Dachstein circular trail
- pets allowed
- Suitable for groups
- Glacier region
- culturally interesting
- Multi-day tour
- Possible accommodation
The Dachstein forms the imposing center of this circular hiking trail. In 8 stages you hike the mountains around the mountain personality Dachstein. On this unique and varied hiking tour you get to know the special features of the regions around the Dachstein. This circular tour leads from the Dachstein Salzkammergut - Tennengau - Filzmoos - Schladming Dachstein and all the way to the Ausseerland. Very special hiking huts are on the list of overnight stays. Tipp: Offers for hiking from hut to hut with luggage transfer!
The Dachstein, although it cannot technically call itself one of the "3000 metre peaks" (actual height 2995m), is the second highest peak in the northern chalky alps. It has become particularly famous since 1997 when UNESCO added the Dachstein region, along with Hallstatt and the Inner Salzkammergut to its list of World Heritage sites.
Unique hiking experience for real mountain enthusiasts
The Dachstein Hiking Tour follows existing marked paths, but there are additional sign-posts which indicate where you need to join a different route at various intersections along the way. The 8 daily stages equate to around 4-6 hours of normal-speed walking.
The route begins at Gosau at the foot of the Gosaukamm (mountain range) and leads to Ramsau on the south side of the Dachstein. From here you hike via the glacier eastwards to the Guttenberghaus and onwards to the Stoderzinken. Following the foot steps of the ancient pilgrims to the north we reach the Salzkammergut. We follow the river Traun on even footpaths as we wend our way through the Salzkammergut.
The stages of the Dachstein circular walk:
Overview of the 8 stages:
1. Gosausee - Hofpürgl Lodge
via the Austriaweg at the foot of the Gosaukamm, to the Hofpürgl Lodge below the Bischofsmütze
2. Hofpürgl Lodge - Dachstein soutz Face Lodge
along the Linzerweg and Pernerweg - always under the spell, so to speak, of the Dachstein's south face.
3. Dachstein South Face Lodge - Hunerkogl - Guttenberg House
"expedition" across the glacier to the rocky south face of the Dachstein
4. Gutenberg House - Stoderzinken
across the high pastures alongside the Dachstein, to the summit of the Stoderzinken - a magnificent view-point.
5. Stoderzinken - Bad Mitterndorf
through the Notgasse, Biehbergalm and remote peaks to the Steinitzenalm or Bad Mitterndorf
6. Salzkammergut - Hallstatt
easy walking alongside the stream: moors, karst springs, quiet forest lakes, then via the Salzkammerweg to Hallstatt
7. Hallstatt - Bad Goisern
on the "Brine Trail" above the Hallstatt valley and the Hallstättersee (lake) to Bad Goisern. Stunning alpine scenery and views of the glacier.
8. Bad Goisern - Gosau
steep pathways via the Goisererhütte to Gosau
Characteristics of the Dachstein Hiking Tour:
•It is always easy to get your bearings, as you make your way along natural (no asphalt or concrete), unspoilt trails and paths around the Dachstein!
•Varying altitudes from 780 m to 2700 m above sea level.
•Unspoilt, diverse landscapes - from valley floors to vast glaciers.
•Camping out in mountain huts and lodges offering panoramic views of the region.
Ecperience a 360° panorama tour through Gosau valley...
Mountain rescue: 140The stages of the Dachstein circular walk:
- Glacier region
- Multi-day tour
- Possible accommodation
- Board possible
This way is, depending on the weather, accessible from June till September.
motorway exit Golling – Abtenau, Russbach, Gosau
Gosau: after the “Pass Gschütt” junction turn right onto the “Gosausee Landstraße”, after approx. 7 km you will reach the car park at the Lake Gosau.
motorway exit Regau – Gmunden, Bad Ischl, Bad Goisern, Gosau
Gosau: at the “Pass Gschütt” junction drive straight ahead onto the “Gosausee Landstraße”, then after approx. 7 km you will reach the parking lot at the Lake Gosau.
by bus (irregular on Sundays):
from Bad Ischl: bus in direction to “Gosausee” (Lake Gosau)
from Rußbach: bus in direction to Gosau, at the terminus change to bus in direction to “Gosausee” (Lake Gosau)
- Parking space: 200
- Parking area for disabled: 4
- Bus parking space: 4
no parking fees
- Suitable for groups
- Pets allowed
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