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Rätikon High Trail Circuit Hiking Guide, Austria and Switzerland

Rätikon High Trail Circuit – Hut to Hut Hiking Itinerary

The Rätikon Alps straddle the border between Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This small, but incredibly majestic mountain range might be our favorite hiking destination in Austria to date. With its limestone peaks and sloping pastureland, Rätikon is a splendid place for day hikes, hut to hut hikes, and serious climbing. We hiked five days around the Rätikon Alps, staying 2 nights in Austrian mountain huts and 2 nights in Swiss mountain huts. This route offers incredible variation in terms of culture, scenery, and terrain.

Our 5-day itinerary follows the Rätikon Höhenweg Nord (North Rätikon High Trail) in Vorarlberg, Austria and the Prättigauer Höhenweg (Prättigau High Trail) in Graubünden, Switzerland. The first 3 days of this trek are blissfully easy, while the final 2 days are more strenuous. In this guide, we’ve outlined each day of our hiking itinerary. If you have less time, you can easily shorten this itinerary to a 3-day or 4-day hut-to-hut hike. We’ve included these alternative itinerary options at the end of the guide.

Our route begins and ends in Austria. You could also start the circuit in Switzerland.

Rätikon High Trail Circuit Hut to Hut Hiking Route

  • Day 1: (Brandnertal) – Douglas Hütte – Lünersee – Lindauer Hütte (4 hours, 10 km)
  • Day 2: Lindauer Hütte – Tilisunahütte – Carschinahütte (5 hours, 10.2 km)
  • Day 3: Carschinahütte – Schesaplanahütte (6 hours, 15.8 km)
  • Day 4: Schesaplanahütte – Schesaplana – Mannheimer Hütte (5.5 hours, 7 km)
  • Day 5: Mannheimer Hütte – Südwansteig – Totalphütte – Lünersee – Douglashütte (4.5 hours, 8.2 km)
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Rätikon High Trail Circuit Guide Overview

  • Where are the Rätikon Alps
  • Rätikon Hiking Route Map
  • Tips for Hiking Hut to Hut in Austria and Switzerland: discounts, reservations, budget, insurance
  • Arrival Day in Brandnertal: Transit, Where to Stay
  • Stages 1 – 5 Explained: stage overview, where to stay
  • Alternative Hiking Routes: shorter routes
  • Alps Hut to Hut Packing List: sleeping bag liner, polarized sunglasses, etc…
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Where are the Rätikon Alps

The Rätkon Alps are a limestone mountain range in the Central Eastern Alps located at the border between Vorarlberg (Austria), Graubünden (Switzerland) and Liechtenstein. The Rätikon Alps are easily accessed from Brandnertal (Brand Valley) and Montafon Valley in Vorarlberg on the Austrian-side. On the Swiss-side, you can access the mountains from the Prättigau valley in Graubünden. The highest mountain in the range is Schesaplana (2,965 m), which can be hiked as part of a hut to hut hike, or as a day trip. 

 

Rätikon High Trail Hiking Route Map

Rätikon High Trail Circuit Stages
  • Places to stay before/after the trek
  • Rätikon High Trail Stage 1
  • Rätikon High Trail Stage 2
  • Rätikon High Trail Stage 3
  • Rätikon High Trail Stage 4
  • Rätikon High Trail Stage 5
Rätikon Alps Hut to Hut Hike in Austria and Switzerland

Tips for Hiking Hut to Hut in Austria

Responsible Travel in the Rätikon Alps

  • Respect the habitats of animals and plants. Picking, or removing flowers, plants and rocks is not allowed.
  • Take all garbage back with you down to the valley. Leave no trace.
  • Stay on the designated hiking trail.
  • Do not make loud noises (e.g. playing music loudly).
  • Drones are not permitted.
  • Wild camping is not permitted on the Austrian-side. On this Swiss-side, camping is possible with permission from landowners.
  • Keep a safe distance from livestock. Much of this trekking route traverses pastureland with free roamning cattle. Don’t pet the cows, or try to take a selfie with a cow (yes – people do this and it’s damn right stupid). Alms, or pastures, are enclosed by electric fences. Sometimes you just have to step over the fence. Other times, you have to unhook the fence. As you pass through the electric fence, only touch the handle and make sure to close it behind you.

