Eppzirler Alm Alpine Hut

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Historical alpine hut full of legends and stories. Even the emperor enjoyed being a guest here.

At the head of the Eppzirler valley stretches an alpine pasture framed by rugged limestone peaks. In the 16th century, valuable Tyrolean stone oil was extracted in the breathtaking natural scenery and even Emperor Maximilian was particularly fond of the hiking area around the Eppzirler Alm. To this day, the active alpine pasture with about 90 head of cattle at 1,459 metres above sea level is a popular destination for hikers and families.

The impressive panoramic view of Erlspitz, Eppzirler Scharte, Kuhjochspitze and Reitherspitze is framed by lush alpine meadows. From the beginning of June to mid-September, innkeeper Christian serves hungry guests Tyrolean delicacies from farm production and delicious refreshments on the sun terrace. Children are also always welcome on the 1100-hectare alpine farm, and a small Maria chapel even awaits hiking pilgrims. By the way: Legend has it that 30 tonnes of Reichsgold were hidden somewhere in the area after the end of the war. No one has found it to this day.

Find out more about the history of the Eppzirler Alm and its hosts in our blog.

From the Gießenbach car park, for which a fee is charged, or the Gießenbach railway station near Scharnitz, head inwards along well-signposted forest roads to the Eppzirler Alm.


  • Hike to the Eppzirler Alm. From Gießenbach near Scharnitz the trail leads along a forest road, initially steep, then more leisurely in the direction of Eppzirler Zinne. Head south through the steep Gießenbach valley and turn off at the bridge towards the Eppzirler Alm. Across lush alpine herb meadows to the idyllic Eppzirler Alm at the head of the valley. Return to the starting point along the same path.
    To the hike

  • Circular hike Eppzirler Alm. Wonderful but quite demanding circular hike with far-reaching views over the Region Seefeld. From the valley station of the Rosshütte cable car in Seefeld via the Schlagkopf (1,518m) to the Eppzirler Alm. From there on to the famous Nördlinger Hütte, then via the Reither Spitze and the Reitherjochalm back to the starting point.
    To the hike

  • Adlerweg Stage 15.
    The fifteenth section of the most famous long-distance hike in Tyrol takes hikers from the Solsteinhaus through the Eppzirler Scharte (sure-footedness required) and the wildly romantic Giessenbachklamm gorge down to Scharnitz or on to Leutasch.
    To the hike


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