When summer slowly disappears and gives way to cooler days and (even) bluer skies, we are often drawn up to the mountains of the Ahrntal valley. Here, between the Zillertal Alps and the Venediger Group, a whole 80 three-thousand-metre peaks, 850 kilometres of hiking trails, 6 long-distance trails and over 160 huts await you. We would like to introduce five of them to you today. If you read on, we will tell you why we love to visit the Kasseler Hütte, Durra Alm, Knuttenalm, Chemnitzer Hütte and Tauern Alm.
Our favourite Alpine hut hikes in the Ahrntal Valley
Big Five of the Ahrntal Huts
Via the „Herrenweg" to the Rifugio Roma
The two-hour ascent to the Bachertal valley near Rein in Taufers is one of our boss Beatrice's absolute favourite tours. She says: "The nicest landlady in the world can be found at the top of the Rifugio Roma!". But the way there is also worth seeing. You can start hiking directly from Rein, 700 metres higher up, rustic alpine flair and the hospitality of the Seebers await you at the refuge at the foot of the Hochgall. The hut has been one of the most popular hiking destinations in the region since the 19th century; the numerous (well-heeled) gentlemen who used to hike here earned the tour the nickname "Herrenweg". From the Rifugio Roma you can reach many other fantastic hiking destinations in the Rieserfernergruppe.
On the Reiner Höhenweg to Durra Alm and Knuttenalm
This hike is a truly rounded affair: the Reiner Höhenweg is a good 5 kilometres long and is a fantastically beautiful, medium-difficulty hike that we also enjoy tackling together with our guests. After three hours of walking, we reach the Durra Alm, where it is a great place to rest and soak up the sun. The Durra Alm is located at 2,096 metres above sea level and caused quite a stir in the summer of 2022: after all, Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz visited the hut. Milking tests and Kaiserschmarren tasting included! From the Durra Alm it is then a good hour's walk to the Knuttenalm. The Ebenkofler family of innkeepers has been proving for more than 30 years that they have extremely good taste: delicacies like the "Knutti Kas" are simply scrumptious!
Via the Chemnitzerhütte to Schaflahnernock
This panoramic tour of several hours starts in the wild and romantic Weißenbachtal valley, and you should be in good shape for it. From the hikers' car park to the Chemnitzer Hütte it's a 3:10 hike, from there another 1:30 h to the Schaflahnernock. The reward: hut food at its best and a view that makes the mountaineer's heart beat a beat faster. If you want to save yourself 500 metres in altitude, hike up from the Neves reservoir. Bonus on hot hiking days: the route leads past rushing waterfalls!
Via historic paths to the Tauern Alm
If you lace up your hiking boots in the Ahrntal, you won't get around Kasern. The village with 90 inhabitants at the head of the valley is the starting point of many dream routes in the border region with Austria and is officially the northernmost point in Italy. First over a gravel road, then on (smuggler's) paths that have been used for centuries, this fine tour leads to the Obere Tauernalm at 2,018 metres in 1.5 hours walking time. The border area to the Austrian provinces of Salzburg and North Tyrol is historically highly interesting and rich in cultural history. The charming mother-daughter team of the Tauernalm is happy to provide information and cooks heavenly good food.
Hungry? Very good! Then take a look here. Our senior chef Sepp will definitely cook you up. In an incomparable (and extremely sustainable) way. And here you'll find lots of great offers for a hiking holiday with us in the Ahrntal. Guided tours included!