The Riffelsee Hut (2,293 metres above sea level) is a German Alpine Club mountain refuge hut in the upper Pitztal Valley above Lake Rifflsee in the Ötztal Alps, Tirol.
Pleasant retreat close to the glacier
German Alpine Club Hut, Section Frankfurt am Main
A mountain refuge hut in a fabulous location: The Riffelsee Hut is located in the Pitztaler-Kaunertaler Glacier Park above Lake Rifflsee. This impressive mountain lake at 2,232 metres above sea level is often referred to as Austria’s highest mountain lake. It is a cold, moraine reservoir, in other words not suitable for swimmers, although char certainly thrives in it. Excursionists are made to feel very comfortable at the Riffelsee Hut in both summer and winter. It is only a 15 minute walk uphill from Lake Rifflsee to this great place to stop. Children love it here too: the area is used for grazing sheep and horses in summer and you may even catch a glimpse of some marmots if you are careful. The views are magnificent and extend primarily over the tributary Taschachtal Valley.
Well known surrounding mountains: Seekogel, Löcherkogel, Rostizkogel, Wurmtaler Kopf.
Ascent to the Riffelsee Hut
From Mandarfen in the Pitztal Valley with the Rifflseebahn cable car, past Lake Rifflsee and on to the hut. You can also easily walk to the lake and hut from Mandarfen through the Hirschtal Valley, (ca. 2.5 hours); there are also other variants for an ascent from the Pitztal Valley.