A glistening mountain world: 7 beautiful lakes around Salzburg

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Crystal-clear mountain lakes and powerful waterfalls plunging into the valley, looking around, you see a breathtaking panorama in every direction. Water in the mountains is powerful, no matter which forms it takes. When you stand on the shore of a glittering lake in the midst of the Salzburg mountains, you feel the pristine beauty of nature with your whole body. These seven hikes of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty will take you directly to the shores of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the southern province of Salzburg. No matter which route choose, you will be accompanied by mighty gushing water along the way.

Families stroll around the turquoise blue Jägersee, ambitious weekend hikers climb up to the Bockhart lakes and real mountain goats take on the 1300 meters (4265 feet) climb to Schuhflickersee. The beautiful thing about the crystal-clear mountain waters of the Salzburger region is that they can be found at different altitudes. This makes them the perfect picnic spot after a relaxing stroll, as well as a haven of peace after a long ascent.

The starting points of these seven hikes can all be reached by public transport. We've also picked a few nice huts for you because a hearty meal is the best way to end your adventure. Take a look at our routes and maybe you will soon gaze into your own reflection in the calm mountain waters.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    00:38
    1.23 mi
    2.0 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Jägersee lies in the valley of the Kleinarl valley at an altitude of 1,099 meters and surrounded by the magnificent mountain peaks of the Radstädter Tauern. But all this sounds more demanding than it really is: to successfully round the emerald lake, it does not need any special skills. Just a little time, a camera - to capture the beautiful view - and depending on your mood on the go. The best walkway can even be used on a pushchair.Let's go to the Gasthaus Jägersee, which has been there since the beginning of the 18th century and fits perfectly into the landscape. On a forest road you always walk along the shore towards Kleinarlbach - the lower end of the lake. An idyllic spot where you can spread the picnic blanket and taste your snack - with the splashing of the ice cold mountain stream in the background - especially good.From here, a small, wooden bridge leads over the stream and the path into the forest. A little farther away from the water, but without ever losing sight of it, you can take a few easy climbs back towards the starting point of the tour. There, the Gasthaus Jägersee beckons with regional food and a promising lakeside terrace. If you like, you can rent a rowboat here too.Directly next to the Gasthaus Jägersee, the hiking bus leaves several times a day and takes its passengers via Kleinarl and Wagrain to St. Johann. If you prefer to travel by car, just park at the free car park (just one minute away from the inn).Additional Information:Hiking bus: wagrain-kleinarl.at/de/aktivitaeten/wandern-berg/wanderbus
    Gasthaus Jägersee: jaegersee.at/de/ausflugsziel-urlaub-kleinarl.html
    Wagrain Tourism: wagrain-kleinarl.at/de

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  • Easy
    00:28
    1.12 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Where the Prebersee lies? There, where the world is still in order: At 1,514 meters above sea level and at the foot of the Prebers he invites you to an idyllic round that pleases the whole family.Alpine meadows, imposing heights and in the middle a moor lake. So you could describe the Prebersee at Tamsweg in Lungau. All around there is a boardwalk, sometimes a trail. The hike is not long and always worth a visit, especially with children.The Prebersee is the easiest way to get there by car, but in summer you can also hop on the valley bus. It takes you from Tamsweg directly to one of the most important highlights of the round: the Ludlalm. There are "grown-up" nature lovers over delicious delicacies from the region, while the smaller hikers romp at the best equipped playground.Additional Information:
    Bus connection in summer: lungau.at/media/Sommerurlaub/Sommerurlaub_Wandern/Taelerbus_Prebersee.pdf
    Prebersee region: lungau.at/de/dein-lungau/orte/tamsweg/sommer/region-prebersee

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  • Intermediate
    03:44
    5.21 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The hike to the Lower and Upper Bockhartsee starts relatively steep. A path leads through the forest. But not for too long. Soon you will reach the first vantage point (and thus the Bockhartseehütte). Here you have a great view of the Nassfeld, the valley of the famous Gasteinertal. And already the delicious smell of the classic huts in the nose.But we recommend that you first complete the tour - after a hike the food tastes even better. Just a few meters from the hut, the first (and larger) of the two lakes opens up. A remarkably glistening reservoir. And next to him the wooden dragon of Bockhartsee. He is part of a legend that says that the wealth of gold in the high valley has risen to the local squires. The dragon - the rest of the guard and creator of Bockhartsees - covered the valley with ice. After the ice melt, the mountain lake remained behind.So learned something and continue through the serpentines in the direction of Upper Bockhartsee. The gold history of the high valley has also left its mark here: On the way you will always meet ruins of miners' houses and mountain forges. Until you finally reach the small mountain lake. Anyone who is brave enough throws himself into the freezing cold waters. Otherwise, this place offers itself for the consumption of the brought snack, before the descent into the valley takes place on the same way.To get to the starting point of this tour, you go through old tunnels in the direction of Sportgastein. Buses go in and out several times a day. For a small fee, you can also travel by car.Additional Information: Gastein bus connections: gasteinertal.com/busverbindung
    Gasteinertal Tourism: gasteinertal.com
    Bockhartseehütte: bockhartseehuette.at

