13 stages . 1 rest day . 15 nights . The best of the Austrian Tyrol
Looking up to teh mountains in the Wilder Kaiser range in the Austrian Tirol, with pine trees in the foreground
13 stages . 1 rest day . 15 nights

Self-guided walking holiday

Key information

Start: St Johann in Tirol in Austria
End: St Anton in Austria
Season dates: 1 July to 15 Sept 2024 and 1 July to 18 Sept 2025
Length: 13 days' walking with 1 rest day
Typical walk: 18km with 790m ascent
Total distance: 225km or 140 miles
Highest altitude: 2,251m
Grade: Red 4 (Walking grades)
Group size: 2 or more trekkers

From GBP 2,030 per person

The Adlerweg is Austria’s ultimate trek, traversing the Tyrol from East to West. Translated as “The Eagle’s Way” this spectacular route winds through some of the most breathtaking alpine landscapes in Europe, and offers hikers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and diverse ecosystems of the Austrian Tyrol region.

Our route passes through 6 mountain ranges (Wilder Kaiser mountains, Brandenberg Alps, Karwendel Mountains, Tux Alps, Wetterstein Mountains and Lechtal Alps) as your traverse the whole of the Austrian Tyrol from East to West. We stay in quaint alpine villages, historic towns and traditional huts. The diverse range of terrains, including rolling meadows, dense forests, and high mountain passes, provides trekkers with an ever-changing backdrop of stunning scenery.

Our routecards follow the main Adlerweg route for the most part, though we avoid some of the more exposed and loose sections. Instead these sections can be skipped by bus and train (on our main Adlerweg trip) or we take a route through the valleys (on our extended Adlerweg trip).

The trail is equipped with a network of accommodations, ranging from cosy huts to comfortable guesthouses and hotels, allowing for a range of lodging options to suit different preferences. The comfortable Tyrolean hospitality and high level of accommodation is a defining feature of the Adlerweg.

Trek self-guided under your own steam, or go for a guided trip where you will be accompanied by one of our International Mountain Leaders.

Alternative trip options
Looking for a shorter trip in the Austrian Tyrol?
Adlerweg: Karwendel Mountains - 6 stages, 1 rest day, 8 nights nights
Looking for something different:
Via Alpina - trek across Switzlerand
Tour du Mont Blanc - a circular trek around the Mont Blanc Massif

Our Adlerweg trip travels at a good pace through the mountains, skipping some of the more lengthy valley days and giving you the flexibility to enjoy the mountains at your own pace.

Make the trip shorter
We can make the trip one stage shorter by walking from Karwendalhaus to Weidach in Leutasch in one longer day. It is hard to make the trip much shorter without skipping more sections or having some very long days. For a week long trip we suggest our Adlerweg: Karwendel Mountains trip (from Aschau to Hozirl).

Additional Rest Days
As standard we include a rest day in Innsbruck, with an option for a half-day walk along the Zirbenweg or Goetheweg. We highly recommend extending your time in Innsbruck if you are able to - it's a charming, small city, circled by mountains, with colourful houses and plenty to offer for a rest day. Other places which are worth pausing for a rest day are Maurach, on the shores of Achen Lake, and Ehrwald, with its sweet village green and proximity to the Zugspitze.

Hike with a guide
Hike with confidence in the company of our fully qualified International Mountain Leaders (IMLs), with the navigation, accommodation and arrangements taken care of. If your group would like a guide for your trip, please get in touch for more details.

Make the trip longer - our extended Adlerweg Tour
For a longer trip we suggest including the valley sections in the walk from St Johann-in-Tyrol to St Anton, rather than skipping some sections by public transport. On this trip we add in the stage from Kufstein to Aschau, and from Ehrwald to Fernsteinsee. Please see details of these extra stages:

2024 Prices
1 July to 15 Sept 2024
Classic Comfy
13 stages - no rest day
(14 nights)
GBP 1,995
Singles 330
GBP 2,105
Singles 350
13 stages - 1 rest day
(15 nights)

GBP 2,030
Singles 370
Main Trip
GBP 2,190
Singles 390
19 stages - 1 rest day
(21 nights)
Extended Tour
GBP 2,890
Singles 440
GBP 3,090
Singles 470
Baggage transfer
Please ask us

2025 Prices
1 July to 18 Sept 2025
Classic Comfy
13 stages - 1 rest day
(15 nights)

GBP 2,340
Singles 370
Main Trip
GBP 2,490
Singles 390
19 stages - 1 rest day
(21 nights)
Extended Tour
GBP 3,200
Singles 440
GBP 3,390
Singles 470
Baggage transfer
Please ask us


Where we stay
Our classic accommodation mix includes 5 nights in huts, 1 night in an auberge (a basic hotel) and the remainder of nights in 3* and 4* hotels. The quality of Austrian hotels continues to impress us, from those in small towns such as Kufstein to those in villages that are little more than hamlets. For those nights in the mountains, the huts are at a good standard and relatively accessible.

