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Hiking trail to the Predigstuhl

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Special features
Board possible - Rathlucken hut
Suitable for groups

Tour and route information

  • Starting place: 4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee
  • Starting point: Bad Goisern (train station)
  • Destination: 4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee
  • Destination: Predigstuhl peak
Duration: 5h 30m
Length: 11,9 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 893m
Altitude difference (downhill): 894m
Lowest point: 498m
Highest point: 1233m



Panoramic view:

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Paths covering:

  • Gravel
  • Unfixed
  • Hiking trail

Most economical season:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Varied day tour starting from the center of Bad Goisern, over the mountain trail to the eternall wall "Ewige Wand", past the Blaschek scenic view point and up to the peak of the Predigstuhl. The challenging hike not only surprises with rocky sceneries, it offers a breathtaking view of Lake Hallstatt and the Dachstein on the opposite.

The construction of the hiking trail

In the valley basin north of Lake Hallstatt, the forefathers of Goisern created the enchanting cultural landscape that made the travel writer Benedikt Pillwein anno 1828 write: "No region can be more beautiful and rich in varied scenes for the painter ..." The special charm of the landscape is owed not least to the spectacular rock walls of the "Ewige Wand"and the breathtakingly peak of the Predigstuhl (which the locals write without a "t") in the northeast of the village.
The trail which runs through the middle of the "Ewige Wand" was created by the Austrian Federal Forest with an explosion. Since that the recent developments are much less noticeable: in 1990 the Goiserer mountain guide Heli Putz created a short but fairly exposed exercise ferrata at the “Ewige Wand“ and in 1996 he and Gerhard Gangl created the great "leadership fixed rope route" through the walls of the Predigstuhl.

The hike to the peak of the Predigstuhl

The trail to the peak of the Predigstuhl requires sure-footedness, a head for heights and good physical condition. The path is partially secured with steel cables and is only recommended with good footwear - not accessible when it’s wet.
Starting from the train station in Bad Goisern it goes through the town center on the Marktstrasse towards the Hotel Lindwurm. Here we cross the main road and follow the sidewalk to the hotel VIVEA. Passing the spa hotel, we reach the Posern district and follow the path up to the Rathlucken hut.
Here it goes over the child-friendly legends trailon the “Höhenweg” up to the rocky outcrops of the “Ewige Wand”. We now cross the blasted high path (two tunnels) - a true walk between heaven and earth. At the end of the second tunnel, a breathtaking view on the Goiserer valley and Lake Hallstatt awaits you. At the wooded upper edge, take a sharp right and follow the narrow path no. 245 above the “Ewige Wand”. Passing the Blaschek scenic view point, which is recommended for a short break, it goes over the Rathsteigthrough the wooded high valley to the steep peak of the Predigstuhl.
The path leads to the right, following the junction to the peak of the Predigstuhl, over damp rock steps, but secured with short ladders and steel cables. Once at the peak, you can let your eyes wander over Lake Hallstatt and the Dachstein at the opposite. The descent also follows the rock steps and then continues on the original path to the right. Over a rocky gorge and in serpentines, you follow the path down through the very steep eastern slope - past the junction to the "leadership fixed rope route".
Once on the forest road, turn right to the restaurant Berghof Predigstuhl. Below the restaurant follow the way on the left, it goes back to Posern in further hairpin bends.

Fancy more hikes?

The Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut seduces with the most demanding and beautiful hikes. For example, another demanding hike with fantastic views awaits you on the way to the Goiserer hut and Kalmberg.
You will find more recommendations in our overview of all hiking trails in the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut.

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Tourismusverband Inneres Salzkammergut – Ortsstelle Bad Goisern
Kirchengasse 4
4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

Phone: +43 6135 8329
Fax machine: +43 6135 8329-74

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Accessibility / arrival

Starting point of this hike is the train station Bad Goisern. From here you walk through the village center to the district Posern and walk up to the Rathlucken hut.

Alternatively, the Rathlucken hut and the restaurant "Berghof Predigstuhl" can be reached by car via the toll-free scenic road. Parking is available at both locations.


  • Parking space: 20
  • Bus parking space: 1

Parking fees

free of charge

Travelling by public transport

Route planner for independent travellers


  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples


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My recommendations

Rathlucken hut
Wurmstein 2, 4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

Phone: +43 6135 6293

Blaschek Scenic View Point
auf der Ewigen Wand, 4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

Phone: +43 5 95095-10

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Hiking trail to the Predigstuhl
Starting place: Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

Duration: 5h 30m

Length: 11.9 km

Metres of altitude: 893m


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