5 days

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). 

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.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS From €580 per person sharing.*

*Discounts available for children (under 14) sharing their parents’ room
*A high season supplement of €15 pp. will apply during July and August
*A single supplement fee will apply to solo walkers

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 10th to October 5th
4 x overnight stays in in ***inns/hotel
4 x breakfasts
1 x Genusslizenz (€10 culinary voucher for local partners)
1 x transfer Ebensee – Lake Offensee
1 x transfer Lake Almsee – Grunau
1 x Tram ticket Gmunden Seebahnhof – Train Station
1 x Train ticket from Gmunden – Ebensee
1 x Hiking map of the Salzkammergut area + detailed routing
1 x S-Trail hiking booklet (1x per room)
GPS tracks
1 x Salzkammergut Adventure Card – Reductions on 130 attractions in the region
3 x Luggage transfer – max. 2 pcs./person and max. 25 kg/piece of luggage
Welcome video with info for your trip
Service hotline daily from 8.00 – 18.00 (also on weekends)
Flights & travel insurance
Local taxes
Lunches & dinners
Drinks and snacks
Transport to and from Ebensee at start and end of trip
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
 Half board supplement (€110 pp)
Single Room Supplement(s)
DIFFICULTY This trip is graded easy 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.

Arrival and departure info

  The closest airport is Salzburg. You can also fly to Vienna airport or Munich airport
  By Train

From Vienna, a direct train to Ebensee takes 2½ hours approx.

From Salzburg, rail passengers to Ebensee must change at Attnang-Puchheim. Journey time from Salzburg is approx. 2 hrs.

Train times can be found at Austrian Rail: www.oebb.at.

By Bus

From Salzburg, you can take bus no 150 to Bad Ischl and then the regional train (line R/REX) to Ebensee. Travel time 2 hrs 25 mins.

Timetables available from Salzburg-verkehr

Ebensee village
Ebensee (c) Oberösterreich Tourismus
Lake Offensee
Shelter at Lake Offensee
Almtal hiking trail
Taking a break at Lake Almsee
Walking path at Lake Almsee
Boathouse in Lake Almsee
Hiking at Lake Almsee
Swimming at Lake Almsee
Nature in the Almtal
Cumberland Wikdpark
Cumberland Wilkpark (c) Oberösterreich Tourismus
Hiking in Grunberg © brainpark.traunsee
Lake Laudachsee
Lake Laudachsee with the Katzenstein and walking signpost
Grünberg cable car (c) Bwang via Wikimedia Commons
Lake Traunsee walking path in the Salzkammergut
Lake Traunsee in Gmunden
Schloss Ort, Traunsee © TVB-Traunsee

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