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Enjoy the view in Upper Austria

Observatory Jochwand

Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • All weather

The "Jochwand Point of View" was built 1860 by Prince Lichtenstein.
Here you will have a beautiful view to the valley of Bad Goisern, to Lake Hallstatt and the surrounding mountains.

Hiking via the so-called "Hammerberg"

On this hike via the Hammerberg to Weißenbach surefootedness is required 

According to a legend from former times a giant has broken the valley from Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt into two parts by a hammer.

The Jochwand point of view can be reached via the path from Weißenbach or via Unterjoch (Rassingmühle, Hanuschhof) or the Maiswaldwarte.

The hike takes around 3 till 4 hours, depending on your fitness level. You will move on gravel paths, short asphalt routes, forest roads and about 70% on a natural hiking trail.

This certified premium hiking trail is also called "Salzalpentour",  is marked with this name in colour blue and yellow) and can be easily followed 

Once again: If you want to do this hike via the "Hammerberg" you should be sure-footed.

Experience a 360 degree Live Panoarama of Bad Goisern...

From spring to autumn the Jochwand Point of View is a favoured destination.

  • open to the public


819 m

Accessibility / arrival

Several paths lead to the Jochwand viewpoint.
* Ascent from Weißenbach
* Ascent via Unterjoch

by car
from Salzburg:
Exit Thalgau via federal road B158 towards Bad Ischl, in Bad Ischl drive onto Salzkammergut Street B145 towards Bad Goisern
from Linz:
Exit Regau via federal road Salzkammergut street B145 towards Gmunden and Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern
from Vienna/Graz:
Exit Liezen via federal road B320, in Trautenfels drive onto Salzkammergut street B145 towards Bad Goisern
from Villach:
Tauern motorway to exit "Eben im Pongau", via B166 Pass Gschütt federal road through Gosau, at the Gosaumühle junction turn towards Bad Goisern

by train
Attnang-Puchheim - Stainach-Irdning lines
stops “Goisern Jodschwefelbad”, train station Bad Goisern or "Steeg / Gosau"
by bus
Bus 542 (Bad Ischl - Gosausee)
stops Bad Goisern Jodschwefelbad, Bad Goisern Kurhotel, Bad Goisern Mitte/B145, Stambach StrKrzg., St. Agatha Agathawirt, Stambach Angerer, Steeg Reitern, Steeg Au, Steeg Bahnhof, Steeg Traunbrücke, Steeg E-Werk, Steeg Greunz
Detailed information on the respective train and bus times can be found at https://www.oebb.at/en/ (train) and https://www.postbus.at/en (bus).

Travelling by public transport
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  • Free entry
  • All weather
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Please get in touch for more information.


Observatory Jochwand
Jochwand Goisern
4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

Phone +43 5 95095 - 10

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Tourismusbüro Bad Goisern
Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut

Phone +43 5 95095 - 10

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