Berliner Hut is the oldest and most well-known Alpine hut in the Zillertal Alps. Built in 1879 and still maintaining most of its original material and style, Berliner Hut has some historical significance, as the only Alpine hut protected as a memorial site. Situated at an elevation of 2042 meters at the heart of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, you can only reach this place by foot. It was set up in a wonderful landscape surrounded by the peaks and glaciers of Zemmgrund and offers uninterrupted panoramic views of Hornkees and Waxeggkees Glaciers. Once one mighty glacier, the two glaciers separated around 1850. Since then, the glaciers have retreated a few kilometers.The ample shelter once was home to a posthouse and it was here that the first telephone line of Inner Zillertal Valley was installed. Moreover, it housed a shoemaker workshop for mountaineers. This walk has delightful spots to explore, for it is here that you will find many characteristic plants of the mountain pastures, plants which cannot tolerate dryness, but revel in plenty of water at their roots. They include the Alpine edelweiss, saxifrage, Alpine lichen and several others. Keep an eye out for marmots, Alpine ibexes and glacier fleas, the best known and most striking Collembola species living on the ice of the Alpine mountain regions.
Approximate hiking time
9 h 30 min
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
intermediate (red mountain trails)
Elevation uphill 1,250m
Vertical metres downhill 1,250m
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.
You can either drive or take bus No. 4102 from Ginzling to Breitlahner Inn, where the Nature Park Visitor’s Center is located. There’s a car park at Breitlahner (fee applies). From there, follow Trail No. 523 past Klausen and Schwemmalm Alpine Pasture Huts until you reach Grawand Hut. Continue hiking through Alpine pastures and meadows. As the valley narrows, take the steep singletrack that winds up to Alpenrosen Hut and eventually takes you to Berliner Hut, at an elevation of 2042 meters.