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Gastein Trail – mountain hut trail in the province of Salzburg

Wandern Stubner (c) Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH

Gastein Trail – mountain hut trail in the province of Salzburg

Hiking Collection by Vakantie in Oostenrijk

5-10

days

3-6 h

/ day

52.5 mi

14,600 ft

14,600 ft

How do you experience the Gastein Valley in Austria to the fullest? By hiking the six-day Gastein Trail! This wonderful route has more than 4,500 metres (14,750 feet) of altitude gain, beautiful climbs, dense forests, vast alpine meadows, gurgling waterfalls and fast-flowing rivers. You see Gastein from its most beautiful sides as you hike through the landscapes. Each night, you can stay in an authentic mountain hut en route. This hike takes you away from everyday life and into the peace and quiet of nature.

The Gastein Trail starts in Dorfgastein municipality and leads you through the Hohe Tauern mountains between Salzburg and Carinthia. You hike along high-altitude paths above Bad Gastein and back to Bad Hofgastein in six stages. Although the villages have similar names, they are very different. You discover something new every day and enjoy views over the entire Gastein Valley.

The route is clearly marked with a blue sticker on posts, but using the route planner on your phone makes it even easier. Save the stages and let komoot guide you on your walk. That way, you can be sure that you won’t go wrong.

You can also book the Gastein Trail as a package including your overnight stays and transfers to and from the starting point of the trail. There’s also an option to book luggage transport between the accommodation along the way.

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Gastein Trail

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14,225 ft

14,250 ft

Last updated: December 14, 2021

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    Gastein Trail – Etappe 1

    Difficult
    06:52
    9.90 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,250 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Get ready to hike through idyllic alpine meadows and along wild mountain peaks. This first stage of the six-part Gastein Trail starts in Dorfgastein, at the parking lot of the Fulseck lift to be precise. You can make a stopover at the local tourist office if you wish.

    

    After a short walk through the authentic

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    6.77 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second stage of the Gastein Trail starts after a wonderful night on the Heinreich Alm. Here, high between the mountain tops, there is a wonderful silence. Get ready for a hike through scenic landscapes and rustic mountain wilderness.

    

    You start today's walk with a climb to the charming Heinreich Chapel

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  • Difficult
    04:02
    5.74 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,375 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You wake up today in the cozy Biberalm. Located on the west side of the Gastein Valley, the Biberalm is the perfect place to experience a sunrise. You start with a climb via an old connecting path to a remote part of the valley. You take one more look at the typical Alpine environment with the Kerscherh

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  • Difficult
    04:24
    7.36 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,050 ft
    3,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    If you mainly walked uphill in the previous stages, today you walk down most of the day. The fourth stage of the Gastein Trail starts where you ended yesterday and hopefully had a wonderfully relaxing night: the Hofgasteiner Haus. The surroundings are again beautiful from the first few steps.

    

    An old connecting

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  • Difficult
    07:36
    10.7 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,300 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fifth stage of the Gastein Trail starts in historic Angertal. In earlier times there was a lot of mining here and you can still see the consequences of the mining era in many places in the side valleys. Soon you will start climbing again via a path through dense forest.

    

    After about eight kilometers

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    12.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The sixth is also the last stage of the Gastein Trail. Another twenty kilometers in the legs, but this time almost all downhill. So get ready for a wonderfully relaxed walk in which the Hohe Tauern National Park is central.

    

    The first part of your walk you walk along the river, towards the power plant

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    52.5 mi
  • Duration
    32:37 h
  • Elevation
    14,600 ft14,600 ft

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