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To be honest, this hut is already in the beautiful neighboring state of Upper Austria. With its existence, however, it sweetens many a Gesäuse excursion immensely. The Naturefriends' Hut can actually do everything that a hut must be able to do. There are overnight accommodations and a hut menu with all the classics such as roast pork, apple strudel and Kaiserschmarrn. It is also a perfect starting point and destination for eye-opening hikes. But first things first, the last one first.

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well situated

A hut that lies at 1,308 meters on the so-called Pyhrgasgatterl in the Ennstal Alps must almost be a hiking and mountaineering hotspot. And that's where the Gesäuse comes into play: A very popular variant is the hike from the Ardning Alm hut over the Arlingsattel to the popular house in the neighboring province.

  • From Spital/Pyhrn on trail no 10 through the Dr.-Vogelgesang-Gorge to the Bosruckhütte. Continue on trail no. 601 to Rohrauerhaus. Walking time 2 hours
  • From Hall/Mühlau on trail no. 601 in 2 hours
  • From Rohrauerhaus via Arling Col to Ardning Alm Hütte in 2 hours
  • Via ferrata "Wildfrauensteig": Rohrauerhaus - Arling Col - Wildfrauen Cave (the via ferrata starts here, A to B) - Frauenmauer - Bosruck peak - traverse to Kitzstein peak (1925 m) - descent via Rossfeldboden to Ardning Alm Hütte in 6 hours
  • Großer Pyhrgas (2244 m): from Rohrauerhaus on trail no. 615 (Hofersteig) in 2,5 hours; descent on trail no. 614 to Hofalm or via Holzerkar via trail no. 616 to Gowilalm at 1375 m.