Getting to the Trailhead
From Mayrhofen, head back to the train station (Mayrhofen Bahnhof). Local buses depart just outside the train station. Take bus 4102 to Schlegeisspeicher reservoir (also written Schlegeis Stausee). There are about 7 buses that depart each day, starting at 7:55 a.m. (as of Summer 2019). We paid 9.20 EUR per person for a one-way ticket. The ride lasts about 50 minutes.
When you arrive at Schlegeis Stausee, head to Dominikushütte mountain hut. The trail to Friesenberghaus begins here.
Day 1: (Mayrhofen) – Schlegeis Stausee (1,785 m) – Friesenberghaus (2,500 m) – Olpererhütte (2,389 m)
- Distance: 9.8 km total
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Altitude Difference: 820 meters ascending, 250 meters descending
- Time Needed: 4.5 – 5 hours
From the bus drop-off point, head to Dominkushütte (in the direction of the tunnel). Before reaching Dominikushütte, you’ll see a signed intersection indicating right towards Friesenberghaus (signed 2 hours) along Trail #532. The narrow trail ascends gently. You’ll cross a river via a wood plank and continue through the forest. Eventually, you’ll cross a marshy meadow over wooden planks. The views open up and you’ll see Schlegeis Stausee. The trail continues to ascend to Friesenberghaus.
Atmospheric and cozy, Friesenberghaus is a perfect place for lunch. The hut staff is swift and friendly, and the food is very good.
After lunch, you’ll descend a few meters from the hut in the direction of Friesenbergsee lake. After a water crossing, you’ll start a steep 170 m ascent. It looks more daunting than it is – you’re not going all the way to the top.
The trail levels and you’ll hike along a breathtaking balcony trail to Olpererhütte (1 hour and 15 min). This stretch of the Berliner Höhenweg is remarkable, as you’ll have continuous views of the Schlegeis Stausee below cradled by 3000+ m peaks. Shortly before reaching the Olpererhütte, you’ll hike across that Instagram-famous suspension bridge.
Stay in Olpererhütte
- Showers: 3 EUR for a 4 min shower
- Drinking Water: Tap water is safe to drink
- Electronic Charging Stations: Readily available in rooms
- Payment: Credit cards and cash are accepted
- Food: Good. They have an excellent wine list, which is rare to find in a mountain hut.
- Half Board or à la carte: We recommend opting for à la carte. The half-board portions were really small.
- Rooms: The hut offers shared rooms for 4 people and shared rooms for 8 people.
The perfectly positioned Olpererhütte boasts the best view of Schlegeis Stausee, Schlegeiskees glacier, and Grosser Möseler (3,478 m), and Breitnock (3,215 m). Resident goats and chickens parade around the hut to the great amusement of all visitors. With large window panels, the interior dining room allows you to experience the beauty of the alps at any time of day.
Overall, this is a great hut. However, the hut management was very frazzled and disorganized during our stay. We had to wait 40 minutes to check-in because the hut “Chef” (boss) was out on a walk with her dog and no one else was allowed to check us in. That’s one of our biggest pet peeves with Austrian-run businesses. Managers and bosses don’t allocate enough tasks and responsibilities to their employees, making things slow and inefficient.