Salzkammergut S-Trail section V: Easy walking in the Almtal Valley
3 lakes, 1 summit
This tour follows the last stages of the S-Trail through the picture-perfect Almtal valley. The valley is one of the most secluded spots of the Salzkammergut and therefore a true insider’s tip. This is an unspoilt area of peaceful tranquillity. You will follow forest paths to the serene and idyllic Lake Almsee, where the crystal-clear waters reflect the surrounding jagged peaks. From there you follow the course of the Alm river, passing the beautiful lake Laudachsee and the impressive Mount Grünberg on your way to Gmunden.
This trip is ideal for families and nature lovers and can be combined with a visit to the Cumberland Wildlife Park (with reduced rates).
The 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.
|A tree for your booking
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.
|5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS||From €550 per person sharing.*
*Discounts available for children (under 14) sharing their parents’ room
|ACCOMMODATION||4 nights in ***hotels/inns in double room.
*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 May 11th to October 4th|
|DIFFICULTY||This trip is graded easy to moderate overall. The walk on day 4 is long (23.5 km) but can be shortened by 10 km by taking a morning taxi.
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 Ebensee
This charming town enjoys a beautiful location on the shore of Lake Traunsee and has many good cafes and restaurants. You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation.
Overnight stay in Ebensee
Day 2: From Lake Offensee to Lake Almsee & the Almtal
Distance: 17 km | Ascent: 695 m | Descent: 776 m | 6 hrs approx.
A short transfer after breakfast will take you to the start of your first hike at Lake Offensee. Today’s stage is also part of the European long-distance trail E4. You will first ascend along a forest trail before descending to the southern shore of the pristine Lake Almsee. From there, a splendid hiking trail begins along the eastern lakeshore to a small charming cove with particularly stunning views of the mountains to the south of the lake. Lake Almsee is the source for the Alm river and you will follow the course of the river in the coming days.
At the end of your walk you will be transferred to your accommodation for the next to nights in the mountain village of Grünau im Almtal.
Overnight stay in Grünau im Almtal.
Day 3: Free day in Grünau im Almtal
We recommend a walk into the center of Grünau im Almtal. Along the riverside path you will come upon a fisherman’s hut (FischAlm) where you are invited to enjoy a “Steckerlfisch” (locally caught grilled fish on a stick).
Also worth visiting is the Cumberland Wildlife Park (about 4 km from your accommodation). A walk through the park is highly recommended and you will receive reduced rates with your Salzkammergut Card. Here you can see primarily native animal species such as elk, deer, wild pigs, brown bears, lynx, and wolves among many others in beautiful natural surroundings.
Overnight stay in Grünau im Almtal.
Day 4: From Grünau im Almtal to Gmunden via Laudachsee
Distance: 23.5 km | Ascent: 673 m | Descent: 775 m | 6½ hrs approx.
The final section of the Salzkammergut BergeSeen Trail continues amid beautiful scenery along the rocky banks of the Alm river before branching off into the woods towards the serene Lake Laudachsee. From the lake the trail continues along a nature trail to Mount Grünberg, landmark of Gmunden. Here you can take a break for a cold drink at the Grünbergalm and enjoy the spectacular vew from the terrace over Lake Traunsee. You can then choose to take the cable car directly down into town or descend on foot via the hamlet of Weyer. Finally, the trail goes along the shore of Lake Traun on a beautiful path to the centre of Gmunden.
When you reach Gmunden you take a short train ride back to Ebensee for your final night.
Overnight stay in Ebensee.
Day 5: Departure
Your trip comes to an end this morning, unless you have booked any additional nights.