Trekking Austria's Adlerweg
The Eagle's Way across the Austrian Alps in Tyrol
By Mike Wells
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.
SeasonsThis 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.
CentresThe 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.
DifficultyTo 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.
A guidebook to Austria's Adlerweg (the Eagle's way) a long-distance trail from St Johann in Tirol in the east, passing through the historic town of Innsbruck at its mid-point before continuing to St Anton am Arlberg in the west. This waymarked 324km trek is presented in 24 stages ranging between 7 and 32km in length, with easier alternate routes provided for the most difficult stages. This guide features 1:50,000 mapping, accommodation details for the start and end points of each stage, which serve hearty meals and refreshments, and details on local transport, planning and local history. Traversing the North Kakalpen Alps the route passes through the Wilderkaiser, Bradenberger Alpen, Rofangebirge, Karwendelgebirge, Wettersteinebirge and the Lechtaler Alpen ranges, enjoying views as far as Munich and the Swiss Alps. It is the perfect adventure for those looking for an alpine challenge.
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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.