On the northern edge of the Salzkammergut there are two large lakes - the Irrsee and the Mondsee. And although the two lakes are jointly called 'The gateway to the Salzkammergut', they could not be more different. The more northern Irrsee lies in the middle of a wide hilly landscape, while the Mondsee is framed by steep rock walls. On the Irrsee, not a single motorboat touches the water, while water sports enthusiasts flock to the Mondsee. The Irrsee is a place of peace and seclusion, while the Mondsee is a lively destination. And the hiking trails around each destination are as varied as you might expect, taking you through comfortably hilly landscapes, past extensive stretches of lake, over summits and across exciting mountains.
We have chosen ten hiking trails between Mondsee and Irrsee. Families can hike comfortably along the Dragonfly Trail, pleasure hikers can circle Lake Irrsee, and ambitious outdoor sports enthusiasts can climb up to Almkogel. Even the toughest Alpinists will find something for them in this region, with the Drachenwand and the famous Schafberg inviting you to accept their challenge.
All you have to do is choose your favorite hike, grab your boots and off you go on your next mountain adventure.
On the west bank of the Mondsee, the Drachenwand towers almost vertically into the sky. If you stand at the foot of the massive rock face, you can hardly imagine getting to the summit without climbing equipment. However, a narrow and exciting path leads from St. Lorenz up to the summit ridge. For this mountain tour you need solid hiking boots, sure-footedness and absolute freedom from giddiness.You start your hike to the Drachenwand at the Wanderparkplatz in St. Lorenz. From there you walk a short distance through the village and then follow a gravel road to the Theklakapelle. Here you cross the wooden bridge and follow the signposted path towards the Drachenwand. Now the way already becomes considerably narrower and steeper. The mountain path snakes up the slope and several exposed areas are additionally secured with wire ropes. Soon you have reached the tree line and it opens a magnificent panorama. Only a short distance and you are already standing at the summit cross. After a well-deserved break, you will hike with fresh energy on the same path back to the valley.
Between the Mondsee and the Fuschlsee are the summits of the Schober group. In addition to the imposing dragon wall directly on the shores of the Mondsee, the Schober itself is a striking and popular scenic mountain. The Schober is with its Nebengipfel woman head the westernmost elevation within the summit group. At an altitude of 1,328 meters, it towers over all the surrounding mountains and hills. So you enjoy at the summit cross also an absolutely unique view of the Mondseeland. On an exciting round trip you can explore the Schober and the Frauenkopf. The tour leads in places over exposed mountain trails, so you need surefootedness, head for heights and solid mountain hiking boots.You start your mountain tour on the trail parking lot next to the forest house Wartenfels. From there the path leads you up to the castle ruin Wartenfels. This was restored in the 1980s and can be visited today. Then it goes on a narrow mountain trail steeply up to Schober. First you hike through a dense mountain forest, but soon the path snakes up the ridge. Once at the top you have a great view of the Mondsee, the Fuschlsee and the Irrsee. About a ridge path, it goes on to the bald woman's head, which also expects you with a great panoramic view. After a short breather you walk down serpentines back down. At the end of the tour is worth in any case, a cozy retreat in the forest house Wartenfels.