Make Reservations for Mountain Huts

  • It’s important to make reservations for overnight stays at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • For most huts, you can choose between sleeping in a shared-dormitory (“lager”) or a private room.
  • You can make reservations for these Rätikon huts online, with the exception of Mannheimer Hütte.

Here’s the contact information for the mountain huts along the route.

Become a member of an Alpine Club

  • You’ll get a significant discount on your overnight stay if you present your alpine club membership card. There are tons of alpine clubs throughout Europe, so just confirm with the hut owner whether your alpine club is accepted.
  • We’re members of the Österreichischen Alpenverein (Austrian Alpine Club), and so we received discounts on all mountain huts in the Rätikon.

Get Hiking Insurance

For peace of mind on the trail, make sure you have hiking travel insurance. When you have World Nomads insurance, you’ll get emergency medical insurance, emergency medical transportation, gear protection (in case of theft, loss, or damage) and trip protection (in case of cancellation). 

Learn more about hiking insurance here

Buy a Hiking Map

  • You can purchase a map in the huts.

Follow the Waymarks

  • You’ll see several different trail markers throughout the trek. Most of the hike is marked with white and red stripes, indicating a moderate trail. Some of the trek is marked with blue and white stripes, signifying a difficult trail.

Pack a Sleeping Bag Liner and …

Read our complete hut to hut hiking packing list.

Bring enough Cash and Budget for 60 EUR per person per day

Note: budget an additional 20 EUR per day if you don’t have an alpine club membership card. In the Swiss huts, you can pay with Euro. It’s obviously better if you have Swiss Francs (because of the “poor” exchange rate given in the huts), but it’s hassle-free if you only have Euro. The Swiss huts are more expensive than the Austrian huts.

  • Dormitory Mattress (Lager): 10 – 13 EUR with Alpine Club Membership. 20 – 23 EUR without Alpine Club Membership.
  • Private room (2-beds): 22 EUR per person with Alpine Club Membership. 33 EUR per person without Alpine Club Membership.
  • Breakfast Buffet: 10 – 14 EUR per person
  • Half Board (Dinner & Breakfast): 25 EUR – 32 EUR per person.
  • Beer & Wine: 4.50 EUR+

Pack Snacks

We recommend bringing several snacks with you (trail mix, energy bars, crackers etc…). At the huts, you can purchase packed lunches. Here are your lunch options each day of the trek:

Day 1: Eat at Douglashütte, at the start of the trek.

Day 2: Eat at Tilisunahütte.

Day 3: Bring a snack with you, or purchase a packed lunch from Carschinahütte.

Day 4: Bring a snack with you, or purchase a packed lunch from Schesaplannahütte.

Day 5: You can eat lunch at Totalphütte. Don’t miss out on their homemade Apfelstrudel.

 
Trek around the Rätikon Alps, Switzerland

Arrival Day in Brandnertal, Vorarlberg, Austria

How to get to Brandnertal (Brandner Valley), Austria

Brandnertal is a valley in Vorarlberg at the base of the Rätikon mountains. It’s easy to reach Brandnertal by public transit from Austria’s major cities. From Innsbruck, Linz, Salzburg, and Vienna, take a direct train to Bludenz. From Bludenz, take bus line 81 to Brandnertal (direction: Lünersee). The bus station in Bludenz is located directly outside the train station.

Where to Stay in Brandnertal

Your journey to Brandnertal in Vorarlberg will likely be a long one. For example, it’s a 7-hour-long train ride if you’re coming from Vienna. We recommend staying 1 to 2 nights in Brandnertal, before starting the hike, so you’re fully rested.

While Bludenz serves as a main transit hub for the region, the town is too far from the start of the trek. We suggest basing yourself in the town of Brand in Brandnertal, or on the high alpine plateau Tschengla, which overlooks Brandnertal.

