Doing the Eagle Stroll in Tyrol, Austria

London has the Lambeth Stroll, only one neighbourhood, however Austria goes many occasions higher and crosses the entire nation in 33 phases of the Eagle Stroll. It’s additionally a bit up and down with a complete top acquire of 31,000m and also you’re within the mountains, so the best gear is crucial.

It’s nicely signposted with yellow signposts and purple and white path markers painted on bushes and rocks alongside the route. At first and finish of every stage, data stations with maps element the problem stage, strolling occasions and locations to get foods and drinks. Even higher, there are benches liberally scattered alongside the path, the place you may relaxation your weary legs.

I’m going to be strolling the primary three phases by the Wilder Kaiser or Wild Emperor Mountains in North Tyrol.  They’re aptly named as they rise as much as over 2,300m in lofty jagged rock formations, their slopes lined by forest and tumbling mountain streams and waterfalls.  The beginning level is simply exterior St. Johann in Tirol and I’ll end in Kufstein, the twond largest metropolis in Tyrol after Innsbruck.

 Stage 1: Rummelhof – Gaudeamushütte 13 km, 5h

It’s a shiny and sunny morning as a taxi takes me the quick distance from St Johann to the beginning of the stroll on the Rummlerhof, a conventional tavern. The path first takes the street uphill then cuts up by the bushes, climbing steadily upwards, mercifully within the shade. A piece with security chains results in Diebsöfen the place massive caves eat into the rock face and the traverse is barely tough.

A simple climb takes me to the as soon as mighty Schleierwasserfall, now decreased to a trickle the place I stroll underneath the waterfall and rock face. I’m quickly in alpine meadows and on a forest street resulting in Obere Regalm hut the place there’s foods and drinks. I don’t cease, however climb up onto a saddle with a mountaineer’s grave.

That is at the moment’s highest level, over 1500m, with large views to reward my climb. It’s then a straightforward descent to the Gaudeamushütte hut, at an elevation of 1,263m, my base for the evening. The solar units within the mountains round me as I eat a hearty alpine meal.

Stage 2: Gaudeamushütte – Lake Hintersteinersee 14.5 km, 6h

All the pieces begins at dawn in mountain huts, so after breakfast, I’m quickly climbing. I’ve been warned that forward of me is a stretch with ladders and cables, just for these with a head for heights. Questioning if I’ll be up for the job, I ask an aged couple who’re going my manner, they usually guarantee me I’ll be OK. Fortuitously, it’s dry, and I handle the tough bits and not using a downside.

There’s a last steep stretch to the Gruttenhutte, after which it’s a delicate downhill on a mud street. The path veers upwards on a path by the forest, all tree routes and stones, taking me to the subsequent refreshment chalet at Steiner Hochalm. Now right here, as an alternative of happening to the lake, I mistakenly observe the Eagle Approach indicators which take me up and down for over an hour to a different set of huts at Walleralm. The signal says it’s one other hour to Hintersteinersee and I resentfully trudge downhill. Nonetheless, I’m rewarded with a pleasing keep at Pension Maier with a view of the attractive lake from my balcony.

Stage three: Lake Hintersteinersee – Kufstein: 9.5 km three.5h

It rains in a single day, and it’s drizzling once I set off, retracing my steps again as much as Walleralm on the forest street. It begins to get brighter, and I’m quickly climbing steeply as much as the Hochegg ridge at 1470m. Mercifully the cloud has lifted, and I get magnificent views of the Inn Valley and the Zahmer Kaiser Mountains. It’s all downhill from right here, and I move Steinbergalm and Kaindlhütte huts earlier than taking a forest path.

There’s one other little bit of uphill to the Brentenjochalm hut and close by there’s a chairlift which might take me all the best way down the mountain. Though storm clouds loom, I proceed on foot and attain Kufstein simply earlier than the rain. After the calm of the mountains, this bustling metropolis of lower than 20,000 individuals comes as a little bit of a shock. It’s dominated by the mighty 800 yr previous citadel which can also be residence to the biggest open air organ on the planet. Later I’m privileged to listen to a recital from the consolation of my resort room.

The Eagle Stroll is a well-liked route and there’s additionally a welcome sense of camaradie among the many hikers. I’ve been impressed in the previous few days by the standard of the signage, yellow signposts all over the place and simple to observe purple and white flashes main the best way. Even higher there are many refreshment stops with mountain huts providing good filling Tyrolean fare and glorious native beer and wine. I hope to come back again and deal with the subsequent phases.

FACTBOX

INFO: Climbing within the Wilder Kaiser Area has details about strolling.

The Eagle Stroll  has details about the primary three phases within the Wilder Kaiser Area.

Kufsteinerland vacationer board has details about the town.

Tirol Vacationer board has details about the area.

GO: EasyJet flies direct from Gatwick to Innsbruck with return flights from £68.

4 Seasons Journey can prepare transfers.

STAY: Resort Put up in St. Johann in Tirol makes a cushty base in the beginning and has good meals.

Gaudeamushütte nestles within the mountains and serves typical Tyrolean fare.

Pension Maier at Hintersteinersee has a wonderful view of the lake and has nice meals.

Arte Resort is correct within the centre of Kufstein by the citadel.

EAT: Restaurant Purlepaus in Kufstein serves good native delicacies


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