The Karwendel in the Alps of Germany and Austria

Destination: Hut-to-Hut from Mittenwald to Stans

Distance: 50 Kilometers

Time on the trail: 5 days, 4 nights

Date: July 3-7

Trip Itinerary:

Pre-hike: Met in Munich on Friday June 30th, at the Muenchner Kindl. Toured the city with Mike’s Bike Tours with our guide Ryan Hadaller (we recommend the tour and the guide!). Highlights were Englischer Garten and dinner at the Biergarten (reasonably priced) and the surfers on the Isar River. The next day we had Judy’s Birthday breakfast at the Glockenspiel Cafe, then visited the Lenbachhaus museum. Then on to the Munich train station for a 2 hour ride to Mittenwald. We arrived to pouring rain and we purchased a few umbrellas and took a taxi to our apartment at Gastehaus Alwin Hornsteiner that we rented for the entire time we were hiking so that we could leave our luggage. The following day we spent hiking in the rain around the Kranzberg area and around the Lautersteiner See.

Day 1, July 3rd: Left our apartment in clear weather ,walked about 2km through Mittenwald to the trail head then on to our first hut of the trip, the Hochlandhuette (1630 meters high). We hiked about 3.5 hours, covered 8km, and climbed 900 meters. Hut Highlights: Beautiful view, only accessible by helicopter or hiking. Our sleeping arrangements were in a room with 10 beds, 5 beds on one wall, 5 on the others, our group took up one wall of beds. 44 beds total in the Hochlandhuette. Our dinner was a yummy pea soup. Cash only. No showers and only cold water. Beautiful weather!

Day 2, July 4th: Two routes to chose from to get to our next hut, the Karwendel Haus (1765 meters high). Kelly took one route and the rest of us took the other. We hiked about 6 hours, covered 12 to 15km, climbed 800 meters down and 1000 meters up. Hut Highlights: Big and beautiful hut, 140 beds total, most comfortable lodging (we had our own rooms – a double and a triple), the best breakfast (excellent jam) of all of the huts we visited, fun, energetic vibe in the common areas. Cold Showers! They accepted credit cards. Continued perfect weather for hiking.

Day 3, July 5th: On to the Falkenhuette (1848 meters high) we hiked about 3.5 hours, covered 12K. Hut Highlights: Delicious buttermilk, friendly, talented host/chef Fritz and his family. Nice homemade food. Great side trip to Mahnkopf (over 2000 meters) Great sunset view in lounge chairs. Lots of friendly guests. We were all in our own room with 3 bunkbeds. More great weather.

Day 4, July 6th: We left the Falkenhuette and hiked to the Binsalm and stopped along the way to have lunch at Eng-Alm. We hiked about 3.5 hours, covered 8.5K. We had our own, spacious room with 5 single beds.Hut Highlights: Great view from the front deck, free schnapps!

Day 5, July 7th: Hiked from the Binsalm to Stans train station. We stopped along the way at the Lamsenjochhuette (we would have stayed there if we could have arranged reservations) and experienced Wolfsklamm. We took the train from Stans to Innsbruck, had lunch and took the train back to Mittenwald (1.5 hours) and returned to our apartment at Gastehaus Alwin Hornsteiner

Post Hike: That night we had a well deserved, delicious dinner in Mittenwald at Haus am Kurpark, walkable from our lodging. The next day we walked to the train station and took the train to Venice via Innsbruck (6 hours to Venice). In Venice we rented an apartment from HomeAway Villa Bellini for 4 nights and explored the city including the Biennalle Arsenale. We took a ferry to the island off the cost of Venice Lido and rented bikes and rode down the beach, caught another ferry to Pellestrina island and rode down the beach, swam in the Adradic Sea and had a wonderful lunch at the Da Memo.

 

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