Budget | Hotel Lün is a top-rated modern alpine hotel in Brand. With its central location, fresh design, and spa area, you’ll feel quite at home here. Breakfast is included in the room rate.

Mid-Range | Pension Bergkristall is an apartment-style accommodation in Brand. If you’re planning to base yourself in Brandntertal for a few days, or even a week, you’ll feel very comfortable here. Pension Bergkristall also has several double rooms (breakfast included) available as well.

Luxury: Schillerkopf Alpine Resort (details below)

Stay at the Schillerkopf Alpine Resort

We highly recommend staying in Schillerkopf Alpine Resort, located on Tschengla Plateau. This 4-star hotel offers you a vacation from your vacation. We all need one, right?

Schillerkopf has mastered the art of hospitality. From the moment you arrive, you feel extremely welcome and that your stay matters. From the managers to the servers, each staff member contributes to your overall experience.

We were impressed by the thoughtful details and overall concept of Schillerkopf. Your room rate includes all your meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon cake and dinner), fabulous wellness facilities (4 saunas, outdoor pool, indoor pool, resting rooms), garden access, and a library. All your needs are met. 

We loved that Schillerkopf provides a spa bag with bathrobes and towels in your room. We also loved that there’s a pillow menu. A PILLOW MENU! You can order special pillows for the night, free of charge. And, each morning, you’ll find a “Schillerkopf Journal” waiting for you on your breakfast table. The daily journey contains suggested hiking trails, a daily quote and riddle, activities in the region, as well as a time table for “Bergbahnen” (gondolas), etc…  The list really goes on.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect place to start, or end this hike, look no further than Schillerkopf Alpine Resort. You’ll feel restored and pampered.

Look for accommodation in Brandnertal.

 
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Getting to the Trailhead

Getting to the Trailhead

From Schillerkopf Hotel (Bürserberg, Tschengla bus stop), you’ll take the summer bus line 81 to Lünerseebahn. The hotel staff will print out the summer bus schedule (“Sommerfahrplan”) for you, effective July 1st – September 15th, and answer any transit questions you have. There are only a few buses that depart from Tschengla to Lünerseebahn during the day, but as long as you plan ahead, you’ll have a seamless journey to the trailhead.

Riding the Lünerseebahn

Lünerseebahn is an aerial cableway to Lüner Lake, high above Brandner Valley. Our trekking route begins at the lake. You can walk from the base of the cableway station to the lake, but we suggest taking the Lünerseebahn. Because it’s Austria, the Lünerseebahn is naturally closed for lunch (between 12:20 – 13:10).

Roundtrip Prices (as of Summer 2019): 14.60 for Adults; 13.90 for Seniors; 8.80 for Children.

Ascent Prices: 9.50 for Adults; 9.10 for Seniors; 5.70 for Children.

Note: Roundtrip tickets are good for 6 days. So, you’ll be able to use your roundtrip ticket to descend to Brandnertal after completing the circuit.

 
Hiking Lünersee, Rätikon Alps, Austria

Rätikon High Trail Circuit Stage 1

Day 1: Lünersee / Douglas Hütte (1,976 m) – Schweizer Tor – Öfapass (2,291 m) – Obere Spora Alpe (1,739 m) – Lindauer Hütte (1,744 m)

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • Altitude Difference: 631 m ascending, 864 m descending 
  • Time Needed: 4 hours

Your hike begins at Lünersee, one of the most beautiful lakes in Austria. If you’re hungry, definitely grab lunch at Douglas Hütte, the excellently-run mountain hut located at Lünerseebahn. They make a superb “Bauern Salat” (Farmer’s Salad).

From the hut, continue left over the reservoir wall. Follow the circuit path (Lünersee Rundwanderweg) to the opposite side of the lake (~40 minutes). Shortly before the Lünersee Alpe, there’s a trail leading off to the left in the direction of Lindauer Hütte. You can take this trail, or hike a few more minutes to Lünersee Alpe, and then follow the trail to Lindauer Hütte. From here, it’s approximately 3 hours to the hut.

