A mountain experience with great views
You can choose to either take the cable car to the high Hallstatt valley (also for the salt mines), or to follow the path as it zig zags up through the woods. When you reach the summit, you join a steep, wide trail (Marked 640) which leads to the top of the Salzberg. Pass the former miners' huts and the vast face of this huge mountain looms before us.
Bear right along the forest track which curves steeply up towards the Hohen Wasserstollen (tunnels carved out by water). If you prefer, you can stay on the forest track. The route to the summit of the Plassen begins above these "Wasserstollen". The route covers stretches of woodland (mountain pine), grass lands and rubble on your ascent to a small saddle and then there is a rather difficult section. But this made easier and is secured by a metal hand rail. Now you can enjoy those first amazing views of the Dachstein massif!
There is a cross on the summit of the mountain and from here there are breath-taking panoramic views. Admire the rugged Gosaukamm mountain range, and on a clear day you can see the Schafberg above Lake Wolfgang, and even the Bavarian mountains in Germany!
Follow trail number 643 as you make your way down the mountain. This begins to the left of the summit. The route zig zags down through the woods until you reach a rocky outcrop. shortly after here, we keep right and take path number 645 as it leads down through the woods and to the summit of the Salzberg.
Return to Hallstatt via the cable car, or if you have a little energy left, you can walk via the "Schlaipen" through the Echerntal valley back to the town. This is a "diversion" of about 2 hours, but it is really worth it!
Don’t forget to make your mark!
Perpetuate - make your mark. What is the point in a visit to the summit cross without leaving behind an entry in the logbook? You will also find a ‘summit book’ on the top – those who come after you will enjoy reading your entries!
Tips: Hiking in autumn
Autumn is here! Hooray! The most beautiful hiking season of the year! However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when hiking, especially at this time of year.
- Plan tours properly.
- Start early. Especially for high alpine hikes.
- Attention: It gets dark early!
- If you are staying overnight in a hut, register in good time by telephone.
- Do not miss the last cable car ride down the mountain when on mountain tours.
- Information on the current operating times of the cable cars in connection with a hike can be found below under "Information at a Glance".
- Check snow conditions. Because at this time of the year the first snow can already fall in the high mountains.
- We have summarised further important safety tips below.
- We wish you an unforgettable hiking autumn in the Salzkammergut.
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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!
More time to enjoy!
To save you unnecessary searching on various websites, we have summarised all relevant information about this tour for you below: contact details, opening times, travel times of cable cars, links to public transport and much more. In this way, you get all the information at a glance and have more time to enjoy the breathtaking mountains of the Salzkammergut.