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At dawn you quietly leave the mountain hut and in the delicate blue of the new day you hike over grazing meadows to the soft summit of Thorhöhe. A breathtaking panorama awaits you: Your eyes wander over the sparkling waters of Lake Wolfgang, roam the mountain pastures of the Postalm and the distant peaks of the Tennengebirge and finally land on the rock faces of the Salzkammergut mountains. But even if countless alpine panoramas still await you in the Salzkammergut, you know very well that every moment in the mountains is unique.

The Salzkammergut has a varied landscape to offer: In the north the hilly foothills of the Alps, large lakes, quiet valleys, the rocky peaks of the Salzkammergut mountains and the impressive karst landscapes of the Dachstein massif and the Dead Mountains. Since 2017, passionate long-distance hikers can experience the entire Salzkammergut on the newly opened BergeSeenTrail. On 20 daily stages and a distance of over 350 kilometers you walk from Gmunden from lake to lake, over mountain pastures and along thundering mountain streams. The tour takes you along the glaciated mountains of the Dachstein massif and at the foot of the Höllengebirge and over the karst plateau of the Dead Mountains. The well signposted path mostly runs along good hiking trails and only a few rocky passages have to be crossed on the way. The stages end in small villages, lonely inns and wildly romantic mountain huts. Thanks to the well-developed bus network, you can also put together your favourite stages as a weekend tour and shorten the ascents with cable cars or hut taxis.

But if the mountains are calling you, you can adapt the long-distance hike with the Alpine variants according to your wishes. The five variants lead you through the mountains of the Höllengebirge, the Dachstein massif and the Dead Mountains. The Alpine sections are especially suitable for experienced mountain hikers and you can plan them in place of certain stages of the main route on your personal hike. In addition, there are three regional variations on which you can explore the hills and lakes of the foothills of the Alps in detail. Both the Regional Variations and the Alpine stages are perfectly suited as an independent tour for a long weekend due to their length.

