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The Pfeishütte in front of the Sonntagkar, in the background the summit of the Gleirsch-Halltal chain: Sonntagkarspitze, Bachofenspitze and the foothills of the Roßkopf (from left)

The Pfeishütte in front of the Sonntagkar, in the background the summit of the Gleirsch-Halltal chain : Sonntagkarspitze, Bachofenspitze and the foothills of the Roßkopf (from left)

location Innsbrucker Nordkette ; Tyrol , Austria ; Valley location:  Innsbruck
Mountain range Karwendel
Geographical location: 47 ° 19 '48 "  N , 11 ° 25' 31"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 19 '48 "  N , 11 ° 25' 31"  E
Altitude 1922  m above sea level A.
Pfeishütte (Karwendel)
owner Alpine Club Innsbruck (section of the PES )
Built 1927
Construction type hut
Usual opening times Early June to mid October
accommodation 30 beds, 50  camps , 10 emergency camps
Winter room bearings
Web link The smelter's website
Hut directory ÖAV DAV

The Pfeishütte is located in the Pfeis north of the Rumer Spitze, view from the Mandlspitze
Winter room of the Pfeishütte in front of the Stempeljochspitze

The Pfeishütte , opened in 1927, is an Alpine Club hut of the Austrian Alpine Club ( Alpine Club Innsbruck section ) at 1922  m above sea level. A. Height above the Samertal with a view of the surrounding peaks. This means that the shelter is located on the north side of the Inntal range of the Karwendel in Tyrol, not far from the provincial capital Innsbruck , where one speaks of the Nordkette .

Because of the central location and the numerous tour options, the hut is an important base for mountaineers for multi-day activities in the Karwendel, but also for summit ascents. In addition, the hut is popular with mountain bikers and hikers as a destination for day trips to the hut.

The hut is closed in winter, but there is an unlocked winter room for ski tourers in the adjoining building . In avalanche-proof conditions, high-alpine ski tours can be undertaken on the surrounding peaks, but these invariably require solid experience.


In order to better develop the southern Karwendel Mountains, the responsible Innsbruck section of the Alpine Club decided to build a hut in the central Almkessel of the Pfeis . It was built in 1925/1926 for around 140,000 Schillings and opened on September 18, 1927. Right from the start it had a good number of visitors. The original wood and wall paneling in the dining rooms and room dormitories have been preserved to this day. Maintenance measures were always carried out under expert supervision and careful protection of the original building fabric. The modern sanitary facilities with hot water and showers guarantee a comfortable stay in the middle of the high alpine Karwendel Mountains. The hut has been a listed building since 2017 .

However, the supply of the hut is not that easy, all transports have to take place over a 20 km long driveway from Scharnitz . The drinking water supply to the Alm was originally provided by a spring including an elevated tank (48 m³) above the Alm building (approved under water law in 1950). In 1991 another spring with a much higher discharge (below the Alm) was taken. This water is transported to the alpine building via a pump system. In 1998, work began on adapting the hut to the ever increasing requirements of environmental protection. Today, modern, environmentally friendly solar systems enable the entire power supply. Furthermore, a fully biological sewage treatment plant (trickling filter system and gravel bed system) was built to treat the wastewater. In 1999 the Pfeishütte received the coveted environmental seal of approval for Alpine Club huts for these efforts of exemplary, contemporary hut management .


  • From Scharnitz through the Gleirschtal and Samertal, easy, walking time: 5 hours, also accessible by mountain bike.
  • From Halltal via Herrenhäuser and Stempeljoch, medium, walking time: 3 hours.
  • From the Hafelekar station of the Nordkettenbahn via the Goetheweg , easy, walking time: 1½ hours.
  • From Arzl or Hungerburg near Innsbruck via Arzler Scharte , medium, walking time: 4½ hours.
  • From Rum (Tyrol) or Thaur via Vintlalm and Kreuzjöchl, medium, walking time: 5 hours.


  • Hallerangerhaus via the Stempeljoch and Lafatscher Joch, medium, walking time: 3 hours.
  • Bettelwurfhütte via the Stempeljoch and Innsbrucker Höhenweg, medium, walking time: 3½ hours.
  • Sankt Magdalena in Halltal via the Stempeljoch, medium, walking time: 2½ hours.
  • Solsteinhaus via Goetheweg, Hafelekarspitze, Seegrube, Frau Hitt-Sattel and Gipfelstürmerweg, difficult, walking time: 7 hours.


  • Mandlspitze ( 2366  m above sea level ), Gleirschtaler Brandjoch ( 2372  m above sea level ) and Gleirschspitze ( 2317  m above sea level ), easy, walking time 1½ hours each.
  • Rumerspitze ( 2454  m above sea level ) over west or east ridge, demanding, walking time: 1¾ hours.
  • Pfeiserspitze ( 2347  m above sea level ) and Lattenspitze ( 2330  m above sea level ) over the north ridge, demanding, walking time: 1½ hours.
  • Stempeljochspitze ( 2543  m above sea level ) over the southern flank, medium, walking time: 2¼ hours.
  • Hintere Bachofenspitze ( 2668  m above sea level ) over west flank, demanding, walking time: 2¾ hours.
  • Sonntagkarspitze ( 2575  m above sea level ) over the south ridge, challenging, walking time: 2¾ hours.
  • Kaskarspitze ( 2580  m above sea level ) over Kaskar and southeast flank, challenging, walking time: 3 hours.
  • Eastern Praxmarerkarspitze ( 2638  m above sea level ) via Praxmarerkar, challenging, walking time: 4 hours.


Web links

Commons : Pfeishütte  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. To the inauguration of the Pfeishütte. In:  Allgemeine Tiroler Anzeiger , September 20, 1927, p. 12 (middle column) (online at ANNO ).Template: ANNO / maintenance / tan