After crossing the Alpe, the trail soon divides. You’ll want to stay to the left, and then cross the stream. If you continue straight, you’ll end up at Gafalljoch (Cavelljoch) ridge. After the water crossing, the trail ascends 320 meters up grassy slopes to the saddle below Kirchlispitzen. White limestone boulders accent the green meadows and cotton grass line the river below.

Schweizer Tor, Rätikon Alps, Austria - Hut to Hut Hike

From the saddle, you’ll then descend to an old stone shelter called Altes Zollhaus, which is located at the Schweizer Tor (Swiss Gate). As you head down in the afternoon, the Schweizer Tor shimmers with the midday sunlight. The “gate pillars” jut out of the soft green earth dramatically. It’s a fantastic site and a great place for a break! When you get to Altes Zollhaus (not used), you’ll look through the gate into Switzerland.

From here, it’s another soft ascent to Öfapass (30 min). From the pass, the trail makes a final descent to the valley below (signed 1 hour 15 min to Lindauer Hütte). You’ll see the Obere Spora Alpe and Lindauer mountain hut from here. On the valley floor, follow the flat gravel road to the Obere Spora Alpe, a running alpine dairy farm. You can purchase fresh dairy products from the farm, including Keese (cheese), Milch (milk) and Buttermilch (buttermilk), as well as Kuchen (cake). As you walk through the Alpe, it feels like walking into a 19th-century pastoral landscape painting.

Reading room in Lindauer Hütte, Rätikon Alps, Austria

Stay in Lindauer Hütte

  • Showers: 2 EUR for a 4 min shower
  • Drinking Water: Tap is safe to drink
  • Electronic Charging Stations: You’ll find outlets in your bedroom.
  • Payment: Credit Cards and Cash
  • Food: Excellent.
  • Half Board or à la carte: Both available. You can decide at dinner.
  • Rooms: Private rooms and dormitory-style rooms (lager) available.

Lindauer Hütte is a modern, well-run mountain hut. Surrounded by pine trees and with views of the Drei Türme (Three Towers), this is a lovely place to relax, read and eat. Definitely order their Kaiserschmarrn. There’s even a quiet room for reading. The staff was friendly and fast. Overall, we had a great experience here. If you can, avoid coming here on weekends. It’s a popular hut for families with children – loud, screaming, jumping children ;).

 
Tilisunasee, Rätikon Alps Hut to Hut Hike

Rätikon High Trail Circuit Stage 2

Day 2: Lindauer Hütte (1,744 m) – Bilkengrat (2,006 m) – Schwarze Scharte (2,346 m) – Tilisunahütte (2,211 m) – Carschinahütte (2,236 m)

  • Distance: 10.2 km
  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • Altitude Difference: 1065 meters ascending, 575 meters descending
  • Time Needed: 5 hours

From the entrance of the hut, follow the sign in the direction of Tilisunahütte – Bilkengrat (signed 3 hours 15 min). You’ll initially head down the gravel road from the hut. A narrow trail cuts right from the gravel path. You’ll descend gently through pine forest, cross a meadow and then reach a signed intersection at Tramrosa (1,684 m). Take the left trail to Bilkengrat and cross a stream. You’ll ascend quickly, following a steep hairpin trail. The Drei Türme and Sulzenfluh peaks light up fantastically in the morning.

Ascent to Bilkengrat, Sulzenfluh and Drei Türme View, Rätikon

When you reach Bilkengrat, it’s a bit underwhelming. It’s like a landing area, granting you space and time to take a breath, before continuing the 340 m ascent to Schwarze Scharte (45 min). There are a few ropes securing your passage to the Scharte. From here, you’ll walk along an easy, flat balcony path for about 70 meters. The view of Tilisunasee lake is one of the most memorable views during the trek. Next, you’ll walk down to Tilisunahütte – your lunch stop. They accept payment in credit cards and cash.

