Overviewroute page), The time needed for the trail to Grauleitenspitze lies somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour, if you take it calmly. Nevertheless, also this summit is a great spot – spectacular views to the mountains of Carinthia and East Tyrol to the south, the Glockner Group to the west, the Gastein mountains to the north and Ankogel and Hochalmspitze to the east. A very princely “consolation prize” for those who don’t have the time or energy to go up Ankogel and back down, but who would nevertheless like to be “on top”…
Getting ThereThe base for this hike is Mallnitz in Carinthia.
Nearest airports: Munich, Salzburg, Klagenfurt
Coming by car from Munich and Salzburg: From Munich Airport, get on the motorway and follow the signs to Salzburg. Follow the A8 motorway in the direction of Salzburg until just shortly after crossing the Austrian border (From Salzburg Airport it’s only a couple of kilometers to this point). Here, switch to the A10 (Tauernautobahn) in the direction of Villach/Klagenfurt. Follow the A10 all the way to the turn-off just shortly before Spittal an der Drau in Carinthia. Here, switch to the B100, following the signs to Lienz as far as Lurnfeld. Turn right, follow the B106 to Obervellach, then the B105 to Mallnitz.
Distance between Munich Airport and Mallnitz: 347.7 km (216 miles); duration: 3 hours 21 minutes.
Distance between Salzburg Airport and Mallnitz: 178.1 km (111 miles); duration: 1 hour 47 minutes.
Coming by car from Klagenfurt: Take the A2 motorway to Villach. Here, switch to the A10 in the direction of Salzburg/Munich and follow it as far as the mentioned turn-off to the B100 in the direction of Lienz, just after Spittal an der Drau. From here, proceed as described above.
Coming by means of public transportation: All fast trains (there’s one every two hours in both directions) between Salzburg and Klagenfurt stop in Mallnitz-Obervellach. Very often there are even direct trains from Munich. From the train station of Mallnitz there are post-buses for the remaining five kilometers to the bottom station of the Ankogelbahnen cable-car.
The Ankogelbahnen operate during the summer period daily except for Mondays and Tuesdays every half hour between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For information, call up +43 4785 8110.
The way to the summit
From the top station of the Ankogelbahnen, follow the trail that leads through some scree to the col below Arnoldshöhe (where the Hannover hut stands), on the right-hand side of Arnoldshöhe. Turn right and follow the trail leading easily and only moderately steeply over the wide grass-and-scree slope with an ever-increasing view to the west right up to the summit, which is marked with two cairns.
The mileage of this is only little over a kilometer, and can be done in 45 minutes.
If you start from the Hannover hut, follow the short, steep and slightly exposed trail down to the col between the hut and Grauleitenspitze, and proceed as above (with children, it might be better to first descend to the cable-car station and rise from there to the Grauleitenspitze).
GearGood mountain shoes, wind and rain protection. Especially wind protection, as oftentimes the wind is quite strong on the wide and open western slope.
HutsHannover hut, 2729m. Open from beginning of July until end of September, according to the operational period of the Ankogelbahnen cable-car. Hut warden: Christa Siekiera, Mölltalstrasse 8d, A-9813 Möllbrücke. Telephone: hut number: +43 664 1619367; valley number: +43 4769 3211.
35 bunks or beds in smaller rooms
35 dormitory places
6 emergency accommodations
winter room: open
MapsFreytag & berndt Wanderkarte 191, 1:50000 Gasteiner Tal/Wagrain/Grossarltal;
Alpenvereinskarte Blatt 44;
Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (Austria) Blatt 155
External linksAustrian railways timetable
German railways timetable
Austrian post-buses timetable (enter “Mallnitz-Obervellach Bahnhof” in the “From:” field, and “Mallnitz Ankogelbahn Talstation” in the “To:” field)
Online weather report for the area