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BergeSeen Trail Stage 12

From Gosau-Hintertal to Löckernmoos

From the starting point of the Gasthof Gosauschmied, the trail follows the street for 500 metres in the direction of Gosau until reaching the Gästehaus Gamsjäger. There the route ascends to the right along a narrow path through thick woodland to a forest road. This point can also be reached via a forest road which begins just north of the Gosauschmied inn (somewhat longer and not as scenic).

From the forest road, the route continues uphill through the forest. Another road is crossed, and the trail arrives once again at a forest road. The route continues along this road to the left, then turns right and soon reaches the Schleifstein huts. The trail passes the second hut and then heads left to a fork. Bearing right, the trail ascends to the beginning of the Löckernmoos, an alpine moor landscape covered with mountain pines. Hikers meander through the moor on long wooden bridges and arrive at a small moor lake, where gorgeous views of the Gosaukamm Mountains await.

Sink into unique nature

The “Löckermoos” and the associated Löckersee lake in Gosau is one of Europe’s most beautiful raised bogs. The small lake with impressive views of the mighty tines of Gosaukamm lies at an elevation of about 1400 meters and is popular with hikers, both big and small. The word "Löckern" comes from the Gosau dialect and refers to the nature protected mountain pine. When planning your vacation to the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, you should not miss a visit to this natural wonder. Numerous "Guided walks" or the ascent with the Gosau slow train make this natural gem one of the most beautiful destinations in the Gosau Valley.

From Löckernmoos to Durchgangsattel

The trail continues along wooden bridges to the end of the moor and then descends to the Hintere Grubenalm (alpine meadow). The route follows the meadow road to the left and arrives at a fork. The trail heads left again along the road to the snack station Vordere Grubenalm. The route then continues for 1.3 kilometres until a path turns to the right. The trail ascends to the large alpine meadow of the Plankensteinalm. Hikers cross the meadow heading northeast until reaching a meadow road.

The trail continues a short distance to the right and then heads left to the Leutgebhütte hut, which offers food and drink. From there, the trail leads northeast across the level terrain of the meadow to the Durchgangsattel (saddle at approx. 1580 m).

From Durchgangsattel to Hallstatt

The term ‘Durchgang’ (pass through) refers to the narrow descent between two cliffs toward Hallstatt just south of the Hohen Scheibe Mountain. From the saddle (trail marker), the trail descends steeply toward the beautiful Durchgangalm (meadow) and leads to forest road. The route continues downhill for a short distance along the road and then turns left onto a path. The trail begins relatively flat and then ascends to the Dammwiesen (meadow) where it then subsequently leads to a Bergwerkshütte (mining hut).

The trail continues to the right along a forest road where several curves can be shortened via cut-through paths. The route descends to the exhibition salt mine and continues to the impressive Rudolf’s Tower and its gorgeously-situated restaurant with views of Lake Hallstatt. Following the broad Salträgerweg path, the trail heads downhill and after 40 minutes, arrives in the centre of Hallstatt (from the Rudolf’s Tower, hikers can also make the descent via funicular).

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!

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