Section 3: 3 lakes, 3 summits
This tour follows the middle stages of the S-Trail and leads into the heart of UNESCO World Heritage region Hallstatt-Dachstein-Salzkammergut. The Dachstein-Salzkammergut area (or: Inner Salzkammergut) comprises the villages of Bad Goisern, Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun. In 1997 most of the historic cultural landscape was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site – characterized by breathtaking views, mighty peaks and spectacular caves. This 6-day hiking trip includes a night in the spectacular mountain-top Goiserhütte as well as a ferry crossing on the serene and sublime Lake Hallstatt.
The Salzkammergut region is magnificent even by Austrian standards, with towering snow-capped peaks, wooded mountain slopes, lush green valleys and ice-blue lakes. Its defining feature has always been the dramatic visual effect created by its countless lakes framed by the immense peaks of the Northern Alps. This newly established long-distance trail links these highlights in a comprehensive way, never seen before.
The 350-kilometer Salzkammergut BergeSeen Trail (S-Trail) was launched in 2017 as the first long-distance trail in the Salzkammergut. It is a multi-day circular walk, starting and ending in the picturesque lakeside town of Gmunden. It can be hiked either in several stages (section hikes) or as a complete 20-stage circular route. The trail connects no fewer than 35 lakes and is well-marked throughout with the S-Trail logo. Most stages of the trail end in towns with excellent tourism infrastructure and overnight accommodation. A few routes lead to remote inns or alpine huts which guarantee a romantic mountain atmosphere.
|A tree for your booking|
Respect for our planet’s limited resources and climate-friendly mobility are two major challenges of the 21st Century. We are therefore delighted to cooperate with the Austrian Federal Forest Authority on the “tree for your booking” project; a new tree planted for each hiking tour booked through us in the Salzkammergut region! Along with your travel documents, you will receive a photo of “your” tree, which you will even have the chance to visit during your trip.
|6 DAY TOUR||From €399 per person sharing.*|
*A high season supplement will apply in the busy summer months
|ACCOMMODATION||4 nights in ***hotels/inns in double room.|
1 night in an Alpine lodge (mountain hut)*
*Notes on staying at an Alpine lodge:
|AVAILABILITY||You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, from June 1st to October 16th|
General information: Daily stages are moderate to challenging; hiking distances in the valley can be adjusted easily by public transport. A reasonable fitness level and basic hiking equipment like good hiking shoes, rucksack, rain and sun protection, functional clothing and also a warmer jacket or pullover are recommended.
Day 1: Arrival in Bad Goisern
The lakeside town of Bad Goisern is easily accessible by bus or train from Salzburg. You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation.
Overnight stay in Bad Goisern.
Day 2: Bad Goisern – Goiserhütte
Distance: 6 km | Ascent: 1083 m | Descent: 10 m | 4 hrs approx.
Steep ascent via the Trocktannalm to the beautifully-located Goiserer lodge, beneath the summit of Mount Kalmberg. Not far from the lodge lies the “Kalmoos church”, a cave in which Protestants attended services in secret in the past.
Overnight stay at Goiserer lodge.
Luggage transfer from Bad Goisern to Gosau where you spend the following night (overnight backpack and hut sleeping bag* for the night at the lodge have to be carried by yourself!)
Day 3: Goisererhütte – Gosau
Distance: 22 km | Ascent: 950 m | Descent: 1771 m | 7-8 hrs approx.
Beginning with a steep descent via Iglmoosalm to Gosau. From here you have several options. An ascent via the Zwieselalm to the Gablonzer Hütte offers stunning views over Lake Gosausee and the Dachstein Mountain. From there it is possible to take a cable car down to the shore of Lake Gosausee and either walk or take the local bus back to Gosau.
Overnight stay in Gosau
Day 4: Gosau – Hallstatt
Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 1020 m | Descent: 1254 m | 6 hrs approx.
One of the major highlights in the Gosau valley is the ascent to the Löckenmoos (1410 m) – a high marshland on the flat mountain summit. After taking in the unique atmosphere of the Alpine moor, continue through romantic forest and mountain pastures to the 200-year-old Leutgeb hut and stop for a traditional walker’s lunch with homemade products. Follow the trail along the flanks of Mount Plassen to reach the famous Hallstatt salt mines and the Welterbeblick panoramic viewing platform.
Overnight stay in Hallstatt.
Day 5: Hallstatt – Bad Goisern
Distance: 11 km | Ascent: 131 m | Descent: 156 m | 3 hrs approx.
Take some time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage village Hallstatt before making your way back to the trail. Today’s walk will be short but sweet. Once you are ready, take the ferry across the lake to the eastern shore and follow the picturesque lakeside trail to Bad Goisern.
Overnight stay in Bad Goisern
Day 6: Departure
Your trip comes to and end this morning, unless you have booked additional nights.
Arrival and departure info
|The closest airport is Salzburg. You can also fly to Vienna airport or Munich airport|
|Information for arrivals by car: Free parking available at the starting hotel.|