From the Ischler Hut to the Schönberg Mountain (2 hours)
rom the hut, the route follows path No. 211 in a south-westerly direction across the meadow. The terrain is initially flat and then begins to ascend. After 20 minutes of hiking, the trail reaches a junction. The route continues to the right along path No. 226, steeply ascending over rock steps. Thereafter the trail winds upward through mountain pines, bypassing numerous deep sinkholes, to arrive at a broad saddle between the peaks of the Altarkögerl (1723 m) to the left and the Feuchter Kogel (1781 m) to the right. The trail continues upward over a long, grassy slope to the summit cross which is located on the western summit at 2090 metres. The eastern summit, separated from the western by an enormous sinkhole, is 3 metres higher and accessible via a secured rocky passage.
From the Schönberg to the Hochkogelhaus Hut (2 hours)
The descent to the Hochkogelhaus (path No. 227) leads along the prominent north-west ridge. First the trail heads over a grassy slope into a gap and then makes a short ascent. Afterwards, the route traverses the ridge edge to arrive at a gap and the junction with path No. 211, which arrives directly from the Ischler Hut.
The route now descends to the right and leads between the ‘Hinterer’ (left) and ‘Vorderer’ Rauhenkogel Peaks to the Hochkogelhaus, which can be seen from a distance.
Many prominent figures have explored this region: nobles like Archduke Johann and Empress Elisabeth, scientists such as Friedrich Simony, poets and authors like Nikolaus Lenau, painters like Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, musicians and composers such as Johannes Brahms. Did they ever think that hiking in the Salzkammergut might have no end? That they could tramp from one lake to the next and then onward to yet another? Day by day along the shores of crystal-clear waters? Week-long excursions through quiet valley forests, over sunny alpine meadows and up mountains fuelled by the anticipation of the next destination? Further information…
Tips: Hiking in autumn
Autumn is here! Hooray! The most beautiful hiking season of the year! However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when hiking, especially at this time of year.
- Plan tours properly.
- Start early. Especially for high alpine hikes.
- Attention: It gets dark early!
- If you are staying overnight in a hut, register in good time by telephone.
- Do not miss the last cable car ride down the mountain when on mountain tours.
- Information on the current operating times of the cable cars in connection with a hike can be found below under "Information at a Glance".
- Check snow conditions. Because at this time of the year the first snow can already fall in the high mountains.
- We have summarised further important safety tips below.
- We wish you an unforgettable hiking autumn in the Salzkammergut.
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Safety Tips for Hikers
Admittedly, the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is the absolute pinnacle for hiking fans, mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers—unforgettable tours to incredibly beautiful mountain lodges and meadows, panorama views as far as the eye can see and cherished moments that will last a lifetime! However, you should remember that while hiking you might find yourself in high-alpine terrain. We’ve put together some resources to assist you: how to best prepare for your tour, recommended items for your backpack and steps to take in an emergency situation. Remember to always play it safe and enjoy your hiking adventure in the Salzkammergut!