Walk along the Tyrolean Adlerweg, keeping below the steep, imposing cliffs of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range to the traditional Gaudeamushütte.
A short journey on the hiking bus (Wanderbus) takes you to Berggasthof Bärnstatt mountain lodge. From here, walk along the popular Tyrolean Adlerweg, keeping below the steep, imposing cliffs of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range. Sleep on the Kaiser itself at the Gaudeamushütte hut. Enjoy the experience of staying in a traditional hut in a spectacular setting.
4.80 km – Beautiful picnic area with a view – bring your lunch!
9.10 km – Gruttenhütte – an opportunity to refresh yourself at the highest point of the day.
Today you may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
Warning: The descent from the Gruttenhütte via the ‘Klamml’ gorge is very difficult and involves narrow trails. A good head for heights and sure-footedness are essential for this last section. If you don’t have the confidence to take the steep descent, you must take a long detour back towards Wochenbrunner Alm and from there, climb back up the trail to Gaudeamushütte. If you are contemplating taking the detour, plan for an additional hour of walking.
Always allow plenty of time for your hike. The specified walking times only refer to actual time spent walking. Breaks for photos and a rest need to be added to the specified times.
Make sure you find out about current weather conditions and keep an eye on weather changes. Thunderstorms can gather very quickly in the Alps.
Do not leave the designated hiking trails!
Always wear good walking boots with a robust sole, and take waterproofs with you. Take plenty of water with you (min. 1 litre) and don’t forget sunscreen!
The Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range
The Wilder Kaiser mountain range in the Tyrolean Alps is shrouded in mystery, its majestic peaks the subject of countless stories, myths and legends. Numerous theories abound as to how the "Koasa" (German: Kaiser) got its name. Some say the distinctive peaks and silvery colour of the limestone give the mountains the look of an imperial crown. According to another tale, the Emperor Karl found his final resting-place high up on the mountainside and has kept watch over these peaks and those seeking to conquer them ever since. Just two of the many theories that exist!
On clear days, the Gruttenhütte mountain hut high above Ellmau and Going offers magnificent views of the Grossglockner und Grossvenediger mountains. It is definitely worth taking a short breather here before the final descent to the Gaudeamushütte. More info can be found here: https://www.gruttenhuette.at/
The Gaudeamushütte also offers unmissable panoramic views. We recommend you grab a plate of “Kaiserschmarren” and a well-deserved beer and head to the terrace to watch the sun go down! More info can be found here: https://www.alpenvereinaktiv.com/de/bewirtschaftete-huette/gaudeamushuette/6938577/