the Austrian Alps. The route offers a charming mix of valley walking in farm land, with narrow rocky paths in the mountains and views down remote valleys. Our full Adlerweg takes 19 days from St. Johann-in-Tirol to St. Anton; we add 1 rest day to explore Innsbruck.

The Eastern half has some longer stages than the Western, but with less rugged terrain overall. After Innsbruck, a more familiar pattern starts of crossings from valley to valley over mountain passes. While not hard overall, throughout the Adlerweg it is possible to find yourself in short situations with a drop to one or both sides. This contrasts with the substantial sections on easy forest tracks.

Generally our route avoids the harder alternatives. We take the normal routing of the Adlerweg except for the lower route to Schwaz and Innsbruck to avoid an unreasonably long day in the Karwendel range, and on the last day when we forego the Valluga area (the peak above St. Anton with difficult ground) to take the more direct route via the Leutkircher Hütte. On accommodation, we hope that trekkers who have not seen Austria before will love the hospitality of its hotels and restaurants.

Your accommodation is based on the friendly hotels that typify the Austrian Alps; wood panelling and carefully presented breakfasts are common. For those nights in the mountains, the huts are at a good standard and relatively accessible.


Map


Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Adlerweg self-guided walking holiday

Prices


Alpine Exploratory
ADLsg Adlerweg (Self-guided)
5 July to 18 September 2020
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
18 stages
1 rest day
(20 nights)
Please ask 1,980
Singles 375
Main ADL
Please ask
Specialised schedules
16 stages
(17 nights)

Please ask
1,690
Singles 325
Please ask
ADHsg Adlerweg Highlights (Self-guided)
5 July to 18 September 2020
14 stages
(15 nights)

Please ask
1,550
Singles 275
Please ask
12 stages
(13 nights)
Red grade
Please ask
1,390
Singles 220
Please ask
9 stages
(10 nights)
No dormitories
Please ask
1,120
Singles 175
Please ask
Options
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Itinerary

Here is our normal schedule of 18 stages and 2 rest days.

Arrival day: Arrival in St Johann-in-Tirol
Your trip begins on arrival in St Johann. A lively market town in the Leukental Valley, there are plenty of good dinner options for your first night.
Hotel in St Johann (Breakfast)

Stage 1: St Johann to Gaudeamshütte
Red3 grade, 13.5km with 1090m ascent, 485m descent
The first stage climbs through woodland on the side of the Wilder Kaiser massif, before a final pass and descent to the friendly Gaudeamushütte.
Mountain hut (Breakfast and Dinner)

Stage 2: Gaudeamshütte to Hintersteiner See
Red3 grade, 12.5km with 580m ascent, 960m descent
From the Gaudeamushütte bypass the Wochenbrunner Alm to cross meadows and climb to the high balcony path, all the way to Kaiser Hochalm in its superb setting below cliffs. The day ends at the pretty Hintersteiner See, a lake with an optional afternoon’s walk around its circumference.
Auberge in Hintersteiner See (Breakfasts)

Stage 3: Hintersteiner See to Langkampfen
Red3 grade, 26.5km with 840m ascent, 1210m descent
Forest paths lead up to an open pass and the obvious continuation to Kufstein, an afternoon of clear wide tracks. Dropping into the little town of Kufstein with its castle, we continue along the valley to Langkampfen and take the train back to Kufstein.
Hotel in Kufstein (Breakfast)

Stage 4: Langkampfen to Pinegg
Red3 grade, 27km with 1130m ascent, 945m descent
From the train, we start with a steep climb up the wooded hillside to the grassy meadow of the Hohlensteinhaus. Next we cross a large area of upland terrain on very solid tracks. This is easy walking on which to stretch out.
Auberge in Pinegg (Breakfast)

Stage 5: Pinegg to Bayreuther Hütte
Red3 grade, 15km with 1220m ascent, 295m descent
Leaving the hidden Brandenberg valley and the hamlet of Pinegg, paths and tracks take us to the upland grassy area and a final descent to the welcoming Bayreuther hut.
Mountain Hut (Breakfast and Dinner)

Stage 6: Bayreuther Hütte to Maurach
Red3 grade, 12km with 530m ascent, 1160m descent
We cross the massif to the Erfurterhütte before a descent – or cable car – to the pretty and practical resort of Maurach near the shore of the Achensee.
Hotel in Maurach (Breakfast)

Stage 7: Maurach to the Lamsenjochhütte
Red3 grade, 18km with 1040m ascent, 60m descent
Leaving for a long valley ascent to the Lamsenjochhütte we climb steadily and arrive in a splendid mountainous setting. Settle in for consistently good views of the valley.
Mountain Hut (Breakfast and Dinner)

