8 days

Salzkammergut S-Trail section IV: Hiking in the Ausseerland

9 lakes, 1 summit

On this tour the S-Trail leads through the Ausseerland region, the south-eastern part of the Salzkammergut. Renowned for its crystal-clear lakes and dramatic mountain landscapes, the region was and still is especially popular with artists and bohemians. Lakes Grundlsee, Altaussee and Ödensee each discharge into separate rivers, each called the Traun, and all meeting in Bad Aussee – the starting point of this trip.

Salkammergut S-TrailThe Salzkammergut region is magnificent even by Austrian standards, with towering snow-capped peaks, wooded mountain slopes, lush green valleys and ice-blue lakes. Its defining feature has always been the dramatic visual effect created by its countless lakes framed by the immense peaks of the Northern Alps. This newly established long-distance trail links these highlights in a comprehensive way, never seen before.

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Respect for our planet’s limited resources and climate-friendly mobility are two major challenges of the 21st Century. We are therefore delighted to cooperate with the Austrian Federal Forest Authority on the “tree for your booking” project; a new tree planted for each hiking tour booked through us in the Salzkammergut region! Along with your travel documents, you will receive a photo of “your” tree, which you will even have the chance to visit during your trip.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS From €955 per person sharing.*

*Discounts available for children (under 14) sharing their parents’ room
*A high season supplement of €40 pp. will apply during July and August
*A single supplement fee will apply to solo walkers

ACCOMMODATION 7 nights with breakfast in ***inns (3x) and hotels (2x ****, 2x ***superior). All rooms are en suite.

*Note: Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as ‘Austrian Twins’ and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available. The hotels are located close to the walking trails.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, from June 1st to October 1st
7 x overnight stays in selected hotels
7 x breakfasts
1 x bread & homemade pesto snack at the Kohlröserlhutte / Odensee
1 x Hiking map of the Salzkammergut area + detailed routing
GPS tracks
Welcome video with info for your trip
1 x Salzkammergut Adventure Card – Reductions on 120 attractions in the region
3 x Luggage transfer – max. 2 pcs./person and max. 25 kg/piece of luggage
Service hotline daily from 8.00 – 18.00 (also on weekends)
Flights & travel insurance
Local taxes
Lunches & dinners not mentioned above
Drinks and snacks
Transport to and from Bad Aussee
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
5 x half board supplement (€150 pp) – only a la carte available in Grundlsee
Single Room Supplement(s)
DIFFICULTY This trip is graded as moderate overall. Walking days of up to 7 hours but hiking distances can be adjusted easily by public transport. A reasonable fitness level and basic hiking equipment like good hiking shoes, rucksack, rain and sun protection, functional clothing and also a warmer jacket or pullover are recommended.

Day 1: Arrival in Bad Aussee

Bad Aussee is the largest town in the Styrian part of the Salzkammergut lakes region and is easily accessible by public transport from Salzburg or Vienna.

You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation.

Overnight stay in Bad Aussee.


Day 2: Bad Aussee – Steinitzenalm – Bad Mitterndorf

Distance: 19 km | Ascent: 470 m | Descent: 350 m | 6½ hrs approx.

The first part of the tour follows the Kainischtraun River toward Lake Ödensee. At the lake you will find the Kohlröserl hut where a regional fish snack is included in the price of your trip. Fishing naturally is a big part of the local tradition. Nowadays the Austrian Federal Forests manage the cultivation of high-quality fish in the local rivers and lakes, which are among the best Austria has to offer.

Continue via the limestone springs “Strumern” to the Steinitzenalm – another lovely place for a break – before descending to the spa village of Bad Mitterndorf.

Overnight stay in Bad Mitterndorf


Day 3: Free day in Bad Mitterndorf

Choose from several activities, suggestions include: a challenging mountain hike, wellness at the local spa “Grimmingtherme”, canoeing on Lake Salzastausee, cycling tour with rental bikes or visiting the UNESO World Heritage village Hallstatt.

Overnight stay in Bad Mitterndorf.


Day 4: Bad Mitterndorf - Tauplitzalm

Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 870 m | Descent: 50 m | 5½ hrs approx.

The first part of the tour leads past the Kulm ski jump arena to Tauplitz. Here you can choose to ascend the Tauplitz plateau by bus or by chair lift (only in fair weather). Otherwise you follow the winding walking trail to the Tragwenghütte.

Overnight stay at Tauplitzalm.


Day 5: Choice of walks at Tauplitzalm

The Tauplitzalm is a true walker’s paradise and one of the most beautiful lake plateaus in Europe. Choose from numerous walking trails ranging from introductory to challenging.

Overnight stay at Tauplitzalm


Day 6: Tauplitzalm - Grundlsee

Distance: 18 km | Ascent: 318 m | Descent: 1194 m | 5-6 hrs approx.

Today you descend to Lake Grundlsee. The lake is especially popular with surfers and sailors which you can observe while following the lakeside trail to Grundlsee village.

Overnight stay in Grundlsee.


Day 7: Grundlsee – Toplitzsee – Kammersee - Altausseersee

To start the day, we highly recommend enjoying an extended, leisurely breakfast on the lake-view terrace. Especially rewarding day tours can be done to the neighbouring lakes (Toplitzsee, Kammersee, Altausseersee) either on foot or with a rental bike.

Overnight stay in Grundlsee


Day 8: Departure

Your trip comes to and end this morning, unless you have booked additional nights. You can take the local bus back to Bad Aussee to collect your car or catch a train for onward travel.

Arrival and departure info

  The closest airport is Salzburg. You can also fly to Vienna airport or Munich airport
  • From Salzburg, you can take bus no 150 to Bad Ischl and then the regional train (line R/REX) to Bad Aussee. Travel time 2 hrs approx.
  • You can also take a train from Salzburg and change at Attnang-Puchheim for Bad Goisern.
  • From Vienna, you can take a direct train to Attnang-Puchheim and then the regional train to Bad Goisern. Travel time 3 hrs approx.
  • Bus timetables available from Salzburg-verkehr
  • Train times can be found at Austrian Rail: www.oebb.at
Information for arrivals by car: Free parking available at the starting hotel.
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Bad Aussee alpine meadow
Lake Ödensee, (c) Funke
Enjoying a refreshing beer at the Steinitzenalm
Bad Mitterndorf (c) Martin Geisler
Steirersee, Tauplitzalm (c) Isiwal / Wikimedia Commons
Tauplitzalm (c) Isiwal / Wikimedia Commons
Tauplitz, Hollhaus (c) Isiwal / Wikimedia Commons
Tauplitz alpine meadow
Hiking in Tauplitz in the Austrian Alps
Hiking Tauplitzalm
Steirersee, Tauplitzalm
Grundlsee panorama (c) Tobias Jäkel
Lake Grundlsee
Lake Grundlsee
Backenstein hiking trail above Grundlsee (c) Ewald Gabardi
Toplitzsee walking trail (c) Funke
Lake Toplitzsee
Toplitzsee boat (c) Funke
Toplitzsee Fischerhütte (c) Stefan97
Hiking at the Altausersee, © STMG Wolfgang Stadler

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