Hiking in Austria is a special experience. The wonderful combination of proud mountain peaks and peaceful lakes bring you a sense of peace. Yet, they also radiate energy and bring new perspectives. Hiking to panoramic summits, descending into the valley, and jumping into a refreshing lake – can life get any more beautiful?
In my opinion, life doesn’t get better than this and I hope to show you why in this Collection.
Since its inception in 2017, the BergeSeen Trail (mountain and lakes trail) has guided hikers through the Salzkammergut region in central Austria, leading them to the most beautiful peaks and no fewer than 35 lakes. The area is, after all, famous for its plentiful mountain lakes.
The path is waymarked by a yellow S on a black sign. Follow these markers and you can enjoy one of the most spectacular long-distance hikes. In this Collection, I show you the 223-mile (360-km) classic trail over 20 stages of varying distances. The hikes should take between three and nine hours. Even though the routes are quite long, they are not too technical and manageable with a basic level of fitness.
Over several stages, your journey will take you from Gmunden, a town on Lake Traunsee in Upper Austria, to the Salzburger Land. You then hike through Styria, a beautiful state in the southeast of Austria, before returning to the start point. Along the way, you should plan time for multiple breaks in the beautiful mountain huts that lie en route. This way, you can explore the local delicacies of several Austrian regions as you hike.
If you prefer, you can choose to only walk individual stages by travelling to the respective start points by bus, train, boat, or cable car. However, the paths are perfect for an immersive journey through the mountains and you may find that a longer trip helps you to fully unwind. If you plan to stay awhile, you should reserve your accommodation in advance. You won’t regret taking your time here.
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A special experience awaits you today: It goes up to the Postalm, a beautiful alpine pasture with wonderful nature and nice huts. Let's start in Hintersee. From there you hike to Lämmerbach, where the toll road towards Genneralm begins. That's exactly where you want to go. With this goal in view, you march up the gravel road and up some of the ascents. Arrived on the Genneralm, two rustic huts await you for a stop.
Did you sleep well? To start the eleventh stage of the BergeSeen Trail, all you have to do is leave your bed and you are practically in the middle of it - just below the hut you start descending towards Gosau. It is designed first of all freely over alpine pastures and past some huts, then through the forest to the Iglmoosalm and further to a parking lot above Ramsau.
Nature, water and even more nature await you on stage 16 of your mountain lake adventure. It practically starts at the door of your night quarters at Lake Tauplitz, the first beautiful body of water that you will encounter today. And the next ones are not far either. On the contrary: just a stone's throw away, the Großsee and the little fairytale lake, which you can reach via flat alpine meadows, are waiting to be discovered.