Die Heßhütte auf 1.699 m | © Stefan Leitner Die Heßhütte auf 1.699 m | © Stefan Leitner



Take the waterfall trail

Close to Hochtor and Planspitze, there is a place where you can stay longer. Even without mobile phone reception! May I introduce you? The Heßhütte, the largest and best-known hut in the Gesäuse. The Heßhütte has been around since 1893.

The Heßhütte has been around since 1893. It was named after the Gesäuse developer Heinrich Heß, the man who wrote the first Gesäuse guidebook and was the first "tourist" to walk the Peternpfad and the Wasserfallweg.

The hut

Either you start in Johnsbach and enjoy the hike to the hut, which leads over the "zachen Schuach" and mystical forest. Or choose the second option via the waterfall trail, which starts at the Kummerbrücke car park and leads experienced mountain walkers over steep tracks and iron ladders. The third option is the Hartelsgraben Trail with its bonus Sulzkaralm.

The mountain calls

Hiking to the Heßhütte is a start. After spending the night in the hut's camp or in a four-bed room, you can see the mountain enthusiasts swarming out early in the morning: Most head for the Hochtor, others for the Planspitze. The panorama trail up the Hochzinödl is popular with those who want to take it easy.

Here I stay

If you like it at the Heßhütte, you might as well stay, because socialising is very important there. This would give you enough time to sample the regional menu and - if you like - the quality wines and beer brewed especially for the Heßhütte. If you're really lucky, it's game soup week or lamb day, and you'll never want to leave again anyway.


  • from GH Kölbl in Johnsbach on trail no. 601 in 3 hours
  • from the Kummerbrücke car park (Gesäusestraße near Gstatterboden in the direction of Hieflau) on trail no. 660 via the Wasserfallweg (secured path) in 3.5 hours
  • through Hartelsgraben via Sulzkaralm and Sulzkarhund on trail no. 665 or 601 in 5 hours.

Transition / Tours / Summits

The Heßhütte is part of the "Gesäuse Hüttenrunde" and the "From Glacier to Wine - Northern Route".

  • to the Haindlkarhütte via the unsecured "Peternpfad" (descent II) in 4 hours
  • Zinödl (2,191 m) panoramic circular trail no. 662 in 3 hours
  • Planspitze (2,117 m) via trail no. 664 (I+) in 2 hours
  • Hochtor (2,369 m - highest Gesaeuse peak) via trail no. 664 "Josefinensteig" (I+) in 2.5 hours / descent via Schneelochpfeiler (I+) possible


  • Dachl south face (II-III)
  • Hochtor Tellersack "Grazerweg" (IV+)
  • Zinödl (short routes in the east face)


Kazimiera Kozik
Johnsbach 115
8912 Admont
Moile (0043) 664 430 80 60

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