Epic Family Adventure in the Austrian Alps

Munich, Germany

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On this extraordinary family adventure through Germany, Austria and Italy, cross the mighty Alps on one of Europe's most ancient mountain trails. Hike along magnificent flower-filled valleys to the Anhalter hut and greet grazing cattle along the way. Witness hanging glacier tongues as you hike to the Braunschweiger hut, where snow and ice are present year-round. Trek to the highest point of the journey at 9,829 and spot ibex, marmots and chamois in the panoramic Otz Valley landscape. From Timmelsjoch, head down along old smuggler trails to Italy and wrap up with a visit to Bozen's 5500-year-old ice mummy. At the end of each challenging day, treat yourself with a swim in the outdoor pools, or join in song over a beverage at a high mountain hut!

Details

Duration: 9 Days
Starts in: Munich, Germany
Ends in: Munich, Germany
Group Size: 4-16

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Itinerary

Arrive in Munich & Transfer to Oy-Mittelberg

Arrive at the Munich International Airport (MUC) in the morning or meet at the Best Western Hotel Atrium in Munich by 9am. Your adventure begins with a private bus transfer to the charming mountain village of Oy-Mittelberg. After checking into the hotel, we'll explore this idyllic place before meeting for a welcome dinner this evening.

Hike from Oberstdorf to Kemptner Hut

After a rich Bavarian breakfast, take a scenic hour-long bus ride to Oberstdorf, Germany's most southerly winter sport resort. From here, hike along a creek with old avalanche debris, and then steeply up through a wild canyon to above the tree line. Reach the traditional Kemptner mountain hut, perched at 6,049 feet, known for its excellent food. In the afternoon, the kids can have unplugged fun looking for marmots and ibex in this remote area. At a three-course dinner this evening, sit together with fellow hikers from all over Europe.

Descend to the Lech Valley

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the mountain hut and start the day with a 45-minute uphill hike to the Madelejoch, the border between Germany and Austria. Take family pictures here and then hike downhill, crossing a high suspension bridge, refreshing at scenic creeks, and finally reaching the Tyrolian village of Holzgau. If it's a hot day, unwind with a swim in an outdoor pool this afternoon.

Hike to Anhalter Hut & Ride the Gondola to Venet Hut

This morning, set out through a picturesque valley dotted with alpine flowers up to the Anhalter mountain hut, passing grazing cows with their cowbells ringing, and horses along the way. Have a hearty lunch at the hut and continue up to the Steinjochle before descending to the road. Board the bus awaiting there for a drive to the village of Zams in the Inn valley and take the gondola to reach the next overnight destination: the Venet mountain hut at 7,217 feet, offering dazzling views over the Austrian Alps.

Hike from Inn Valley to the Village of Wenns

Today follow the mountain ridge that crosses several summits to Mount Venet (8,202'). Hike above the tree line all day, with only moderate ascents, so you can fully enjoy the astounding alpine views all around. Have lunch at the Larcher Alm and continue the hike to the Pitztal Valley and the pretty village of Wenns. Enjoy some time in the afternoon to stroll around, do a little shopping, or unwind at the hotel spa.

Hike to the Otz Valley Glaciers

Take a private bus to the end of the Pitztal valley, then follow the trail on a scenic hike along a waterfall and glacier tongues hanging on steep walls. Reach the Braunschweiger hut and take in majestic views of year-round snow and ice. After lunch, scramble to the ridge and the highest point (9,829') of the trip. Look out for the long-horned ibex, traverse some snow, descend to the ski area where scenes from the James Bond movie Spectre were shot, and then take a bus all the way down to Solden.

Hike Historical Tyrol from Austria to Italy

After a hearty breakfast, take a short private bus transfer to an elevation of 6,561 feet, then climb up to the Timmelsjoch at 8,530 feet. From this spectacular peak, descend along old smuggler trails down into Italy. Have lunch before the drive to Meran, where the trek ends.

Marvel at the Ice Mummy in Bozen & Return to Munich

After breakfast, take the bus to Bozen to visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and marvel at Otzi the Iceman from only a few feet away. This stunning 5500-year-old mummy, miraculously preserved in ice, was discovered by two German hikers in 1991. From Bozen, head back to Munich, arriving in the late afternoon. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in one of the city's famous beer gardens.

Depart from Munich

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, take a transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

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