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Discover Austria’s largest lake  — day hikes around Lake Attersee

Hiking Collection by Attersee-Attergau

The Attersee-Attergau region is known as a place to both relax and be active. Around Attersee, Austria’s largest lake, you can explore numerous miles of hiking trails. From leisurely strolls along the shore to high peaks and mountain slopes, the region offers something for every hiker. In this Collection, we’ve chosen 10 sporty Tours which combine the idyll of Lake Attersee with grandiose mountain peaks. After a few tough ascents, you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramas over the Höllen Mountains and the Dachstein.

The hikes vary in length but all of them are designed as sporty day hikes. Sure-footedness and a head for heights is needed on some of the trails. We’ve also included a few fun scrambles up to the Brenner, Schafberg and Hochlecken peaks. After working up an appetite climbing, you can enjoy a well-deserved pit-stop at a mountain inn.

Two of the hikes can be split into two days: the five-summit tour and the hike from Kreuzstein to Schafberg. You will find information about accommodation in the stage descriptions. The hikes in this Collection are all varied, but they have one thing in common – showcasing the Attersee Lake. You can explore the different sides of the calming water, forgetting everyday stress.

The towns of Steinbach and Unterach are good basecamps if you plan to spend several days exploring the region. You can look forward to relaxing on the lakeshore after a great day hiking.

If you also want to explore the mountains around Attersee on a mountain bike, we recommend the KABONG Trail. You don't even need your own bike as you can rent one at the starting point in St. Georgen. The bike shop Bikesport Attergau even offers electric mountain bikes. For more information about our mountain biking Tour, see: komoot.de/tour/163639257

If these routes are slightly too challenging for you or if you would simply like more inspiration for routes in the Attersee-Attergau region, take a look at our other Collections: komoot.de/user/atterseesalzkammergut/collections.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    08:10
    10.1 mi
    1.2 mph
    4,675 ft
    3,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Schoberstein, Mahdlgupf, Dachsteinblick, the Brennerin and the Hochleckenkogel - on this almost 17 km long hike you will get to know five peaks of the Höllen Mountains. This challenging tour is intended for experienced mountain hikers. You are fit, but still want to take it easy? Then simply split the hike into two stages and spend the night in the Hochleckenhaus.The starting point is in Weißenbach am Attersee. Opposite the Fachberg bridge, you take the hiking trail number 820. It goes straight uphill, after all, there is more than 1,400 vertical meters to crack. On an exciting path you hike up to the Schobersteinspitze (1,035 meters).The path leads you up to the Mahdlgupf (1,261 meters), over the Dachsteinblick (1,559 meters), the Brennerin (1,602 meters) to the Hochleckenkogel at 1,691 meters. On the way you always enjoy fantastic views of Lake Attensee and the Dachstein, so your effort will pay off.Not far, then you will reach the Hochleckenhaus. Here you have more than earned an extensive break. You either hike right afterwards or the next day on path number 826 down to Taferlklaussee. You can get back to the starting point by taxi. You can find out more about the service here: attersee-attergau.salzkammergut.at/service/oeffentlicher-verkehr/taxiunternehmen.html.

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    Intermediate
    04:23
    9.59 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Look forward to great views of Lake Attersee and the surrounding mountains along this 15-kilometer hike, as well as wonderful rest areas for a hearty snack. The tour starts at the former Freund store in Oberhehenfeld.You follow the road a short distance to the bridge over the Schönbach. From here it continues along the Sickingerbach. The path rises slowly, then increases more and more. On the forest path you hike further up to the Schlossberg.Your next destination is the Gahberg. The path becomes flatter again and leads you past the observatory, the chapel and some nice rest areas. You will soon have reached your destination and enjoy a fantastic view of the Attersee from the Gahberg at 860 meters. Make yourself comfortable on the benches, enjoy the beautiful panorama and enjoy your snack. There are no rest stops on this hike. So pack up provisions and drink enough.After your break, you will return with the same energy with fresh energy. If you want to hike a little further, you can also walk back over the Häfelberg to Oberhehenfeld.

