Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

From Wetterkreuzhütte to Zupalseehütte

Mountains as far as the eye can see!

Wherever you look, you will see nothing but summits. The view of the Virgen Nordkette and Venediger Group mountain ranges along with the community of Virgen with its fields and meadows is just breath-taking and one of a kind. When you arrive at Zupalseehütte (Zupalsee hut), a small lake invites you to take a walk around it, allowing you to admire the Alpine hut with its unparalleled mountain backdrop. When the wind drops, you can enjoy the icing on the cake of this feast for the eyes – this extraordinary panorama is reflected in the lake's clear water.

  • Trail description:     
    Taking the "Wandertaxi" to Wetterkreuzhütte saves a good 1,000 metres of climbing that go steeply through the forest. Families are advised to take the direct route (38) to Zupalseehütte. Only a few metres of climbing have to be conquered on this easy path, allowing hikers to take their time in soaking up their surroundings. Those of you who would to conquer a peak, should undertake the climb up to the top of Griften (40) via Legerle. Only 500 metres of climbing have to be covered and the view improves with every metre climbed as new peaks appear for you to admire.

    Once you have reached the summit of Griften, you will have a 360° panoramic view that makes the heart of any hiker skip a beat. The rocky peaks of the Defereggen Alps can be seen in all their beauty. If you don't want to tear yourself away from the view immediately, you can hike along the ridge to Donnerstein and then descend from there to Zupalseehütte.


    Starting point:         
    Wetterkreuzhütte, 9972 Virgen


    Arriving by public transport: 
    National park's "Wanderbus" in the summer months to Virgen. Continue with the "Hüttentaxi".


    Hike length / walking time / metres of climbing:      
    approx. 5 km (there and back from Wetterkreuzhütte) / approx. 4 hrs (there and back) / 500 (via Griften) otherwise 200 m


    Opening times:    
    June to October


    Mountain panorama; numerous species of orchids and other Alpine flowers; marmots; chamois


    National Park House Matrei

    Kirchplatz 2

    9971 Matrei / AUSTRIA 

    Phone: +43 (0) 4875 5161 10

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