Just put together your personal tour and hike through the Salzkammergut on the BergeSeenTrail.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    121:40
    224 mi
    1.8 mph
    46,500 ft
    46,500 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    The main route of the BergeSeenTrail connects a total of 35 lakes on its 20 stages. The trail is signposted throughout with the logo of the trail and promises you a great nature experience. On the route are some of the most famous places in Austria: You visit the Attersee and Lake Fuschl, hike under the Dachstein massif, stroll through the picturesque Hallstatt and climb into the karst landscapes of the Dead Mountains. The path is mostly on well-developed trails, only on a few rock passage is sure-footedness and no fear of heights. However, on average, there are around 18 kilometers each day, so you should have a good physical condition and reasonable hiking boots. If you meet all the requirements, a fantastic long-distance hike awaits you.Stage 1: From Gmunden to the Gasthof 'In der Kreh'
    6 hours - 18 kilometers
    Stage 2: Via the Langbath lakes to Steinbach
    6 hours - 18 kilometers
    Stage 3: Along the Attersee to St. Wolfgang
    7 hours - 21 kilometers
    Stage 4: On the Almkogel and on to Mondsee
    8 hours - 22 kilometers
    Stage 5: From Mondsee to Fuschl am See
    4 hours - 9.5 kilometers
    Stage 6: Over the summit of Filbling to Hintersee
    7 hours - 23 kilometers
    Stage 7: Via the Genneralm to the Postalm
    7 hours - 19 kilometers
    Stage 8: To the panorama at Thorhöhe and on to Strobl
    4 hours - 11 kilometers
    Stage 9: Along the Ischl along the Nussensee and to Bad Ischl
    4.5 hours - 16 kilometers
    Stage 10: On the Katrinalm and the Goiserer hut
    10 hours - 20 kilometers
    If you want to save the very long climb to Katrinalm, you can also take the cable car here
    Stage 11: Over the front Gosausee to Gosau-Hintertal
    7.5 hours - 20 kilometers
    Stage 12: Over the transit saddle to Hallstatt
    7 hours - 16 kilometers
    Stage 13: By boat across Lake Hallstatt and through the Koppen Gorge to Bad Aussee
    5 hours - 16 kilometers
    Stage 14: To the alpine idyll at the Ödensee and on to Bad Mitterndorf
    6 hours - 20 kilometers
    Stage 15: To Tauplitzalm at the foot of the Dead Mountains
    5 hours - 16.5 kilometers
    Stage 16: From the Tauplitzalm to Gößl
    4.5 hours - 12.5 kilometers
    Stage 17: To the Appelhaus in the Dead Mountains
    6 hours - 15 kilometers
    Stage 18: Through rocky landscapes to the Gasthof Jagersimmerl
    8.5 hours - 26 kilometers
    Stage 19: From the Almsee to Grünau
    2.5 hours - 10 kilometers
    Stage 20: Over the Laudachsee to Gmunden
    7 hours - 22 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    11:55
    16.1 mi
    1.3 mph
    5,625 ft
    6,175 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Höllengebirge is a compact mountain range between Traunsee and Attersee. The strongly karstified mountain range is part of the northern Limestone Alps and the Höllkogel is the highest point of the mountain with 1,862 meters. This hike takes you in two days to the popular peaks of the Feuerkogel and the Grünalmkogel. Between the two mountains, pure mountain romance awaits you during your overnight stay at Rieder Hütte.This two-day tour replaces the second leg of the main path of the BergeSeen Trail.Stage 1: From the Gasthof 'In der Kreh' over the Feuerkogel to the Rieder Hütte
    5 hours - 9.5 kilometers
    Stage 2: Via the Grünalmkogel to Steinbach am Attersee
    7 hours - 16 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    09:16
    11.3 mi
    1.2 mph
    3,925 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second Alpine variant consists of three separate sections, as the route over the Dachstein massif can be started from two different points.This tour takes you from the Gablonzer Hütte, which you reach on the eleventh stage of the main route, in two days over the Gosau ridge to the Adamek hut in the middle of the Dachstein massif. On the hike, you will enjoy fantastic views of the popular climbing walls of the Gosaukamm and of the striking peak of the Bischofsmütze.In particular, the second tour leads over Schuttkare and narrow, cable insured boxes and is therefore perfect for experienced hikers suitable.Stage 1: From the Gablonzer Hütte to the Hofpürglhütte
    4.5 hours - 10 kilometers
    Stage 2: Over the Reißgangsattel to Adamekhütte
    5.5 hours - 8 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    06:53
    9.17 mi
    1.3 mph
    4,675 ft
    75 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second section of the second Alpine variant starts in Gosau-Hintertal and leads you along the two picturesque Gosau lakes to the Adamek hut in the Dachstein massif. The route along the two lakes promises you magnificent mountain panoramas and is less difficult than the two-day stretch over the Gosau ridge.This one-day tour to the Adamek Hut follows the eleventh leg of the main path of the BergeSeen Trail, which ends in Gosau-Hintertal.Stage 1: Via the Gosau Lakes to the Adamek Hut
    6 hours - 13.5 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    09:11
    12.6 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,425 ft
    6,900 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The third section of the second Alpine variant is the culmination of your crossing of the Dachstein massif. Impressive mountain panoramas, strange rock landscapes and views of glaciers await you. The tour takes you from the Adamekhütte over the saddle between Hosswand and Hosskogel to the Simonyhütte at the foot of the Dachstein. From there, go down to Hallstatt.In the karst landscape, the trails are often difficult to see and therefore you should have a good sense of direction, if you go this tour alone. Above all, the crossing of the Dachstein massif should only take place in good weather, as the narrow trails can become slippery in the rain. If you have good condition, surefootedness and solid alpine experience, you can expect a fantastic mountain tour.This tour ends in Hallstatt, where you can continue the main route of the BergeSeenTrail with the thirteenth stage the next day.Stage 1: Over the Hosswandscharte to Simonyhütte
    5 hours - 7 kilometers
    Stage 2: Along the roaring forest stream to Hallstatt
