Information on Hut-to-Hut Travelling in European Alps around Tirol and Shelter Policy?

I’m looking for information on hut-to-hut travelling around the European Alps, particularly in Tyrol. I’ve heard the mountain huts have a shelter policy, so they can’t turn down walkers. Is this a real thing? I’d love to only spend money only on food, and I don’t mind sleeping on the floor, but I don’t want to wild camp as well. Can someone with experience, give some feedback on this?

Question Geography | Location: European Alps | State: Tyrol | Country: Australia
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    If the hut is full they can send you away if there is another hut within reasonable walking distance. Especially if you are not a member of an alpine club. If the hut is not fully booked you will have to pay for a bed. You can’t just rock up and say “can I sleep on your floor for free?” That’s just not how it works! And even if they are full and they allow you to stay you will be charged for the nights stay, it won’t be much but you will have to pay for and consume food and drink.

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    PS: wild camping is illegal in Germany and Austria!

    • Ellie Jones
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      True but in the mountains they never check. And above 2000 meter I think they really don’t mind if you are trekking and put your tent late and pack.up early. This is at least my experience. Always wild camped in the Alps and never had problems. Met locals who would even suggest me nice spots.

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      • Angela Hilll
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        That’s what I’d think too – leave no trace and harm no nature, and it should be fine 🙂

        • Ellie Jones
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          Leaving no trace is often a problem. Do you carry a shovel too, literally “bury your shit”? A lot of the land is private and imagine how happy you’d be if people leave their heaps on your property.

          • Angela Hilll
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            True! I haven’t wild-camped in the Alps yet, so I don’t know how much is private property. Digging holes for your stuff is definitely one of the main issues to work around if you’re digging in someone’s backyard…

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    Become a member of an Alpine club and book the huts in advance if you want to be sure you have a sleeping spot.
    http://www.alpenverein.at/portal/service/mitgliedschaft/index.php

    If you want to travel cheap, bring a tent and use the Bivaks. I found an amazing bivak in Ost Tirol, brand new little house, felt like a five-star hotel to me. It was at the Schwarz See on the Herz Ass route in Villgratentall (starting village Innervillgraten).

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    The problem is: “I’d love to spend money only on food” Somebody built, maintains, and supplies these huts. This is why they charge – reasonable – prices. And there are shelter huts against storm or heavy rain, but not intended for sleeping there. If you love Alpine nature you don’t camp at some random spots and reduce your footprint by following the paths and taking your garbage back down.

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    If you sleep in huts, it’s only reasonable to pay for them. Otherwise, take a tent (although wild camping is not allowed, I don’t think you’ll have trouble). You get discounts when you’re a member of DAV/NKBV or any other hiking association part of the network. I think huts are then around 10-15 euros per night, which is nothing considering how remote they are 🙂

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