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.
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 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.
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.