Stage 8: Lamsenjochhütte to Schwaz
Red3 grade, 14km with 20m ascent, 1400m descent
Today’s stage of contrasts leaves the high mountains on a steady descent with an agricultural finish. The wide track leads easily down from the Lamsenjochhütte to the hillside above Schwaz. Option to continue walking to Pill Vomperbach station and take the train back to Schwaz to reduce tomorrow's distance.
Hotel in Schwaz (Breakfast)

Stage 9: Schwaz to Hall-in-Tirol
Red3 grade, 34.5km with 1040m ascent, 1025m descent
Our route to Hall is not direct, instead taking the views high over the Vomper Bach valley to the North. An initial climb leads to a long stretch of tracks, where we can stride out, and the welcome Walderalm on its grassy shelf.
Hotel in Hall (Breakfast)

Stage 10: Hall-in-Tirol to Innsbruck
Blue2 grade, 14km with 380m ascent, 370m descent
This easy half-day stage takes us along the base of the Nordkette ridge but at the level of 900m, through fields and then forests. Broad views are gained of the Patscherkofel range across the Inn valley, the ‘head of the eagle’.
Hotel in Innsbruck (Breakfast)

Stage 11: The Zirbenweg
Blue2 grade, 8.5km with 860m ascent, 490m descent
Today has options for long or short walks but the core is the Zirbenweg, the high trail above Innsbruck reached by cable cars at each end.
Hotel in Innsbruck (Breakfast)

Rest day in Innsbruck
A full day to explore Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol.
Hotel in Innsburck (Breakfast)

Stage 12: Innsbruck to Solsteinhaus
Red3 grade, 23km with 1270m ascent, 30m descent
A stage of two halves, first through the valley floor to Zirl and then unrelentingly up to the Solsteinhaus. The first part to Zirl can be skipped by train to leave a surprisingly pleasant ascent of 8.5km (and still the whole height!)
Mountain Hut (Breakfast and Dinner)

Stage 13: Solsteinhaus to Weidach in Leutasch
Black4 grade, 18.5km with 850m ascent, 1560m descent
From the Solsteinhaus a loose path ascends the Eppzirler Scharte and descends the far side, again with scree, to the Eppzirler Alm. An easy track then leads to Giessenbach before an ascent and descent of the Hoher Sattel to Weidach.
Hotel in Weidach in Leutasch (Breakfast and Dinner)

Stage 14: Weidach in Leutasch to Ehrwald
Red3 grade, 23.5km with 540m ascent, 540m descent
This day is one of long distance and easy terrain, almost all on solid forest tracks. We climb gently to an area in the Gipfel valley known for its alms or pasture farms. To the North throughout, and towering over sweet mountain resort Ehrwald, is the Zugspitze, Germany’s high point.
Hotel in Ehrwald (Breakfast)

Stage 15: Ehrwald to Fernsteinsee
Red3 grade, 18km with 760m ascent, 820m descent
Cross the low meadows dotted with barns to Ehrwald’s twin resort Lermoos, where a cable car is an option to skip most of the ascent. Above the Grubigalm our path starts to drop, steeply in places and around a surprise cliff-edge, to the Fernpass (road section needing care) and on down to the Fernsteinsee on good tracks. Return to Ehrwald on the good bus service.
Hotel in Ehrwald (Breakfast)

Stage 16: Fernsteinsee to Bschlabs
Red3 grade, 27.5km with 1350m ascent, 1110m descent
Back at the Fernsteinsee, tracks lead – in places steeply – to a high valley and a farm. A path rises through a high valley to two cols, in between which is a steep descent and a crossing of a scree slope, before a walk down to the Anhalter Hütte. Skirt the combe North of the Anhalter Hütte and drop West to the Plötzigtal and round to Egg and Bschlabs.
Auberge in Bschlabs (Breakfast and Dinner)

Stage 17: Bschlabs to Steeg
Red3 grade, 0-39km with 1350m ascent, 390m descent
Drop in and out of the Bschabtal and start the traverse path to Gutschau in the Lechtal and then Häselgehr over fields. Follow the Lech before crossing to the Innerhofweg on the North and dropping to Elbigenalp. Valley tracks lead to Bach, then up above Stockach, and down to Holzgau. Climb to the bridge above Holzgau and drop to Hägerau and Steeg. We suggest using the bus to shorten the day.
Hotel in Steeg (Breakfast and Dinner)

Stage 18: Steeg to St. Anton
Red3 grade, 20.5km with 1290m ascent, 1190m descent
Today is the final link to St. Anton and a fitting end, beginning with a country lane to a village on a sunny shelf called Kaisers, then a forest track, and then hill paths steeply up to the Leutkircher Hütte. This friendly place overlooks St. Anton and sits in a saddle on the ridge, views superb all ways. We drop on forest paths and tracks to the famous ski resort of St. Anton and walk up the high street lined with shops.
Hotel in St Anton

Departure day: Departure from St Anton
After a last breakfast we depart from St Anton. Take to the trains for a departure from the nearbyby airports of Munich and Zurich. Congratulations on your Adlerweg!


