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Hesshütte Lodge

Hesshütte Lodge

Near the Hochtor Mountain and Planspitze Peak there’s a place that will make you wish you could stay there just a little longer. Even without cell phone coverage. We proudly present Hesshütte Lodge – the largest and best-known lodge in the Gesäuse.

The Hesshütte Lodge was built in 1893 and is named after the famous explorer Heinrich Hess, who was the first to write a guide about the Gesäuse and the first ‘tourist’ to walk the Peternpfad Trail and Wasserfallweg Trail.

Reini’s Lodge.

Since 1981 the lodge has been hosted by Reini Reichenfelser and the hike up to Hesshütte Lodge has become one of the Gesäuse’s classics. You can either depart from Johnsbach and enjoy the beautiful hike to Reini’s lodge or you can choose the Wasserfallweg Trail that starts at the parking lot at Kummerbrücke Bridge and offers a via ferrata for more experienced hikers. A third alternative is the Hartelsgrabenweg Trail, which takes you to yet another highlight in the Gesäuse – Sulzkaralm Pasture.

The Mountain is Calling.

The hike to Hesshütte Lodge is a good start. After spending the night in the dormitory or in one of the four-bed rooms, enthusiastic hikers make an early start towards Hochtor Mountain or Planspitze Peak. The Panoramic Trail to Hochzinödl Peak offers a great alternative for those who prefer to keep it easy.

Not Leaving This Place

If you like Hesshütte Lodge that much, why not just stay there? No problem, because hospitality has always been a vital part of the lodge’s history. Staying at Hesshütte Lodge will also give you the opportunity to try just about everything that’s on the menu – even high quality wines and the beer, which is especially brewed for Hesshütte Lodge. You can consider yourself particularly lucky if you visit Hesshütte Lodge during one of their culinary weeks, during which they offer delicious venison or tender meat dishes.

Ascent:

  • from Kölblwirt Inn in Johnsbach on trail no. 601 in 2.5 h
  • from the parking lot at Kummerbrücke Bridge (Gesäusestrasse Road at Gstatterboden heading for Hieflau) on trail no. 660 and via the Waterfall Trail in 3.5 h (secured footpath)
  • through Hartelsgraben notch and Sulzkaralm pasture / Sulzkarhund on trail no. 665 / 601 in 5 h

Transition / Tour / Summits:

  • to the Haindlkarhütte Lodge via »Peternpfad Trail« (descent II) in 4 h
  • Zinödl Peak (2191 m): Panoramic loop trail no. 662 in 3 h
  • Planspitze Peak (2117 m): via trail no. 663 (I+) in 2 h
  • Hochtor Peak (2369 m) – highest summit in the Gesäuse: via trail no. 664 »Josefinensteig Trail« (I+) in 2.5 h, descent via Schneelochpfeiler rockface (I+) is possible

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