Avoiding Dormitories
We can enquire about private rooms at 4 of the 5 huts; there is no extra charge if we are successful in securing them and we'll confirm your room types when sending your schedule. Please note that the Bayreuther Hütte offers dormitory accommodation only.

While our classic option is already quite comfortable, due to the high standard of Austrian hotels, we now offer a more bespoke comfy option. Our comfy trip features upgraded hotel stays on at least 6 of your nights in the towns, utilising some of the more luxurious Tyrolean hotels that we have had the pleasure of discovering.

Solo Travel
We do not take bookings for solo walkers on self-guided trips. If you are still interested in this trip, we do have availability on our guided trips.

Sleeping Platforms in Gaudeamushütte
A dormitory room for 6 people in Gaudeamshütte, the first mountain hut on the Adlerweg
Leitenhof Hotel in Scheffau. The hotel reception is surrounded by trees with mountains behind
Leitenhof Hotel in Scheffau
A hiker uses a fixed chain to aid with corssing a rocky section of path on the Adlerweg trek through the Austrian Tyrol. In the background the path continues into trees.
Section of chain to aid the route on stage 2

Our approach to the Adlerweg
Our Adlerweg trip gives you the best sections of the full Adlerweg from St Johann in Tirol to St Anton, maximizing your time in the mountains and minimizing long valley stages. We have reviewed the route carefully and selected our favourite stages. Our trip follows a route through the Karwendel Mountains, rather than taking to the more industrial Inn valley; this allows us to keep the route mountainous, as well as avoiding the crossing of the Eppzirler Scharte, a difficult stage out of character with the rest of the trail. We also add a rest day in Innsbruck where we have options for a half-day walk on the Zirbenweg (south of the city) or the Goetheweg (north of the city). Both trips offer magnificent views over Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains.

The Terrain
The Adlerweg's terrain comprises wide tracks through forests, tarmac lanes, zig-zagging hillside paths and steep, rocky mountain paths. In some places, on optional variant paths the paths, are more steep and loose sections. The Adlerweg has no via ferrata or climbing sections and is a trek throughout.

Is it for me?
The Adlerweg is a trek of stark contrasts. From remote mountain huts, quiet high-mountain paths, pastoral and immaculate villages comes the contrast with the wide and bustling valley. These contrasts are certainly part of the charm of the Adlerweg, and add to the overall sense of movement across the beautiful Tyrol region. The trip would suit those who wish to experience a true taste of Austrian culture, across a wide variety of settings and accommodation, from high-mountain, to rural, to urban.

We grade the Adlerweg as Red 4 overall. OUr extended Adlerweg Tour includes longer days through the valley, and these are missed on our suggested Adlerweg route, giving a relaxed pace.

People at Alpine Exploratory
Latest research on the Adlerweg by Alpine Exploratory's Pete Ellis.

Adlerweg Walking Guide - more about the trail

The making of our Adlerweg - photos from our research trips
How to get there
Wooden Eagle on the Adlerweg walking trail
Did you know - Adlerweg translates to "Eagle walk"?

Travel to and from your trip
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.

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.

Travel in Austria - our general page on Austrian trains
  • Bespoke accommodation itinerary - tailored to suit your preferences
  • Breakfast on all mornings
  • Dinner at 5 huts and in Scheffau, Weidach and Steeg (on 8 nights for our main trip)
  • Detailed Routecards of the Exploratory system, printed on waterproof paper
  • 6 topographical map covering the route
  • Downloadable GPX Tracks covering the route
  • Expert advice and local information
  • A comprehensive 'Season Update' following our pre-season recce
  • Full support during your trip from the Alpine Exploratory team (9am until 9pm in the Alps)
Not included
  • Travel to and from your trip
  • Local transport whilst on the trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches, snacks, drinks and evening meals in the towns (this would be 9 nights on our main trip)
  • Baggage transfers (available as an extra)

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.
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View from the Goetheweg optional day hike. The view is of the Nordkette cable car station with rocky mountains behind. Low wispy clouds partially cover the mountains and below the view of the Inn Valley is revealed
  Hintersteiner See at the end of Stage 2    Photos from the Adlerweg

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