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From hut to hut in the National park Gesäuse Stage 03 Heßhütte - Ennstalerhütte

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  • Erste Wegmeter von Hesshütte
    Erste Wegmeter von Hesshütte
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Wild waters: Along the wild and romantic Hartelsgraben and the Enns to the oldest refuge in the Gesäuse

Distance 18.6 km
7:20 h
1,301 m
1,475 m
1,821 m
491 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: July 19, 2021
Highest point
1,821 m
Lowest point
491 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 4.88%Forested/wild trail 33.70%Path 51.11%Road 10.30%
Dirt road
0.9 km
Forested/wild trail
6.3 km
9.5 km
1.9 km
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Rest stops

Heßhütte, 1.699 m
Ennstalerhütte , 1.543m

Safety information

Notruf Bergrettung: 140

Technisch gesehen weist die Gesäuse Hüttenrunde moderate Schwierigkeiten auf, die für den trittsicheren und geübten Bergwanderer kein Problem darstellen. Sämtliche Etappen verlaufen auf Bergwegen mit rotem Punkt, sie sind also laut Klassifizierung Alpenverein Österreich als mittelschwierige Wanderwege eingestuft. Eine gewisse Bergerfahrung solltest Du jedoch für die Gesäuse Hüttenrunde mitbringen, da Du Dich im Gebirge mit Seehöhen bis 1.850 m bewegst.

Tips and hints


Heßhütte (1,691 m)
47.561070, 14.652223
47°33'39.9"N 14°39'08.0"E
33T 473838 5267575



Turn-by-turn directions

From the Hesshütte you go approx. 300m south along yesterday's path back to the signposted junction at Gamsbrunn and then left up to the Sulzkarhund. From the edge of the Sulzkarhund you can clearly see the descent into the Sulzkar in front of you and go down to the Almenboden - here you experience the Gesäuse "off the beaten track". You leave the lake on your right and soon reach the alpine huts. Continue along the marked path to the forest road and along this road - following the signs - through a forest to a hunting lodge. Here you choose the old forest road into the wildly romantic Hartelsgraben. The path runs straight down through the Hartelsgraben, accompanied by the ever-increasing river and numerous smaller waterfalls. Shortly after the railway crossing you reach the Hartelsgraben car park.From here you walk for about 30 minutes along the road to the right (east) towards Hieflau (beware of busy traffic), until a hiking trail (forest road) branches off to the left (at KM 109,3 just before the road crosses the Enns). Follow this path along the Enns - at the junction, turn left and follow the markings of the hiking path (path no. 648). Now the trail climbs slightly through the forest, crossing the road again and again, which winds its way up in serpentines. At Kühmairboden (1.191m) you reach a junction where you turn left and hike along the forest path (path no. 642) almost even to Hochscheibenalm (1.189m). Now you orientate yourself to the right and it leads steadily uphill below the Tamischbachturm (2.035m) on a path (path no. 642) through the forest and over open areas up to the Ennstaler Hütte.On this hut's terrace you feel like you are on a box seat due to the location directly on the ridge between the Tamischbachturm and the rocky summit of Kleiner Buchstein. Opposite you can see the wild and rugged north side of the Hochtorgruppe and to the north the view extends far into the Alpine foothills.


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Public transport

Getting there

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 brings 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!


47.561070, 14.652223
47°33'39.9"N 14°39'08.0"E
33T 473838 5267575
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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Rene Kreuzer
July 05, 2020 · Community
When did you do this route? June 28, 2020

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18.6 km
7:20 h
1,301 m
1,475 m
Highest point
1,821 m
Lowest point
491 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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