Hiking to the Goiserer hut and Mount Kalmberg

First of all…

The following hike is a high alpine hiking tour. Mountain experience, stamina, sure-footedness and good preparation are the best prerequisites for a successful and safe day trip. Please do not attempt it wearing sports shoes, normal street shoes or flip-flops! This ensures nothing will get in the way of an adventurous hike. Still have questions? For more safety tips, click here ... And now enjoy reading about this tour.

From Gosau on the top

The Goisern mountain Hut is in view of the "Kalmberg Indian", and is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Dachstein Salzkammergut region. To reach the Goisern Hut: We begin our hike, which takes around two and a half hours, at the "Trockentann" (Nordic Centre) car park in the Ramsau neighbourhood. It is an easy drive to the car park. We can already see, towering above us, the isolated hut, just below the summit of the Kalmberg.  We follow the forest track which is well sign - posted. Look out for the toboggans hurtling down towards us in winter, as the track is a popular toboggan run. Soon we reach the mountain huts of the "Trockentann-Alm".

At this point the terrain becomes much steeper. The path winds its way upwards through woodland and past the Wallmann-Poidl-Rast - a small log building where you can take a welcome rest. We come out of the thick forest at last, cross some areas of scree, and again walk through some trees. From here there are spectacular views of the extensive Goisern valleyand Lake Hallstatt. From here it is just a further few minutes' walk to the catered Goisern Hut. You can choose to spend the night here and admire breath-taking sunsets.

To return from the Kalmberg back to the valley: After rest and refreshments we head for the Hoher Kalmberg. The path weaves its way between the pine trees, passing the "Kalmooskirche". This is one of the most impressive caves in the region. The cave is one of the many fortune bringing places in the Dachstein Salzkammergut region. During the Reformation, Protestants used to meet here to have secret religious services.

Goisererhütte / Goiserer hut

© Stadlinger | Goisererhütte in Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

We continue our way to the summit of the Hoher Kalmberg which takes around 45 minutes. Here you must take the time to fully appreciate the picture postcard views of the entire Dachstein Salzkammergut region. There are views towards Bad Ischl and the Traunsee when looking in one direction, and views of Gosau, the Dachstein and the Aussee region to the other side. You might even catch a glimpse of the Grossglockner in the distance.

Slowly we begin our descent. Follow the trail via the Hochmuth, and in 2.5 to 3 hours, we will be back in Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt. An alternative is to climb to the the Goisern Hut from Gosau. This route is longer but is less steep. Enjoy stunning mountain views all along the way.

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!


Sat, Sep. 24, 2022 09:00 Alpine Iglmoos (Iglmoosalm), Gosau

© Kraft

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!

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