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Adlerweg trail in Tirol - long-distance hiking trail in St. Johann in Tirol

The Adlerweg trail route, which runs through the entire state, symbolises a proud eagle, spreading its 'wings' across the state of Tirol. This route starts in St. Johann in Tirol and proceeds across the Karwendel up to St. Anton am Arlberg and into Lechtal. The Adlerweg trail proceeds in 23 stages over 300km, right through Tirol and is the number one long distance hiking route in the world. From relaxed leisure hikers through to experienced alpinists, everyone will find terrain to suit them on the Adlerweg trail. At every turn hikers can learn more about the history of the state, about its traditions, handcrafts and about the Tirol people. The majestic prelude to the Adlerweg trail starts from the Rummlerhof in St. Johann in Tirol to Gaudeamushütte - around 5 hours walking time.

Adlerweg trail in Tirol - hiking on the wings of the eagle

A regal prelude - stage 1 of the Adlerweg trail

St. Johann in Tirol – Gaudeamushütte
Walking time: 5 ½ hours
Distance: 9 km

The Wilder Kaiser has fascinated multitudes of mountain climbers for two centuries. It is no wonder – it provides plenty of challenges for extreme climbers, yet is very well connected and ensures that hikers can also tackle this rugged realm from all sides ... Leisurely start in the St. Johann town of Hinterkaiser. After a brief walk in a westerly direction from Gasthof Rummlerhof the signposts indicate your first intermediate goal – Schleier Waterfall, whose poetic name isn't just lovely, it just might tempt climbers to demonstrate their climbing expertise on the cliff face to the rear. Before then, head on the path (a short section is secured with cables) to Diebsöfen, then through a cave and up to the Schleier Waterfall. The water has an impressive sixty metre drop. Now continue uphill, passing the climbing walls, to Obere Regalm and continue to the destination for this hike, Gaudeamushütte at 1263m altitude.

All the information about Tirol's Adlerweg trail and the main route

Head along the spread of the eagle’s wings from St. Johann in Tirol to St. Anton am Arlberg. These trails are basically officially classified as red hiking trails and mountain trails. Difficult stages may be avoided and easier routes selected (not shown in the map). This also avoids other stages of the main route, including the stage from Steinberg am Rofan via Schafsteig saddle to Erfurter Hütte (U7), the 'king' stage from Karwendelhaus to Birkkarspitze and on to Hallerangerhaus and Hallerangeralm (U11), along with the stage from Stuttgarter Hütte via Trittscharte to Ulmer Hütte (U22). For those of you who have an interest in culture, the Adlerweg trail proposes a special guided tour of the town (12a), where you can take a look at Tirol’s cultural assets. Those who don’t come across an eagle during their hike can make up for lost time in the Alpine Zoo, where a golden eagle couple, ‘Donna & Max’, look after their eyrie (stage twelve).

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