East Tyrol’s New Hiking Trail

The stunning new “Herz-Ass” (‘Ace of Hearts’) hiking tour tours the remote Villgraten valley in five day stages.

The Herz-Ass-Weg has nothing to do with games of chance – it takes its name from the 50 or so peaks that surround the Villgraten valley in the shape of a heart.

Starting from Außervillgraten, this 75 km panoramic trail leads in five daily stages through the high alpine world on the border between East Tyrol and South Tyrol.

The Villgraten valley in the East Tyrol
© Tourismusverband Osttirol | Franz Bergmann

You will need to be in good shape if you want to attempt it. Much of the trail is at 2000 metres in altitude and above and the daily stages last between six and nine hours.

However, the route can be adapted. Each stage ends in the valley, so you can also walk individual stages or spend the night in a mountain hut if you do not wish to descent to a lower altitude.

The best time to walk the Herz-Ass-Weg is between the beginning of July and the end of September. The Villgraten valley can be reached by bus from Lienz and Innsbruck railway stations. There is a hiking taxi (‘Wandertaxi’) service in the Villgraten valley.

More information: www.herz-ass-villgratental.at