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From hut to hut in the Gesäuse National Park.

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  • Moedlingerhuette mit Reichensteingruppe
    Moedlingerhuette mit Reichensteingruppe
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From hut to hut in the Gesäuse National Park.
Distance 110.8 km
39:03 h
6,104 m
6,086 m
1,821 m
497 m
The Gesäuse Hüttenrunde leads in a large circle through the Gesäuse National Park and knows how to put its trademark "steep rock and wild water" breathtakingly in scene. Its ascent is technically moderate (red marked mountain trails) but requires some stamina and experience. The overall requirement is a bit higher than those of its famous neighbor, the Lynx Trail, especially because no luggage transport can be offered on the Hüttenrunde. Whether in one piece - that means at least eight daily stages - or in shorter sections, the Gesäuse Hüttenrunde will open up the unique magic of the mountain landscape in the national park with the slowing down and inner calm necessary for long-distance hikers. The starting and ending point for the Hüttenrunde is the historic town Admont with its magnificent Benedictine monastery and the comfort of a modern tourist destination. A welcome reward after the eventful efforts of the previous days.

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It is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Centre before booking.

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Update: March 19, 2021
Highest point
1,821 m
Lowest point
497 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 10.22%Dirt road 7.83%Forested/wild trail 27.45%Path 43.35%Road 4.74%Unknown 6.38%
11.3 km
Dirt road
8.7 km
Forested/wild trail
30.4 km
48 km
5.3 km
7.1 km
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Rest stops

Heßhütte, 1.699 m
Mödlinger Hütte, 1.523 m
Admonterhaus, 1.723 m
Grabneralm, 1.395 m
Ardning Alm Hütte, 1.037 m
Nationalpark Pavillon
Haindlkarhütte, 1.121 m
Ennstalerhütte , 1.543m
Hochplateau Kaiserau
Zum Donner, Gasthof
Gasthof Kölblwirt
Rohrauerhaus, 1.308 m

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) (638 m)
47.575029, 14.460872
47°34'30.1"N 14°27'39.1"E
33T 459454 5269209


Admont, Zentrum (636 hm)

Turn-by-turn directions

Of course there is always an easier way on every mountain. With over 500km of hiking trails and one of the highest densities of mountain huts in the Eastern Alps, there is nothing to stop you from enjoying a hiking experience lasting several days in the only Styrian National Park. From hut to hut and even completely flexible (no fixed places to stay overnight, numerous variants and completely mobile without your own car), the alpine Gesäuse is more beautiful than ever to hike.


Stage 01: Admont - Mödlingerhütte

Stage 02: Mödlinger Hütte - Heßhütte

Stage 03: Heßhütte - Ennstalerhütte

Stage 04: Ennstalerhütte - Haindlkarhütte

Stage 05A: Haindlkarhütte - parking lot Weidendom

Stage 05B: Buchauer Sattel car park - Admonterhaus

Stage 06: Admonterhaus - pipe rougher house

Stage 07: Pipe roughing house - Admont


all notes on protected areas

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 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!


47.575029, 14.460872
47°34'30.1"N 14°27'39.1"E
33T 459454 5269209
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations / Wander-, Rad- & Schitourenkarte „Nationalpark Gesäuse“, Gesäuseberge – Haller Mauern – Eisenerzer Alpen West, Nr. 801M 1: 35.000

Kompass/ Wander-, Fahrrad- & Schitourenkarte „Nationalpark Gesäuse“, Nr. 206M 1 : 25.000

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

Freizeitkarte GesäuseM 1 : 50.000Erhältlich im Infobüro Admont


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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39:03 h
6,104 m
6,086 m
Highest point
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Lowest point
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