A few summers ago, Austin and I spent some time exploring the Tyrol region of Austria. We trekked for about a week on the Berliner Höhenweg, taking in the stunning scenery while experiencing the full range of alpine weather, from snow to sun and everything in between. But of course, the highlight of any trek in the Alps is the opportunity to stay in the mountain huts. There are few things more wonderful than sitting around a lively table, eating hearty food, drinking delicious beer, and enjoying good conversation with your fellow trekkers. Each hut has its own unique character, but all provide a cozy welcome at the end of a long day. The huts also provide ample opportunity to ponder the question of whether it is possible to consume too much Kaisershmarrn (we concluded that it is not).
Following our trek in the Zillertal, we made brief detour to Vorarlberg to the charming town of Lech, where we rented an apartment for a few days while exploring various day hikes in the region. Between the vibrant wildflowers, glassy alpine lakes, and the beautiful free-ranging horses, we found ourselves wishing we had more time to explore this magical region. But I suppose that’s just an excuse to plan a future alpine hut trek!