Eagle Walk Stage O5: Badener Hut, © Badener Hütte
Eagle Walk Stage O5: Badener Hut, © Badener Hütte

Eagle Walk Stage O5: Badener Hütte - Matreier Tauernhaus

Sprawling sparkling glaciers spreading out in all directions await the eager Eagle Walk hiker. Most of the way is along the Venediger High Trail, allowing you to sample one of the most famous long-distance hiking trails in the country. Heading north, a gentle grade takes you up to Löbbentörl, from where you’ll have wonderful views of surrounding Venediger Range and the Froßnitztal Valley below. Passing Salzboden and the tiny tarn of the same name, the Glacier Trail aims eastward to Venedigerhaus Lodge at Inner Gschlöss. The Lodge serves hearty delicacies to hungry trekkers; once replete and replenished the trail continues to Outer Gschlöss and to the destination of the hike, Matreier Tauernhaus Lodge. What a workout! This Eagle Walk segment is not for the weak of heart, nor the weak of knees; but the scenic rewards are many. Far from little-they're gigantic!

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·The loop walk along fascinating “Innergschlöss” Interpretive Glacier Trail takes some four hours to complete and gains 500 vertical metres; adequate equipment is required. Once arrived at Matreier Tauernhaus Lodge, you either rest and play for the day, or continue on to a pair of very pretty small lakes deeper in the surrounding wilderness. The historic rock chapel located between the Alpine pastures of Inner and Outer Gschlöss is a historic structure in Neo-Gothic style that is located directly on the Eagle Walk. Simply contemplate your good fortune while sitting here, surrounded by pure mountain beauty.

Eagle Kick ·What a workout! The walk from Badener Hut across Löbbentörl to Venedigerhaus Alpine Inn alone takes 4 to 4.5 hours to complete; with a knee-jarring descent from Löbbentörl to Innergschlöss. It’s a long journey, and steep in places; but manageable nonetheless. The rewards are great—outstanding views, clean air, and stunning natural beauty.

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Starting point  

Badener Hut

Finishing point

Matreier Tauernhaus Lodge

Mountain chain

Venediger Mountains

Length

14 km

Approximate hiking time

5 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,760m 1,500m

Elevation uphill 450m
Vertical metres downhill 1,550m

Fitness level

Technique

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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.

Eagle Walk

This is a stage of the Eagle Walk, Tirol's most famous long-distance hiking trail.

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Trail description

Starting Point: Badener Hütte

From Badener Hut (elev. 2,608m) follow the Venediger High Trail that coincides with the Eagle Walk (as well named Badener Trail in this section) northward up Löbbentörl (elev. 2,770m). On your way you will cross rocky chutes and tiny gorges, with some sections assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. Proceed up over rocks and boulders for the ascent of the col, first gradually then more steeply to Löbbentörl with its huge crucifix playing host to one of the most iconic views in the Venediger Range. From there, the trail drops steeply, descending a rocky flank and a grassy ridge that are prone to retaining snow well into summer. Descend a series of zigzags over rocks and boulders to gain the lateral moraines of Schlatenkees Glacier. Fixed wires are in place to aid stability. Follow the rocky trail down to the foot of Keesboden Glacier. Here a trail branches off to Alte Prager Hut (not open to the public), and  another one heads along fascinating “Innergschlöss” Interpretive Glacier Trail. The Venediger High Trail proceeds past Salzbodensee Lake (elev. 2,731m), a tiny tarn that does reflect the faces of Hoher Zaun and Schwarze Wand when the winds are calm and the air is clear. North of glacier-white Gschlössbach Brook, the trail makes a sharp bend eastward and takes you to Venedigerhaus Lodge, that provides the perfect rest stop for hikers at an elevation of 1,689 metres.

Trailside Eateries: Venedigerhaus Lodge

The route then heads out of the valley along the banks of Gschlössbach Brook. The historic rock chapel located between the Alpine pastures of Inner and Outer Gschlöss is a perfect place for calling it a day and savouring views, surrounded by pure mountain beauty. Berghaus Außergschlöss (elev. 1,700m) is another strongly recommended rest stop for hikers. Once the valley widens, it’s a gentle downhill stroll from Gschlöss to Matreier Tauernhaus Lodge, dropping some 200 metres within an hour. At an elevation of 1,512 metres, the Lodge is just the right place to recover from the knee-jarring descents of this walk over hearty local delicacies.

Finishing point: Matreier Tauernhaus Lodge

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Your destination address: Matrei in Osttirol

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