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No question - with its dramatic north face, the Schafberg is one of the most impressive mountains on Lake Mondsee. The 1,780-meter-high peak towers high between the Mondsee, Wolfgangsee and Attersee into the sky. Here, hikers can enjoy a breathtaking panorama, because the view sweeps over the mighty lakes, the surrounding mountain peaks, to the Dachstein and the Berchtesgaden Alps. On an exciting mountain tour you can ascend from the south shore of the Mondsee over the Eisenaueralm to the summit cross. For this hike, you need solid hiking boots, excellent condition, sure-footedness and a head for heights.Your hike starts at the hiking car park next to the public bathing beach on the south bank of the Mondsee. From here it goes straight uphill through the forest. Soon, the path is a bit flatter and initially increases only moderately. The path snakes through the forest and again and again you have a great view of the below lying Lake Mondsee. The forest becomes increasingly lighter and after a while you reach the vast meadows of the Eisenaueralm. With the Kienberghütte and the Buchberghütte you can stop for two alms here. So far, the path is well developed and suitable for families and leisurely hikers. Afterwards the ascent to the Schafberg begins. The hiking trail meanders in countless hairpin bends up to the summit. With each step you get higher and the view gets better and better. The last section to the summit leads through the Himmelpfforte, a narrow cliff. Here the tour runs over a narrow rock path - the favorite place for experienced hikers. Once at the summit cross, you can enjoy the phenomenal view in peace. If you like, you can take a rest in the Himmespfortenhütte. With fresh energy it goes on the same way back to the starting point of your hike.
On the western shore of the Mondsee, the striking Almkogel rises in the immediate vicinity of the Drachenwand. With a height of 1,030 meters, it is only slightly lower than the dragon wall. In contrast to the steep rock face but also athletic mountain beginners reach easily to the summit of the Almkogel. Above you can expect a fantastic view of the Mondsee and the surrounding mountains. In addition, worth the detour to the picturesque Eibensee.Your tour on the Almkogel starts in the center of Sankt Lorenz. You leave the village and follow a forest path to the small Thekla Chapel. At the intersection, keep straight and follow the signs for Almkogel. Shortly thereafter, the mountain trail branches off to the left. Now it's up to the summit. The path leads through a dense mountain forest, but when you reach the summit cross, you enjoy a magnificent view over the MondSeeLand. You leave the summit and find yourself at a fork in the road on a comfortable, wide hiking trail. You follow this path to the Eibensee. The small mountain lake is located in a depression and in the middle of the dense forest. Keep your feet in the cool water before you start the way back. First, you follow the path back to the fork in the mountain at the Almkogel summit and keep right there. The path meanders down the slope. Once at the Mondsee shore, follow the road back to the starting point of your hike.
The Irrsee is undoubtedly one of the most scenic lakes in the Salzkammergut. The entire lake is protected today and therefore there are no houses on its shore. Instead, the lake is nestled in a picturesque landscape of hills, meadows and pastures. Convince yourself of the charm of Irrsee when you walk around it on this hike. The hike goes over wide trails and low-traffic roads. This makes it perfect for families with prams.On a summer's day, you should definitely take your swimwear with you, as several bathing areas and outdoor pools invite you to take a dip in the cold water.Our tour starts on the south bank in the municipality of Kasten. Of course, you can start your hike at any other location along the way. From Kasten you follow the road along the lake in a westerly direction. You cross the Iltisbach and wander north along the western shore. At the Dorferwirt, the first bathing area and a magnificent view of the mountains await you in the south. With a great view of the lake, it continues. On the northern shore, the trail leads you along the so-called North Moor. Many rare waterfowl live and breed in the vast wet meadows. Shortly thereafter, you will cross Laiter, where you can also find a small beach. The path continues along the eastern shore and through Zell am Moos. Shortly before you arrive back at the starting point, once again the bathing place Tiefgraben lures to a swim in the warm water of the Irrsee.
East of Oberwang is a wooded ridge. Beautiful hiking trails invite you to extensive exploration tours. A very nice round will take you to the two chapels Kramer Hergott and Ifang. Both stand on open forest clearings and so open up a wide view of the surrounding mountains. The short hike is also perfect for families with small children.At the Lourdes Chapel you will find a small parking lot. You park your car and follow the wide hiking trail into the forest. The path rises slowly. You will find a fork in the road where you turn left. Shortly after you reach the clearing of the Kramer-Herrgott-Chapel. There is a cozy bench next to the chapel so you can enjoy the beautiful mountain panorama in peace. Then you continue hiking. After a short stretch of forest, you step out onto an open hilltop. Up on the hill you can already see the small chapel with the three crosses. Also here are two benches next to the chapel, which invite to a small rest. About meadows and through a small piece of wood then it goes back to the starting point of your tour.
