Hiking in the Schladming-Dachstein region

Green, forested mountain ridges, blooming meadows, high-altitude farmsteads and towering mountain peaks on both sides of the Enns River are a particular allure for hikers. In the north, there is the towering South Face of the Dachstein, looming over the picturesque village of Ramsau and the Vorberg. In the south, the meadows, tranquil valleys and the backdrop of the high peaks dominate the scenery. Here in the area known as the Tauern, crystalline rock is prevalent, especially around the many bodies of water. Crystal-clear streams, 150 waterfalls and more than 300 mountain lakes dot the landscape.

Even simply going for a walk can be surprisingly inspiring, filled with almost as many gorgeous vistas as the exhilarating family hikes or alpine mountain tours on the more than 1,000 km of well-marked, accurately-mapped and meticulously-maintained trails on both sides of the Enns. On the Ramsau plateau, at an altitude of about 1,000 meters, there are 11 hiking circuits. The Tauern is an especially good area for beautiful walks, with established starting points in a number of local valleys, including Preuneggtal, Obertal, Untertal, Seewigtal, Sattental, Kleinsölktal and Großsölktal. The mountain pastures on either side of the Enns offer unique landscapes and make for easy hikes to the many shelters and mountain lakes. We’ve even put together some recommendations for you:

The Classics

The Tauern trail:
From hut to hut in five to seven daily stages, which can be adjusted according to your preference. It runs through the heart of the Schladming Tauern, offering highlights such as the Klafferkessel and the Hochgolling (at 2,863 meters).

Dachstein crossing:
This tour–which is on the agenda of local climbing and mountaineering schools, as well as individual enthusiasts–can also be accomplished in stages from one hut to the next. In addition, a variety of glacier and mountain tours at altitudes of up to 3,000 meters are possible.

“Across the mountain range”:
This phrase refers to the traditional transit-routes via the south side of the Schladminger Tauern–16 variations of which are possible. These trails encompass solitary landscapes, mountain pastures, mountain lakes, valleys and peaks. Our suggestion: follow the route established by Peter Rosegger: beginning at the Sölktäler Nature Park, then to the Hohensee, Schimpelscharte and Ettachsee to Krakaudorf. You can then return on the brand-new valley shuttlebus.

Family hikes

The first Austrian nature- and environmental trail for children
Following in the footsteps of Kali der Ramsaurier (“Kali the Ramosaur”). In Ramsau, children learn whimsical lessons about the environment and nature. Starting point: Obere Leiten.

Featuring hikes alongside the rapids, over bridges and a waterfall, ending at the Ramsau Rössing hut. Starting point: above the Lodenwalke.

Mushroom- and fungi trail in Rohrmoos
On this trail, you can learn about the mushrooms of the region by examining the 40 facsimile “mushroom families.”

Marmot Safari
A visit to the virtually tame marmots of the Bachlalm.

Flat, pram-accessible hiking paths:
Child-friendly trails can be found as follows: In the Sölktäler Nature Park from Breitlahnhütte to Schwarzensee (a waterway trail). Steirischer Bodensee in Seewigtal with boat rentals (featuring impressive waterfalls). Planai Panorama Trail at the summit, featuring the “Hopsi Kinderland” playground, Rohrmooser Fairytale Trail, and many others.

Children’s climbing trail
Starting point at the Ramsau Grain Mill, running in the direction of Lodenwalke and Ramsau-Rösssing. Secured with ropes. Access only with mountain guide.

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