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From hut to hut in the National park Gesäuse Stage 01 Admont - Mödlingerhütte

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Culture meets nature: from the famous monastery Admont to the foot of the wild mountain Admonter Reichenstein
Distance 14.4 km
5:18 h
1,237 m
360 m
1,542 m
638 m
Of course there is always an easier way on every mountain. With more than 500 km of hiking trails and one of the highest densities of mountain huts in the Eastern Alps, nothing stands in the way of a hiking experience lasting several days in the only Styrian National Park. The whole Gesäuse in one go is best experienced on the Gesäuse Hut Tour. From hut to hut and even completely flexible (no fixed places to stay overnight, numerous variations and completely mobile without your own car), the alpine Gesäuse is more beautiful than ever to hike.

Author’s recommendation

It is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Centre before booking.
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Update: February 09, 2023
Highest point
1,542 m
Lowest point
638 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Mödlinger Hütte, 1.523 m
Klinkehütte, 1.486 m
Sportalm Kaiserau

Safety information

Mountain rescue emergency call: 140

From a technical point of view, the Gesäuse hut circuit has moderate difficulties, which are no problem for the sure-footed and experienced mountain hiker. All the stages run on mountain paths with red dots, which means that they are classified as moderately difficult hiking trails according to the classification of the Austrian Alpine Club. However, you should have a certain amount of mountain experience for the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde, as you will be hiking in mountains with altitudes up to 1,850 m.

Tips and hints


Admont, Zentrum (636 hm) (637 m)
47.575130, 14.460870
47°34'30.5"N 14°27'39.1"E
33T 459454 5269220



Turn-by-turn directions

Opposite Admont Monastery in the centre of Admont you turn diagonally right (looking south) into Marienparkweg. Cross the Aignerstraße and continue along the Obere Bachgasse and the Bachpromenade until you reach the turnoff to Schloss Röthelstein. Then walk a little along the L713 to the former Gasthof Paradies and leave the road in a left-hand bend - here path no. 601 leads straight on into the Veitlgraben. Follow this road until you reach the road L713 at the former Gasthaus Nagelschmiede. Here you cross the road in the direction of Kaiserau. From the parking lot of the Kaiserau cableways, the path continues over a large meadow to the Klinke Hütte (1.504 m). After passing behind the hut, the trail climbs east in a few minutes to the Kalblinggatterl.

From there the trail continues in 2 hours 15 min to the Mödlinger Hütte: Follow the signs (01, 08) down to the idyllic alpine pastures of the Flitzenalm. The rocky Admonter Reichenstein (2.251m) is a splendid sight here. The mountain, which for a long time was considered invincible, was first climbed from the Flitzenalm in 1873 through its steep south side. From the Hinteren Flitzenalm, the route alternates between climbs and forest roads up to the Mödlinger Hütte (1,523m). It is situated impressively on the back of the Treffneralm and the panoramic view of the peaks of Großen Ödstein, Admonter Reichenstein and Sparafeld is amazing.

Public transport

Im Gesäuse bist du auch ohne eigenes Auto mobil

 Ein Anruf unter +43(0)3613/21 000-99 genügt: Innerhalb der Betriebszeiten (täglich 08:00 - 20:00 Uhr) kommst du von Mai bis Oktober mit dem Gesäuse Sammeltaxi, vlg. Gseispur, zu jedem beliebigen Ziel im Gesäuse, ganz ohne Fahrplan und Haltestellen. Selbst für eine Anbindung an die Bahnhöfe Liezen, Selzthal und Kleinreifling ist gesorgt.


Sammeltaxi (pro Person) € 9,50 *

Bahnhofshuttle (pauschal pro Fahrzeug) € 40,00 **

Radtransport auf Anfrage


* Kinder unter 12 Jahren in Begleitung der Eltern kostenlos; Preis gültig bis 25 km Fahrtstrecke, jeder zusätzliche Kilometer € 1,00 pro Fahrzeug

**Bahnhöfe Liezen, Selzthal, Kleinreifling (nur Sommer); Anmeldung am Vortag bis 19:00 Uhr, maximal 8 Personen pro Fahrzeug

Hotline +43(0)3613/21 000 99

By road

With your own car:

A9 Phyrn motorway to exit Ardning/Admont and from there past Frauenberg, approx. 10 km after Admont.

By train: The following train stations are at your disposal: Liezen train station (continue with bus 910 to Admont), Weißenbach - St. Gallen train station (from here take bus 912 to Admont).

By plane: The following international airports can be recommended for arrival by plane - Vienna, Linz and Graz. Arrival Shuttle Service Brings you to the starting point of your trail journey and back to the ideal train station or airport at the end of the tour.

The Trail Info & Booking Centre will be happy to organise this shuttle service.


Parking is available at the respective starting points of the trail tour (Attention: parking possibilities are very limited in Johnsbach). Most of the parking spaces are free of charge and not supervised! The return transport will bring you back to your car.

Tip: Please place a note in your car with a note that you are on the Gesäuse Hut Trail (including the date of your return and telephone number) - the mountain rescue service will thank you!


47.575130, 14.460870
47°34'30.5"N 14°27'39.1"E
33T 459454 5269220
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations / Wander-, Rad- & Schitourenkarte „Nationalpark Gesäuse“                                     

 Gesäuseberge – Haller Mauern – Eisenerzer Alpen West, Nr. 801

M 1: 35.000

Kompass/ Wander-, Fahrrad- & Schitourenkarte „Nationalpark Gesäuse“, Nr. 206

M 1 : 25.000

Alpenvereinskarte „Gesäuse und Ennstaler Alpen“, Blatt 16, M 1 : 25.000


For the Gesäuse hut tour, "normal" equipment for alpine hikes on unpaved paths is completely sufficient. In any case, we recommend sturdy shoes and telescopic walking sticks to take the strain off the knees on the sometimes longer descents. For all refuges along the trail you should also bring a sleeping bag and a towel. Since the huts where you will be staying overnight on your trail trip are very remote and high up in the mountains and cannot be reached by the luggage shuttle, we cannot offer any luggage transport for the Gesäuse Hut Tour. We therefore recommend that you pack your rucksack sparingly and only take what is really necessary with you to the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde. It can be quite liberating to be on the way without luxury!

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14.4 km
5:18 h
1,237 m
360 m
Highest point
1,542 m
Lowest point
638 m
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