Hiking The Eagle Walk, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Hiking The Eagle Walk, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler

Hiking The Eagle Walk


Enjoy an eagle's perspective of Tirol’s most beautiful Alpine scenery. As the eagle flies, the Eagle Walk runs through Tirol – the whole length of the country, from east to west. Viewing the map you will realise that the walk symbolizes a proud eagle spreading its wings all over Tirol.

The 413-kilometre trail is broken up into 33 stages with a total elevation gain of 31,000 meters, accommodating a variety of skill levels and hiking preferences. Divided into 24 stages between the Kaiser Mountains and the Arlberg in North Tirol and a further nine stages between the Venediger and Großglockner peaks in East Tirol, the Eagle Walk offers endless hiking opportunities.

Whether you're planning a day hike or a multi-week adventure in the mountains, you will find the Eagle Walk to be a great outdoor experience. It offers unparalleled opportunities to explore, experience and connect with nature. From gentle walks across improbably picturesque landscapes to strenuous treks to some of the region's highest peaks, there is a hiking option available for all levels of fitness experience. The Eagle Walk is a long-distance mountaineering trail that requires respect. All hikers should be familiar with basic alpine techniques, precautions and orienteering skills. Safety is paramount.

Follow in the footsteps of the pioneers with the Eagle Walk Alpine Stories

Mountains have many tales to tell – of courageous climbs, daring first ascents and alpine adventures. Each stage of the Eagle Walk is therefore also a piece of local history. The Eagle Walk Alpine Stories (German) connect past and present as well as the individual stages which make up this long-distance hike across Tirol. They recount the history and culture of the region, but also the pioneering achievements of those men and women who first explored the mountains of Tirol step by step and built the alpine huts which still provide shelter today. Hikers who have completed the last stage of the North Tirol Eagle Walk or the East Tirol Eagle Walk can put pen to paper and write their own story in the Eagle Walk Tour Book. There is one such book at the reception desk of the Arlberg Hospiz Hotel in St. Christoph am Arlberg (North Tirol) and one at the Lucknerhaus hut (East Tirol).

The Eagle Walk begins in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains, © Tirol Werbung
The Eagle Walk begins in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains
Hintersteiner See lake on the Eagle Walk, © Tirol Werbung
Hintersteiner See lake on the Eagle Walk
Eagle Walk stage in the Brandenberg Alps, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk stage in the Brandenberg Alps
Eagle Walk stage in the Rofan Mountains, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk stage in the Rofan Mountains
The Erfurter Hütte hut on the Eagle Walk, © Tirol Werbung
The Erfurter Hütte hut on the Eagle Walk
The Eagle Hike leads through the Karwendel Mountains, © Tirol Werbung
The Eagle Hike leads through the Karwendel Mountains
Eagle Walk: Traditional wood-panelled room in the Pfeishütte hut, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk: Traditional wood-panelled room in the Pfeishütte hut
Eagle Walk: The Goetheweg trail high above the Inn Valley, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk: The Goetheweg trail high above the Inn Valley
Eagle Walk: View from the Hafelekar mountain overlooking Innsbruck, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk: View from the Hafelekar mountain overlooking Innsbruck
Eagle Walk: Zirbenweg hiking trail on the Patscherkofel mountain, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk: Zirbenweg hiking trail on the Patscherkofel mountain
Eagle Walk: Through the Gaistal Valley towards the Zugspitze mountain, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk: Through the Gaistal Valley towards the Zugspitze mountain
The Eagle Walk leads through the Lechtal Alps, © Tirol Werbung
The Eagle Walk leads through the Lechtal Alps
Eagle Hike: Views of the Lechtal Alps, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Hike: Views of the Lechtal Alps
Eagle Walk: From the Hanauer Hütte towards the Württemberger Haus, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk: From the Hanauer Hütte towards the Württemberger Haus
A stage of the Eagle Walk ends at the Württemberger Haus hut, © Tirol Werbung
A stage of the Eagle Walk ends at the Württemberger Haus hut
Eagle Walk: Sleeping quarters in the Württemberger Haus hut, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk: Sleeping quarters in the Württemberger Haus hut
The Eagle Walk in East Tirol, © Tirol Werbung
The Eagle Walk in East Tirol
A stage of the Eagle Walk ends at the Stüdlhütte hut, © Tirol Werbung
A stage of the Eagle Walk ends at the Stüdlhütte hut
Eagle Walk: Fabulous views from the Stüdlhütte hut, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk: Fabulous views from the Stüdlhütte hut
Eagle Walk: View of the Großglockner, Austria's highest mountain, © Tirol Werbung
Eagle Walk: View of the Großglockner, Austria's highest mountain

Eagle Walk Stages by Mountain Ranges

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NEW! Digital Stamp App


SummitLynxApp for collecting digital stamps along the Eagle Walk, © SummitLynxApp

Many hikers enjoy collecting stamps from the huts they visit and exchanging them for bronze, silver and gold hiking pins. Now alpine adventurers taking on the Eagle Walk in Tirol can do the same thing in digital form. All you need to do is download the SummitLynx App from the App Store or Google Play Store and register your details. When the GPS tracking function on your mobile phone is activated you will receive a stamp at the start and end of each stage. Hikers who complete five stages receive six points and the bronze hiking pin. Those who manage 15 stages get 16 points and a silver pin. And, finally, anyone who completes the entire Eagle Walk across Tirol receives 25 points and the coveted golden hiking pin as well as a place in the Eagle Walk Hall of Fame.

Wayfinding Made Easy: Directional Signs & Trail Markers

The Eagle Walk is well signposted and easy to follow. At the start and end of each stage you will find information stations marked with an impressive eagle. Along the way, yellow signs with the Eagle Walk logo as well as red-white-red trail markers painted on trees, rocks or posts guide hikers. The signs on each stage also show the level of difficulty, the estimated walking time, the trail number and information on huts and refuges serving food.

Information Hotline

Before setting out on the Eagle Walk, it is a good idea to inform yourself about the route and other important details. Qualified ski and mountain guide Michael Rutter operates an information hotline (+43.512.587828-25) and can also be contacted by sending a e-mail to info@alpine-auskunft.at. He will give you an update on the weather conditions, snow cover and avalanche risk as well as general tips on how to stay safe in the mountains. Michael will also be happy to recommend a trained mountain guide for hikers who wish to take on the Eagle Walk in the company of an experienced professional.

Take it Easy: Baggage Transfer Services

For the stages of the Eagle Walk in the Tirol Unterland Region (1-7) a baggage transfer service is offered by Taxi Royal. On Eagle Walk stages across the Tirol Oberland Region (14-24) you can benefit from the services of Schmid Taxi & Bus Company to ensure a comfortable walk, unencumbered by heavy baggage.

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