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Snowshoe happiness - foray through the wintry Salzkammergut

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Snowshoe happiness – Salzkammergut Map
Snowshoe hiking is the nature experience par excellence in winter for all those who love to move in a white landscape in the fresh air away from all pistes and cross-country trails. With modern snowshoes that prevent you from sinking into the deep snow, you can enjoy the silence and seclusion as you trudge through the snow. As a reward, rustic huts with regional specialties await you. Far away from the crowds, experienced mountain hikers as well as hobby hikers can make high alpine experiences that will inspire everyone. Winter sports enthusiasts hike step by step across the idyllic alpine winter landscape and explore uncultivated terrain. Mighty peaks like the Hoher Dachstein keep coming into view.

Highlights

Lake Hallstatt

Located in an unbeatable setting surrounded by mountains over 3,000 meters high, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

Krippenstein

The Dachstein mountain range in the Austrian Alps is breathtaking, and Dachstein Krippenstein in the Salzkammergut Lake District is particularly beautiful. Whether you are an experienced hiker or just looking for a scenic hike, this place has something to offer you.

Bad Goisern to Bad Aussee
Snowshoe happiness - foray through the wintry Salzkammergut
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Day 1

Bad Goisern
(Arrival

Arrival in sun-drenched Bad Goisern. The pretty spa town with its outstanding geographical location on Lake Hallstatt attracts sports and mountain enthusiasts in both summer and winter. Depending on the time of arrival, a visit to the HandWerkHaus is worthwhile.

Day 2
7.3km

Dachstein high plateau on the Krippenstein (Night in Bad Goisern)

The public bus takes you to the valley station of the Krippenstein cable car. You ride it up to the
Schönbergalm (middle station) and further over steep rock faces to the high Krippenstein at an
altitude of 2,100 meters.

From here there are several ways to explore the plateau:

  • Variant 1 (simple) Heilbronner Cross: From the mountain station of the Krippenstein cable car, hike the signposted circular route to the Heilbronnerkreuz. From the cross, it
    takes 1 1⁄2 hours to the third section of the cable car, which takes you back to the starting
    point. | Snowshoe hike: approx. 2,5 – 3 hours (7.3 km; 400 Altitude meters in ascent and descent)
  • Variant 2 (medium) Wiesberghaus: From the Krippenstein mountain station, take the
    gondola again – this time to the Gjaidalm. The karst plateau north of the High Dachstein is
    a wonderful area for technically easy snowshoe tours. The views sweep over the
    Salzburger Land as well as to the glaciers and rock castles of the Dachstein peaks. The
    path follows the gentle up and down through this wonderful natural landscape before you
    can enjoy the sun terrace at the Wiesberghaus at 1,882 meters. | Snowshoe hike: approx. 4 hours (10.9 km; 700 Altitude meters in ascent and descent)
Day 3
12km

Goisererhut and Kalmberg (Night in Bad Goisern)

You start today with the public bus into the Gosau valley. In the district of Ramsau, the signposted
ascent begins first through forest areas and over a spacious alpine pasture area, such as the
Iglmoosalm and numerous other (unfortunately not serviced) huts. It goes up through a mountain
spruce forest over the Schartenalm and in the direction of the Goisererhut. Depending on your
physical condition, you can hike further past the Kalmooschurch on the High Kalmberg before
returning to Gosau and taking the bus to Bad Goisern. | Snowshoe hike: approx. 5 hours (12 km; 1,066 Altitude meters in ascent and descent) (Without the ascent to the Kalmberg, the distance is reduced by about 2.5 km and 200 m of altitude difference)

Day 4

Bad Aussee (Relaxing Day)

Today you leave the Inner Salzkammergut and use the organized transfer to the Ausseerland. In
the brine water from the Ausseer Salzberg, the largest salt deposits in Austria, you can regenerate
wonderfully. A bathing experience in a fantastic natural setting awaits you, because the Narzissen
Vital Resort offers a unique view of the mountains and natural landscape of the Ausseerland.

Day 5
7km

Styrian Salzkammergut (Night in Bad Aussee)

Today the bus will take you to Altaussee at the foot of the Loser. From the Loser Ski Arena you start in the direction of the Blaa Wirtshaus with a place to stop for refreshments; it goes past the so-called Blaa-Eck and over snow-covered meadows. After the descent, take the bus back to Bad
Aussee. | Snowshoe hike: approx. 1.5 hours (7 km; 30 Altitude meters in ascent and descent)

Day 6

Ausseerland (Departure day)

If you have the opportunity to extend your stay in the sun-drenched Ausseerland, the repertoire of
discoveries is far from exhausted and additional nights can be booked. Otherwise, the return
journey will take place in the morning.

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