Full Venediger Höhenweg

Duration: 7 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 0 - 10 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day
> Hike through Austria's oldest National Park
> Stay in historic Austrian mountain huts
> Breathtaking views of the Großvenediger

The Venetian High Road, better known as "Venediger Höhenweg" in German, is a popular long-distance hiking trail in the Austrian Alps. This route offers hikers spectacular views of some of the most impressive mountain landscapes in Austria, including the Venediger Group, from which the route takes its name.

One of the best things about the Venediger Höhenweg is the variety of landscapes. The steep mountain passes and rugged trails will test you but you will be rewarded with impressive mountain peaks, glaciers, mountain lakes, rivers and alpine meadows. In short, you can fully enjoy true Austrian beauty on this tour. The Venediger Group dominates the panoramic view with its distinctive peaks, including the Großvenediger, Austria's 4th highest mountain.

All in all, this challenging hiking trail offers an unforgettable hiking experience for nature and mountain lovers. With a little experience and sense of adventure, you can get used to using steel cables here and there and walk around the Grossvenediger.



Hinterbichl - Essener-Rostocker-Hütte

Duration: 04:30 h
Distance: 8.7 km
Ascent: 900 m
Descent: 40 m
You begin the Venediger Höhenweg journey with a leisurely walk from the cozy village of Hinterbichl. From here, you'll walk the first 3 km (1,8 miles) along the Isel River to the Ströden parking lot and the entrance to the Hohe Tauern National Park. To slightly shorten today's full distance, you could park at this lot and start your mountain adventure from here. The next 2 km (1,2 miles) are a tranquil stroll, and shortly after passing the Stornalm, today's challenge begins. The final 4 km (2,4 miles) involve a considerably steeper ascent, and after about 2.5 hours, you will have gained 640 meters (2.099 feet) in altitude. Don't forget to look around and enjoy the vast green plains, waterfalls, and bridges you encounter. At the end of this stage, you will find the Essener-Rostocker-Hütte, your accommodation for tonight.



Essener-Rostocker-Hütte - Johannishütte

Duration: 04:40 h
Distance: 7.7 km
Ascent: 560 m
Descent: 640 m
Today is all about the Türmljoch, which is located at an altitude of 2,844 meters (9.330 feet). After a good breakfast at the Essener-Rostocker-Hütte, pack your bag early and head northwest. The first 2 km (1,2 miles) involve a gradual ascent, and after about 1 hour, you'll be at the base of today's challenge. Over a span of 4.5 km (2.8 miles), you'll climb to 2,761 meters (9.058 feet) via zigzag paths, passing by the Türmljoch Spitze. It's a great spot for a short break with stunning views as clouds roll over the mountain peaks. After catching your breath, you'll descend to the Johannishütte, where a cold beer awaits you.



Johannishütte - Eisseehütte

Duration: 04:20 h
Distance: 5.5 km
Ascent: 800 m
Descent: 430 m
The real challenge of the Venediger Höhenweg begins today and can be compared slightly to some sections of the Stubaier Höhenweg. Are you ready for it? It's a relatively short 5 km (3,1 miles) that you need to cover, but today will test your mettle. The narrow paths and rugged terrain demand the right mindset. Fortunately, you'll be aided by the steel cables in the mountains that you can hold onto. With some climbing and scrambling, you'll be guided over the Zopetscharte (2,958m/9.704ft) and past the Tulpspitze (3,054m/10.019ft). After ascending for 3.5 km (2,2 miles), the descent begins, which will take you down to a lower point in the same way and through the same landscape. Here, you can take a break at the Eisseehütte with other hikers. Not tired yet? You can continue hiking to the Eissee. More information about this in the Hiking Guide.


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  • Booking the huts

    We will take care of arranging accommodation on the Venediger Höhenweg for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the Venediger Höhenweg, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Accommodation

    During your Venediger Höhenweg, you will spend your nights in mountain huts. In the mountain huts we normally only book dormitories, but we can look into private rooms on request. If the private rooms are fully booked or not available in the hut, we automatically book a bed in dormitories for you. Please note that private rooms are more expensive and there will be an additional charge for this.

  • Half-board

    Accommodation at the huts includes dinner and breakfast. We will arrange this for you as well. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts. Here you can also buy an array of snacks and bottled water.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Lunch

    Half-board is included in the price of this trek. Lunch, however, is not. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses on such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.


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