The Panorama Trail 100 in the Schladming-Dachstein region of Styria in Austria lives up to its name. Hiking along well-maintained paths where no alpine experience is required, you experience impressive views over the mighty Dachstein massif, the second-highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. Although Schladming is primarily known as a winter sports resort, the region has plenty to offer in the warmer seasons too.
The Panorama Trail 100 leads 75 miles (120 km) on either side of the Enns River. The circular hike leads along the riverbank and up into the hills above the valley. In this Collection, we split the trail into seven stages, but of course, you can complete the route in more or fewer days as you prefer.
The section to the left (north) of the Enns River leads below the impressive peaks of the Dachstein Massif, over the Ramsau Plateau, along the Gröbminger Valley Basin, and from the Mitterberg to the small village of Öblarn. There, at the end of the third stage, you change to the southern bank of the Enns. On the other side, you hike through the 4-Mountain Ski Area (Reiteralm, Hochwurzen, Planai, and Hauser Kaibling) and visit picturesque places like Untertal, Haus im Ennstal, or Michaelerberg.
The Panorama Trail 100 starts and ends in Mandling, a mountain village easily reached by regional train. There are good public transport connections along the Tour, for example in Pruggern or Öblarn, so you can plan your hike flexibly. For more information, see: oebb.at/en
Each night, you arrive in a place with a good choice of accommodation to suit any budget. However, on the fourth stage, you spend the night on the mountain at the Michaelerberghaus. You should reserve a bed here in advance. Local tourism associations offer overnight stays in comfortable accommodation as well as a luggage transport service from hotel to hotel.
Your long-distance hike starts at the train station in Mandling in the green Enns Valley, surrounded by majestic mountains. If you want to arrive the day before, you can stay in one of the accommodations in town. At the beginning of the first stage, it goes flat along the main road until you turn left into the forest. At Warterdorf, the path becomes steeper and takes you up the first hill of your seven-day circular hike.
The next day begins as the first one ended - with a breathtaking view of the Dachstein massif. You leave Ramsau am Dachstein to the south and follow the course of the Knollbach. After a few minutes' walk you hike through the picturesque town of Kulm with its rustic, flower-decorated houses. You always have the Dachstein in view.After almost …
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A demanding climb awaits you right at the start of the third stage: From Pruggern, you climb the mountain in serpentines. You can reach the highest point at over 1,100 meters at the refuge at the junction to the summit of Freienstein. If the 21 kilometers of today's stage are not enough for you, you can take a detour to the promising summit.
After a night in Öblarn you walk past the parish church and follow the tracks to Bach. There you turn onto the Moarzreiterweg and hike through the wonderful forests of the Sölktäler Nature Park. You will soon reach the striking Stein an der Enns branch church, which towers on a hill above the village. The Hubertus restaurant is ideal for a refreshment before heading uphill again. The Gelsenbergweg leads you up a wooded slope.
The fifth stage starts with an impressive view from the Michaelerberghaus. From there, the path winds down to the Sattentalbach and then climbs again immediately. You zigzag up to the Pirklalm, where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Stoderzinken and the lunch peak.Through shady forests and over wide alpine meadows it goes through the hilly landscape. You can …
The sixth stage, at almost 17 kilometers and 720 meters in altitude, is the most demanding of the 100 Schladming-Dachstein panorama trail. From Haus im Ennstal you climb the Ernest-Reitzner-Weg at the beginning of this day. Follow the shady paths through the forest below the Tauern cable car until you reach the small Salleitner pond. The water, surrounded by lush greenery, is an important habitat for insects and amphibians.
The last stage already begins, which leads you back to the starting point of the long-distance hiking trail: After a night in the tranquil Untertal, you hike steadily uphill and pass meadows and pastures. You will be accompanied by breathtaking views of the Dachstein massif with its peaks up to 2,995 meters high.After you have crossed Rohrmoosstraße, the fairytale …
Mountain Biking Collection by Martin Donat