The Salzkammergut à la carte with the BergeSeen Trail
Round hiking and enjoying, this is now also possible in the Salzkammergut. For a year now, the Salzkammergut BergeSeenTrail has been opening up the beauties of this legendary summer resort region over a length of 350 km and in 20 (or more) daily stages. A success story that includes three federal states, 35 lakes, a mountain crossing and 15 summits. It attracts easy to moderate, but also demanding tours and many beautiful experiences on the go. A joint project of the Salzkammergut Tourismus, all ten tourism regions of the Salzkammergut, the Naturfreunde Salzkammergut and the Austrian Alpine Club.
The Steirer cheese smells hearty on the plate, the deep green Lake Steirer shimmers to the feet. Soulfood for the body, flavored with hundreds of crumbs from light to dark brown on a juicy bread with a short crust. The Steirerkas of the Traweng hut on the Tauplitz is specially mixed - and smells as aromatic as the alpine meadows around it. Power food for hikers, who can whet their appetite for a variety of mountain delicacies: the imposing Traweng, the vertically sloping "Furzhahn", the climbing mountain of Heinrich Harrer, or the "Tragl". A landscape characterized by dark green pine trees and the silvery shimmering karst rocks of the Dead Mountains, which are the same color as the weathered wood of the huts - or like the cracked skin of an old elephant. There are certainly rocky gods. Kuhgebimmel accompanies the path that leads from the Styrian Bad Mitterndorf to the Tauplitzalm and offers a foretaste of the crossing of the Totes Gebirge, which the young long-distance trail from the Grundlsee offers in an alpine variant.
Most tours on the BergeSeenTrails are easy to moderate, sometimes even suitable for families with children. The well thought out route guidance, characterized by the yellow logo-S on a black background, opens up the charming Salzkammergut on foot: In a long round trip the Salzkammergut BergeSeen Trail leads from the Upper Austrian town of Gmunden on the Traunsee over the Attersee to St. Wolfgang, over to the Mondsee and into the Salzburger Land to Fuschlsee. Continue past the Hintersee and across the Osterhorn group, over the alpine meadows the Postalm back to the Wolfgangsee and further into the imperial city of Bad Ischl.
From Bad Ischl the way up to the Katrin and the Goiserer hut, over Gosau the Dachstein, from the salt mountain down to the Hallstätter See and Koppental in the Styrian Salzkammergut, past the Ödensee and over the Hinterbergtal on the Tauplitzalm. From there in a wide arc to the Grundlsee, back up into the Dead Mountains and on its north side to the Offensee down to the Almsee, through the Almtal beyond the Laudachsee back to the starting point. A walking menu with many delicious "dishes" à la carte to choose from, depending on your time, condition and mood.
Because you do not always want a whole menu, and the Salzkammergut BergeSeen Trail can also be enjoyed bit by bit: In the course of individual weekend tours, it is easy to hike. The duration of most stages is between four and seven hours. Via ferratas can not be overcome on the entire 350 km. All paths are easily accessible with hiking boots and solid equipment. The alpine variants also require sure-footedness and a head for heights. If you run out of air for a total distance of 350 km, you can save time and drops of sweat by bus or train, boat or cable car. In this way, the ambitious long-distance hiking trail becomes a pure pleasure.
The water in the mouth can be combined not least with the breathtaking beauty of the landscape: with mountains as places of power and lovely lakes, which give depth to the landscape. They offer a feel-good experience for body, soul and spirit in a legendary landscape, which has already attracted many people: High gentlemen like the Austrian emperor, who spent 60 years in the Salzkammergut, but also researchers like Friedrich Simony, Poets like Adalbert Stifter, painters like Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller or Georg Ludwig Attersee, musicians like Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms and not least Hubert von Goisern, who was born in the Salzkammergut. Thus, the BergeSeenTrail also offers many detours to art and culture on its stages. For every gourmet is a Gustostückerl here!
The compass hiking guide and the hiking map "Salzkammergut BergeSeen Trail" can be bought in the book trade as well as with all tourism associations in the Salzkammergut and under trail.salzkammergut.at or www.kompass.de/wanderfuehrer. The hiking map is available free of charge from all tourism associations in the Salzkammergut and can be ordered at trail.salzkammergut.at