The dragonfly trail leads you across the open pastures and fields north of the Irrsee. You wander through a peaceful hilly landscape and traverse small, sleepy villages. A very special highlight is the northern moor. Directly on the northern shore of the Irrsee is a wide Moorwiese. Here live some of the last great curlews in Austria. The rare waders can therefore also be found in the coat of arms of Oberhofen am Irrsee, the starting point of the hike. The tour runs on comfortable hiking trails and hardly busy roads. This makes it suitable for families with baby carriages.In the center of Oberhofen your hike begins on the dragonfly path. You pass the venerable parish church and wander a little later over wide meadows. The path leads you to the south and you can already see the waters of the Irrsee glittering in the sun in front of you. You follow the path along the northern moor and then through a small forest. Here you turn north again. With beautiful views of the surrounding hills and mountains you continue hiking. The trail runs through small villages, over wide fields and past quaint farms. Soon you will reach again the first houses of Oberhofen and a little later you will reach the starting point of your hike.
The Kolomansberg is a long and densely wooded ridge above the Irrsee. On beautiful forest paths, you can explore the mountain slopes, enjoy the view on MondSeeLandBlick and visit the oldest wooden church in Austria. If you are lucky, you even meet a mating grouse in early summer. The tour runs exclusively on good hiking trails and is therefore suitable for families and leisurely hikers.Your hike begins at the Hochserner snack station. You follow the narrow track to the old mountain station of the ski lift. Here you turn left onto a rustic forest path. After you have a last look at the Irrsee thrown behind you, you follow the path into the natural forest. The path climbs evenly towards Kolomansberg. Arrived at the highest point of the ridge, the Kolomanskirche awaits you. Right next to the old wooden church is also a military radar station. From the church you follow your way back to a fork. Here you turn left and follow the path through the peaceful forest. At the picture of the saint, Kolomanstaferl, turn sharp right and walk comfortably down to the starting point of your hike.
The Hochalm is an open grazing area on the wooded eastern slope of the Mondseeberg. Once upon a time, the Almsee Monastery stood up here, but today no animals are kept there and the buildings have already been cleared away. Nevertheless, a hike to the beautiful mountain meadow is worthwhile, because the view of the surrounding mountains is great. The tour runs on good hiking trails and comfortable gravel roads. There are no alpine huts along the walk, so you should pack enough water and food.Your hike to the Hochalm begins in the center of the city of Mondsee. The path leads you past the church and out of the city. On the western slope of the Mondseeberg you wander across wide meadows and past individual farms. The path rises evenly. Soon he will lead you into a dense mountain forest. In the middle of the forest, the saddle between Mondseeberg and Kulmspitze reach. This place is called Radstatt and right next to the path is the chapel of the same name. The trail leads a little downhill and you will meet a wide gravel road. Follow this to the left until you reach a fork in the road. You walk to the right and come directly to the Hochalm. With a fantastic view you can take a break here. Then you follow the way back to the fork. This time you turn right here and walk down through the forest to Mondsee.
The theme path Lebensroas takes you on a journey through the history of Oberwang. A total of 12 stations await you on the two-kilometer circular route. Each station addresses a different aspect of Oberwang's history and traditions. Reading, listening, looking, touching or playing - in different ways you can immerse yourself in the history of Oberwang and especially in the rural life. The individual stations are also perfect for curious children. Thanks to the well-developed hiking trails but also the youngest in the stroller can go on the Lebensroas.In Oberwanger district Großenschwandt begins your hike. Right next to the Gasthaus Zum Fidelen Bauern you will find a hiking car park. From here you follow the signposted path to the north. At the station off. Start your life routine starts. Bit by bit you will learn more about Oberwang and life in earlier times. After exploring all 12 stations, you can take a rest at the inn before you start your journey home.More about the theme path Lebensroas at lebensroas.at