From Tilisuna mountain hut, the trail continues into Switzerland. At the border, you’ll dip into a bowl of limestone (best way to explain it). Surrounded by walls of stone and hiking to the sound of bell-wearing cows, it feels like you’re in a singing bowl. You’ll eventually ascend out of the “bowl” and slowly progress in the direction of Sulzenfluh. From the Swiss side, Sulzenfluh looks like a lumpy thumb – a very impressive lumpy thumb.

Sulzenfluh, Rätikon Alps, Switzerland

You’ll continue along a mostly flat and easy balcony trail that hugs the side of the mountain. You’ll see Partunsee below, a pool of teal waters. The trail divides. Take the upper trail to Carschinahütte, not to the lake. The trail crosses more pastures and you’ll hear more cowbells than people. The final stretch brings you across a field of limestone boulders to Carschinahütte.

Stay in Carschinahütte

  • Showers: None
  • Drinking Water: Water available in a canister at the entrance, free of charge.
  • Electronic Charging Stations: In the Gaststube (Dining Area)
  • Payment: Cash Only. They accept payment in EUR and Swiss Francs.
  • Food: Excellent! All ingredients served in the hut are sourced from Swiss farms.
  • Half Board or à la carte: Only Half Board Available
  • Rooms: Lager Only.

Prättigauer Höhenweg, Rätikon Circuit, SwitzerlandThis was our favorite mountain hut in the Rätikon. Facing the mighty square-shaped Drusenfluh on one side and more mountains than can be named on all other sides, Carschinahütte is the ultimate destination for a godly sunrise and sunset. We are so impressed by the food and service at Carschinahütte. The hut management is changing end of summer 2019. Hopefully, the new management follows closely in their predecessors’ footsteps.

 
Rätikon High Trail, Switzerland

Rätikon High Trail Circuit Stage 3

Day 3: Carschinahütte (2,236 m) – Cavelljoch (2,239 m) – Schesaplanahütte (1,908 m)

  • Distance: 15.8 km
  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • Altitude Difference:  372 meters ascending, 692 meters descending
  • Time Needed: 6 hours

The route on Day 3 of the Rätikon Circuit follows the Prättigauer Höhenweg. As you hike on the Swiss-side of the Rätikon range, you’ll see the Schweizer Tor (Swiss Gate) from a new perspective. But, Drusenfluh is the showstopper today.

Drusenfluh, Rätikon Alps, Switzerland

From Carshinahütte, follow the gravel road down a few meters to the signed intersection. You’ll head right, passing through the electric fence. As you walk along an easy, flat path, the sun slowly washes the meadows and mountains in warm light. It’s pure magic.

After about 2 hours, you’ll reach an intersection, where you can head right to the Schweizer Tor or left to Scheseplanahütte. Continue left. The trail dips and then ascends in earnest, reminding you that you’re indeed on a hike. Once the trail plateaus, you’ll follow a level path to Cavelljoch (also spelled Gafalljoch), the ridge between Austria and Switzerland. You’ll see Lünersee from here. (Note: If you wanted to do a 3-day tour of the Rätikon, this is where you’d descend to Lünersee).

From Cavelljoch, it’s 1 hour 45 minutes to Schesaplanahütte. The trail to the hut is mostly straight and characterized by pastures and a river valley below. It drags on.

Prättigauer Höhenweg, Rätikon Alps, Switzerland

Stay in Schesaplanahütte

  • Showers: 5 Swiss Francs for a 3 Minute Shower
  • Drinking Water: Tap water safe to drink
  • Electronic Charging Stations: There’s a charging in the hallway of the main hut.
  • Payment: Cash only
  • Food: Good
  • Half Board or à la carte: Half Board Only. If you have dietary restrictions (vegetarian, etc…), let them know when you make your reservation, or a week in advance. This hut isn’t flexible when it comes to accommodating dietary needs at short notice.
  • Rooms: Rooms and dormitory-rooms (lager) available. They will show you where to sleep (not first come first serve).
 
