Alpenpark Karwendel in der Gramei
Alpenpark Karwendel in der Gramei

Hike to the Gramai Alm mountain hut

By the Achensee Shipping we go to Pertisau where we start our hike through the Karwendel Alpine Park to the Gramai Mountain Hut.

On this beautiful autumnal day we decide to hike to the Gramai Mountain Hut (Gramai Alm) in the Karwendel Alpine Park, Austria's biggest nature park. The journey to Pertisau we do by the Lake Achensee Ferry and Cruise Company which exists already since the 19th century. We start in Achenkirch, at the shipping pier Scholastika, on the northern bank of Lake Achensee. The passage to Pertisau lasts half an hour and we enjoy the sun on deck.

Arrived in Pertisau we take the road which leads us away from the lake. Shortly afterwards we reach the tollbooth - here the Karwendel Alpine Park and the Karwendel Valleys start. Immediately after the parking space we keep to the left. The first impressions of the nature park are gorgeous: lush meadows, dense woods and the fantastic surrounding mountains. An asphalted footpath proceeds first to the Falzturn Mountain Hut (Falzturnalm, 1,089 m a.s.l.), where we arrive after about 1 hour. From here we still have half way to walk, but only 100 m in altitude are still ahead.

Across alpine meadows we follow a comfortable path and soon the Gramai Mountain Hut (1,263 m asl) comes in view. The sunny terrace invites us to take a rest, then we discover the proximity. The Eagle Trail, a long-distance trail, is located here. We admire the "Kas- und Speckalm" (Cheese and Bacon Hut) which dates back to the 16th century and refresh our feet in the Kneipp basin. After a few pleasant hours we start our way back.

Author: MS

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Pertisau
Route: Pertisau - Falzturn Mountain Hut - Gramai Mountain Hut
Walking time: approx. 2 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 320 m
Altitude level: between 940 and 1,263 m a.s.l.
Suitable for families? Yes, but for families with small children a ride by car until the mountain hut is recommended. The Gramai Hut itself offers a playground with trampoline and is an ideal excursion destination for families.
Experienced in: September 2011

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