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Travel report: Hiking tour on the Trans Tyrol

Martina hikes from Garmisch to Innsbruck
Hiking couple with a view of the Halleranger

My husband and I made a short-term decision to hike from Garmisch to Innsbruck in August and tackle the Tyrolean Trail. Since we already have mountain experience from previous hikes, we decided on this very demanding trekking tour.

We wanted to know what our condition looked like after a break of several years and got ready for one of the crowning tours among our hiking holidays.

Hiking couple with a view of the Halleranger

From picturesque Garmisch through the Karwendel Mountains to the Golden Roof in Innsbruck

At the beginning of August, my husband Siegfried and I are driving from Salzburg towards Bernau am Chiemsee. On the spur of the moment, we take the route over the German Alpine Road to take a detour to the beautiful Tegernsee. The Tegernsee is really worth seeing and is wonderfully suited to take a walk along the lake promenade or take a short break in the Bräustüberl right next to the church.

The journey continues to picturesque Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where we fortify ourselves in a typical Bavarian restaurant in the evening so we are prepared for the first stage the following day.

Fantastic landscape, wonderful views and striking rock formations

Immediately after an extensive (and extremely delicious) breakfast we leave. The first day leads us through the Höllentalklamm, past thundering waterfalls and deep gorges, framed by striking rock formations. It’s really amazing how the Hammersbach winds its way through the gorge. This visit is definitely one of the numerous highlights on the Tirolerweg.

Further companions on our first stage are the imposing waterfalls and rushing streams that bring us to the source of the Isar on the Hallerangeralm.

Before we get there, the path leads us to the Schachenhaus, a mountain hut in the Wetterstein Mountains. The hut hosts on the Schachen give us a very warm welcome and ensure the best hut atmosphere with good food, beer, schnapps and wine.

The Könighaus am Schachen, at the foot of the Wetterstein massif, which was built by King Ludwig II as a holiday home high in the mountains is worth seeing.

The next morning the warm rays of the morning sun wake us up in our mattress dormitory. The valley is still in the fog and a great view of the freshly snowed-upon Zugspitze opens up in bright sunshine and blue skies. Rested, we start the steep ascent to the alpine Meilerhütte, on the border between Germany and Austria. At an altitude of around 2400 metres, we are rewarded with a magnificent view.

The ascent through the fresh snow and the view of the deep blue sky give you the feeling of freedom, happiness and inner peace, which you can feel nowhere better than up in the mountains.

The Karwendel

The path over the stony Lafatscherjoch along the Wilde Bande Steig to the Stempeljoch is particularly impressive. The stage leads us past the Pfeishütte – there we fortify ourselves with delicious hut delicacies before we continue on the Goetheweg in the direction of Hafelkar. From the Mandelscharte we have a magnificent view of the Inn valley and the Tyrolean cities of Innsbruck, Hall and Wattens.

At the end we let our souls unwind for two more days in Innsbruck to enjoy the typical Tyrolean flair in the state capital.

Martina on the Wilde Bandesteig

Cosy hotels, huts with alpine charm and good food

The hotels are always centrally located. So you can easily reach all sights on foot or by bus.

The overnight stays in the alpine huts, which are a part of a mountain hike, are also very varied. Just like the hearty ‘Almjause’ that makes every foodie heart beat faster.

In the huts you will be rewarded with romantic sunrises and great views. You will not get enough of the views of the imposing mountain range.

View of a chapel at sunrise

My conclusion

The Trans Tyrol path has it all: We have experienced everything from rain, snow and sunshine. The mountains shouldn’t be underestimated, but this tour definitely leaves nothing to be desired by mountaineers.

From beautiful, romantic hikes to challenging inclines with short climbing passages, everything is included. After strenuous passages, however, you will always be rewarded with fantastic summit views.

All in all, it was a really great hiking trip that I can 100% recommend to all experienced mountain hikers.

Hiking couple with a view of the Karwendel mountains
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