Hiking in Austria is such a pleasurable pastime
In keeping with the Austrian saying, walking is not just “the miller’s delight”
Hiking appeals to lovers of the great outdoors big and small, young and more experienced. Simply BEING in natural surroundings, experiencing the mountains, and enjoying the views, all make hiking the most popular form of sport. The Dachstein Salzkammergut Holiday Region has the perfect ingredients for a walking holiday: lakes and mountains. If you collect hiking badges we recommend the SummitLynx app which allows you to collect digital walking badges and then claim your reward from one of our tourist information offices.
Plan your hiking tour carefully so that you enjoy it and remain safe
Before you set out on a hiking tour it is essential that you find out how difficult it is, what equipment you will need, how long it takes, and where the route will take you. We have joined the 3D Outdoor “Fatmap” cooperation to make it easier for you and all other mountain enthusiasts in the area to plan and prepare for your expedition. Take a look at the Dachstein Salzkammergut fatmap and start planning your next adventure. You will love it, and you can also download the Fatmap App.
Essential items for all hiking expeditions
When planning your mountain adventures, always make sure you know what equipment you will need. Depending on the nature of your hike, make sure you pack any special things you will need such as climbing ropes, harness, crampons etc.
7 things you must always take with you when you go hiking:
- First aid kit
- Head torch
- Bivouack sack
- Alarm/warning devices
- Mobile phone and power pack
- Sufficient food and water to last you throughout your tour
When out in the mountains, the unexpected can happen, so it’s best to think about every possible eventuality in advance. Whether you are responsible for a group, hiking with friends or family, you must make sure you pack sufficient emergency items for everyone.
Hiking with children
Hiking is most enjoyable when you take your family. Take the opportunity to explore your natural surroundings and enjoy the views from mountain summits together. Children love the opportunity to explore. Bearing this in mind, you will need to allow extra time, make sure you don’t take on anything too difficult, and make sure your walks are not too long either. Children need to get used to walking, and if you expect too much of them, they won’t want to go again!
5 things to think about when hiking with children:
- Correct equipment for the whole family: Layers of clothing that can be added/taken off as required, waterproofs, protection from the sun
- Small, light child’s rucksack, just for personal things such as their favourite toy, sweets .....
- Snacks and drinking water to last throughout your excursion
- Children should enjoy their walk, so allow then to set the pace
- Allow several breaks and enjoy your natural surroundings together
- Hiking with a group of friends is more fun for children
- The aim is not necessarily to reach the summit, but to enjoy the route. Make sure your children enjoy going walking and do not expect too much of them!
Long distance hikes, magical sites, Obertraun Mountain Experiences
There are many recommended long distance hikes to help you make the most of our Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut. Throughout the area you will come across many “places of happiness” which are said to help you “restore your energy”. Take part in one of our “Obertraun Mountain Experiences” and discover the Dachstein Krippenstein from a different perspective: by full moon or sunrise.
Discover our World Heritage on foot
The Dachstein Salzkammergut Holiday Region is all about Cultural and Natural Heritage. Our Nature Trail is a great way to discover the natural heritage of the Dachstein massif. The trail begins at the Gjaidalm and continues via the Wiesberghaus Hut and ends at the Simonyhütte Hut. This is a spectacular mountain tour during which you can discover the ever-changing flora and fauna of the region and there are views of the Dachstein throughout. The route takes approx. 5 to 8 hours, so when following the Nature Trail, allow 2 days and 1 overnight stay in 1 of the 3 mountain huts.