View from Mannheimer Hütte, Rätikon Alps, Austria

Rätikon High Trail Circuit Stage 4

Day 4: Schesaplanahütte  (1,908 m) – Schesaplanasattel (2,739 m) – Schesaplana (2,965 m) – Schafloch Sattel – Brandner Gletcher – Mannheimer Hütte (2,679 m)

  • Distance: 7 km
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Altitude Difference: 1,133 meters ascending, 276 meters descending 
  • Time Needed: 5.5 hours. You have plenty of time today to get to your destination. The light is better in the afternoon, so really no need to rush.

Marked with the blue and white waymarks, the trail to Schesaplana from the Swiss-side is a no-bullshit hike. It’s steep and requires a head for heights. It’s also a lot of fun. You’ll ascend over 1000 meters in 3 hours. This is definitely not something you want to do in bad weather when there are slippery conditions and poor visibility. Honestly, the waymarking could be a lot better. The blue/white stripes can be hard to spot, and you’ll need a bit of trail intuition to figure out where to go.

After 2 hours and 15 minutes of ascending, you’ll land at the Schesaplana saddle. It looks like you’re walking on a volcano. From here, you can head directly to Mannheimer Hütte, saving the Schesaplana summit for the next day. Or, you can continue ascending another 45 min to Schesaplana (recommended). From the saddle, the path to the summit is steep, but the terrain is a lot easier. At the summit, you’ll have epic views of Lünersee and the Rätikon range you just spent the last few days walking around.

Schesaplana, Rätikon Alps

From the summit of Schesaplana, you’ll head back to the saddle from which you came. Follow the blue waymarks and signs to Mannheimer Hütte (signed 1 hour 15 min). You might spot some red/white waymarks and a red-painted “Mannheimer” directing you to go down and right, but ignore those signs. That path is closed.

The terrain is uneven, and you’ll need to look for the waymarks as you head to Schafloch Sattel. The thing is that the trail is really well-marked in the opposite direction, starting in Mannheimer Hütte and heading to the Schesaplana Saddle. It’s like they got lazy, or forgot to paint waymarkers going the other way. Okay, I’m exaggerating (just a bit).

Schesaplana to Mannheimer Hütte, Trek in the Austrian Alps

As you make your way down to the Brandner Gletcher – yes that’s Glacier in English – you’ll encounter a few ropes. These ropes will help you descend a slippery steep snowfield. Once you’ve done that (phew – the hard the part is over!), it’s time to cross the Brandner glacier. In the afternoon, when the glacier “melts” and “softens,” the texture is quite crunchy and it’s super easy to walk across.

Hiking Brander Glacier, Rätikon Alps

You don’t need any special equipment, because the crossing is flat. That being said, when we crossed the glacier the next day – in the morning – it was very icy and freakin slippery. We could only manage the crossing because we had hiking poles. But, we really could have used our crampons.

After you cross the glacier, it’s a quick 15-minute ascent to the hut. If you have energy to burn, you can continue to Wildberg peak.

Stay in Mannheimer Hütte

  • Showers: None
  • Drinking Water: 1.50 EUR for 1 Liter / Tap water isn’t drinking water.
  • Electronic Charging Stations: Sporadic. You’ll find some outlets in the dining area and some in the rooms.
  • Payment: Cash only
  • Food: Okay
  • Half Board or à la carte: When you arrive, you can choose between the Half board menu (meat option, or vegetarian option), or the Bergsteiger meal (a discounted entrée for Alpenverein/Alpine club members).
  • Rooms: Private rooms and Lager rooms available.
 
Südwansteig, Rätikon Alps

Rätikon High Trail Circuit Stage 5

Day 5: Mannheimer Hütte (2,679 m) – Schesaplanasattel (2,739 m) – Südwansteig – Totalphütte (2,385 m) – Lünersee / Douglas Hütte (1,976 m)

  • Distance: 8.2 km
  • Difficulty: Difficult 
  • Altitude Difference: 417 meters ascending, 1,122 meters descending
  • Time Needed: 4.5 hours

The final day of your Rätikon trek brings you back to Lünersee in a full circle. From the hut, you’ll descend to the Brander Glacier and cross back to the Schesaplana Saddle. This is the exact same route as yesterday.

