Hike from Pertisau to the Gramai 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 in the Karwendel Alpine Park, Austria’s biggest nature park, a very popular excursion destination. 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. Now, at the end of September, the ships still run every hour. The passage to Pertisau lasts half an hour and we enjoy the sun on deck.

Arrived in Pertisau at 940 m asl we take the road which leads us away from the lake. Shortly afterwards we reach the tollbooth - here the Karwendel Alpine Park starts. Immediately after the parking space we keep to the left. The first impressions of the Karwendel Alpine Park are gorgeous: lush meadows, dense woods and the fantastic surrounding mountains. An asphalted footpath proceeds first to the Falzturnalm mountain hut (1,089 m asl), where we arrive after about one hour. From here we still have half way to walk, but only 100 metres 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 and enjoy a so-called “Germknödel”, a yeast dumpling filled with plum jam. Delicious! Then we discover the proximity. 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.

Please note: the Gramai mountain hut is also accessible by car or by the retro-bus from Pertisau.

Author: MS

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Pertisau
Route: Pertisau - Falzturnalm 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 asl
Suitable for families? Yes, but for families with small children a ride by car until the mountain hut is recommended. The Gramai mountain hut itself offers a playground with trampoline and is an ideal excursion destination for families.
Experienced in: September 2011
Further information: Achensee Tourist Board, phone: +43 5246 5300

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