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

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

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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 H�tte. 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 showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Adlerweg self-guided walking holiday


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

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

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Singles 275
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12 stages
(13 nights)
Red grade
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Singles 220
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9 stages
(10 nights)
No dormitories
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Singles 175
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Baggage transfer Please ask us

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.


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.

Our classic accommodation mix involves 5 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.

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.

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-Tyrol

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: 19 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

19 stages and 1 rest day, per person:

ADLsg Classic
GBP 1,980 (singles 375)
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

21 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (6)
3-star hotels (7)
Auberges (3)
Mountain huts (5)

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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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)
Adlerweg Highlights (self-guided)

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

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

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