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From hut to hut in the National park Gesäuse Stage 04 Ennstalerhütte - Haindlkarhütte

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Ennstalerhütte - Haindlkarhütte

From box seat to box seat: In the face of the famous Gseis north face on the way from the Ennstalerhütte to the Haindlkarhütte.

Distance 14.7 km
5:12 h
602 m
1,028 m
1,544 m
576 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: May 29, 2020
Highest point
1,544 m
Lowest point
576 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Nationalpark Pavillon
Haindlkarhütte, 1.121 m
Ennstalerhütte , 1.543m

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


Ennstalerhütte (1,542 m)
47.619285, 14.676151
47°37'09.4"N 14°40'34.1"E
33T 475665 5274037



Turn-by-turn directions

From the Ennstaler Hütte you walk a few meters to the northwest down to the crossroads "Landlereck". Here you choose left (to the southwest) the way no. 646/608 down over the "Butterbründl" and the Hörantalm up to the way junction "Krois`n". Now follow path no. 646/608 down to Gstatterboden. Here it is worth visiting the National Park Pavilion - a visitor center of the Gesäuse National Park with information center, café and exhibition.From the National Park Pavillon Gstatterboden you first hike a few hundred meters on a path next to the main road until you reach the entrance to the Rauchbodenweg. You follow this path with wonderful views of the Enns and the opposite Hochtorgruppe about 3km to the west where you will also pass some theme stations - finally crossing the Enns on a footbridge - to the Weidendom. At the Weidendom you should definitely allow yourself time for a break: it is a living building, just like the walkable ecological footprint, a labyrinth of hedges. Islands of tranquillity invite you to linger and the Lettmair Au you will cross by an eventful footbridge.Just before you reach the main road, turn left into a path that takes you parallel to the main road - crossing it once - and along the river Enns to the parking lot of the Haindlkarhütte in about 30 minutes. From here you follow the marked path to the Haindlkarhütte to the south. At first the wide path leads quite flat into the valley - but soon it gets lost and turns into a narrow hiking path. You cross gravelly brook beds again and again and the path becomes somewhat steeper in the meantime. The landscape becomes rougher and more primeval the closer you get to the breathtakingly steep rock faces of the Hochtorgruppe. Further coarse areas, which are only thinly interspersed with plants, take you first to the old Haindlkar hut and then in a few minutes to today's Haindlkar hut.This hut is perhaps the most rustic hut in the Gesäuse. Lovely is something else - she is crouching on the last green spots before the gigantic north walls of the Hochtorgruppe shoot up right above. You feel very small in the sight of these giants. Here climbing history was written, here every climber who is known in the eastern part of Austria stayed overnight to repeat routes which climbing legends like Raimund Schinko, Gustav Jahn, Franz Zimmer, Heinrich Pfannl, Hubert Peterka, Angelo Dibona and Klaus Hoi had established. As mentioned: The University of Climbing - amazing that this corner is so easy to reach. And if you are lucky enough to experience a sunset that bathes the walls in red gold light, then your mouth is guaranteed to stay open. A Bet?

Public transport

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!


47.619285, 14.676151
47°37'09.4"N 14°40'34.1"E
33T 475665 5274037
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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14.7 km
5:12 h
602 m
1,028 m
Highest point
1,544 m
Lowest point
576 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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