First of all…
The following hike is a high alpine hiking tour. Mountain experience, stamina, sure-footedness and good preparation are the best prerequisites for a successful and safe day trip. Please do not attempt it wearing sports shoes, normal street shoes or flip-flops! This ensures nothing will get in the way of an adventurous hike. Still have questions? For more safety tips, click here ... And now enjoy reading about this tour.
A hike only for experienced mountain hikers
For experienced mountain hikers who are still looking for a little challenge, the hike through the Radltal valley between Hallstatt and Gosau is just the thing. Suitable equipment and sufficient water supplies are a prerequisite, because between the Echerntal and the Hintere Gosausee there is no possibility to refill one's water bottle. All hikers who are travelling with their four-legged friends should also take this to heart.
Let's go: Start in Hallstatt's Echerntal valley
Mountain hikers with a certain amount of stamina can venture out and walk one of the most beautiful long-distance hiking trails, namely the Radltal trail from Hallstatt to Hintere Gosausee. You should set off early in the morning (around 6:00! )and take enough provisions and drinks with you, as there are no supply facilities until you reach the “Hintere See-Alm” (1161 m). We walk through the Hallsttatt Echerntal valley on the Dachstein bridle path no. 601 to the source of the Waldbach (913 m).
Das hochgelegene Langtal (1763 m) verschafft uns
To the Gosau lakes
From here we branch off to the right to the “Radltalweg” (No. 613). After half an hour we arrive at the “Landner-Alm”. Always slightly ascending, the narrow path leads us into a narrow alley. In front of us on the right is the “Schwarzkogel” (1856 m). In this area there is a cave grotto and the "Zaglauer Loch", a deep sinkhole. Via the dilapidated “Radltal-Alm” we reach the “Bärwurzanger”. On the left is the “Bärwurzkogel” (2006 m). The high “Langtal” (1763 m) gives us an insight into a rare nature reserve. We may encounter chamois, capercaillie and even Lagopus. From the “Kogelgasse” we then descend steeply to the “Hintere Gosausee” (hindmost Gosau Lake) and the serviced “See-Alm” (1161 m). After a six-hour hike through the unique mountain landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, we have earned a stop for refreshments.
Grandiose hiking finale
We soon reach the “Gosau-Lacke” along the western shore of the lake and past mountain pastures. A beautiful road leads out to the “Vordere Gosausee” (foremost Gosau lake) (933 m). From here we again have a magnificent view of the Dachstein, and all along the way we can look at the “Gosaukamm”, a climbing paradise like in the Dolomites. After another 2 hours we have finally arrived at the bus stop "Gosausee". Please inform yourself in good time about bus timetables or the possibility of taking the "hiking taxi". If you find time on another day, you should take the Gosau Dachstein cable car up to the Zwieselalm. From there you have a panoramic view all the way to the “Großglockner”. In winter, Gosau is a skiing El Dorado with countless lifts and the best cross-country trails.
Return by Bus
Please also plan the return journey by bus for this tour. The bus stop is located directly at “Vordere Gosausee”. Links to the bus timetable and the bus stop are summarised below under "Information at a glance".
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!