Kellerjoch Hut and Chapel, © TVB Silberregion Karwendel
Kellerjoch Hut and Chapel, © TVB Silberregion Karwendel

Day Hike: Schwaz – Kellerjoch Hut

From the small town of Schwaz to Kellerjoch Col, this easy and rewarding hike takes in a range of terrain, wildlife and views. Take some time to stroll around the historic center of Schwaz, then ride the City Bus to Gasthaus Frieden Inn, where the trail starts out. The Inntal Valley is sandwiched between the Tux Alpen and Karwendel Range. The trail here harbors fantastic corners, native wildlife, and wildflower galore. Along the way from Naunzalm to Kellerjoch Hut, you'll have lots to look at, as the trail ambles through old-growth with a thick understory of rhododendrons. When you aren't looking at the wildflowers, the vistas are outstanding. At Kellerjoch Hut, feast to your heart’s content on splendid 360 degree views of lofty Hohe Tauern peaks, including Großglockner and Großvenediger, and the Zugspitze Mountain to the northwest. Rest, relax, and revel in the grandness. This trek presents little in the way of technical challenges and is suitable for kids aged eight and older.

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Starting point  

Schwaz, Grafenast Station of Kellerjochbahn (1,347m)

Finishing point

Kellerjoch Hut (2,237m)

Mountain chain

Tux Alps


12 km

Total hiking time

4 h 30 min


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)



Elevation uphill 900m

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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Public transport

  • Accessible using public transport

Trail description

Leave Schwaz on the City Bus that takes you to Hochpillberg and Frieden Hotel. From the bus station, continue straight ahead along the road. Walk past Grafenast Hotel and the lift station. Continue along the road obeying the posted signs for “Kellerjochhütte” and “Alter Kellerjochweg”. This is a gentle ascent changing between footpath, path, dirt road and along the slope through groves. At an elevation of about 1600 meters, leave “Alter Kellerjochweg” and take the right fork onto waymarked Jägersteig Trail. There is almost no elevation change on your way through the scrappy forest until you reach Naunzalm (Niederleger), situated in wide open Alpine terrain. Follow the path to the small, old log cabin and its wayside cross. Walk past the cross and follow the dirt road that zigzags up the hill to Naunzalm-Hochleger (do not take the right fork to “Galtererweg” at the old cabin of Niederleger). From Hochleger keep to the designated trail towards “Kellerjochhütte” and you will see the shelter for a long time before finally reaching it from a northwestern direction.

Strongly Recommended: Schwaz is a beautiful town with a great number of sights and attractions: There is Freundsberg Castle housing the museum of local history. The impressive gothic church features two parallel naves and two altars, just like the church of Rattenberg. At the church, the citizens used to sit separate from the miners who came from all over Europe. In the Middle Ages, Schwaz was a thriving center of silver mining industry.

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