The Erlanger Hut (2,250 metres above sea level) is a high mountain refuge hostel at Lake Wettersee in the Ötztal Alps, Tirol.
Important refuge hut at Lake Wettersee
German Alpine Club Hut, Section Erlangen
At Lake Wettersee below the Wildgrates Ridge – would best describe the address of the Erlanger Hut. It is located in a beautiful, but unforgiving alpine area where a refuge hut is most needed. The ascent to it may not be technically challenging, but very long. Despite its remote location, the hut offers impeccable comfort and even has electricity during the period it is open. The very commendable kitchen serves Tirolean specialities, created using products sourced predominantly from local farms. The Erlanger Hut is an important base for beautiful hiking tours and the Zentralalpen-Weitwanderweges (long distance Central Alps hiking trail, the 02A. Magnificent views of the hut and the idyllic Lake Wettersee can be enjoyed from the Wildgrat Ridge; the hut itself is also located at a beautiful lookout point.
Well known surrounding mountains excluding the Wildgrat: Fundusfeiler, Kreuzjoch.
Ascent to the Erlanger Hut
From Umhausen in Ötztal via the Vordere Leierstalalm (ca. 4.5 hours), or by taxi to the Vorderen Leierstalalm, from there on foot to the hut (takes ca. 2 hours). From Tumpen in Ötztal via the Gehsteigalm to the Erlanger Hut (ca. 5 hours) or by taxi to the Gehsteigalm, from there on foot to the Erlanger Hut (takes ca. 2 hours)