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Two hikers in Gosau in the holiday region Dachstein Salzkammergut (Photo: Best of Wandern / Thomas Bichler)

Hiking
in the Dachstein Salzkammergut

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Hiking and mountaineering

The journey is the reward!

Go out, switch off, master challenges, breathe in fresh air, enjoy the views. In the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut, the most beautiful hiking trails and most challenging peaks await you. Explore the Places of Happiness that give you strength, climb the highest peak of Upper Austria, the Dachstein, let your soul dangle during a leisurely walk along the Lake Hallstatt or around the Lake Gosau. Find the hike that suits you and enjoy the mountain and lake scenery.

Have your breakfast at a mountain pasture

Alpine emergency call 140

  • Keep calm, select emergency call (Alpine emergency call 140 or Euro emergency call 112)
  • Render first aid and provide the injured person
  • Follow the instructions and wait at the scene until help arrives
  • Don't make too much calls so the battery lasts long
With the 3D map, the Dachstein Salzkammergut fatmap, you can plan hiking tours safer and follow the route in advance, show the slope and see a tour description.

 

Rules of conduct in nature

  • We leave nothing in nature and dispose of our garbage expertly.
  • We avoid disturbances in the peace and take care of flora and fauna.
  • We stay on the marked trails.
  • We leash our beloved four-legged friend to protect the other forest dwellers.
  • We observe the smoking ban and do not light a fire.
  • We only collect as much of berries and mushrooms as we need for ourselves.
  • We preserve the nature and admire flowers in the countryside rather than withered at home.
  • We pay attention to any information such as forestry work or locks and observe these.

FAQs for hiking

Where can you order a hiking map of the Dachstein Salzkammergut?

You can order a hiking map with the villages Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt and Obertraun online at the tourist office on map order.

 

Which hiking huts are there in the Dachstein Salzkammergut?

There are many huts and alpine pastures in the inner Salzkammergut, which are ideal for a stopover during your hiking tours and offer a great view of the mountain and lake landscape. Click here for an overview of all the hiking huts and mountain pastures in the Inner Salzkammergut.

 

Are there self-catering huts of the "Alpenverein" and the "Naturfreunde" for overnight stays in the Dachstein Salzkammergut?

A large number of hiking huts are available for overnight stays in Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt and Obertraun.

 

What equipment should I have with me when hiking in the Salzkammergut?

There are 7 things you should have with you on every hike: first aid kit, headlamp, bivouac sack, acoustic/optical signalling devices, mobile phone and power bank, hiking map, sufficient food (nutritious food and plenty of water). Further tips for your hike can be found at www.wandern-dachstein.at.

 

Where can I borrow hiking equipment in the Dachstein Salzkammergut?

The tourist office in Gosau at Dachstein has a "Best of Wandern" test center where you can borrow various hiking equipment from shoes to poles for free.

 

Which are the most beautiful hikes in the Dachstein Salzkammergut?

The hiking map of the tourism association lists 16 hikes which, depending on difficulty and ability, are among the most beautiful mountain experiences in the Inner Salzkammergut. These hikes are: hike to the “Hütteneckalm” (mountain pasture), east bank hiking trail, trail to the „Hoher Kalmberg“, hike through the eternall wall („Ewige Wand”), hike to the upper Lake Gosau, hike to the Place of Happiness Löckermoos, “Herrenweg”, hike to the glacier tongue, hike through the Koppenwinkel, hike to the “Heilbronner Kreuz”, hike on the “Zwölferkogel”, crossing of the Sarstein, hike to the “Salzberg”, hike in to the “Echerntal” (valley in Hallstatt), hike up the “Plassen”.  You can order the free hiking map online on the website of the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut.

 

Are there also long-distance hiking trails in the Dachstein Salzkammergut?

The Inner Salzkammergut is of course also a popular point for long-distance hiking trails. The Dachstein Circular Hiking Trail, the Salzalpensteig, the Salzkammergut Trail as well as the Northern Alpine Trail lead through the region.

 

What rules of conduct should be observed when hiking in the Salzkammergut?

We leave nothing lying around in nature and dispose of our rubbish professionally. We avoid disturbing the peace and show consideration for flora and fauna. We stay on the marked paths. We leash our beloved four-legged friend to protect the other inhabitants of the forest. We observe the smoking ban and do not light a fire. We collect only as much berries and mushrooms as we need for ourselves. We preserve nature and prefer to admire flowers in the open air rather than wilting at home. We pay attention to and follow any instructions such as forestry work or closures.

 

What do the difficulty levels blue, red, black mean when hiking?

Blue mountain trails are easier paths, but they can also be narrow and steep. Sure-footedness and a head for heights are absolutely necessary.


Red mountain paths are mostly narrow paths, these are often steep and can have more dangerous passages. Short insured walking passages can be included from time to time. Sure-footedness and a head for heights are absolutely necessary.


Black mountain paths are very narrow and often steep and can be dangerous to fall. There are often insured passages and/or easy climbing sections that require the use of hands. Sure-footedness and a head for heights are essential.


Alpine routes lead into the free alpine or high alpine terrain and are not mountain paths in the conventional sense. They can have exposed, slippery and fall endangered as well as unsecured walking and climbing passages. Sure-footedness and a head for heights are absolutely necessary. If you have little hiking experience, we recommend that you contact one of our hiking and mountain guides.

 

What kind of lifts and cable cars are available in the Dachstein Salzkammergut?

There are two cable cars in the region. The Gosaukammbahn leads up to the Zwieselalm with an impressive view of the Gosausee and the Dachstein. The Dachstein Krippenstein cable car takes you up to the Dachstein high plateau, the 5fingers, the Dachstein Giant Ice Cave and Mammoth Cave. In Bad Ischl the Katrin cable car also takes you to the huts on the side of Bad Goisern.