Over 1000 km of marked hiking paths lead you through the mountain world of the Schladming-Dachstein region. From here at our hotel, you are just a short distance away from the most beautiful destinations between Dachstein and Tauern. Many excursion opportunities are located close by.
Experience the sheep with their shepherd
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Distance: 5.2 km
Time on Trail: ca. 2 1/4 hours
Ideal family hike or as a warm-up for more strenuous tours ahead!
Already as you ride on the gondola up the Hauser Kaibling (free with the Sommercard), you can begin to take in the glorious views of Ennstal valley and the mountains. Awaiting you along the path itself are all kinds of information stations that shed light on sheep-farming up in the hill country. With a little bit of luck, you might even meet the shepherd, Simon, looking after the 900 sheep that graze on the Hauser Kaibling. The first part of the path drops gently, after which you make your way up a series of switchbacks to the Kaiblingalm at 1,950 meters above sea level. A pleasant forest path finally brings you back to the gondola station. Several benches and lookout points invite you to enjoy a pleasant rest from time to time.
Peter's favorite hike
My personal favorite, because you meet practically no one else throughout the tour. There is no marked path to the summit, and the trail isn't marked in any hiking guides.
The hiking taxi takes us to just before the Stornalm (not staffed). From there, we hike through larch and pine forests, with hunters' trails leading us through the countryside in the direction of Rossfeld. An occasional break is always rewarding. This high plateau is surrounded by mountains and feels almost like an alpine golf course. If you have time to be completely silent for 5 minutes or so, you might very well catch sight of chamois, eagles or marmots.
After a nice snack, the path continues across a steep meadow, through larch trees to the summit. The views are magical. Deep below lies the Ennstal, while here on this natural balcony we can take in views of the Schladminger Tauern and Dachstein Massif. And directly below us, you will even be able to see our hotel. We hike back down via the western summit of the Luserwände, the Rossfeld and Stornalm.
Unfortunately, there are no refreshment points along this entire hike. That said, a picnic on the Rossfeld or the summit is every bit as good as the best hut meal.
Marion's favorite hike
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Time on Trail: ca. 1- 1.5 hrs.
My favorite hike leads from the Riesachfall car park in Untertal, via a newly created trail up steep steps, to a breathtaking suspension footbridge and then the Riesachsee.
This hiking path can also be tackled by children in around 1 ½ hours. It's lots of fun to climb the steep steps. Also, the thunder of one of the most powerful waterfalls in Styria is an experience in its own right. Once at the top, a beautiful mountain lake rewards you for all your efforts. You can soak your tired legs in the lake, observe fish, skip rocks,... And the friendly mountain huts there invite you to stop by for refreshments. The forest path provides a fast way to return to the start .
Variant: If you prefer not to cross the footbridge, you can also use the forest path to hike up (also suitable for prams)
On the way back, we also recommend enjoying a break at the hut run by the region's former "Narcissus Queen", the Waldhäuslalm, an absolute play paradise for the kids.
Bernadette's favorite hike
Difficulty: easy, beautiful lookout mountain
Elevation Gain: 489 m
Time on Trail: ca. 1 - 1.5 hrs.
This hike begins right on Sölk Pass at 1788 m (plenty of parking available). From the summit you have beautiful views of Grosssölktal, while on the other side you can look down on the Murtal valley. There are no refreshment opportunities during the hike itself, but there are plenty of mountain huts on the way home. At the end of August, St. Nikolai mountain rescue hosts a mountain mass.
Gertrude's favorite hike
Difficulty: moderate, beautiful lookout mountain
Time on Trail: ca. 3-4 hrs.
The Freienstein is a relatively unknown, though beautifully scenic mountain at the foot of the Stoderzinken.
A beautiful trail up takes you along the Tree Horoscope Path next to Ackerl Farm on the Kulm near Gröbming. Along this theme path, you will find your own "tree of life" (based on Celtic lore) with info boards providing explanations.
Your path then continues through the forest to the Freienstein. The last stage to the summit is secured with iron stirrups and cables. You need to make sure you have good shoes and that you are sure-footed. Once at the top, you can enjoy glorious views out across the Enns river valley.
A different variant to the Freienstein leads from Assach across the Assacher Scharte gap.
Gabi´s favourite hike
Time on trail: about 1 hour
Coming from Pichl or Schladming is on 1.604m height the beautiful Ursprungalm. The shortest trail 771 leads to an hour walk to Giglachsee, Preuneggsattel (1955 m) and the Giglachsee Hut.
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