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Ötztaler Alpen

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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B35 Braunschweiger Hütte » Wenns
  |   9h05   |   37 km   |   352 m   |   2098 m

You leave the world of glaciers behind on an impressive descent alongside the glacier tongue of the Mittelbergferner glacier and the rollicking Pitze brook, arriving back in civilisation along the Pitz valley in a leisurely fashion with the mail bus.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Braunschweiger Hütte
2748 m
| D  3.6 km / 1h30
1881 m
| B  1.9 km / 0h25
1729 m
|   14 km / 3h10
St. Leonhard
1350 m
|   17.5 km / 4h00
1001 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
1. It is possible to walk through the Piztal valley on foot. However, this requires an extra day and an overnight stay in St. Leonahrd. (signposted mountain bike trail). 2. alternative route via the Riffelsee lake, Kaunergrat Hut, Verpeil Hut, Kauns and Piller (trail via Kaunergrat ridge difficult and only advisable for experienced mountaineers). E5
Useful topographic maps
  • 30/3 Ötztaler Alpen, Kaunergrat ~ Oesterreichischer Alpenverein (1:25.000)
  • Nr. 43 Ötztaler Alpen ~ Kompass (1:25.000)
  • WK 251 Ötztal, Pitztal, Kaunertal, Wildspitze ~ Freytag & Berndt (1:50.000)
  • ÖK 50 173, 145, 146 ~ Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • St. Leonhard im Pitztal, Kerstin Blassnig/Renate Schnegg ~ Ed. Löwenzahn in der Studien Verlag Ges.m.b.H (ISBN 3-7066-2223-8)
  • Piller Moorwege, Naturwanderführer furch die Piller Moore; Naturpark Kaunergrat ~ (ISBN )
  • Eurpäischer Fernwanderweg E5 ~ Kompass (ISBN 3-85491-711-2)
  • Via Alpina Gelber Weg, Evamaria Wecker ~ Bruckmann (ISBN 978-3-7654-4858-7)

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  • Thierry M - 2014-01-25
    Monaco - Trieste
    Wenns can be avoided and also the bus ride to Mittelberg.
    From Galflun hutte it can follow E5 variante by Verpeil Hutte following Dr. Angerer Hohenweg.
    Local map of this aera can be found at Zams tourist office.
    From Verpeil hutte to Braunschweiger hutte, there is a high point over 3000m that is very steep and also includes ladders and vertical way that can be dangerous if wet or in case of bad weather. this variante is really worth it.
    Kaunergrat hutte near Watzespitze have a great location and offers accomodation also
    in between Galflun hutte and Verpeil hutte there are 3 places to get food. in between Verpeil hutte and Braunschweiger hutte there are at list 3 places to get food also. Passing by Rifflesee
    it takes 2 days from Galflun to Braunschweiger, but really worth going radther than riding a bus in between Wenns and Mittelberg
  • jeroen wiemer - 2012-02-28
    does anyone: 1) knows if the other way (mittelberg - bh - zwieselstein is OK and 2) if i can do this with a child of 8 years old?
Last update : 2011-06-28