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  • Difficult
    06:06
    6.08 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,650 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this almost ten kilometer long hike you get to know the Brenner. The 1,602 meter high mountain in the Höllen Mountains gets its name from the fact that the limestone plateau was once burned down for pasture purposes. Therefore, you can look forward to beautiful, unobstructed views of the Attersee and the surrounding mountains.The tour starts in Forstamt in Steinbach am Attersee. You hike through the forest and then continue up a short iron ladder to the "Steinbachblick". The climb over the Brennerriesensteig is tough. The path leads you up a steep slope over a ladder. On the way you have a fantastic view of the Höllengebirge, so take the time for a break after you have passed the passage.The path continues to climb steeply. You wind your way up in serpentines. Once you have reached the Dachstein view, the challenging part of the hike is behind you. On a relatively flat route, you cover the last stretch to the summit cross. Here you absolutely deserve a promising break.In the same way it goes back to the starting point.

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    Difficult
    07:26
    8.31 mi
    1.1 mph
    4,250 ft
    4,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This almost 14 kilometers long hike takes you to the 1,782 meter high Schafberg. The striking summit belongs to the Salzkammergut Mountains and offers you a fantastic view. With its 1,300 vertical meters, the hike requires a lot of calf strength from you. However, if the ascent and descent are too crisp in one day, you can also spend the night in the Himmelspforthütte very close to the summit and divide the hike perfectly over the weekend.It starts at the parking lot of the public state swimming area. In the water you can see a stone with two crosses, which gave the region its name, "Kreuzstein". You hike into the forest and reach the first highlight after a few minutes: the Kreuzstein waterfall. The path leads you through the forest and up the mountain over several streams and a spectacular bridge construction with well-insured ladders. You will soon reach a hunting lodge from which you can enjoy a great view of Lake Mondsee. Now it is not far to the Eisenauer Alm. Here you can take a break in the alpine hut.Then you continue to hike across green alpine meadows and back into the forest. Then the path climbs a little steeper up to the Suissensee. You climb the last piece to the Schafberg summit via the so-called Himmelspforte - a steep and rocky climb that requires some scrambling. Therefore, you should take this route with caution when it is wet. Once at the top of the summit, you will be rewarded with a magnificent panorama from the Dachstein massif to the Berchtesgaden Alps. You can also enjoy this fantastic foresight peppered with hearty home cooking at the Himmelspforte refuge if you want to extend the hike to two days.For the way back you follow the well-known route a bit downhill, but then turn off to the Buchberghütte. Numerous serpentines take you further down to Unterach, accompanied by great views of the Attersee.

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    Intermediate
    04:20
    6.89 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this eleven kilometer long hike you will get to know one of the most beautiful hiking trails around Lake Attersee: the Valerieweg through the Burggrabenklamm. The path is well laid out and secured with steel cables on some steep parts, you should still be free from giddiness and sure-footed for this circular hike.The start is at the Jagawirt inn, which is right next to the entrance to the Burggrabenklamm. The exciting path leads you through the impressive gorge little by little up the mountain to the Eisenaueralm. The narrow Valerieweg, built in 1890, is very nicely laid out and leads straight ahead in serpentines and up stairs. You will soon be standing in the middle of the impressive moat and look down into the deep gorge.You cross the moat several times and hike further uphill to the Unterackeralm and over flat terrain to the Oberackeralm. The path takes you across alpine meadows and through the forest to the extensive Eisenaueralm. Not far, then you have reached the Buchberghütte and can look forward to an extensive break with a great view.The path then winds back over serpentines and stairs to the shores of Lake Attersee. You walk the last kilometers on a hiking trail parallel to the road on the shores of the lake back to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:39
    5.45 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,000 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost nine-kilometer hike takes you up and down the Wachtberg, the local mountain of Weyregg am Attersee. On the way you can enjoy wonderful views of the picturesque lake and the surrounding mountains. The starting point of the round tour is at the fire department depot in Weyregg.You always hike up the first three kilometers. After a few meters you will pass the small Floriani chapel. From here you already have a great view of the almost 50 square kilometer lake - a good foretaste of the way ahead. You keep going uphill and around the Wachtberg. The 800 meter high mountain is also popular with skiers and snowboarders in winter.Then it goes relaxed downhill over lush meadows towards Alexenau. In the small town you turn right and walk on the Dr. Gleissner way back to Weyregg. On the way you have a wonderful view of the Attersee and even meet some alpacas. In Weyregg you will find several cafés and restaurants to stop at. The rest of the day you can relax in the local lido.

