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My very personal top 5 mountain huts in East Tyrol
Karslbader Hut | Lienz Dolomites
A real highlight for all climbers is the Karlsbader Hut in the Lienz Dolomites. Located on the Laserzsee, it is the ideal starting point for many climbing tours in all aspects and wall heights of up to 1300m. The Karlsbader Hut has been renovated and expanded bit by bit over the past few years. The fantastic view you have from the sun terrace is completely indescribable - on the one hand the East Tyrolean mountains with their 3000m peaks, on the other the idyllic Laserzsee, encircled by imposing dolomite walls. You can find more information about the Karlsbaderhütte at www.karlsbaderhuette.at.
Karlsbader Hut at the Laserzsee in the Lienz Dolomites
Volkzeiner Hut | Villgrater Berger
A little further down and to the northwest is the Volkzeiner Hütte in the Auservillgrater Winkeltal. The refuge can be easily reached by car via an alpine path. When I arrive at the “Volkzein”, I am always impressed by the spacious, grassy high alpine pastures and the rugged mountain peaks. Popular tour destinations are the Hochgrabe (2,951 m) and the Große Degenhorn (2,946 m) with a walking time of 3 hours each, or the Regenstein (2,891 m) with a walking time of 5 hours. The Volkzeiner Hütte is the right place for all those who are looking for a quaint and quiet refuge that is limited to the bare essentials and yet leaves nothing to be desired.
Volkzeiner Hütte in the Auservillgrater Winkeltal
Obstansersee Hut | Carnic main ridge
Another hut tip in the Hochpustertal holiday region is the Obstansersee hut. The starting point for the ascent is, among other things, Kartitsch in East Tyrol's Gailtal, from where the refuge can be reached in around 3 hours. Located on the Carnic High Trail, the Obstansersee Hut is very popular and a popular stopover for many hikers. For this reason, a reservation in advance is definitely advisable. The refuge was completely renovated in 2003 and offers space for 44 people in the mattress dormitory and 18 people in the bed dormitory. Due to the geographical location, the view extends from the Großlockner to the Sexten Dolomites. You can find more helpful information about the Obstansersee Hut on the website of the Austrian Alpine Club.
Obstansersee hut with a view of the Grossglockner
Sajathütte | Venediger group
My very personal favorite refuge is in the Venediger Group and is also known as the mountain castle. We are talking about the Sajathütte in Prägraten am Großvenediger. It is well known that castles have always been built in exposed locations and that also applies to the Sajathütte. At the end of a lush green but very steep mountain meadow, it towers high above the Virgen Valley in Sajatkar, which also gave the hut its name. The 31 beds in the 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-bed rooms with cold and warm water as well as heating ensure hut flair with comfort. But you can also let yourself be pampered with culinary delights with the hut half-board. The Sajatkrone is the ideal tour for all summiteers, with which you can conquer all the "Seven Summits" around the Sajatkar. All information about the Sajathütte and the tour options can be found at www.sajathuette.at.
Sajathütte in Sajatkar in Prägraten am Großvenediger
Stüdlhütte | Glockner group
Last but not least, a refuge that should of course not be missing in any list and is also one of my favorites - namely the Stüdlhütte below the Großlgockner in the Hohe Tauern National Park. The Stüdlhütte takes its name from Johann Stüdl from Prague, who founded the Kals Mountain Guide Association and developed the Glockner region from an alpine perspective. The architecture of the refuge is particularly impressive, equipped with the latest technology, such as photovoltaic and thermal solar systems, as well as a vegetable oil-powered combined heat and power plant for generating residual energy. In my opinion a very good example of sustainability in alpine tourism. The 114 overnight accommodations offer enough space for everyone who wants to move in the direction of the Großglockner summit, which is still magical to me. But the small Adlerweg also leads directly past the Stüdlhütte and is therefore the ideal overnight accommodation for all those who have conquered the O18 and O19 stages. Since moving images say more than 1000 words, I have found a video with a portrait of the refuge below.
I wish you a nice and accident-free mountain and hiking season and maybe you will see each other again in one or the other hut ;-)
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