Our usual schedule of accommodation might not be available, especially if there is not much time between booking and your trip. We book accommodation as closely as possible to this itinerary and present a schedule for you to check before we proceed.

Baggage transfer

Let us move your bags between stops. This service takes your bag to each night's accommodation except for the huts, of which there are 5 on our normal schedule. When at huts, your bag goes ahead to the next hotel. Please contact us for a baggage price.


Schedule adjustments

The Adlerweg goes at a decent pace and we hope our normal schedule will suit most trekkers. A point to note about the Adlerweg is that it mixes long smooth days with short sections of more technical walking. We can adjust your Adlerweg in various ways, as follows:

More challenge
If you prefer to walk for longer each day and are used to consecutive days at the 25km mark with over 1,000m ascent, please ask us and we'll advise - it's possible our faster pace of 14 stages will appeal. This means 8 stages before Innsbruck and 7 stages after, plus the Zirbenweg above Innsbruck.
(Please see our ADLsg Adlerweg 17-night price above)

Less challenge
A slower pace is possible on the Adlwerweg but only to a very limited extent. This is because of the spacing of villages and huts such that most stages cannot really be shortened except with disruptive transport to nearby villages.

Rest days
Our normal 19-night schedule includes 1 rest day in Innsbruck. Separately, most schedules include the Zirbenweg above Innsbruck; this optional half-day walk allows at least a half rest-day in Innsbruck. We'd recommend one day in Innsbruck, then if you'd like to add more we would suggest Maurach in the East and Ehrwald in the West. Both of these villages are of a good size for things to see and buses around the area, especially Ehrwald which is under the Zugspitze.

Our Highlights trips
To contentrate on the more mountainous and consistently scenic sections of the Adlerweg, or to avoid huts, take one of our Adlerweg Highlights trips. These take around 2 weeks instead of 3, consisting of distinct blocks of walking with local trains or buses in between. Please see the further information below.


Accommodation

The Adlerweg is generally a good trip for accommodation. The quality of Austrian hotels continues to impress us, from small towns such as Kufstein to those villages that are little more than hamlets.

Classic
Our classic accommodation mix involves 4 huts and a good range of hotels, generally towards the higher 3* and 4* end. We can enquire about private rooms at 3 of the 5 huts; there is no extra charge if we are successful and we'll confirm when sending your schedule. It's hard to avoid all hut dormitories without missing sections or taking a lot of transport to nearby hotels, but one of our Highlights itineraries (below) is all-hotel.

Alternatives
We don't offer ready-made Hutty or Comfy options on the Adlerweg, because it is hard to offer more huts or to upgrade the hotels. However, please ask us about the minor ways in which we can tweak the Adlerweg to your prefered style.


The route

Our approach to the Adlerweg
Our trip gives a complete journey on foot from St. Johann to St. Anton, along the Adlerweg. On the trek itself, no transport is taken except for (optionally) the train to skip the short valley section between Kufstein and Langkampfen, the train to reach Schwaz from the trail at Pill-Vomperbach, the cable car above Innsbruck to reach the 'head of the eagle' walk, the train to skip the initial valley section between Innsbruck and Zirl, and the bus to return to Ehrwald from the Fernsteinsee. The Adlerweg is a well-defined route. We take the lower option via Schwaz on the 3 days into Innsbruck; we also take the direct and less challenging option via the Leutkircher Huette on the last stage into St. Anton.

Terrain
The Adlerweg's terrain comprises wide tracks through forests, tarmac country lanes, zig-zagging hillside paths and steep, rocky mountain paths. At one point, the route runs along a busy road and care is needed; at another, the Eppzirler Scharte, the terrain is steep and loose over scree, needing careful footing. In some places on optional variant paths the paths are more steep and loose. The Adlerweg has no via ferrata or climbing sections and is a trek throughout.


How to get there

Your holiday starts in the small town of St. Johann-in-Tirol and ends in the ski resort of St. Anton. The most convenient airports are Munich and Innsbruck with several transfer options available by train, but Basel and Zurich also work for the return.


Fly to
Munich (MUC)
Or fly to Innsbruck (INN) or Vienna (VIE)


Transfer by
3h train


Adlerweg Start
St. Johann-in-Tirol


Adlerweg End
St. Anton


Transfer by
4h train


Fly from
Munich (MUC)
Or fly from Zurich (ZRH), Basel (BSL) or Innsbruck (INN)


Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.

