Indian Summer in Austria: Impressions from the East bank trail anlong Lake Hallstatt - © Kraft

The “Ostuferwanderweg” (East shore hiking trail) - Always along Lake Hallstatt

Easy-Going along the Lake

Whether spring, summer or autumn - the “Ostuferwanderweg” not only connects nature lovers from all over the world, but also the three lakeside communities of Bad Goisern, Hallstatt and Obertraun with each other.
No wonder the picturesque discovery route is so popular with all age groups. Because even with an all-terrain pram, the shores of Lake Hallstatt are easy to admire and hike.

For big and small explorers

As with many hiking trails in the Salzkammergut, there are numerous starting points. For our route description, we decided on the variant from Bad Goisern, Steeg district via the "Seeraunzn", the Hallstatt train station to the gates of the Obertrauner Lido.

East bank trail around Lake Hallstatt

Near the bathing area, about five-minutes walk from the Obertraun railway station, the Ostufer-Wanderweg (east-bank path) begins opposite the boat pier. Here is also the starting point of the Obertraun Höhenweg. But we walk along the railway line further in the direction of Schloß `Grub'. This private property is fenced, and we must remain outside. Soon you will notice that you are on a nature-study trail. Along the path, notice-boards have been erected which give information of the luxuriant vegetation here.

Next to a railway hut we again come to the bank of the Hallstatt Lake. From here, you have a lovely view of the 4,500-year-old salt-mining community. In a half-hour we reach the Hallstatt railway station and the boat jetty. Our path leads further along the railway line, over a romantic suspension bridge and on a secure rock path, then on a smaller path along the lake. After about an hour we reach the area of the Obersee railway station and the Wanderwegstüberl (Seeraunzn), where we obtain our hiking stamp. Enjoy the lovely view to the west bank of the Hallstatt lake and the ~Gosaumühle peninsular. Obersee has not only a railway station but also a boat station serving Steeg and Hallstatt m2.

can carry on toward Steeg. In a further hour we come to Au on the main road and the Steeg-Gosau railway station. From here we can travel back to Hallstatt by bus, boat or rail. Those with the energy and two to three hours to spare, can walk back from Steeg on the Soleleitungsweg or the main road to Hallstatt and Obertrau n. The hike around the Hallstatt lake is a tour lasting a whole day and takes seven hours.

Our service

For all nature lovers who do not want to hike the “Ostuferwanderweg” (East shore hiking trail) between Obertraun and Bad Goisern "in one go", we have subdivided the popular adventure trail into four sections under "Information at a glance" below. Parallel to the “Ostuferwanderweg” also runs the regional Salzkammergut railway. Via the stops "Steeg-Gosau", "Obersee", "Hallstatt" and "Obertraun" you can return, at any variable time, to the starting point of your hike. The link to the online timetable can be found below. Have fun!

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Hotels and accommodation providers in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun offer the ideal room or apartment for your holidays, no matter what your tastes. Aside from establishments rated according to the international "star" scale, you will also find around Lake Hallstatt in Austria businesses that have been awarded two to four "edelweiss". The more flowers, the greater comforts you can expect. Whether you eventually find your cozy nest in an elegant 5-star luxury hotel, at comfortable guesthouse, a family-friendly apartment, or on a traditional farm, the choice is always entirely up to you.