Home to some of Austria's highest mountains such as the mighty Großglockner and the Großvenediger in the Hohe Tauern National Park, East Tirol is a haven for ambitious walkers and hikers. Mountaineers can take on some of the most iconic peaks in the Eastern Alps, including several stages of the Eagle Walk.
The village of Prägraten am Großvenediger in the Virgental Valley marks the start of the famously challenging Eagle Walk in East Tirol. Stage 1 is spectacular, taking hikers close to the 3,657-metre-high Großvenediger. Stage 9 is also a special one, from the Stüdlhütte through the Glockner Mountains via the Glorerhütte all the way to the Lucknerhaus. Nature lovers in search of something a little less exhausting should check out the Katinmähder meadows near Bichl in the Hohe Tauern National Park. In the south of the region, near the market town of Lienz, the "Törlweg" trail takes hikers almost all the way across the Lienz Dolomites. The route is just 30 kilometres in length but takes around five days to complete. No less challenging is the Carnic High Trail starting in Sillian and leading across the Carnic Alps. The views of the Dolomites over the border in northern Italy are breathtaking.