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The refuge

The refuge in 1890

The refuge in 1890

Hühnerspiel Refuge, the oldest private hut in South Tyrol, was built in 1889 on a slightly lower altitude than it is now. Visited by well-known personalities throughout the years, both the refuge and the mountaintop dominating it got themselves a reputation which exceeds regional boundaries as renowned and desirable destination for a trip.

With the beginning of World War I and the following decrease in tourism, the once thriving business went bankrupt.

The renovation of Hühnerspiel Refuge and its success as skiing destination

The chair lift in Hühnerspiel was opened between 1954 and 1955, five years after the one in Zirog (1948/1949). It gave fresh momentum to tourism in the region, which also included former spa-town Gossensass. The renovated Hühnerspiel Refuge was located on a slightly higher position than it was initially.
In 1964, the so-called “Hühnerspielhütte – Spitzlift” chair lift was opened, with its well-known “Hängebrücke/ Hanging Bridge” downhill, which required the skiers’ utmost care and ability. In the 80s, the skiing facilities suffered from the ongoing economic crisis. As a consequence, the chair lift in Zirog was shut down for good in 1986 and the skiing facility in Hühnerspiel in 1991. During that period, Hühnerspiel Refuge was temporarily closed as well.


The reopening

Hühnerspiel Refuge was reopened at the end of the 90s.

Nowadays the refuge, undoubtedly providing one of the most impressive views of the whole Eisacktal Valley, won back the sightseeing worth it used to have in 1900 as still preserving the natural beauties surrounding it. Be it in summer or winter, a trip up to the Hühnerspiel Refuge is always a unique and life-changing experience.

A very picturesque room

The “Stube” of Hühnerspiel Refuge, the typical Tyrolean farmhouse kitchen, can host up to 45 people. Not much has changed from the way the hut looked like when it was first built in the 50s. The atmosphere inside will welcome you to take a break and have something to eat.




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