Reciprocal Hut Rights (Gegenrecht)

Translated from ‘Gegenrechtsabkommen’ as at 05/11/2015 – the German version is definitive.

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International Reciprocal Rights

Through an International Reciprocal Rights Agreement, members of the ÖAV enjoy the same benefits in the huts of the mountaineering federations of some other countries, as the members of those federations.

The benefits members enjoy over non-members include reduced overnight fees. In return the same benefits are granted in the ÖAV huts to members of the other federations.

In order to obtain reciprocal rights, members must produce a valid membership card for their federation, with the Gegenrecht Logo.  This logo is printed on the back of the membership card.

This reciprocal rights agreement is between the following European federations:

  • Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV)
  • Österreichischer Alpenverein (ÖAV)
  • Alpenverein Südtirol (AVS)
  • Schweizer Alpenclub (SAC)
  • Club Alpino Italiano (CAI)
  • Club Alpin Français (CAF)
  • Federación Española Deportes de Montaña y Escalada FEDME (Spanish Federation of Mountaineering Associations)
  • Liechtensteiner Alpenverein
  • Slowenische Bergsteigervereinigung
  • Akademische Alpenclubs der Schweiz
  • Club Alpin Belge (Belgian French speakers)
  • Klim – und Bergsportfederatie KBF (Belgian Flemish speakers)
  • Groupe Alpin Luxembourgeouis
  • Dansk Bjergklub
  • Federazione Alpinistica Ticinese FAT (Schweiz)
  • Nederlandse Klim- en Bergsportvereniging NKBV

This means that in addition to the 545 Huts of the OeAV/DAV/AVS, reciprocal rights are granted in another 1,300 Huts in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Detailed information for many of the huts throughout the (European) Alps is available from the websites listed under ‘Alpine Hut Directories’ on our Alpine Links page.

Reciprocal Rights within Austria

In addition to the Österreichischer Alpenverein (ÖAV), within Austria there are also the following mountaineering associations that are not party to the international reciprocal rights agreement. They belong to the Verband Alpiner Vereine Österreichs (VAVÖ).

  • Naturfreunde Österreich
  • Österreichischer Touristenklub
  • Österreichische Bergsteigervereinigung
  • Alpine Gesellschaft Haller
  • Alpine Gesellschaft Krummholz
  • Österreichischer Alpenklub
  • Akademische Alpenklub Innsbruck
  • Alpine Gesellschaft Preintaler

On production of a valid membership card in the huts of these associations, members of the ÖAV and DAV will automatically be given reciprocal rights and with this the reduced overnight rates.


[Updated 30 June 2020]

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