Ellmauer Steinkreis Gruttenhuette
Ellmauer Steinkreis Gruttenhuette

Hike to the Gruttenhütte hut

The “Ellmauer Steinkreis” is a place of energy and natural force field taking the form of a giant mandala.

From the village of Ellmau we drive to the Wochenbrunner hut at 1,084 m asl. With its wild game reserve and Kneipp facilities near the restaurant, the impressive views of the valley and the surrounding mountain chain, the Wochenbrunner alpine pasture is a very nice hiking destination itself. On a beautiful autumn morning we start our hiking tour, following the trail in the direction of the Ellmau Stone Circle (Ellmauer Steinkreis). After about 30 minutes we have arrived: at the stone circle everybody is invited to chose his or her stone and to meditate on it.

Leaving the Ellmau Stone Circle, we follow trail n° 14 in the direction of the Gruttenhütte mountain hut. The gravel path leads us upwards through the wood and at the "Gamsbrunnl" fountain, where we have a short rest. Leading out of the wood, the gravel path continues under the impressive peaks of the Kaiser Mountains. As the trail is exposed in some parts, some agility is requested and children have to pay particular attention.

At the fork, where the famous Adlerweg long-distance path (Eagle Trail) starts, we enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley and the glaciers in its background. After about 2 hours we have finally arrived at the Gruttenhütte mountain hut (1,620 m asl), which is more than 100 years old. What a surprise: near the mountain hut a film shooting is going on! After a tasty lunch in this beautiful alpine landscape we start our way back. After a bit more than an hour we have finally arrived at the Wochenbrunner hut and can relax our tired feet in the Kneipp facilities. The parking space near the Wochenbrunner hut is subject to charge. Alternatively, you can start directly in the village of Ellmau, which is some km away.

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: Wochenbrunner hut, Ellmau
Route: Wochenbrunner hut - Ellmau Stone Circle - "Gamsbrunnl" fountain - Gruttenhütte mountain hut
Signpost: Rundweg Ellmauer Steinkreis, 14
Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 580 m
Altitude level: between 1,084 and 1,620 m asl
Suitable for families? Yes, but only partially - small children in a baby rucksack or older children with some hiking experience.
Experienced in: September 2009

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