From the church on the Tauplitzalm, the trail descends east to the small Lake Tauplitz and then heads left over the flat alpine meadow to Lake Großsee. The route then continues to the small Lake Märchensee and then onward to the Öderntörl, a wide dip between the Schneiderkogel (west) and Traweng (east) peaks.
From the Öderntörl, the trail follows a narrow descent through a sparse forest to the huts of the Ödernalm alpine meadow (approx. 1250 m in elevation).
From the Ödernalm, the path continues along a forest road following the Salza River out of the valley. After four kilometres, the trail reaches a hut located at the so-called Rechenplatz where a forest road turns to the right. The route continues out of the valley for another 250 metres and then lightly ascends to the right along a forest road. Following the curve, the path continues to the end of the road where the marked hiking trail from Bad Mitterndorf arrives from the left. The route continues uphill to the right along this meadow path until arriving in 20 minutes at the Schnekenalm meadow.
At the first huts, a wide path heads north along flat terrain and then begins a steeper descent to the Gößlwiesen meadow, twice crossing a forest road along the way. From the Gößlwiesen, it’s a short distance to the first houses and then onward to Lake Grundlsee. Bearing right, the trail soon reaches the village centre of Gößl.
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!