Through the Halltal to the peak of the Bettelwurf
Ascent2192 mDistance22.5 kmHighest point2716 mDuration11:10 h
It's the greatest power place of all. A stone Colossus, over 2700 meters high. One oft he mightiest ans most beautiful peaks in the Karwendel: the legendary Bettelwurf
It's been awarded prizes for its beauty and on its 150th anniversary the sports outfitter Mammut named it one of the worlds' 150 most beautiful peaks. Not that a beauty contest would matter to the Bettelwurf, its mightiness being so great, so sublime. And the mountain has always been a little shrouded in mystery, as confirmed by a centuries-old legend about how it aquired its name.
A good head for heights and surefootedness essential!
Starting point is the car park in Absam at the Halltal valley entrance. Walk along the street or left on the mountain trail to the drinking water tunnel. Cross the stream and follow the signs "Bettelwurfhütte" It's an arduous climb across loose rocks bearing left nad up to a steep trail through mountain pines. You then come to the fork to the "Bettelwurfhütte" or "Gr Bettelwurf". If you call in at the Bettelwurf hut, you have to go back to the fork (about 20 minutes). Then a demanding trail secured with wire ropes in the upper part crosses the Eisengattergrat ridge to the Grosser Bettelwurf. Return by the same way. As it's a very long tour (with a clib of about 2,000 m), you should factor in an overnight stay at the Bettelwurf hut.
Total duration: about 4 hrs/clinb of about 1,750 m.
The Bettelwurfhütte at 2077 meters above sea level was built in 1894 and is the oldest hut in the Karwendel. The inside is quaint and cosy and the staff are always happy to have a chat. You can also spend the night there. The hut offers space for 62 visitors. Of these, 34 are beds and 28 are mattress dormitories. On the north side there is a permanently open emergency room with cooking and heating facilities, which provides shelter in emergencies.
Legend has it that nuns moved into the St. Magdalena Convent hundreds of years ago. But they were not all pious and kind and one day a poor salt miner came to the gate and begged for alms for his hungry children. Sullenly the nun at the gate handed him a piece of rock-hard bread. The man was enraged and shouted: "You can eat this piece of rock yourself, you miserable od crone!" And with a mighty throw he hurled the bread against the rock face. But bread - whether hard or soft - is a gift from God and must be handled with care.
The horrified nun exclaimed: "You'll pay for that. You'll find no rst in your grave. Your restless spirit will wander this valley for ever." And so it came to pass. The man was never seen again and, invisible, he haunted the rock faces of the Halltal valley. In winter he unleashed avalanches, in summer he caused mudslides. You can still hear himi today howling and raging on warm days when there's a foehn wind.
But the nun's miserliness was also punished. An earthquake in 1670 badly damaged the convent and almost twenty years later it was completely destroyed by another earthquake. The craggy, steep rock against which the salt miner had thrown his bread was henceforth called the "Bettelwuf" (Bread/Beggar's Throw).
Today, the drinking water supply for Hall and Absam is secure. But for a long time this was not the case, as mudslides and avalanches repeatedly damaged the original spring catchments at the foot of the Bettelwurfreise. After an emergency on 31 July 1992, when a huge mudslide buried several springs in the Hall Valley, the communities of Hall and Absam decided to build a joint new gallery: the Margarethen gallery. Thi
This gallery is named after the gallery godmother Margarete Posch, the wife of the former mayor of Hall, Dr. Josef Posch. The Margarethen gallery leads almost one kilometre into the Karwendel massif and was built between 1995 and 2002. Between 250 and 450 litres of clear, pure spring water flow out of the gallery every second. You can see this for yourself at the Bettelwurfbrünnel. The precious water is naturally filtered by the mountain for ten years.
On the occasion of its 150th birthday, the sports outfitter Mammut chose the 150 most beautiful summits worldwide. In addition, the mountain sports company came up with a truly mammoth project: In 2012, its 150th birthday year, around 1400 alpinists in 40 countries climbed the 150 most beautiful mountains in the world, including spectacular 8000-metre majesties such as Mount Everest.
A striking peak in the Hall-Wattens region is also represented in this line-up of the most beautiful mountains: Our place of power, the Große Bettelwurf in the Karwendel is one of the world's most beautiful mountains.
The winning peaks were climbed by selected teams as part of the worldwide birthday celebrations: The ascent of the Großer Bettelwurf in the Karwendel Mountains was on the programme as well as that of the Wildspitze in the Ötztal Alps, the Kellerjoch in the Tux Alps, the Wilder Kaiser in the Northern Limestone Alps between Kufstein and St. Johann in Tyrol, the Serles in the Alps and the Glacier in the Alps. Johann in Tyrol, the Serles in the Stubai Alps, the Similaun on the Schnals Ridge on the border with South Tyrol, the Große Ochsenwand in the limestone hills of the Schlick, the glaciated Weißkugel in the Ötztal Alps, the Zugspitze in the Wetterstein Mountains as well as Hochvogel and Mädelegabel, which lie on the border with Bavaria. Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner with its 3798 m on the border between East Tyrol and Carinthia, was also included.
What guidelines did the expert jury use to decide on the 150 most beautiful peaks in the world?
Does a beauty contest of mountains also depend on dimensions? Yes, because a mountain needs to have a minimum height, otherwise it would just be a hill. But what is decisive is the overall experience it offers. From the valley, you can recognise its shape and composition, during the more or less demanding ascent, its character is revealed, when you stop off in the huts, its hospitality, and at the top, you can enjoy the view.Many hikers and mountaineers in the Karwendel have long sworn by the unmistakable overall experience on tours of the Kleiner and Großer Bettelwurf and have long taken the distinctive peaks to their hearts.