Eagles, a symbol of freedom and independence, open space and strength, majestically soar through the skies above the Tirolean mountains. Explore the Eagle Walk trail for an equally sublime experience.
The trail leads you from St. Johann in the picturesqueholiday region Wilder Kaiser in the Tirolean Unterland to St. Christoph am Arlberg. You will pass the Kufstein Fortress and the beautiful landscapes of the Unterinntal valley, the Laliderer Wände mountain ridges in the Karwendel Alpine Park, the famous Zirbenweg trail high above Innsbruck, the Gaistal valley with its stunning pastures, Fernstein Castle, the old Roman road, the ‘Natura 2000’ region of Lechauen and the ‘Grenzberg’ mountain that marks the border between Tirol and Vorarlberg. Each stage of the Eagle Walk lets you admire the most magnificent landscapes and hiking spots: mountain villages and alpine lakes, summit crosses and chapels, chamois bucks and marmots, sycamore forests and alpine gardens.
The first three stages of the hike take you from St. Johann to Kufstein along the Wilder Kaiser mountains. From the Gasthof Rummlerhof inn St. Johann, you hike past the Schleierwasserfall waterfall and the Obere Regalm mountain hut to the first stage destination, the Gaudeamushütte hut at 1,267 metres above sea level. Stage two runs along the Klammlweg trail to a special gem of the Eagle Walk: Hintersteiner See lake. Daring hikers will enjoy diving into its crystal-clear waters after their tiring hike. The third stage in the Wilder Kaiser mountains leads from Hintersteiner See lake to Kufstein, passing the the Walleralm and Kaindlhütte.
Eagles embody bravery, and the Eagle Walk requires just that. It traverses the High Alps of Tirol, taking you all the way from the east to the west of the region, ever so close to the skies above. The route resembles the silhouette of an eagle soaring through the sky with his wings spread out. For many sections of the trail, you need alpine experience, surefootedness and a good head for heights: the hike spans 320 kilometres between the Wilder Kaiser and Arlberg, 24 one-day stages (ranging from gentle slopes to exhausting climbs), a 23,000-metre ascent and 20,000-metre descent. The East Tirolean part of the Eagle Walk is shorter but no less taxing: nine stages between the Venediger and the Großglockner, 93 kilometres, an 8,000-metre ascent and a nearly equally large descent. Countless steps, hundreds of summits, thousands of spectacular views!