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Trekking Austria's Adlerweg

The Eagle's Way across the Austrian Alps in Tyrol

Guidebook to trekking the Adlerweg, a multi-stage walk through the Austrian Tyrol. The 324km route is broken down into 24 stages with easier alternatives provided for the most challenging stages. This east-to-west trek visits the historic town of Innsbruck and the mountain sub-ranges of Wilderkaiser, Rofangebirge and Lechtaler Alpen.


This is a summer walk, with a season from late-June to mid-September. On the highest parts snow can fall at any time of year, though this is unusual in July and August. The best time is August, though popular mountain refuges can be busy then.


The path mostly keeps to the mountains and avoids population centres. Apart from the start and finish points (St Johann and St Anton), the only towns/villages passed through are Kufstein, Maurach/Pertisau (Achensee), Innsbruck, Leutasch and Ehrwald.


To walk all the stages is a challenging undertaking that requires a good level of fitness, surefootedness and experience of mountain walking. Some of the stages have fixed walking aids in the form of chains, pegs, handholds or ladders, though neither climbing experience nor special equipment are needed to complete the walk. All stages are graded, either white (easy), red (medium) or black (challenging). For all the black stages, alternative less challenging routes are described.

Must See

‘Must sees’ are the various high mountains encountered en-route; the Wilderkaiser, Brandenberg Alpen, Rofangebirge, Karwendelgebirge, Wettersteingebirge (Zugspitze) and the Lechtaler Alpen plus Innsbruck, the historical capital of Tyrol.
13 Jul 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.40cm

A guidebook to walking the Adlerweg (Eagle Walk) trail between St Johann in Tirol and St Anton am Arlberg via Innsbruck. Covering 324km (201 miles), this long-distance trek through the Austrian Tyrolean Alps is suitable for any reasonably fit, experienced walker and can be walked in 3 weeks.

The route is described from east to west in 24 stages, each between 7 and 32km (4–20 miles) in length. Easier, alternative routes are also included for those wanting to avoid the most technical stages. 

  • 1:50,000 maps included for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Refreshment, transport and accommodation information given for each trek stage
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Highlights include Wilderkaiser and the Lechtaler Alpen

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Mike Wells Cicerone author WELLS

By Mike Wells

Mike Wells has been a keen long-distance walker and cyclist for over 25 years. He has walked all the major British trails, the GR5 through the Alps from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean and has explored the Italian Dolomites’ Alta Via routes. He has also walked in Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway and Chilean Patagonia.

Mike has cycled the C2C route across northern England and Lon Las Cymru in Wales, as well as the Camino and Ruta de la Plata to Santiago de la Compostela. He has completed an end to end traverse of Cuba, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a trip across Lapland to the North Cape.

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