From the saddle, follow the signs to “Südwansteig” (South Wall Route) to Totalphütte. This is the alternative route to Totalp mountain hut, if you don’t go to Schesaplana summit. Initially, you’ll follow poles through rocky terrain. Then, you follow several red/yellow waymarks. The trail is very narrow at times along scree slopes, so go slowly. There’s a stretch that’s secured with ropes, easing your passage along the balcony route. Overall, it’s quite manageable.

Eventually, the Südwansteig intersects with the Schesaplana trail on the Austrian-side. Continue descending to Totalphütte. The trail is difficult because of the crumbling terrain. At Totalphütte, enjoy the view and a delicious homemade Apfelstrudel.

View of Lünersee, Schesaplana Path

The trail continues to descend to the lake. Eventually, the trail will split. You can head straight down, or take the left “high” path to Douglashütte, which runs parallel to the circuit trail, just higher (recommended). Eventually, the trail descends down to the main circuit path and it’s a quick flat walk to Douglashütte, just in time for lunch.

Stay in Brandnertal

Head back to Schillerkopf Alpine Resort for a restorative stay after your trek. Here you get pampered with an all-inclusive stay including breakfast, lunch, afternoon cake, and dinner as well as amazing wellness facilities. There’s no better place to reward yourself.

 
Rätikon Alps, Vorarlberg, Austria

Alternative Rätikon High Trail Hiking Routes

Rätikon High Trail Circuit 3 Day Route

This is a perfect 3 day route suitable for families and anyone who wants an easy, but tremendously beautiful hike. If you’re new to hut to hut hiking, this is a great place to start. You can follow the itinerary outlined above. On Day 3, you’ll descend down to Lünersee from Gafalljoch/Cavelljoch.

  • Day 1: (Brandnertal) – Douglas Hütte – Lünersee – Lindauer Hütte (4 hours, 10 km)
  • Day 2: Lindauer Hütte – Tilisunahütte – Carschinahütte (5 hours, 10.2 km)
  • Day 3: Carschinahütte – Gafalljoch/Cavelljoch – Lünersee (5 hours, 13.6 km)

Rätikon High Trail Circuit 4 Day Route

This 4 day route follows the exact route outlined in this guide. However, on Day 4, after ascending to Schesaplana, you’ll continue to Totalphütte and down to Lünersee, instead of hiking to Mannheimer Hütte.

  • Day 1: (Brandnertal) – Douglas Hütte – Lünersee – Lindauer Hütte (4 hours, 10 km)
  • Day 2: Lindauer Hütte – Tilisunahütte – Carschinahütte (5 hours, 10.2 km)
  • Day 3: Carschinahütte – Schesaplanahütte (6 hours, 15.8 km)
  • Day 4: Schesaplanahütte – Schesaplana – Totalphütte – Lünersee (9.2 km, 5 hours)
 
