The Kaiserschützenweg in Nauders

On the history trail

Discover the Kaiserschützenweg high above Nauders – where imposing views meet fascinating insights.

Those who love combining nature with culture, and hiking with a whiff of history are strongly recommended to visit the Kaiserschützenweg in Nauders. Informative display boards along the exciting mountain path explain the history of the dilapidated posts and the rock caverns high above Nauders.

On the moderately difficult hiking trail, you immerse yourself into history with every step, bringing you close to the history of the tri-country region. The Kaiserschützenweg lets you feel the significance of the Reschen Pass as an Alpine crossing and imagine how life must have been during the First World War. 

On the trail of the Kaiserschützen 

A hiking trail with history

To protect the Tyrol, as part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, communication and protection trenches were once built on what is now a themed trail, wire enclosures were erected and caverns chiselled into the rock. The latter served as accommodation for the loyal soldiers, known as the Kaiserschützen, who were tasked with defending the borders.

Today the accessible caverns are an exciting part of the well-known Nauders hiking path. Explore the impressive passages with your family and imagine you have been transported to another time! 

Historical insights, unforgettable views

The revitalised hiking trail doesn’t just score points for having history you can touch. The moderately difficult hiking trail, high above Nauders, is also extremely picturesque. Enjoy the unique views of Finstermünz Gorge and Finstermünz Fortress and look up at the imposing “High Tower”.

The view down into the valley also rewards hikers with a panorama which is one of a kind. Take some time to gaze in awe at the vista over the Tyrolean Oberinntal, the Engadine and from Nauders over the Reschen Pass all the way to the Ortler range! It’s not every day you come across such breathtaking views.

Hiking tip: What’s the best way to ‘digest’ the stunning views and impressions you get from the Kaiserschützenweg? It’s easy, a relaxing break in the Norbertshöhe Alpine guest house!

The Kaiserschützenweg at a glance:

  • Starting point and destination: Nauders village
  • Route: from Fort Nauders, a 2.5-kilometre-long 500 metre-high steep slope up to the fortifications at Sellesköpfen 
  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Conditions: Alpine terrain; narrow, steep and exposed; well secured
  • suitable for: confident hikers with appropriate footwear and experience; not suitable for small children! 
  • Information on the condition of the trail is available from the Nauders Tourist Information Office on +04 (0) 50/225 400.

Nauders is a hiking paradise. Have you done the many other impressive hiking trails in the border triangle yet? Discover the best trails in the area and learn all about hiking holidays in Nauders!

The Kaiserschützenweg 
On the trail of the Kaiserschützen