Mountain scenery at its best! That’s one of the possible descriptions for the view from Admonterhaus Lodge, which you can enjoy whilst having a delicious Gesäuse Perle lemonade or a refreshing glass of beer. The easiest trail that leads you there starts at Buchauer Col and takes about two hours. You can also depart from Hall or Oberlaussa, but with both of these options you should add an additional half-hour to the total walking time. Two major attractions when departing from Buchauer Col are Grabneralm Lodge and the cheese dairy located nearby. Both of them are definitely worth the visit – and dividing the ascent into several stages makes the hike easier on your feet.
Fun fact about Admonterhaus Lodge: it was opened on the 65th birthday of emperor Franz-Joseph, his majesty being an avid fan of the Alps. Back then, as well as today, there is no road leading up to the lodge. The stones used to build the lodge were quarried nearby and brought to the site by horse and cart. Nowadays, the shelter is owned by the Austrian Alpine Association and is still being supplied by helicopter or on foot, as is the Hesshütte Lodge. The lodge enjoys a convenient location because from there you can either continue to Admonter Warte Peak, Hexenturm Peak or Natterriegel Peak. There is even a via ferrata called ‘Jungfrauensteig’ (a connection to Grabnerstein mountain), which is waiting to be discovered by experienced hikers.
Admonterhaus Lodge is the perfect base for climbing the Haller Mauern in 12 – 16 h (I+II throughout).