Rätikon Alps, Schesaplana View from Glacier

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  • Living with Kati’s Parents in Lockdown (Part 2). See yesterday’s post for Part 1.  Living in the Austrian countryside with Kati’s parents had some huge advantages.  1. I get to master Austrian phrases like “Es ist mir Wurst” (it’s sausage to me), which means “I don’t care/ it doesn’t matter,” and my favorite expletive, “Geh scheissen,” which means “Go take a shit!!” 🙊  2. There are so many adorable childhood photos ⚽️of Kati around the house.  3. Watching Kati’s parents interact really proves that long-lasting, loving relationships do exist. ❤️Kati’s mom’s eyes still sparkle when she looks at Kati’s dad! They tease each other and explode into laughter every day.  4. Countryside living is super peaceful. 🌾We’re surrounded by farmland and vineyards. There’s no noise and hardly any traffic.  5. I get daily insight into why Kati is the way she is: patient, clumsy (breaking things), meticulous (especially with laundry), and unflappable.  6. Kati’s mom has an extensive doTerra collection. For those unfamiliar, doTerra is the Rolls-Royce of essential oils. That means I get complimentary doTerra treatments for sore muscles, insect bites 🦟 , and fatigue.  7. We have so much space. After living out of a backpack for months, it’s amazing to just settle in and use a closet.  Photo: Teno Mountains, Tenerife followed by photos of Kati growing up.
  • Living with Kati’s Austrian Parents in Lockdown.  So, first off, I'm extremely grateful that we have a safe landing place right now. If it weren't for Kati's parents, we'd be homeless.  But OH MY GOODNESS, living with your partner’s parents as an "adult" can be quite the test.  Here’s my life right now 😂  1. Kati's Mom says to me everyday (at least 3 times a day) “Isst du schon wieder??” (Are you eating again?) or “Hast du schon wieder Hunger? (Are you hungry again?) I’m not sure what she’s trying to say. 🍽  2. Kati's Mom also regularly inquires about my digestion. 💩 #pooptalk  3. I don’t understand Kati’s Dad. He speaks an Austrian dialect that probably most Germans wouldn’t even be able to understand. 🇦🇹 So, we can’t communicate and it’s often AWKWARD.  4. Kati’s Mom loves to show us her yoga positions. 🧘‍♀️ She’s been practicing yoga for years and she’s pretty damn good. But, we’ll be cooking dinner, and she’s like: watch me do Sirsasana.  5. Kati’s Dad thinks pants 👖 are optional.  To be continued.  Photo: Anaga Mountains, Tenerife. Finally published a few posts about our time in the Canary Islands > www.moonhoneytravel.com
  • Austria Lockdown Day 12.  As we settle into life in lockdown, I keep thinking about “time.” In some ways, time has stopped, or at least significantly slowed down.  There’s a whole lot we can’t do right now. We can’t go out for dinner. We can’t meet friends. We can’t go to a Therme. We can’t plan future trips.  The funny thing about all these constraints is that it’s creating space for new things… new thoughts, new routines, new activities.  Instead of planning trips and adventures and fantasizing about the future, I’m committed (more than ever) to today, just today.  I’m starting my morning with more intention. I’m taking time to breathe and sit in child's pose. I’m writing without pressure to post. I’m drinking more tea and likely eating way too many Manner Schnitten. And, I’m using my new electric lint remover with a vengeance.  How’s life in lockdown going for you?  Xo
Sabrina
  • How’s everyone doing?  Sabrina here. The last few days have been challenging. I’m so grateful to be healthy and safe right now. But, I’m also exhausted. Seeing our income disappear in a matter of days has been pretty unsettling.  I know lots of you are in the same boat.  Lately, I’ve been inundated with messages on how to stay healthy, active, productive, and creative during this time of self-isolation.  There are tons of helpful resources floating around, but it feels a bit overwhelming. It feels like everyone is telling me how to use this time to become a better version of myself.  And, while I very much want to grow and learn, I’m not loving how so many influencers/brands/businesses are leveraging this crisis to push their product/service forward.  That being said, I’m definitely interested in how you are all staying happy and sane in these chaotic times.  Here are a few things that are helping me right now:  #1 Taking daily walks around my neighborhood.  #2 Listening to @karaloewentheil (Unf*ck Your Brain Podcast) when I’m feeling anxious.  #3 Starting my day with the Miracle Morning by @Hal_elrod.  What are you doing to feel energized and happy?  Xoxo
Sabrina
  • Austria trip planning.  A few months ago, we promised to create an Austria itinerary for you. And, we finally did. We actually created 2 itineraries - a 7 day road trip (link in bio) and a 14 day road trip.  Both routes showcase some of the most beautiful places in the Austrian Alps including the Tennen Mountains, Zillertal Alps, Hohe Tauern National Park and more.  @visitaustria | @moonhoneytravelers | @visittirol
  • The clifftop village of Zambujeira do Mar in Portugal.  This was one of our favorite places along the Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail.  Though driving here is certainly an option, approaching this coastal gem on foot is far more rewarding.  Learn more about this coastal hike on our blog (link in bio).