From a global perspective, Tyrol is a rather compact region in Austria. But don’t let this fool you. The region packs more than 15,000 miles of hiking trails. Imagine that! What’s more, East Tyrol, where AdventureAustria operates from, has more than 716 hiking trails for you to explore.
So, whether you fancy a waterfall view, a lake or just a breathtaking view from the high mountains, East Tyrol has got you covered with its mountains, valleys, meadows, lakes, gorges, rivers and waterfalls. So as the winter season slowly begins to fade, and the ski gear gets packed away for the summer months, here are 5 of the top hiking trails in East Tyrol, Austria.
Hirschbichl – Blindisalm
Location: Vilgratener Mountains
Starting point: Parking Grünbichl
Difficulty: easy (family friendly)
Distance: 8.8 km
Duration: 3.30 Hrs
Altitude meters: 412 m
If you are planning on completing a hike with your family, there’s no better place than Hirschbichl – Blindisalm. This hiking trail is adorned by some of the most breathtaking views in the region.
The slopes on the trail offer a great perspective of the Defereggen Valley from the Vilgratener Mountains. And given that it’s rated as a family-friendly hiking trail, it doesn’t have steep slopes. In fact, you can hike around the trail without encountering exceedingly steep slopes. And here’s the icing on the cake – when you plan your trip in Spring (between March and April), the view and scenery will be even better with the alpine roses lighting up the landscape. The hiking trail is 8.8 km long. This should take about three and a half hours to complete (yes even newbies).
Obersee – St. Jakob
Location: Venediger Group
Starting point: Parking Alpengasthof Oberhaus
Distance: 12.5 km
Duration: 3.30 Hrs
Altitude meters: 673 m
With most hiking trails, the journey includes an ascent and a descent. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the journey to the top. And actually, for many hikers (beginners especially), the motivating factor of going up the slopes is the beautiful view of the land below. But how great would it be if you didn’t have to go up a steep slope? If you were ‘magically’ placed at the peak, enjoyed the view and hiked downhill?
Well, you can enjoy such an experience at the Obersee-St. Jakob trail. Needless to say, the trail is perfect for beginners and starts with a bus ride from Huben to St. Jakob at 2022 m.
The hike down leads to Staller Alm. You can rest here (or not), before continuing to Katzleiten bridge and Erlsbach. Although the trail is short (only 12.5 km), it offers more than enough time to take in the beauty of the mountains, trees, and rivers; nature has never been so breathtakingly beautiful.
Location: Venediger Group
Starting point: Paid Parking Ströden
Distance: 7.1 km
Duration: 3 Hrs
Altitude meters: 793 m
The Clara Hut invites you with open arms to explore its beauty and majesty during the summer. It’s quite unfortunate that this is the only time it’s open.
The Clara Hut is located in the heart of the Umbaltal Valley in Venediger Region. It is one of the oldest huts in the region that was commissioned and officially opened in 1872 by Johann Studi.
The hut and the hiking trails are close to the Umbal Waterfalls and it’s surrounded by high mountain peaks which add to its beauty. The reason it’s surrounded by stone walls is that it suffered avalanche damage in the past (in 1914, 1926 and 2012). In fact, this is part of the reason the owners only opens it in summer.
While Clara Hut serves as the starting point for the Clarahütte hiking trail tour for experts, children can also enjoy the 2.5-hour easy ascent to the Hut. There is still a lot to enjoy. So, as you can see, this hiking trail has got the entire family covered.
Johannishütte – Eisseehütte
Location: Venediger Mountains
Starting point: Eissee Hut
Distance: 11 km
Duration: 5 Hrs
Altitude meters: 840 m
This hiking trail is also known as the Eagle Walk. It begins from the Johannis Hut through a small valley to the Sajat Hut. There’s quite a bit of views to take in and enjoy. The trail is approximately 4 hours long and perfect for intermediate hikers. You should note that there isn’t an official walking path, and as such, you’ll need to be sure footed on the trails.
Location: Granatspitz Group
Starting point: Parking Glanz
Distance: 9.0 km
Duration: 8.30 Hrs
Altitude meters: 1354m
You’ll want to take a moment and enjoy the view. Seriously, it’s the best you’ve ever seen – you can trust us on this. The Sudetendeutschen Hut was built on a space with a great vantage point. It’s surrounded by 3,000m peaks and has a small mountain lake on its ‘front garden’. The Hut was built in 1927 but it has since undergone some substantial renovations.
But enough about the Hut, the hiking trail leading to it is what you are here for. The trail is about 9 km and is perfect for intermediate hikers, which means that it needs some bit of physical fitness. Overall, the hike takes about eight hours and thirty minutes.
And there you have it – the top 5 hiking trails that are bound to transform your holiday into a blast. You can find out more about East Tyrol Alpine tours, hikes, and sun walks in our activities section.