Jagdhausalmen, © Kurzthaler
Jagdhausalmen, © Kurzthaler

National Park Hike
Jagdhausalmen

Embedded in the awesome natural beauty of Hohe Tauern National Park, the Jagdhausalmen are a collection of stone huts at the end of the Defereggental Valley representing the oldest mountain settlement in Austria. Keep your camera charged, as this remote high-mountain settlement consisting of 15 homes and a chapel offers many photo opportunities. Man has inhabited the valleys of Hohe Tauern Mountains for 5,000 years. In the course of the centuries, East Tirol began to use the high mountain pastures above the treeline as open grazing pastures. From the 15th century onwards, settlers used the Jagdhausalmen as their summer retreat and took advantage of the grazing opportunities for their cattle. This continued until just a few decades ago. Today the buildings are generally used for storage.

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Starting point  

Car park at Alpengasthof Oberhaus

Hike to

Jagdhausalmen

Finishing point

Car park at Alpengasthof Oberhaus

Mountain chain

Venediger Mountains

Length

12.5 km

Approximate hiking time

4h

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

easy (hiking trails)

Altitude

2,014m 1,766m

Elevation uphill 324m
Vertical metres downhill 324m

Fitness level

Technique

Best time of year

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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.

Parking

Car park at Alpengasthof Oberhaus

 

Places serving food & drink

  • Alpengasthof Oberhaus (mid-May until mid-October)
  • Jagdhausalm (second half of June until first half of October)

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Trail description

From St. Jakob im Defereggental, drive to Erlsbach and take the toll road to Alpengasthof Oberhaus. 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 the Seebachalm on your way to the Jagdhausalmen at 2,009 metres above sea level. Return along the same route. Alternatively, it is also possible to along the other side of the Schwarzach river.

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Your destination address: Alpengasthof Oberhaus, Oberhaus

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