Hike from the Bavarian capital of Munich to Venice and traverse the Alps along the way - the “Traumpfad - Dream Path” is an unforgettable journey for long-distance hikers. It takes only four weeks to walk from the eastern Alps to the fantastic Adriatic coastline. Six stages of the long-distance trail lead through the Tirolean region of Hall-Wattens, taking hikers from Karwendel through the Inntal and Wattental valleys, over Glungezer to the Lizumer Hütte Hut and on to the highest point of the tour, Friesenbergscharte, before stopping by at the Dominikus Hütte Hut and Schlegeis Stausee Reservoir, then over the Italian border. Along the way, hikers traverse some of the most beautiful sections of the entire trail, whilst enjoying dream-like views of the Tirol’s alpine mountainscape. Rustic mountain huts and Alpine Association refuges along the route offer ideal opportunities to take a break and make overnight stays.
Long Distance Hiking Trail
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 20,570m
Vertical metres downhill 18,330m
Best time of year
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Days 1 - 4: Munich - Vorderriß
The first four stages lead through the alpine foothills Route information on these stages can be found here.
Day 5: Vorderriß – Karwendelhaus
Metres in altitude uphill: 1,000 metres, Duration: 7.5 hours, Length: 24 kilometres
The first stage through Tirol starts in the Bavarian district of Vorderriß and leads along Rißtal Valley and through Johannestal Valley to the kleinen Ahornboden (Little Maple Ground) and Hochalmsattel. The pleasant, yet long section is characterised by the magnificent natural landscape. This stage ends with Karwendelhaus, at the foot of Birkkarspitze.
Day 6: Karwendelhaus – Birkkarspitze – Halleranger
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill: 1,500 metres/1,500 metres, Duration: 8 hours, Length: 14 kilometres
The route leads from Karwendelhaus up to Schlauchkarsattel. After enjoying the magnificent view from the peak, the descent into Hinterautal Valley commences. Once there, it is uphill again towards Hallenlager. Hallerangerhaus or Hallerangeralm, the final point of the sixth stage. The relatively long and challenging tour is only recommended for experienced hikers.
Day 7: Halleranger – Wattens or Hall in Tirol
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill: 400 metres/1,600 metres, Duration: 5.5 hours, Length: 18 kilometres
From Hallerangerhaus, the seventh stage leads over Lafatscherjoch and Issjöchl to Herrenhäusern, the former administrative building for Hall Salt Mine. The route then continues through Halltal Valley.
Day 8: Wattens or Hall in Tirol – Lizumer Hütte Hut
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill: 1,490 metres (Option II), Duration: 7 hours, Length: 16 kilometres
Starting from Hall or Wattens, you have the choice of either Option I (via Absam - Hall - Tulfes - Glungezer Hut - Rosenjoch - Naviser Jöchl - Lizumer Hut), or the easier Option II (via Gnadenwald - Fritzens - Wattens - Wattener Lizum - Lizumer Hut). Special features of the route: It is possible to make the journey to Tulfeinalm conveniently by bus or cable car. Hike up to Naviserjöchl from there along the Gwannschafsteig and then on to Lizumer Hütte. Alternately, it is possible to hike along the mountain ridge from Glungezer Hütte to the Lizumer Hütte. Attention: If planning to walk the mountain ridge, you should get to the Glungezer Hütte a day earlier and stay the night! Lizumer Hütte at 2,019 metres above sea level is the destination for this stage.
Day 9: Lizumer Hütte Hut – Tuxerjochhaus
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill: 1,150 metres/880 metres, Duration: 7 hours, Length: 11 kilometres
The route leads initially from the Lizumer Hütte up to Pluderlingssattel. It then heads on over Toten Böden and the Gschützspitzsattel and down to the Weitental Valley. After the climb to Tuxerjoch you will reach Tuxerjoch Haus, the final destination for stage nine of the route.
Day 10: Tuxerjochhaus – Schlegeis
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill: 830 metres/1,340 metres, Duration: 6 hours, ength: 12 kilometres (Option 1)
Option 1: The tenth stage extends over a length of 12 kilometres from Tuxerjochhaus over Friesenbergscharte to the Schlegeis Reservoir. This section is considered to be the “crowning stage” of the Dream Path, as it contains partially exposed and some extremely steep sections.
Option 2: The trail leads from the hut to Spannagelhaus. From the edge of the Tux Glacier, the route leads over the Friesenbergscharte at almost 3,000 metres above sea level and past Lake Friesenbergsee before heading downwards towards Schlegeis. Alpengasthaus Dominikushütte marks the end of this stage, or the Olperer Hütte above Schlegeis Stausee Reservoir.
Day 11: Schlegeis - Stein
Metres in altitude uphill/downhill: 470 metres (450 metres from the Olperer Hut)/700 metres (1,200 metres from the Olperer Hut), Duration: 4 hours (5.5 hours from the Olperer Hut, Length: 14 kilometres
The final stage through Tirol leads from the Dominikus Hütte or the Olperer Hütte to Pfitscherjochhaus and on to Stein, along a route that encompasses 14 kilometres in around four hours. It starts with a gentle climb to Pfitscher Joch, after which you make your descent along a romantic trail to the village of Stein.
Day 12 - 28: Stein - Venice
The remaining 17 stages lead from Stein into the Central Alps, through the North and South Dolomites and over the Piave Plains to Venice. Route information on stages 12 - 28 can be found here.