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The high moor region of lake Egelsee

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Path number: 3
Starting place: 4866 Unterach am Attersee
Destination: 4866 Unterach am Attersee

duration: 1h 35m
length: 4,5 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 261m
Altitude difference (downhill): 114m

Lowest point: 491m
Highest point: 670m
difficulty: medium
condition: medium
panoramic view: Great panorama

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 Naturerlebnis pur! Easy hike with beautiful viewpoints. The Egelsee lake is a moorland lake with unique flora. 

The starting point for this hike is the church square in Unterach. From here, the path leads us in the direction of the sweet chestnut forest (from here, one could follow the educational forest path to the "Jubiläumsbaum"). Continue on the bypass road, after 200 meters turn left at the farmhouse.
Now, hike along the edge of the forest and turn left once again after passing the wildlife enclosure. Follow this path upwards to the hotel Druckerhof.

Then, the path leads to the nature reserve lake Egelsee. The stunning scenery consisting of both peacul forests and idyllic meadows, paired with several viewpoints offering unique and breathtaking outlooks make this hike a memorable experience. Once you've reached the dark waters of the moorland lake, a special view of the western parts of the Höllengebirge mountains awaits. 

The upland moorlake Egelsee is situated at an altitude of 624 m and is 105 meters long, 65 meters at its widest point and up to 7 meters deep.The Egelsee lake was formed in the last ice age and is surrounded by a unique and precious flora. The six species of carnivorous plants and the twelve species of orchids are just a handful of examples that mark the nature reverse's botanical diversity. To return to the starting point, simply follow the same path. 

Refreshments en route: 
Panoramagasthof Druckerhof +43 7665 8295
Restaurant Stadler +43 7665 8346

Egelsee and Egelseemoor - nature reserve since 1965
Lake Egelsee and the surrounding Egelseemoor are not only a popular recreational area, but also the oldest nature reserve in the Attersee-Attergau region. Egelsee, a moor lake about 105 metres long and 65 metres wide, is a relic of the Ice Age. It is located in a so-called dead ice hole, which is surrounded by siltation bogs and a wide variety of fescue grasses. The area provides an ideal habitat for numerous but very sensitive plant species. In 1965, around 4.1 hectares were designated as a nature reserve by decree. Learn more about the Egelsee the "Venus Trap" among the nature reserves in the Attersee-Attergau region!

DISCOVER the protected natural jewel Egelsee in Unterach

PROTECTED PLANTS IN EGELSEE AND EGELSEEMOOR
Sensitive & nature conservation valuable plant species such as sundew, lousewort & more


Both the small moorland lake and its surroundings with a complex of fescue grasslands, fens, sedge swamps and remnants of upland moorland (Egelseemoor) are under nature conservation protection. All species of sundew found in Austria can be found at Egelsee, but also the marsh lousewort or dwarf hedgehog bulrush as well as numerous other species of high nature conservation value. The occurrence of six insectivorous plants (e.g. sundew / Drosera) and twelve orchid species alone reflects the plant-sociological diversity.
The shores of Lake Egel slope quite steeply, the lake is up to seven metres deep. A dense forest of various species of stonewort algae grows on its bottom. In between, pond horsetails and, in the shore areas, pond lilies have settled. The water, which becomes increasingly opaque as it gets deeper, is home to several species of native fish, such as pike, roach and carp. In the shore area, floating on the lake water is a fescue grass, which are water-soaked bog plants.

NO TRESPASSING - THIS WAY PLEASE!
Please stay on the hiking trail intended for visitors.


Many plants around Lake Egel are threatened with extinction and are very sensitive to foot traffic. The aim is to protect this unique plant diversity for the next generation. In keeping with the motto protect and use, the good ecological condition of the biotope complex could be largely preserved by demarcating the sensitive areas and signposting the hiking trail.

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Starting point: At the church in Unterach am Attersee
Destination: At the high moor Egelsee

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Accessibility / arrival

by car:
Coming from Salzburg via the A1 - exit Mondsee
Coming from Vienna/Linz via the A1 - exit St. Georgen, Attersee via Nußdorf to Unterach
Coming from the west - Bad Ischl-Weißenbach-Unterach
by train:
Coming from Salzburg or Linz/Vienna to Vöcklamarkt, then with the Attergau train to Attersee, and by bus to Unterach
by plane:
Coming from Salzburg via the A1 - exit Mondsee
Coming from Vienna/Linz via the A1 - exit St. Georgen

Parking
  • Parking space: 10
Shuttle service

You can continue along the path from Egelsee towards Stockwinkel and take the public bus (561) back to Unterach.

Travelling by public transport
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  • Spring
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  • Autumn
  • Early winter

Please get in touch for more information.

The high moor region of lake Egelsee
Tourismusverband Attersee-Attergau
Hauptstraße 9
4866 Unterach am Attersee

Phone +43 7666 7719 - 50
E-Mailinfo.unterach@attersee.at
Webattersee-attergau.salzkammergut.at
https://attersee-attergau.salzkammergut.at

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Tour-Details

Path number: 3
Starting place: 4866 Unterach am Attersee
Destination: 4866 Unterach am Attersee

duration: 1h 35m
length: 4,5 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 261m
Altitude difference (downhill): 114m

Lowest point: 491m
Highest point: 670m
difficulty: medium
condition: medium
panoramic view: Great panorama

Paths covering:
Hiking trail

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