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Hiking trail around the Dachstein

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Special features
Glacier region
culturally interesting
Multi-day tour
Possible accommodation
Board possible
Pets allowed
Suitable for groups

Tour and route information

  • Starting place: 4824 Gosau
  • Starting point: "Lake Gosau"
  • Destination: 4824 Gosau
  • Destination: "Lake Gosau"
Duration: 43h 9m
Length: 115,3 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 6435m
Altitude difference (downhill): 6379m
Lowest point: 496m
Highest point: 2659m



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Paths covering:

  • Hiking trail

Most economical season:

  • Summer
The Dachstein forms the imposing center of this circular hiking trail. In 8 stages you hike the mountains around the mountain personality Dachstein. On this unique and varied hiking tour you get to know the special features of the regions around the Dachstein. This circular tour leads from the Dachstein Salzkammergut - Tennengau - Filzmoos - Schladming Dachstein and all the way to the Ausseerland. Very special hiking huts are on the list of overnight stays. Tipp: Offers for  hiking from hut to hut with luggage transfer!

The Dachstein, although it cannot technically call itself one of the "3000 metre peaks" (actual height 2995m), is the second highest peak in the northern chalky alps. It has become particularly famous since 1997 when UNESCO added the Dachstein region, along with Hallstatt and the Inner Salzkammergut to its list of World Heritage sites.

Unique hiking experience for real mountain enthusiasts

The Dachstein Hiking Tour follows existing marked paths, but there are additional sign-posts which indicate where you need to join a different route at various intersections along the way. The 8 daily stages equate to around 4-6 hours of normal-speed walking.

The route begins at Gosau at the foot of the Gosaukamm (mountain range) and leads to Ramsau on the south side of the Dachstein. From here you hike via the glacier eastwards to the Guttenberghaus and onwards to the Stoderzinken. Following the foot steps of the ancient pilgrims to the north we reach the Salzkammergut. We follow the river Traun on even footpaths as we wend our way through the Salzkammergut.

The stages of the Dachstein circular walk:

Overview of the 8 stages:

1. Gosausee - Hofpürgl Lodge
via the Austriaweg at the foot of the Gosaukamm, to the Hofpürgl Lodge below the Bischofsmütze

2. Hofpürgl Lodge - Dachstein soutz Face Lodge
along the Linzerweg and Pernerweg - always under the spell, so to speak, of the Dachstein's south face.

3. Dachstein South Face Lodge - Hunerkogl - Guttenberg House
"expedition" across the glacier to the rocky south face of the Dachstein

4. Gutenberg House - Stoderzinken
across the high pastures alongside the Dachstein, to the summit of the Stoderzinken - a magnificent view-point.

5. Stoderzinken - Bad Mitterndorf
through the Notgasse, Biehbergalm and remote peaks to the Steinitzenalm or Bad Mitterndorf

6. Salzkammergut - Hallstatt
easy walking alongside the stream: moors, karst springs, quiet forest lakes, then via the Salzkammerweg to Hallstatt

7. Hallstatt - Bad Goisern
on the "Brine Trail" above the Hallstatt valley and the Hallstättersee (lake) to Bad Goisern. Stunning alpine scenery and views of the glacier.

8. Bad Goisern - Gosau
steep pathways via the Goisererhütte to Gosau

Characteristics of the Dachstein Hiking Tour:

•It is always easy to get your bearings, as you make your way along natural (no asphalt or concrete), unspoilt trails and paths around the Dachstein!

•Varying altitudes from 780 m to 2700 m above sea level.

•Unspoilt, diverse landscapes - from valley floors to vast glaciers.

•Camping out in mountain huts and lodges offering panoramic views of the region.

Ecperience a 360° panorama tour through Gosau valley...

Mountain rescue: 140The stages of the Dachstein circular walk:

Altitude profile


Tourismusverband Inneres Salzkammergut – Ortsstelle Gosau
Gosauseestraße 5
4824 Gosau

Phone: +43 5 95095-20
Fax machine: +43 5 95095-74
E-Mail: gosau@dachstein-salzkammergut.at
Web: www.dachstein-salzkammergut.at
Web: www.wandern-dachstein.at

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Accessibility / arrival

by car
from Salzburg:
motorway exit Golling – Abtenau, Russbach, Gosau
Gosau: after the “Pass Gschütt” junction turn right onto the “Gosausee Landstraße”, after approx. 7 km you will reach the car park at the Lake Gosau.
from Linz:
motorway exit Regau – Gmunden, Bad Ischl, Bad Goisern, Gosau
Gosau: at the “Pass Gschütt” junction drive straight ahead onto the “Gosausee Landstraße”, then after approx. 7 km you will reach the parking lot at the Lake Gosau.
by bus (irregular on Sundays):
from Bad Ischl: bus in direction to “Gosausee” (Lake Gosau)
from Rußbach: bus in direction to Gosau, at the terminus change to bus in direction to “Gosausee” (Lake Gosau)


  • Parking space: 200
  • Garage-parking: 0
  • Parking area for disabled: 4
  • Bus parking space: 4

Parking fees

no parking fees

Travelling by public transport

Route planner for independent travellers

Opening hours

This way is, depending on the weather, accessible from June till September.


  • Suitable for groups

Grooming service

Österreichischer Alpenverein - Sektion Bad Goisern

Österreichischer Alpenverein - Sektion Bad Goisern
Bundesstraße 75, 4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

E-Mail: alpenverein.badgoisern@gmail.com
Web: www.alpenverein.at/bad-goisern


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a.Pedestrians have the right of way: We are accommodating and friendly to pedestrians and hikers. Upon encountering these fellow travellers, we alert them by using the bicycle bell and slowly overtake them. We avoid paths with heavy pedestrian traffic altogether. Take nature into account: We do not leave refuse behind.

b.The braking distance should be half of the total distance visible: We ride at a controlled pace, are ready to brake and maintain a braking distance half as long as the total distance visible, especially in curves, because we always have to count on obstacles on the path. Damage to the path, stones, branches, wood piles, grazing livestock, cattle grids, barriers, tractor-type forestry machines and authorised vehicles pose dangers that we need to be ready for.

c.Don’t drink and drive!: Do not drink alcohol when mountain biking. Take care at stop-off points (dealing with bike racks, dirty shoes or clothing).

It is obligatory to provide first aid!

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Blockades can often not be avoided and are in your own interest. Biking beyond the intended path and outside of opening times is punishable and turns us into illegal bikers.

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f.Avoid unnecessary noise. Out of consideration to the animals living in the wild, we only bike during full daylight. As a principle, we always wear our helmet (even when riding uphill)! Don’t forget emergency supplies: We always have a repair set and bandages along.

g.Don’t overestimate your skills: We should not overdo it when it comes to biking technique and physical fitness. Take the level of difficulty posed by the route into consideration and make a precise estimate of your experience and skills as a biker (braking, bell, lights)!

h.Close gates: We approach grazing livestock at a walking pace and close every gate behind us. We should avoid causing escape and panic reactions in the animals. Nothing stands in the way of the fun and athletic challenge in the mountains and forests!

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Hiking trail around the Dachstein
Starting place: Gosau

Duration: 43h 9m

Length: 115.3 km

Metres of altitude: 6435m


Panoramic view: