12 Tips for new year’s eve at the hut, mountain worlds

12 tips for New Year’s Eve at the hut

Slip into the New Year on the mountain and welcome 2018 with a summit tour – that should be a coveted wish, because many huts are already fully booked over New Year’s Eve. If you are fast, you can still get sleeping places at the following cozy and superbly located bases in Austria, Bavaria, South Tyrol and Switzerland!

1.Ennser hut, 1,293 m

Upper Austria / Ennstal

Austria, Upper Austria, Upper Austrian Prealps

Ennser hut

On the edge of the Kalkalpen National Park region near Großraming in Upper Austria, it attracts visitors .

The Ennser Hütte near Großraming in Upper Austria – best accessible with snowshoes in winter – has a glass of sparkling wine to toast for their overnight guests and – even better – a strong goulash soup afterwards! If you need even more underlay the next morning, you can help yourself to the New Year’s breakfast buffet with coffee or tea, sausage, cheese, salmon, muesli and yoghurt. It is included in the New Year’s Eve package (45 euros / person) – members of alpine associations receive a discount.

2. Naturefriends house Knofeleben, 1,250 m

Lower Austria / Rax-Schneeberg group

Austria, Lower Austria, Rax-Schneeberg group

Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben

The Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben is located on a southern foothill of the Schneeberg, the .

The Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben is located on the Gahns, a foothill of the Schneeberg, and thus in the middle of a fine ski touring area. A total of 58 people can stay here – some of them quite comfortably. Cuisine is very important at the hut – the menu is very varied and there is no shortage of good wines and draft beer.

3. Halleinerhaus, 1,150 m

Salzburg / Salzkammergut Mountains

Austria, Salzburg, Salzkammergut Mountains

Halleiner House

This comfortable hut is located at the foot of the city, just 30 minutes by car from the city of Salzburg .

The year-round Halleinerhütte is only 30 minutes by car from Salzburg at the foot of the Schkenkens (1,648 m). A beautiful area for ski touring and snowshoeing – snowshoes are also lent directly at the hut. Above, Markus and Helga take care of their guests’ wellbeing and serve, among other things, Pinzgau delicacies such as Schottnockn, Almwuzzl or Bratl in the Rein. On December 31 a New Year’s party rises at the Halleinerhütte.

4.Styrer hut, 1,400 m

Upper Austria / Upper Austrian Prealps

Austria, Upper Austria, Upper Austrian Prealps


The Steyrerhütte in the Totes Gebirge lies below a fairytale mountain pasture at the foot of the Kasberg .

The Steyrerhütte is wonderfully secluded at the foot of the Kasberg in the Totes Gebirge – in winter a paradise for snowshoe and ski tourers. Hearty food is served in the cozy dining room with a tiled stove – also at the turn of the year, because the hut is open for the Christmas holidays (26 December to 2 January). There are 24 storage spaces and two double rooms available.


5. Schönfeldhütte, 1,410 m

Bavaria / Bavarian Prealps

Germany, Bavaria, Bavarian Prealps

Schonfeld hut

The Schönfeldhütte, picturesquely situated at the foot of the Jägerkamp, ​​is a rustic, managed one .

The hut, which can be reached from Spitzingsee, is extremely picturesque at the foot of the Jägerkamp and in close proximity to the lifts and slopes of the Lochgraben and the Rauhkopf. Ute Werner and Uwe Gruber spoil their guests with cheese dumpling soup, bread baked in a wood oven, Kaiserschmarrn and all kinds of pastries.

6.Priener hut, 1,410 m

Bavaria / Chiemgau Alps

Germany, Bavaria, Chiemgau Alps

Priener hut

The Priener Hütte is located in the Geigelstein nature reserve above the Niederkaseralm in the .

The Priener Hütte in the Geigelstein nature reserve, near the border with Tyrol, is closed over Advent until the second Christmas day – but from December 27th. and over New Year’s Eve, the innkeepers are again fully committed to their guests. Whether ski touring, snowshoeing or sledding – everyone gets their money’s worth in the beautiful surroundings of the Chiemgau Alps.

7. Carl-von-Stahl-Haus, 1,733 m

Bavaria / Berchtesgaden Alps

Austria, Bavaria, Berchtesgaden Alps

Carl-von-steel entrance

The Carl-von-Stahl-Haus (1,733 m) is a large, family-friendly shelter in Salzburg .

The Carl von Stahl house is located in the Berchtesgaden Alps right on the border with Bavaria and opens up numerous ski touring opportunities. The best place to start in 2019 is with a sumptuous breakfast and an extensive powder tour.

8. Blecksteinhaus, 1,022 m

Bavaria / Bavarian Prealps

Germany, Bavaria, Bavarian Prealps


The Blecksteinhaus (1,022 m) in the Mangfall Mountains in the Bavarian Prealps is south of the .

The easily accessible Blecksteinhaus is about 30 minutes’ walk south of the Spitzingsee and is an ideal starting point for winter tours in the Tegernsee and Schliersee mountains. You can spend the night in six rooms of different sizes or in the 22-bed camp. In the winter months – also over the turn of the year – you can watch red deer feeding wild game not far from the Blecksteinhaus. More info.


9. Berghaus Heimeli

Switzerland / Graubünden / Plessur Alps

Switzerland, Graubünden, Plessur Alps

Berghaus Heimeli

The old wooden house from the 18th century is located in the Sapüner valley, above Langwies near Arosa. .

A fondue with friends in a warm room and in the middle of snow-covered Sapün – what could be nicer on New Year’s Eve? This is possible in the rustic Berghaus Heimeli (but you should make a reservation as soon as possible) – there are also wonderful ski tours waiting in the unspoilt landscape of the Sapüner valley. A total of 36 overnight accommodations are available in four double rooms equipped with antique Graubünden farm furniture as well as in mass camps.

10. Kesch hut, 2,625 m

Switzerland / Graubünden / Albula Alps

Switzerland, Graubünden, Albula Alps


The Keschhütte is a refuge of the Swiss Alpine Club SAC (Davos section) and is located .

The particularly family-friendly Keschhütte between Bergün and Davos in the Albula Alps is also opening again at the turn of the year. Although there is no internet reception up at 2,600 m, there is plenty of opportunity for fantastic ski tours. The hut waitress Ursina Barandun and Reto Barblan ensure excellent cuisine with many regional delicacies – from Graubünden barley soup to beef salsiz.


11. Maseben, 2,200 m

South Tyrol / Ötztal Alps

Italy, South Tyrol, Ötztal Alps


The mountain hut Maseben is a hut open all year round in the Ötztal Alps, high .

The Maseben mountain hut opens on December 18 and is open for Christmas and New Year. Breathtaking ski tours are possible in the surrounding 3,000-meter mountain world – “at home” on the rustic hut, thoroughbred hut host Alessandro Secci takes care of the well-being of his guests, including with home-made brandies. If you want to save yourself the access from the Langtauferer valley in winter, you can have yourself picked up with the snow groomer.

12. Faneshütte, 2,060 m

South Tyrol / Dolomites

Italy, South Tyrol, Dolomites


The Faneshütte (2,060 m) built in 1928 – the term "hut" is given its size .

In the 25,680-hectare Fanes-Sennes-Braies nature park there is an almost endless offer for ski tourers. A very good base for this is the Faneshütte at 2,060 m. It opens on December 25th and is open over New Year’s Eve. There are inviting double rooms and shared rooms.

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