Embedded in the awesome natural beauty of Hohe Tauern National Park, Jagdhaus Alpine Pastures, the oldest mountain settlement in Austria, are situated in Inner Defereggental Valley. Keep your camera charged, as this remote high-mountain settlement consisting of 15 stone homes and a chapel offers many photo opportunities: emerald carpets laden with dazzling wildflower bouquets draped over rolling ridges, towered by craggy cliffs, closely resembling Tibet in appearance. Man has inhabited the valleys of Hohe Tauern Range for 5,000 years. In the course of the centuries, East Tirol began to use the high mountain pastures above the timberline as wide open grazing pastures. From the 15th century onwards, settlers used Jagdhaus Alpine Pastures as their summer retreat and took advantage of the grazing opportunities for their cattle. The past is still alive in the stone masonry homes and in the pristine scenery. Experience the authenticity of Jagdhaus Alpine Pastures and sample mouth-watering dairy products.
Car Park at Alpengasthof Oberhaus
Jagdhaus Alpine Pastures
Approximate hiking time
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
easy (hiking trails)
Elevation uphill 324m
Vertical metres downhill 324m
Best time of year
* 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.
From St. Jakob im Defereggental, drive to Erlsbach and take the toll road to Alpengasthof Oberhaus. The toll fee is Euro 6.00 per car. From there follow the footpath that winds into the valley through old-growth stone for about 30 minutes. Continue walking along the dirt road, passing Seebach Alpine Pastures on your way to Jagdhaus Alpine Pastures.