Hike around the Gosaukamm

The magic of the Dolomites in the Salzkammergut!

Mountain experience, surefootedness and plenty of condition is all required for the classic "Hike around the Gosaukamm". For this, one of the most beautiful high alpine tours, you should plan two days of your personal time. Preparation is everything! And if you pack your hiking bag with all the important things for a 2-day tour, then you will have more time for enjoyment.

A new mountain experience every step of the way

Scenically unique and beautiful alpine hike around a wildly rugged mountain group on the edge of the Salzkammergut in the midst of the unique natural and cultural landscape of Austria. Well developed, yet in places rocky and interrupted paths, are challenges for every mountaineer. Here, gentle and rugged are often just a stone's throw apart. The most beautiful place on this tour can be reached on the “Steigl Pass”, where you can get close t the distinctively shaped “Bischofsmütze” (Bishop’s hat). Since 1993, the highest mountain of the Gosaukamm has lost large parts of its southern and eastern faces - the yellow broken surface area, which reminds us of this hundred year rockslide, still sends rocks plummeting down into the depths.

Whilst the hike, on the well-marked trails around the Gosaukamm can be done in one day, why not round it off with an overnight stay at the “Hofpürglhütte”. A night in the hut with delicious snacks, a colourful alpine glow and a picturesque sunrise, will turn this 2-day trip into a unforgettable mountain experience.

Our tip: Especially in the hiking high season, the Hofpürglhütte is often fully booked; especially on the weekends. That is why we recommend you make an early reservation.

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!

Information at a glance

  • Tour and route information
    Stage 1: Gosausee / ZwieselalmHofpürglhütte about 5 hours
    Stage 2: Hofpürglhütte / Steigelpass / Gosausee about 4 hours
    Starting place: 4824 Gosau
    Starting point: Lake Gosau valley station “Gosaukamm-Seilbahn / Gosaukamm cable car“
    Destination: 4824 Gosau
    Destination: Lake Gosau valley station “Gosaukamm-Seilbahn / Gosaukamm cable car“
    Duration: 8h
    Length: 24 km
    Altitude difference (uphill): 1000m
    Altitude difference (downhill): 450m
    Lowest point: 1550m
    Highest point: 2100m
    Difficulty: medium
    Panoramic view: Great panorama
    Paths covering: Hiking trail
    Most economical season: Summer / Autumn

  • Safety Tips for Hiking
    The best tips for tour preparation, equipment and emergency situations while hiking in the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut at a glance. Remember to play it safe!
    Should a situation arise where recuse services are required,
    you can obtain the needed help under the number 112.