Zillertal Hohenweg

  • Berliner Hohenweg Nr 526 uber dem Schlegeisspeicher  - © Bohringer Friedrich
  • Hohenweg - J11 - © William Mackesy
  • Zillertal Hohenweg - ©  wiki user Klaus Kettner
  • Hohenweg-Madrisella  - © SchiDD
  • Berliner Hohenweg  - © pixabay user marcino
  • Berliner Hohenweg  - © wiki user Bohringer Friedrich

Key information: Zillertal Hohenweg

  • One of Austria’s finest walks, a marvellous horseshoe around the Zillertal region.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating88.5
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest16.5
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating88.5

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 9 days/up to 80km
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,000m+
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

Hohenweg - J11 - © William Mackesy


One of Austria’s great walk, also known as the Zillertal Rund Tour and The Rucksack Route and the Berliner Höhenweg.

A marvellous 9 day (up to 80km) horseshoe around the high Zillertal region, climbing for two days up the main eastern ridge to the high border mountains, where it traverses westward for four days below the high peaks, crossing  three high passes, including the Schoenbichler Scharte at over 3,000m, before descending the main western ridge for three days. You can extend it to include some peaks or even klettersteigs (via ferratas).

This is a hut-to-hut walk, so heavy loads don’t need to be carried. It is a demanding walk, with exposed (cabled) sections, long climbs from huts to passes and a total ascent said to be around 6,700m.

You can shorten it by walking in or out to the various roadheads in the range – for instance, the Berliner Höhenweg,  walking up to the valley to the Berliner Hut and then on round westward to descend by the Zamsergrund, arguably the very best of the route in 4 days or so.

This can be tough walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared,

Have a look at TripAdvisor – you should get good, current views on the area.

Trekking in the Zillertal Alps – Allan Hartley for Cicerone is the book for the Hohenweg and the South Tyrol Tour. As usual, inspiring books (indeed, Walkopedia was alerted to some of these walks by them), packed with valuable information, including good detail on the routes. As Austrian maps are good, Walking in Austria   has less on each walk than some other Cicerones, but that is fine. Recommended. Find relevant books on Amazon.

This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by telling us your experiences, making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

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

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Hohenweg-Madrisella  - © SchiDD

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Berliner Hohenweg  - © pixabay user marcino...

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