    4 hours - 13.5 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    12:31
    18.0 mi
    1.4 mph
    6,875 ft
    3,500 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Dead Mountain is characterized by its karst plateaus and is one of the Northern Limestone Alps. The western part is lower than the rest of the mountains and here you will find in the high valleys also mountain meadows and sparse mountain forests.This tour takes you through the unspoilt Rettenbach valley up to the Ischler hut. Finally, via the scenic Schönberg, you will reach the Hochkogelhütte and, on your way through a vast karst plateau, you will finally reach the Rinnerhütte.This three-day tour for ambitious mountain hikers follows the ninth stage of the main path of the BergeSeenTrail and starts in Bad Ischl. The Rinnerhütte at the end of this tour is right on the way of the 18th stage of the main tour.Stage 1: Through the Rettenbachtal to the Ischler hut
    5 hours - 14.5 kilometers
    Stage 2: Ascent to Schönberg and on to the Hochkogelhaus
    4 hours - 6.5 kilometers
    Stage 3: From Hochkogelhaus to Rinnerhütte
    5.5 hours - 8.5 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    06:33
    11.6 mi
    1.8 mph
    4,450 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this tour you will get to know the Dead Mountains from another side. The hike starts in Bad Aussee and takes you past the picturesque Aussee lake and the secluded lake Augstsee to the rocky slopes of the Totes Gebirge. On the Karl-Stöger-Steig you hike below the steep cliffs and with a magnificent view of a picturesque high valley up to your stage destination, the Albert Appel House.This two-day tour leads on good ways and is thus also suitable for hikers without alpine experience. The tour starts after the 13th stage of the main route in Bad Aussee and meets again at the Albert Appel House with the 17th stage of the main path.Stage 1: Over the Ausseer See to the Loserhütte
    4 hours - 10 kilometers
    Stage 2: On the Karl-Stöger-Steig to the Albert-Appel-Haus
    4 hours - 9.5 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    21:35
    32.8 mi
    1.5 mph
    9,600 ft
    10,225 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This hike is the absolute royal tour among the alpine variants. In five days you will reach the karst plateau of the Dead Mountains from Gößl. The tour takes you past picturesque mountain lakes, over soft mountain meadows and finally over the vegetation-free rocky desert. High up in the Dead Mountains, breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains are guaranteed.In particular, the second stage of this hike is a high alpine tour and should only be done in good weather and by experienced mountain hikers, as you can easily get lost on the rough plateau when visibility is poor. If all conditions are met, you can look forward to a unique mountain tour.The tour starts in Gößl, which you reach at the end of the 16th stage of the BergeSeenTrail, and leads you to Grünau im Almtal, where you can complete your hike with the 20th stage of the main path.Stage 1: Along the Lahngang lakes to the Pühringer hut
    3.5 hours - 9 kilometers
    Stage 2: Via the Fleischbanksattel to the Welser hut
    4.5 hours - 9 kilometers
    Stage 3: From the Dead Mountains down to the Almtalerhaus
    4 hours - 12 kilometers
    Stage 4: Via the ring saddle to the Steyrer Hütte
    5.5 hours - 16 kilometers
    Stage 5: Over the Kasberg to Grünau
    5.5 hours - 12 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    07:04
    16.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This regional variant of the BergeSeenTrail is a perfect fit between stages four and five of the main path or can be planned as an independent weekend hike.The hike leads from the idyllic village of Mondsee on the shores of the lake of the same name on comfortable hiking and biking trails to Zell am Moos and once around the idyllic Irrsee. Especially in summer you can plan a break for a refreshing bath in many places.Thanks to the good roads and since you expect only very few meters, this tour is a real pleasure hike.Stage 1: From Mondsee over the Tiefgraben to Zell am Moos
    2.5 hours - 9 kilometers
    Stage 2: Once around the Irrsee and back to Mondsee
    4.5 hours - 18 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    06:08
    12.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This regional variant is a bit off the main route of the BergeSeenTrail and leads you through the picturesque hilly landscape of the Flachgau.In two days you will walk on this round trip from Faistenau along the slopes of the Lidaunberg to the idyllic Ebenau and back to the starting point. Along the way you will visit, among others, the Plötzer waterfall and the impressive Strubklamm.On the route expect good hiking trails and due to the rather short distance, the tour is also suitable for leisurely hikers.Stage 1: Across the waterfall Plötz from Faistenau to Ebenau
    4 hours - 12 kilometers
    Stage 2: Over the Metzgersteig back to Faistenau
    3 hours - 9 kilometers

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  • Difficult
    31:28
    63.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    10,900 ft
    10,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Lake Attersee is the largest lake located entirely within Austria. The lake is situated in a picturesque hilly and mountainous landscape and is a popular sailing area.This trail takes you around the big lake in four days and next to the small villages on the shore of the lake you will find peaceful nature and great views of the glittering water and the mountains of the Salzkammergut.The starting point of the tour is in Seewalchen on the north shore of the lake. If you plan the tour as an extension to the BergeSeenTrail, you can easily relocate the starting point to Steinbach am Attersee.Stage 1: From Seewalchen to Nussdorf
    7 hours - 24 kilometers
    Stage 2: From Nußdorf to Unterach
    6 hours - 18 kilometers
    Stage 3: From Unterach to Steinbach
    7 hours - 20.5 kilometers
    Stage 4: From Steinbach to Seewalchen
    11 hours - 35 kilometers

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    428 mi
  • Duration
    244:13 h
  • Elevation
    96,850 ft

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