The Karwendel High Route

The Karwendel Höhenweg in Tyrol is a high-level hiking route through the Nature Park of the Year 2020,

The Karwendel mountain range between Tyrol and Bavaria is distinguished by its barren limestone peaks. Austria’s largest nature park covers this alpine landscape and partners with a similar nature reserve over the border in Germany to form the Alpenpark Karwendel.

The Karwendel High Route leads through the southern part of the mountains in six daily stages over a distance of 60 kilometres. Although much of the hike is in the silence and wilderness of the mountain world, the view of the densely populated Inn valley opens up frequently way below the trail.

The Karwendel Höhenweg
© Olympiaregion Seefeld | Burnz Neuner

The Karwendel Höhenweg can be walked along from west to east, starting from Seefeld or Reith bei Seefeld, or from east to west, starting from Scharnitz.

The stages take between three and eight hours a day but, thanks to cable cars, the trail can be shortened to two stages. The difference in altitude is around 7000 metres. There are several refuges along the way where hikers can take a refreshment break or stay overnight (reservations required).

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