pfandler alm huette gefangennahme andreas hofer
pfandler alm huette gefangennahme andreas hofer

Hike to the Malga Pfandler hut

The Malga Pfandler mountain hut in the Val Passiria valley is strongly linked to the destiny of the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer: A path through the forest and meadows of Prantago proceeds uphill to the today’s mountain inn.

About 750 m in altitude and 3.7 km separate the valley bottom at San Martino in Passiria from the Malga Pfandler, above the hamlet of Prantago. Starting at the Val Passiria Road in S. Martino we follow the Prantacherweg path across the Passiria River and past the Golf Lodge Andreus. 200 metres after the first bend, at the beginning of the mountain slope, the path branches to the right (markers no. 2 and E5). It proceeds through the meadows and woods of Prantago, crosses the asphalt road for several times and finally leads us up to the Gruberhof (now markers no. 1 and E5). We pass the Pfandlerhof tavern and have to manage a last quite steep section through the forest, before we reach the Malga Pfandler mountain inn at 1,350 m asl.

Along the upper section of the path, various boards can be found, which tell about the last journey of Andreas Hofer. Along the whole hike, we enjoy a fantastic view across the Val Passiria valley and the opposite Tessa Mountain Group. After about 2.5 hours we reach the Malga Pfandler mountain inn and look forward to our lunch break. By the way: above the tavern, the still preserved hut where Andreas Hofer was captured by the French, is situated. Due to steep, partly rocky and in humid conditions slippery spots, the actually unproblematic path is classified as medium to difficult. Surefootedness and sturdy shoes are obligatory! Those who want to make it easier, can drive up by car or hiking bus until the parking space above the Malga Pfandler and walk only the last km along the forest path. Like this the hiking tour becomes a family-friendly forest walk with only 200 metres in altitude and 40 minutes of walking time.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: San Martino in Passiria
Destination: Malga Pfandler mountain hut
Signposts: 2, 1, E5
Distance: approx. 3.7 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 2.5 hours (ascent), 90 minutes (descent)
Altitude difference: 755 m
Altitude level: between 595 and 1,350 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: July 2017

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