• Hike to the Karlsbader Hütte in the Lienz Dolomites / East Tyrol
    Hike to the Karlsbader Hütte in the Lienz Dolomites / East Tyrol Photo: christakramer, Adobe Stock

Hikes in Osttirol

Tyrol, Austria

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East Tyrol is a place of inexhaustible inspiration for hikers and mountaineers. In many parts high alpine, the region also offers easy pleasure tours and in between an incredible number of possibilities for tours of all difficulties. While the glacier-covered peaks of the Venediger and Glockner groups tower in the north, more relaxed tours can also be undertaken in the Lienz Dolomites and in the Carnic Alps with the help of cable cars.

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The 10 most beautiful hikes in Osttirol

Das Gsieser Tal
Hiking trail · Kronplatz
Alpine pasture hike to Gsieser Törl
Premium content Difficulty moderate
17.1 km
5:30 h
1,022 m
1,022 m
On former smugglers' paths we hike to cosy alpine pastures and to magnificent vantage points.
Hiking trail · Venediger Group
Simonysee Wanderung von der Essener und Rostocker Hütte
recommended route Difficulty easy
2.7 km
1:00 h
183 m
183 m
Ein schöner Spaziergang zum Simonysee, entlang rauschender Gletscherbäche.
Hiking trail · Glockner Group
Vom Taurerwirt zur Stüdlhütte
recommended route Difficulty moderate
7.8 km
4:00 h
1,320 m
133 m
Vom Taurerwirt durch das Teischnitztal zur Stüdlhütte.
Auf dem Höhenweg, Blick zum Kahorn, links  und Deferegger Pfannhorn, Bildmitte
Hiking trail · Venediger Group
St. Jakob zwischen Maria Hilf und St. Leonhard
recommended route Difficulty easy
10.6 km
3:30 h
154 m
154 m
Kurzweilige Wanderung von St. Jakob taleinwärts am Hang entlang bis Maria Hilf, von dort entlang der Schwarzach und vorbei an der Schwefelquelle bis zur Talstation der Brunnalm Seilbahn, ein kurzes Stück auf der Strasse und dann über den Wiesenweg zurück nach St. Jakob.
Blick auf die Jagdhausalm
Hiking trail · Venediger Group
Zur Jagdhausalm 2009 m und zum Klammljoch 2298 m
recommended route Difficulty moderate
21.9 km
6:52 h
512 m
512 m
Die Tour führt durch das hintere Defereggental, kurz vor der Jagdhausalm gabelt sich das Tal, nach Norden in das Schwarzachtal, nach Westen und später nach Norden verlaufend das Arvental (in älteren Unterlagen auch Affental genannt). Die Jagdhausalm, früher Jochhausalm genannt, ist eine interessante Almsiedlung mit alten Steingebäuden und einer kleinen Kapelle auf ca. 2.000 m. Die ersten Zeugnisse stammen aus dem 13. Jahrhundert. Unvorstellbar, dass die Alm zeitweilig ganzjährig bewohnt war. Das Klamm Joch ist ein alter Übergang in das Knuttental, einer Verlängerung des Reintales. Der Klammlsee ist ein kleiner schöner See mit einem alten Kasernenbau.
Hiking trail · Granatspitz Group
Sudetendeutsche Hütte von Glanz über die Steiner Alm
recommended route Difficulty moderate
9 km
4:00 h
1,354 m
253 m
Der kürzeste und leichteste Anstieg zur Sudetendeutschen Hütte führt durch eine sehr abwechslungsreiche Landschaft.
Der Leibnitzbach
Hiking trail · Schober Group
Aufstieg zur Hochschoberhütte von der Leibnitzbachbrücke
recommended route Difficulty easy
4.1 km
3:00 h
645 m
19 m
Landschaftlich schöner Aufstieg entlang des Leibnitzbachs zur Hochschoberhütte der aus dem Wald über die Leibnitzalm zur Hütte überhalb des Wasserfalls führt.   
Die Tour offenbart uns herrliche Ausblicke
Hiking trail · Kronplatz
From the Staller Sattel to the Rote Wand
Premium content Difficulty difficult
10.6 km
4:30 h
958 m
958 m
The panoramic hike takes us to the summit of the Rote Wand in the Antholz Valley.
Von der Glorer Hütte zum Peischlachtörl: Blick zurück auf den Großglockner
Hiking trail · Osttirol
Glorer Hütte (2642m) und Peischlachtörl ab Lucknerhaus (1918m)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
11 km
5:00 h
844 m
844 m
Aussichtsreiche, mittelschwere Rundwanderung Im Angesicht des Großglockners
Der kleine See am Hirschbichl
Hiking trail · Villgraten Mountains
Hirschbichl-Blindisalm-Alpe Stalle - an der Baumgrenze über dem Defereggental
recommended route Difficulty easy
8.8 km
3:30 h
515 m
1,002 m
Genussreiche Streckenwanderung mit schönen Aussichten im Bereich der Baumgrenze, die sich besonders zur Akklimatisierung und Eingewöhnung eignet.
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Hiking in East Tyrol around Kals am Großglockner

The Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest national park in the Alps. The East Tyrolean part extends in the north of the region and covers around 600 square kilometres. Here the Alps around the Großvenediger and Großglockner are highly alpine and pristine. Kals am Großglockner is an ideal starting point for hikes and mountain tours in the face of the Tauern giants. The village, with just over 1000 inhabitants, is sun-drenched at 1300 metres above sea level and offers an excellent infrastructure for an active holiday. Popular hikes lead to the Ködnitz, Teschnitz and Dorfertal valleys. Numerous shelters offer themselves as destinations here: The Lucknerhütte and the Stüdlhütte are among the best known.

Wonderful Innergschlöss: The most beautiful hikes around Matrei

The municipality of Matrei is also located in the middle of the Hohe Tauern. With the Innergschlöß lies probably the most beautiful valley head of the Eastern Alps in the north of the municipal area. The view towards Großvenediger is particularly spectacular. In the valley, you can hike in a relaxed manner and learn exciting things along the glacier nature trail.

The summer mountain railways in Matrei allow you to start many hikes at altitude, such as the beautiful hike to the Kals-Matreier-Törl. Depending on your mood and fitness, there are numerous hikes up to alpine pastures or up to the peaks. There are also many beautiful summit destinations in the nearby Virgen Valley. So if you can't get enough of mountains and hiking, you're in good hands here.

Is it possible to hike up the Großglockner?

The highest mountain in the Austrian Alps is a sought-after destination. However, the ascent to the summit cannot be called a hike. The terrain here above 3000 m above sea level is too alpine and the paths too demanding. For the ascent you naturally need alpine experience or the accompaniment of a mountain guide. If you are satisfied with the mere sight of this magnificent mountain, you will find many beautiful hikes around the King of the Eastern Alps. We recommend the hike from the Lucknerhaus via the Lucknerhütte to the Stöldenhütte.

Defereggental - Hiking through a pristine landscape

Around St. Jakob in Defereggen valley, the East Tyrolean Alps show themselves from their most beautiful side. The valley, which is also located in the Hohe Tauern National Park, is blessed with an impressive natural landscape in which hiking is a pleasure. Whether in the valley through cultivated landscapes, a little higher up through fragrant pine forests or up to the high, rocky peaks – no wishes remain unfulfilled here and there is certainly something for everyone. A trip to the Staller Sattel, which marks the border to South Tyrol, is also worthwhile. Here you will find great summit tours as well as a leisurely hike around the Staller See lake.

Lienz, pearl of the Dolomites and hiker's paradise

With Lienz, East Tyrol has a capital that offers urban life and at the same time nature experiences for the whole family. With the cable car, hikes can be started one level up. You can choose between easy, enjoyable hiking trails and challenging mountain tours in the Lienz Dolomites.

From the Stern-Alm, which you can reach with the Hochstein lifts, you can enjoy easy hikes with a magnificent view. The tour to the Bösen Weibele, the popular lookout peak, is somewhat longer. On the way back down into the valley, a summer toboggan run on the „Osttirodler“ is a great option. On the other side of the valley, too, the gondola takes you up metres of altitude before you set off on tours around Zettersfeld.

In the south of Lienz rise the shapely Lienz Dolomites, where numerous challenging tours await. A visit to the spectacularly located Dolomite Hut can also be recommended to less experienced hikers.

Multi-day tours and long-distance hiking trails in East Tyrol

You want to set out this summer to explore the East Tyrolean mountains on a multi-day tour? There are plenty of options, because East Tyrol is a paradise for long-distance hikers and offers routes for every level of fitness and every time budget. Take a look at our guide to the long-distance hiking trails in East Tyrol and be inspired by such dreamlike tours as the Venediger Höhenweg, the Osttiroler Adlerweg or the Osttirol 360° Skyline Trail.

For those who enjoy an active vacation, we have lots of suggestions in Osttirol. Use our Travel Guide as a source of ...

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