Above Nurenberger Hut: Mairspitze, Wilder Freiger

  • Wilder Freiger from Mairspitze - © William Mackesy
  • Cottongrass above nurnberger hutte - © William Mackesy
  • View to the ascent of Wilder Freiger - © flickr user- Sean Vos
  • Langental valley - © William Mackesy
  • B"suchalm, Langental valley - © William Mackesy
  • B"suchalm waterfall, Langental valley - © William Mackesy
  • Bowl just below N Hut - © William Mackesy
  • Crossing cliff, near hut - © William Mackesy
  • N Hut in early light - © William Mackesy
  • Mairspitze path, looking up valley to high border ridge - © William Mackesy
  • Up steep lateral ridge towards Mairspitze - © William Mackesy
  • Mairspitze Col - © William Mackesy
  • Grunausee - © William Mackesy
  • Huge bowl, Sulzenau Hut below lake, from Mairspitze - © William Mackesy
  • Dip in double col, Wilder freiger behind - © William Mackesy
  • path beside sky-reflecting tarn, above Sulzenau Hut - © William Mackesy
  • Valley above Sulzenau Hut, where a glacier is on the map - © William Mackesy
  • Wilder Freiger from Mairspitze - © William Mackesy
  • South along high Mairspitze ridge, Wilder Freiger behind - © William Mackesy
  • Group coming out of klettersteig ascent to Marspitse from Sulzenau Hut - © William Mackesy
  • Mairspitze summit - © William Mackesy
  • Up towards Niederl pass - © William Mackesy
  • Early light - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Early light - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Up valley just below Freiger See - © William Mackesy
  • Freiger See - © William Mackesy
  • Waterfall above Freiger See - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Down valley just below Freiger See - © William Mackesy
  • Up valley just below Freiger See, Seescharte pass on right - © William Mackesy
  • Looking north from just above Nurnberger Hut - © William Mackesy
  • Path just below Nurnberger hut - © William Mackesy
  • Nurenburg hut, on right - © William Mackesy

Key information: Above Nurenberger Hut: Mairspitze, Wilder Freiger

  • Several stonking walks from this high hut in the high swing of border mountains at the head of the Stubaital. 

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating91
  • Beauty35
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest6
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating91

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your Choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,413m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
Up valley just below Freiger See - © William Mackesy


It is a stiff 900m climb to the Nürenberger Hut, but the walking fireworks above it make the effort very worthwhile - and it is a lovely walk in its own right. 

There are several top-notch walking options from the hut. 

The Stubaier Höhenweg comes through here, with alternative routes onward, to the Sulzenau Hut to the west. 

Due west over the steep Niederl pass and down a sheer, cable-assisted cliff to the sky-reflecting tarn at its base: and

A northward ascent of the hillside then a stiff westward climb up a lateral ridge and rockfield to the high ridge, then taking in the view-dazzling Mairspitze (2,780m), then descending some thrilling (chilling?) cable assisted cliff ledges to the same tarn, 

then in both cases onward to the Sulzenau hut. These can be combined to make a thrilling circuit. The views from Mairspitze in particular are truly magnificent panoramas of the high Stubai border ridge, with its dark rocky drama and still-gorgeous but tragically disappearing glaciers. A brilliant day's walk, 5-6 hrs.

If energy or time does not allow, consider climbing the Mairspitze in a 3.5 hrs or so round trip. A demanding climb, but unforgettable views.

One of the Stubai's easiest-climbed major peaks on the high border ridge with Italy is 3,419m Wilder Freiger, via the 2,805m Seescharte pass (further along the same ridge from the walks above). This is a serious undertaking, as it involves quite a bit of glacier and icefield walking, so needs experience and careful preparation – or a good guide. The views from the top are, needless to say, sublime. 9-10 hrs return – or you can continue on to the Sulzenau hut. 

You can climb to the Seescharte in 2hrs+, for superb closer-up views of the high peaks and glaciers. 1hr+ back.

An hour up the valley from the hut, over glacier-smoothed rocks which nestle pretty pools, and then across a wide, gravelly bottom, is the stunning mineral-blue Freiger See glacial lake, fed by a tumbling cascade-stream from the now sadly reduced glacier in the great bowl above. The Seescharte is high above to the west. A 'different' walk, and not to be missed if time allows.

See William Mackesy’s account of walking most of these walks.

The Hohe Tauern are well loved, and well walked, so you won’t feel alone on the main routes, although you can get away. This can be tough walking in high and remote mountains with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared.

Walking in Austria – Kev Reynolds for Cicerone: more than 100 walks in the Austrian Alps, including 18 in The Stubai, including 2 here. As usual, an inspiring book (indeed, Walkopedia was alerted to some of these routes by it), packed with valuable information, including good detail on the routes. As Austrian maps are good, Walking in Austria has less on each walk that some other Cicerones, but that is fine. Recommended. Find relevant books on Amazon.

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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Höhe Tauern walk page.

of this walk

3 days, August 2018

The climb to the Nürenberger hut is a demanding 900m, but a fine walk with the joys of the highlands as your reward.

From the Unterbergtal road above Ranalt, you climb steadily into the Langental glen through mixed (mainly pine) forest for 40 mins or so, on wide made-up paths, walking motorways, with a resulting whiff of the 'burbs. You emerge to the ravishing B’suchalm, a classic wide upper-valley bowl, with unbelievably green meadows and a superb cascade of the vigorous, glacier-fed river in the cliffs ahead. Several waterfalls tumble.....


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Huge bowl, Sulzenau Hut below lake, from Mairspitze - © William Mackesy

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