Key information Summer 2020

Trip name: Adlerweg
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: ADLsg
Route: The Adlerweg (Walking guide)
(Prefer East or West trips?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 18 days' trekking, 1 rest day
Start: St Johann-in-Tyrol in Austria
End: St Anton in Austria
Typical walk: 19km, 790m ascent
Total distance: 387km or 242 miles
Highest altitude: 2,251m
Grade: Black3 (Walking grades)

A note on grading
The stage from the Solsteinhaus crosses a steep and loose pass, Eppzirler Scharte, that pushes the Adlerweg into the Black grade. The overall grade can be kept as Red by instead descending from the hut and taking the train.

The Adlerweg is notable for wide differences in stage lengths, due to the spacing of villages and huts. The three longest stages are 26.5km to Langkampfen, 27km to Pinegg, and 30.5km to Hall-in-Tirol. Of these, only the stage to Pinegg cannot be reduced by taking alternatives or missing sections. Full details come in your routecards and we can advise any time.



Prices Summer 2020

18 stages and 1 rest day, per person:

ADLsg Classic
GBP 1,980 (singles 375)
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Adlerweg (self-guided)



Research Summer 2020

Keith Miller at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Adlerweg was led by:
Keith Miller in July

Recces 2020

Rock pools above Pinegg
Rock pools above Pinegg (Photo gallery)


Alpine Exploratory's service

Accommodation
20 nights, staying in:
3 and 4-star hotels (13)
Auberges (3)
Mountain huts (4)

Included
Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 6 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards ADL1-19 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
5 July to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates


The Anhalter Huette
The Anhalter Huette (Photo gallery)



The Adlerweg in the Alps

Map of the Adlerweg within the Alps

Our city information included in your info pack:
Munich, Innsbruck, Vienna

City breaks after trekking



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About our walking holidays Our FAQs page covering equipment, weather, insurance and more about how our trips work

Walking guides Our background page on the
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Adlerweg Highlights
Self-guided trekking holiday

Trek the main high stages
Options for easier and comfier trips


To skip the more valley-based sections we offer our Adlerweg Highlights trips as follows. Please add as many rest days as you wish. We would suggest Innsbruck first, then if adding a second rest day Kufstein or Ehrwald.


Our main Adlerweg Highlights trip

ADHsg Adlerweg Highlights
13 stages, optional 14th day on the Zirbenweg, giving 15 nights

Arrive in St. Johann for a first night
Walk St. Johann to Kufstein in the normal 3 stages
Morning train and bus to Pinegg
Walk Pinegg to Schwaz in the normal 4 stages
Morning train to Innsbruck
Walk the Zirbenweg (afternoon option)
Train to Zirl
Walk Zirl to Ehrwald in the normal 3 stages
Morning bus to the Fernsteinersee
Walk Fernsteinersee Bschlabs
Morning bus to Haselgehr
Walk Haselgehr to St. Anton in the normal 2 stages
Depart from St. Anton after breakfast


To keep the Adlerweg to Red grade

ADHsg Adlerweg Highlights (Red grade)
11 stages, optional 12th day on the Zirbenweg, giving 13 nights

Arrive in St. Johann for a first night
Walk St. Johann to Kufstein in the normal 3 stages
Morning train and bus to Pinegg
Walk Pinegg to Schwaz in the normal 4 stages
Morning train to Innsbruck
Walk the Zirbenweg (afternoon option)
Train to Giessenbach or Seefeld
Walk Giessenbach or Seefeld to Ehrwald in the normal 2 stages
Morning buses to Haselgehr
Walk Haselgehr to St. Anton in the normal 2 stages
Depart from St. Anton after breakfast


To miss dormitories

ADHsg Adlerweg Highlights (no dormitories)
8 stages, optional 9th day on the Zirbenweg, giving 10 nights
(This avoids the Gaudeamushutte, the Beyruetherhutte and the Anhalterhutte; we try for private rooms at the Lamsenjochhutte and Solsteinhaus and we advise if only dormitories are available.)

Arrive at Hintersteiner See for a first night
Walk Hintersteiner See to Kufstein in 1 stage
Morning train and bus to Maurach
Walk Maurach to Schwaz in the normal 2 stages
Morning train to Innsbruck
Walk the Zirbenweg (afternoon option)
Train to Zirl
Walk Zirl to Ehrwald in the normal 3 stages
Morning buses to Haselgehr
Walk Haselgehr to St. Anton in the normal 2 stages
Depart from St. Anton after breakfast



Key information Summer 2020

Here are prices for our 3 Highlights trips:

ADHsg Main trip
GBP 1,110 (singles 250)
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Adlerweg Highlights (self-guided)

ADHsg Red grade
GBP 1,050 (singles 220)
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Adlerweg Highlights (self-guided)

ADHsg No dormitories
GBP 870 (singles 175)
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Adlerweg Highlights (self-guided)

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