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    Intermediate
    03:08
    6.56 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This ten-kilometer hike takes you high up and promises you wonderful views of Lake Attersee and the surrounding landscape. It starts at the Landgasthof Spitzerwirt in Kogl.The way up to the Lichtenberg rises continuously. You will soon dive into the shady forest and hike uphill on beautiful paths. Breathe in the fresh forest air, this gives you energy for the altitude meters ahead of you.When you get to the top, you will soon be standing in front of the 36 meter high observation tower. Climbing the 208 steps is worth it: from the viewing platform you have a fantastic panoramic view of the Salzkammergut. You see the Attersee, the Höllengebirge and up to the Dachstein.Hunger? Berghof Danter is not far from the lookout tower. Here you can fortify yourself with a hearty meal before you return to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    01:35
    1.55 mi
    1.0 mph
    1,675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You can expect a short, crisp hike to the 1,037 meter high Schoberstein. The promising mountain hike starts in Weißenbach am Attersee. You follow the hiking trail with the number 820 up to Schobersteinspitze.The path is steep and partially exposed, so it does not hurt if you already have some hiking experience in your luggage. Two short stages with a wire rope make it easier for you to overcome the rocky summit structure.Once at the top, you look at the Attersee and the Schafberg. An indescribable panorama from the rocky summit. The descent is then on the same route. After the hike, you have the opportunity to visit the Glücksplatz "Rotbuche behind the Hotel Post" in Weißenbach.

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    Difficult
    02:31
    2.61 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,025 ft
    0 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This charming alpine hike in the middle of the Höllengebirge leads you to the Hochleckenhaus at 1,574 meters altitude. The road is not always easy to walk, so you should be sure-footed. You start the mountain tour at Gasthof Kienklause near Steinbach am Attersee. From there you hike along the Zwieselbach.You come out under the Scheringstein and wander in numerous turns steeply uphill. Here you have already exceeded the 1,000-meter mark. Below the Eagle's Point and past the Kugelzipf you will reach the Hochleckenhaus. The delicious cuisine and the fabulous panoramic view make you forget the effort of the climb.After the well-deserved break, it goes back down the same path. But before that, you should thoroughly enjoy the fresh mountain air and let your eyes wander. Since you are just above the tree line, you have a fantastic panorama of the Höllengebirge and the Attersee.

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    Intermediate
    03:17
    5.31 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A real insider tip awaits you on this hike: the Unteracher local mountain, Hochplettspitz, at 1,134 meters. On the way up to the summit cross you have breathtaking views of the turquoise-blue Attersee and the surrounding Upper Austrian Salzkammergut. The starting point of the hike is in the center of Unterach am Attersee.From there you walk towards the church and on to the chestnut forest. Passing the jubilee tree, we continue on serpentines to a forest road. The path rises steadily but moderately. The narrow path leads you through the shady forests, there are always beautiful views down to the lake.Once at the summit cross you no longer have a view of the lake, but you can immortalize yourself in the summit book and take a breath before you run back down to the lake. Back in Unterach, you can end a day of hiking perfectly and relaxed in the lido.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    62.5 mi
  • Duration
    43:35 h
  • Elevation
    24,450 ft

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