© Sarstein at Lake Hallstatt (photo: Viroel Munteanu)
The Sarstein at Lake Hallstatt connects the World Heritage Villages Bad Goisern and Obertraun (photo: Viroel Munteanu)

Bad Goisern and Obertraun



The Sarstein

Regions: Upper Austria, Styria
Highest peak: Hoher Sarstein (1 975 m)

More peaks:

Niederer Sarstein (1 877 m), Schwarzkogel (1 800 m),
Gröbkogel( 1 724 m), Feuerkogel (1 704 m)

Especially for : hikers with endurance, panorama seekers




© The Sarstein (photo: www.360perspektiven.com)
The Sarstein connects Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt with Obertraun (photo: www.360perspektiven.com)

From the history


The Sarstein is one of the TOP 10 mountains to climb in the Dachstein Salzkammergut. It functions as a border between the two federal states of Upper Austria and Styria and can also be climbed from both sides, i.e. from Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt, Obertraun or from Altaussee. The name of the border mountain goes back to the old word "Schorrstein" (chimney) and derives from the middle high German "schorre", which translates as "rugged rock".


Although the hike to the Sarstein is challenging from a physical point of view, those who have made it to the summit will be rewarded with the magnificent panorama. The Lake Hallstatt, Lake Altaussee and Lake Grundl are at your feet and the view of the "Tote Gebirge", the north side of the Dachstein and the Gosaukamm is incomparable. You should definitely bring a good head for heights and sure-footedness for the insured climbing passages.


Length: 15.4 km

Height meters: approx. 1 500 hm

Difficulty: high

Panorama: amazing

Huts: Obertrauner Sarstein hut and Sarsteinalm