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Long distance hiking in Austria’s Salzkammergut – mountains and lakes galore

Simon Matzinger

Long distance hiking in Austria’s Salzkammergut – mountains and lakes galore

Hiking Collection by Valerie

20

Tours

121:42 h

224 mi

46,600 ft

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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BergeSeen Trail (klassisch)

221 mi

46,100 ft

46,100 ft

Last updated: January 28, 2022

Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 1: Von Gmunden zum Gasthaus „In der Kreh“ – BergeSeen Trail

    Difficult
    06:07
    12.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of the BergeSeen Trail is in the beautiful center of Gmunden. You can easily reach it by train: first to Attnang Puchheim and from there to Gmunden. You march straight along the lake and first make your way out of the city. Once you have reached the administration building, the streets

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  • Difficult
    05:50
    11.8 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,850 ft
    2,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Your tour and stage 2 of the BergeSeen Trail starts today with two beautiful mountain lakes. Well, at least almost - you have to walk a bit for that.

    

    From the inn "In der Kreh" you cross the Langbathbach and then walk for a while on a forest path to the Vorderen Langbathsee. Only a short time later you

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  • Difficult
    06:12
    13.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,000 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 3 of the BergeSeen Trail takes you from Steinbach am Attersee to the famous St. Wolfgang. I hope you slept well (or are motivated for this day tour) because there are a good 21 kilometers ahead of you. From the village center in Steinbach am Attersee you march southwards to the beginning of the

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  • Difficult
    08:41
    13.9 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,900 ft
    4,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Yes, I know: with its many meters of altitude, stage 4 looks like a whole piece of work. So first of all: Using a cog railway can save you a bit of time and a lot of climbing. But more on that later.

    

    It starts in St. Wolfgang, where you first make your way to the market square in front of the pilgrimage

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  • Difficult
    03:26
    6.34 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 5 of your BergeSeen Trail adventure takes you from Mondsee to Fuschl am See. And compared to yesterday's tour, today's ten kilometers almost look like a walk. But don't be fooled - there are still a few vertical meters to overcome. In addition, this tour can be varied depending on your mood, mood

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  • Difficult
    07:15
    14.4 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the course of the over 23 kilometers that await you on stage 6 of the BergeSeen Trail, you first hike towards Fibling. You can reach the highest point of the hike with its 1,307 meters by walking from Fuschl to the main road, then hiking over a forest road and a meadow to a chapel and finally taking

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  • Difficult
    06:53
    11.2 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,850 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    7.18 mi
    1.9 mph
    625 ft
    3,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 8 of the BergeSeen Trail is comparatively easy with its eleven and a half kilometers. From yesterday's stage destination, the Postalm, which can hardly be surpassed in idyll, you hike along a flat alpine road to the Wieslerhütte. Turning off to the right, hiking towards Thoralm and finally switching

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  • Intermediate
    04:21
    9.84 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the course of stage 9 of the BergeSeen Trail, you hike from the charming Strobl to the traditional Bad Ischl. To do this, you first go from the Strobler center to the lakeside promenade, which you follow north to the outflow of Lake Wolfgang. Before you reach the bridge at Seeklause, however, you

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  • Difficult
    09:20
    12.6 mi
    1.4 mph
    6,525 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Enough of the valley - today it goes higher again. And that's what it means: first walk upriver from Bad Ischl. To the valley station of the Katrinseilbahn, where you have two options: Either you choose the more comfortable route and let the rustic cable car "float" upwards. Or you can climb up to the

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  • Difficult
    07:30
    13.3 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,525 ft
    5,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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

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  • Difficult
    06:41
    10.6 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,975 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Hallstatt is one of the most visited cities in Austria. You have probably seen the picture with the traditional houses by the water a few times. Today Hallstatt is also the destination of your tour.

    

    To do this, you start marching from yesterday's night quarters towards Gosau to the Edelweiß inn. From

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  • Intermediate
    04:28
    10.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 13 of the BergeSeen Trail begins with a boat trip that you use to cross Lake Hallstatt to get out at the train station on the other side (hallstattschifffahrt.at). First it goes right along the lake to a couple of boat huts, then you hike up the valley path high above the roofs of Obertraun. After

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  • Difficult
    06:08
    13.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Leaving the beautiful alleys of Bad Aussee is not easy. But today your adventure continues and so much can be said: With beautiful, traditional places, it is far from over.

    

    But first you start to hike towards Ödensee. To do this, cross the Traunbrücke and find yourself a short time later in front of the

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    10.1 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,900 ft
    150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 15 takes you from Bad Mitterndorf up to the idyllic Tauplitzalm. The ascent is just at the end today - in Bad Mitterndorf you start walking leisurely and flat.

    

    To the church, past the Griminghalle and under the main road to Königgasse. Keep left at the junction and hike along a dirt road to the

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  • Intermediate
    04:17
    8.50 mi
    2.0 mph
    575 ft
    3,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Difficult
    06:49
    9.37 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,000 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    As beautiful as Gößl is - today you can continue hiking. And it goes high. But first you have to find your way out of Gößl: from the church, walk east to the edge of the forest and climb a path that soon changes into a wider path and eventually leads you to the Schwaiber Alm. The path to the Gößler Alm

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  • Difficult
    08:38
    15.5 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,825 ft
    5,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 18, which is coming up today, demands a lot from you: just under 25 kilometers to be exact. But it goes relatively slowly. And the beautiful nature compensates for every effort anyway.

    

    Let's start at yesterday's stage goal, the Albert Appelhaus. Through sparsely forested and rocky terrain, you descend

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    6.15 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 19 could already be described as "calm before the storm". Or as a last leisurely tour before the "Grande Finale".

    

    The picturesque Almuferweg from the Gasthof Jagersimmerl takes you out of the valley and is full of sleep. After about a third of the route to be mastered today, you will pass the Cumberland

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  • Difficult
    07:11
    14.5 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Time for the last stage of the BergeSeen Trail. And it has it all again: Just under 23.5 kilometers await you. But in the end you want to earn your long-distance hiking award, don't you? From Grünau you first make your way - always along the peacefully babbling alpine pasture - towards Scharnstein. Shortly

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    20
  • Distance
    224 mi
  • Duration
    121:42 h
  • Elevation
    46,600 ft

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