The Haindlkarhütte Lodge is what you could call a typical lodge in the Gesäuse. Amidst the mountain scenery, in front of the towering rock faces of the Hochtor Mountains and surrounded by rocks and scree. If you want to experience the lodge feeling first hand you should plan a total hiking time of two hours starting at Weidendom Visitor Centre. Of course you can also spend the night here, in between the giant mountains that seem to hug the lodge from all sides.
The history of Haindkarhütte Lodge is closely linked to some of the pioneers of alpinism such as Paul Preuss, Fritz Kasparek and Hubert Peterka. The Viennese section of the Austrian Alpine Association established a basecamp here as early as 1923. The Haindlkarhütte as we know it today was built in 1958 and fits in perfectly with the surrounding environment when it comes to colour and shape. The views from here are unique and inspire interesting conversations – it clearly never gets boring 1,121 metres above sea level.
Haindlkarhütte Lodge is not only a great starting point for long climbing routes through the north wall of the Hochtor Mountains and along the Peternpfad Trail, it is also the perfect stop off when you are on the loop hike. This tour starts at Gasthof Bachbrücke Inn along the ‘Wild John’ story trail and leads through a large scree field and ravine called ‘Gseng’ to the lodge. From there it’s back to the parking lot through a dry river bed.