Suggested routes in Austria

Planning a hut to hut tour

To help you plan your journey, FREE hut maps are available from the AAC (UK) online shop.  There is a small charge for postage. The 1:500,000 map locates all the huts in Austria, gives contact details and elevations, and shows whether they are accessible by ski, foot, bike etc.

  • Alpenverein maps (1:25,000) – The AAC(UK) online shop stocks the full range of Alpenverein maps and the DAV Bayerische Alpen maps.
  • Kompass wanderkarte (mostly 1:50,000) – available to purchase
  • Freytag Berndt maps (1:50,000) – available to purchase
  • alpenvereinaktiv.comAn amazing piece of kit for route planning.  The app is available for both iPhone and Android. There is a free version of the app but this is limited in both scope and content. The Pro version costs €29.99 for twelve months and, for Alpenverein members only, this includes access to all ÖAV and DAV maps. The Pro+ version costing €59.99, additionally includes maps of France and Switzerland.  If you purchase your app through www.alpenvereinaktiv.com/en or through the ÖAV shop your membership number will entitle you to the maps on the Pro version and a €10 discount on the Pro+ version.

Go to Alpine Huts in Austria for general information about huts in Austria.

The ÖAV Hut Finder provides full hut information including hut contact details, facilities provided (Ausstatung), public transport connections (Anreise), walking route to hut, neighbouring huts and nearby peaks (all under Touren).

Many huts in Austria, Switzerland and Germany can now be booked online  This is indicated on the suggested routes but the list is continually growing!  Some huts may ask for a deposit or ask for debit/credit card details if they have wifi.  

Cicerone Press Ltd and Cordee have hundreds of walking guide books.  Cicerone offers 25% discount to members and often has special offers.

Here are some links to help with transport to get to your starting and finishing points –

Summer weather in Austria.  May is early season: some huts may not be open and there may be snow at higher altitudes.  In June most huts will be open.  In July and August you will have warm weather and flowers in bloom and this is when huts are most crowded.  But always be prepared for bad weather!  In September the crowds start to thin, some huts may close before the end of the month but the weather is still nice.

To get you started here are a few ideas!  The tours are listed from West to East:

  1. Rätikon, Vorarlberg – 7 days
  2. Eastern Verwall, Tyrol and Vorarlberg  – 11 days
  3. Stubaier Höhenweg Tour- Stubai, Tyrol – 10 days 
  4. Olperer Runde, Zillertal , Tyrol – 7 days
  5. Reichen Group, East Zillertal, Tyrol – 9 days
  6. Gentle Zillertal, Tyrol – 7 days valley-based
  7. Classic Zillertal, Tyrol  – 13 days
  8. Niedere Tauern,  Weitwanderweg – 2 – 8 days
  9. Venediger, Hohe Tauern – 14 days
  10. Groꞵglockner ascent:
    1. Groꞵglockner ascent, East Tyrol – 9 days
    2. Groꞵglockner ascent, East Tyrol – 4 days
  11. Around Groꞵglockner, East Tyrol – 10 days
  12. Karnische Höhenweg – East Tyrol and Carinthia  – 9 days

[Updated 01 September 2020]

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