Character & Legend Trail in Bad Goisern

Heroes above the Traun

Where do you meet daredevil heroes, brave princesses or enchanted mythical creatures? Well? Where? Of course! On the Character & Legend Trail high above the Goisern valley. The family-friendly high-altitude trail, which can also be easily hiked with an all-terrain pram, was built in 1955 by the Austrian Federal Forests not for forestry reasons, but for tourism.

Made in Bad Goisern

The young Goiserer lumberjack and blasting master Ernst Reisenbüchler and his helpers boldly blasted the hiking trail with two tunnels into the wall. Fabulous creatures carved from tree trunks accompany you along the way.
Panels with legends from the area tell of events from days long gone.

Path through the rock

When you have arrived at the "Lindwurm-Loch", be sure to walk a few hundred metres further on the high trail through the "Ewige Wand". From here you can enjoy a fantastic view over the Goisern valley. At the end of the trail, ambitious hikers can continue to Bad Ischl or climb the proud Predigtstuhl.

For those who need a break, there is a great resting place on the left side of the trail with a phenomenal view far across the Goisern Valley to Lake Hallstatt and the 2000-metre-high Krippenstein. A colourful lookout, especially in autumn. You simply have to linger here before heading back.

All good things come from above

On a side note, a small detail: If you hear a friendly "hello" from above, during your hike on the Character & Legend Trail, don't be surprised. The “Ewige Wand” is a popular paradise for climbers. A via ferrata runs directly above the hiking and walking trail. This is a source of amazement time and again. Marvel with us!

Culinary finale

A stop at the Berggasthof Rathlucka Hütte promises excellent cuisine paired with an incredible view. The family-run gourmet “Rest Station” impresses guests from all over the world with its down-to-earth cuisine - which also serves its guests classic dishes and meals in a very special way. Be sure to take a look!

More Ewigen Wand

Ewige Wand Via Ferrata

Heavenly Perspective

Lace up your hiking boots, load up your backpack and hit the trail! Enjoy gorgeous natural surroundings, charming architecture and friendly people as you wander down idyllic lanes and paths. The daily grind gets left behind and your head becomes as clear as the air in the high alpine landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Along the well-marked paths, you will find the ideal conditions for escaping the monotony of everyday life. Whether you’re a passionate mountain hiker or a nature enthusiast, traveling alone or with the entire family, you’ll enjoy scaling our regional peaks. In our comprehensive route planner, you’ll discover a variety of suggestions for creating your ideal hike. You can pick up a detailed hiking map at one of the four tourist offices of the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region. Each map describes favourite routes for exploring Hallstatt, Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun. We hope you’ll have a wonderful time discovering the wonders between our mountains and lakes!

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