In the East Tyrolean part of the Carnic Alps, Lake Obstans with the eponymous mountain hut is located, a popular hiking destination.
Along the Carnic High Route, the Obstans mountain hut is located on the waterfront of the same-named lake. The mountain hike starts in Kartitsch and proceeds into the Winklertal valley. The scenic ascent proceeds past several particularities, among them the Prince Heinrich Chapel and the Gatterwand mountain face as well as a waterfall and the Obstans Ice Cave.
At the top, Lake Obstans spreads in a little basin at 2,304 m asl. With a surface of 3 hectares and a maximum depth of more than 8 metres, the lake is among the largest mountain lakes of East Tyrol. On its north bank, the Obstans mountain hut is located, today a hut of the Austrian Alpine Association and opened from the end of June until September. The cows which are living here, enable the production of yogurt, cream cheese and quark. Also overnight stays are possible.
The area around Lake Obstans is located near the border to the Italian Province of Belluno, therefore the main ridge of the Carnic Alps was frontline terrain during the mountain warfare between 1915 and 1917 in WWI. Back then, there was no mountain hut (it was built in 1929), but the way was used as a channel of supply for the Austro-Hungarian troops. A nearby military cemetery and remains of old fortifications still remind of these times. At Lake Obstans you can enjoy a gorgeous view on the Sesto Dolomites and the Grossglockner, with 3,798 m the highest mountain of Austria.
Altitude: 2,304 m asl
Surface: 3 hectares
Maximum depth: 8.3 m