Giving you a good workout and an Achilles-aching ascent, this stage climbs steeply and steadily from Matrei’s hamlet of Glanz, 1,445 metres above sea level, to the Sudetendeutsche Hütte hut in the Granatspitz Range at an elevation of 2,700 metres. Even for conditioned hikers this is a physically demanding trek with almost 1,300 metres of elevation gain. The payoff for that work includes historic mountain farms at the hamlet of Glanz and a multitude of flowers in bloom at the Edelweiss meadow, at 1,900 metres above sea level. When you tire of the rainbow of wildflowers on the ground, you can look up to find breathtaking vistas of Lasörling Mountain Range around every corner. Each switchback in the trail brings more of the mighty mountains into view.
Eagle View ·A multitude of flowers proliferate along this walk, but it's the edelweiss that dominates. In the area around the Nussingkogel mountain you will might see rock crystals glistening in the sunlight.
Eagle Kick ·At one point you will find yourself directly under the towering spire of the Falkenstein mountain; hawks and golden eagles soar overhead. Look closely and you might see some Spiderman wannabes scaling its rocky walls. Falkenstein is a popular 7+ grade climbing terrain with some truly challenging areas for rock climbers at perpendicular faces rising 10 to 50 metres.