Category: Austria

The Lechtaler Höhenweg Planning Guide

The Lechtaler Höhenweg is a demanding but rewarding 8-10 day hike through the Lechtaler Alps. It’s easy to reach from international airports. Here’s how to do it and more!   Lechtaler Höhenweg quick facts: Situated in Tyrol, Austria Fly to Zurich, Munich or Innsbruck Starts at Stuttgarter Hütte, near Lech & Zurs Ends at Anhalter Hütte, north of Imst. Length about 100 km (63 miles) Hiking time about 80 hours, recommended 10 days but it’s easy to squeeze it a little Rated Difficult! Most of the route between 2000-2500 meters (6500 – 8200 ft.) Overview of Lechtaler Höhenweg The...

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Reporting From the Trail – Oberstdorf to St. Anton

Reporting and updating Gohikealps from the trail in real time doesn’t seem to be as easy as I thought. On my main trip this summer I wanted to try and although not failing miserably, I’m finding that finding the time to do this properly is difficult. Posting random photos to Facebook is easy enough but actually writing something worthy of publishing is not.  I’m sitting in a hotel room in St.Anton, Austria, writing this on my tablet. It’s pouring down rain and I’ve just spent a leisurely day here waiting out some bad weather and relaxing after walking here from...

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Schlegeisspeicher – A Zillertal Gem

If you’re in or near Mayrhofen in Zillertal, make sure you visit Schlegeisspeicher. We experienced an exceptionally beautiful day hike there. Schlegeisspeicher is a beautiful reservoir lake easily accessible from Mayrhofen in Zillertal, which was our base camp. We were there already back in 2009 but I suspect not much has changed and I look forward to going there again as a part of a longer hut-to-hut hike, There are lots of day hike options around Schlegeisspeicher and it’s also on the way of several long hikes, such as the Berlin High Trail. It’s a man-made reservoir, providing water...

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Zillergrund to Heilig-Geist-Jöchl and Back

We arrived in Mayrhofen late in the evening and planned to eat well, sleep well and go do a nice, long day hike the next morning. It had been a while since our previous hike and we wanted to do a test run before going on the Berliner High Trail, a demanding multiday hike that we were going to begin in Ahorn the day after. Mayrhofen is very familiar to us from before but we had never been to Zillergrund, the easternmost of the valleys around Mayrhofen. We decided to go there and planned to just do a little...

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Hiking in Austria: Mayrhofen to Ahorn and Back

A really great place to start hiking in Austria is Mayrhofen. It’s very easy to get to either by car or train direct from Munich airport or Innsbruck. The town itself is big enough that you will find all the necessities you need and much more. It’s a very popular winter destination and all the infrastructure is built to accommodate the skiing crowds, which means that during the summer with fewer people, you will find very reasonably prices hotels and other accommodation. As for walking, hiking and trekking: there’s a lot. Once in Mayrhofen, a nice “warm up” hike...

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