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  • Difficult
    05:49
    9.65 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,200 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This tour takes you into the legendary world of the Tappenkarsee, the largest mountain lake in the Eastern Alps. Thanks to the steep but easy path, this hike is also suitable for families.The first of many highlights on this tour is the crystal-clear Jägersee. The path initially runs along the lake shore, then always next to the Kleinarlbach to the parking lot next to the Schwabalm. Here the actual ascent begins in the direction Tappenkarsee.On a well walkable, but quite steep path you first march through a densely forest, in between over a small stream and always parallel to a powerful waterfall. The effort pays off: on the way there are always great viewpoints waiting for you and at the end the turquoise blue Tappenkarsee lies at your feet.If the weather plays along and you feel like it, you can take a dip in the ice-cold lake. After that the Alm will be waiting for you with a refreshment. It means sitting down, stretching your legs and taking in the breathtaking views of the lake and the mountains that surround it. Before it finally goes back to the valley on the same way for you.Depending on the type of journey, perseverance and motivation you start your hike to Tappenkarsee either at the bus stop Jägersee or drive for a toll a few more miles to the Schwabalm.Additional Information:
    Hiking bus: wagrain-kleinarl.at/de/aktivitaeten/wandern-berg/wanderbus
    Tappenkarseealm: grossarltal.info/de/almen/tappenkarseealm.html

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  • Difficult
    07:26
    10.2 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,525 ft
    4,525 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The hike from the valley of the Almen to Schuhflickersee takes several hours and is therefore recommended for endurance hikers. Also a summit - the Schuhflicker with 2,214 meters height - is part of the route. Therefore, you should definitely bring good footwear and the corresponding experience. At the top, you will be well rewarded: As beautiful as the Schuhflickersee, there is hardly any other mountain water.Let's start on a wide road towards Aualm. It lies at a proud 1,795 meters and serves a delicious snack in the summer with home-made delicacies. From here it goes over lush green meadows in the direction of the summit. And he will soon be seen.A little dangling leads you shortly before the Schuhflickersee. A fantastic mountain lake, nestled between imposing peaks and no runoff, which makes it somehow even more magical. So if you want, you stay here and let the landscape affect you. If you want more adventure, you can climb the Schuhflicker summit. This leaves you the planned tour for a while and you have to plan for the ascent about 20 minutes more. The view is worth it anyway.Anyway, you can go back over the Schuhflickersattel and down to Arltörl, where a small chapel is waiting. Constantly accompanied by great views you finally find yourself back in the valley. Whether you opt for the long or shorter version, or add the summit, this tour is definitely worth the effort.If you want to shorten your tour, you can drive to the Aualm, or take the hiking taxi.Additional Information:
    Hiking taxi and buses: grossarltal.info/de/sommer/almwandern/wandertaxi.html
    Grossarl Tourism: grossarltal.info
    Aualm: grossarltal.info/en/almen/aualm.html

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  • Difficult
    05:11
    7.09 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Gasteinertal has so much to offer on fantastic hikes. A real insider tip slumbers in Bad Gastein, at 1,831 meters and at the feet of the carpentry group. The climb is steep, it is important that you wear good footwear and have provisions with you. But the reward follows on the heels: the Reedsee. A true power place surrounded by ancient trees and especially in the autumn mirror of a great play of colors.The hike starts in the former hotel village Grüner Baum, from where you walk across a wide forest road towards the end of the valley. After about half an hour, you will reach the Himmelwandhütte, which, in addition to its spectacular views, is known for its delicious strudel. However, we recommend that you treat yourself to this reward only after the tour. Because it has it all.After some time on the wide forest, you branch off and cross a wooden bridge. From then on it goes steadily uphill. The wonderful views, which open up in between, make up for it but loose. For a while, it goes through pines and other woods. Until the road finally flattened and opens up in front of you the Reedsee.The shore of the enchanting lake invites you in any case to a rest - but you should definitely bring the provisions yourself. Because up here really nothing but the untouched nature. Once the snack and the breathtaking views have been eaten, the same path leads back to the valley.Additional Information: Gastein bus connections: gasteinertal.com/busverbindung
    Gasteinertal: gasteinertal.com

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  • Difficult
    07:35
    11.1 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,100 ft
    4,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    No pain no gain. Under this motto, you start your tour from Dorfgastein center towards Paarseen. That makes them relatively long. But the paths are easy to walk on and, as everywhere in the Gastein Valley, wonderful views await you on the way. And a hut to stop off.As natural mountain lakes, the Paarseen are especially known for their magnificent scenery. To reach them, you start hiking in Dorfgastein on a forest road uphill. The panorama that offers you here is hard to beat and the flora is varied. But the best thing comes to the end: After reaching the saddle you descend into a unique nature reserve. And there he lies: the upper (also called Kleine) Paarsee. If you want, you can make your way from here to the much larger Lower Lake Paar. So much to say: it pays off. And you can now enjoy the Paarseen panorama that everyone is talking about in full glory.After a breather on the freezing cold water you climb up again in the direction of the saddle. From here you can reach the cross on the Gasteiner Höhe via a small path. And thus a stunning view over the Gastein valley to the Tauern peaks.You could already dream up here. But your tour is not over yet. And with most hikers, a slight feeling of hunger is spreading at the latest. No problem, because from now on it goes downhill and always in the direction of Steiner Hochalm, which serves regional delicacies at 1,535 meters. The perfect sunny spot to put your feet up before going downhill again.Further information:
    Gastein bus connections: gasteinertal.com/busverbindung
    Gasteinertal Tourism: gasteinertal.com
    Steiner Hochalm: gasteinertal.com/steiner-hochalm

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    45.6 mi
  • Duration
    30:50 h
  • Elevation
    15,125 ft

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