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Meet the Tirol Locals

The Tirol is where you’ll find one of Europe’s greatest long distance hiking trails. The Eagle Walk runs 280km across Tirol’s most scenic regions from St. Johann to St. Anton am Arlberg, tracing a route in the shape of an eagle in flight and taking you over mountain peaks and along glacier edges. We meet two of the people who know this route best.

Eagle Walk, Tirol © Tirol Tourist Board

Stefan Wierer
Mountain Guide
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You don't need to be a pro, or even an experienced hiker, to enjoy the whole of the Eagle's  Walk. The route is very well signposted and, in conjunction with a good map, it's very easy to find your way around. There are clearly marked easy alternatives to the difficult sections of the route. We always have this challenge in Tirol: when we talk about hiking, people take it to mean serious mountaineering, and that's not the case. You can tailor your trip along the entire walk according to your experience. For me the most interesting part of the Eagle's Walk is the central section, from Kramsach to Scharnitz; it has the most spectacular limestone rock faces and is protected as a natural park. People love so many elements of the Eagle's Walk but one aspect everyone comments on is the mountain huts where you sleep, which are unique and typical, serving very simple local food to a fascinating mix of international guests.

Georg Pawlata
Hiking Guide
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As part of my job as a hiking guide in the Tirol region, I helped in developing the Eagle's Walk. I walked all the stages of the walk for several weeks to check the signposting and to fix the missing signs. I love this walk so much because of its scenic routes and the comfortable mountain huts of the Alpine Society where you can stop to eat and stay overnight (a particularly special one is the remote Württemberger Haus in the Lechtal). The flora and fauna along the way is very impressive too. A big highlight for me was seeing the many eagles when walking in the Karwendel mountains - one of my favourite routes - and the Lechtal Alps. There are so many other highlights along this famous walk and some of my favourites include the Halleranger Alm in the Karwendel for its delicious cuisine, the Bonn-Matreier hut in East Tirol for its breathtaking views and the stunning Ziereiner lake in the Rofan mountains.