This trail route is an impressive descent through a rugged and rocky landscape. A particularly difficult section at the lower end of the karst at Wiesbauereck is aided by means of ladders and cables.
From the Welser Hut to the Almtalerhaus Hut (2 ½ hours)
From the Welser Hut, the trail descends over grassy steps along path No. 215, followed by a short cliff face which is conquered using ladders and cables. The route continues in numerous turns through the karst. On the left side, hikers enjoy views of the mighty cliffs of the Schermberg Mountain and to the right, the prominent north-western edge of the Kreuz Mountain. Finally the trail reaches the end of the karst and the so-called ‘foundation wall’ of a very steep and exposed cliff. The valley floor (and valley station of the cable lift) is finally reached by means of a very long ladder followed by cables at the Wiesbauerband (cliff band).
The route continues along a wide, flat road and after 3.5 kilometres arrives at the Almtalerhaus Hut. The Almtalerhaus is an alpine hut belonging to the Wels Alpine Association.
From the Altmtalerhaus Hut to the Gasthof Jagasimmerl Inn (1 ½ hours)
From the Almtalerhaus, the route follows a narrow road out of the Almtal Valley alongside a rushing stream for 6 kilometres until arriving at the Gasthof Jagasimmerl Inn. This section can also be accomplished by car (or taxi).
This part of the trail also provides the possibility of a very worthwhile detour to the Ödsee Lakes. The extra excursion only requires 30 additional minutes of hiking. The Ödsee Lakes are located east of the trail and are reachable via a well-marked path in a short amount of time. From the larger lake, hikers will enjoy a particularly spectacular view of the northern face of Schermberg Mountain.
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…
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!