The Gruttenhütte hut (1,620 metres above sea level) is a popular mountain refuge hut and day trip destination in the Kaiser Mountains at the foot of the Ellmauer Halt, Tirol.
Popular mountain refuge hut below the Ellmauer Halt
German Alpine Club Hut, Section Turner-Alpen-Kränzchen
The sunny southern side of the Wilder Kaiser Mountain was chosen by the Gruttenhütte hut as its location. Rather more, chosen by its creators from the "Turner-Alpen-Kränzchen" Section. It is located at 1,620 metres above sea level, making it the highest mountain refuge hut in the Kaiser Region. It was opened in 1900 and inspired visitors back then with its comfort, spaciousness and magnificent views. On clear days you can even see as far as the Großvenediger. It has been extended many times, including the addition of a separate bunkhouse and now forms an impressive ensemble of buildings. The Klamml via Ferrate lies between the Grutten Hut and the Gaudeamus Hut. The Jubiläumssteig (Jubilee Climb) through „Wilde Gschloß“ is also accessible from here. This climbing route was equipped with fixed climbing aids by the former Grutten Hut proprietor, Hans Eisenmann.
Well known surrounding mountains: Ellmauer Halt, Treffauer, Kleine Halt, Karlspitzen, Goinger Halt.
Ascent to the Grutten Hut*
From Wochenbrunner Alm take the signposted Hüttenweg – Hut Trail (ca. 1.5 hours); from Ellmau or Scheffau via the Riedl hut and the track to the hut (ca. 2.5 hours); from Going via the Gaudeamus Hut and Klamml (ca. 3 hours).
Important! Despite construction work to adapt and expand the hut, the Gruttenhütte remains open. Please contact the hut if you wish to stay the night.