The first section of the ‘Kasberg’ alpine variation begins at the Almtalerhaus Hut. The route crosses the Ring Saddle, leads to a hunting lodge in the Brunnental Valley and finally travels through the Katzengraben to arrive at the Steyer Hut, which provides overnight accommodation.
From the Almtalerhaus Hut to the Brunnental Hunting Lodge (3 hours)
The route initially follows the trail markers ‘Herrentisch, Ringsattel, Steyrling’, continuing along a wide, flat forest path heading north. After 500 metres, the trail arrives at a junction. To the left, a path leads in the direction of the Ödsee Lakes (10 minutes to the small lake, 20 minutes to the large lake). Our trail continues straight ahead for a short distance and then begins the steep ascent to the beautiful views at the Herrentisch and Ring Saddle (897 m). The path then makes a moderately steep descent to the Ring Hut (hunting lodge). At this point, the route heads along the forest road which leads out of the narrow Steyrling River Valley. After 2.5 kilometres, the trail reaches the old forester’s lodge in the ‘Bernerau’ region and shortly thereafter arrives at a junction after a bridge over the Steyrling. The route continues straight ahead and after an additional 4 kilometres reaches the small settlement at the Brunnental Hunting Lodge.
From the Brunnental Valley to the Steyrer Hut (2 ½ hours)
From the Brunnental Hunting Lodge, the route follows signposts along a forest path towards the north-west, heading into the valley through the Katzengraben. After 2 kilometres, the route arrives at bridge. Immediately afterwards at a right curve, the trail makes a left onto a former logging road. The route ascends alongside the stream until reaching a forest road with markers. Our trail continues for a short time along the road, keeping left at the fork. Shortly thereafter, a hiking path turns off to the right. The route ascends through the forest along this trail for approximately 45 minutes to finally arrive at the beautifully situated Steyrer Hut.
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!