Amazing hiking tours & hiking trails in Bad Hofgastein
We hike comfortably through forests and across mountains
The hiking region in Gastein Valley situated in the Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria's largest protected area for flora and fauna. Waiting for you are beginners’ hikes, hiking walks and challenging mountain tours. Explore new paths, discover mysteries, get to know nature‘s gems in this part of the province of Salzburg. Gather lasting impressions with every step on the hiking trails in Bad Hofgastein. Enjoy your hiking vacation at the Hotel Zum Stern.
Unforgettable mountain experiences
- Get to know wild herbs during herbal hikes
- Feel power spots in the untouched Gastein nature
- Deep blue mountain lakes at the Spiegelsee
- Colorful alpine flower meadows at the upper Bockhartsee
- Magnificent panoramic views at the Glocknerblick on the Stubnerkogel
- Summit bliss in the stone pine forest on the Graukogel
- Alpine breakfast on the Amoser Hochalm
- Unspoiled highlands scenery in the Hohe Tauern National Park
- Gold digger paths from olden times
Nature at your fingertips
Indulge yourself with homemade specialties and warm hospitality on over 50 Gastein Alps from June to late fall. Hiking in Gastein is the best way to stay fit and active during your vacation. The starting point for your hike can be at our hotel or is nearby. You can use the Gastein cable cars to travel parts of your hiking trails in Bad Hofgastein or to make the descent easier by taking them back into the valley.
Popular hiking tours
in Gastein Valley
Hike to Gadaunerer Hochalmen
This is by far one of the most popular hiking routes in Bad Hofgastein for an active holiday in the entire Bad Gastein area.
Starting point: Angertal. Wild and romantic nature at 1,180 m lies ahead of us. We cross an old steep trail through the Angerwald towards Gadaunerer Hochalm. Ripe wild berries adorn the sides of the path, a squirrel leaps across the trail in front of us. We climb over tree roots, look down at the seething white-water current in the Nesslach, refresh ourselves with the fresh, ice-cold mountain spring water at the drinking water well. Having reached the tree line at 1,800 m, a gorgeous, extensive alp area where Gastein’s farmers let their cattle graze all summer bringing us excellent butter, cheese and milk suddenly opens up. We make a rest stop here to enjoy some genuine alpine products. The way back leads through the colorful "Mahder" alpine meadows, over small bubbling streams. Back at the starting point in Angertal, we walk back to the hotel, where we talk about the day on the sun terrace in pleasant company.
Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours
Ascent and descent: 650 altitude metres
Hike to the upper Bockhartsee
The hiking bus takes us across the Gastein Alpine Road (toll road) to our starting point in Sportgastein at 1,600 m (about 15 km). Looking up, you can already see the flag of the Bockharthütte on a ledge. Reaching the level of the old mining house, we take a steep track up reaching a good altitude in a short space of time. The first destination is a ridge affording a magnificent view of the Bockhartsee and back into Gastein Valley. The Bockhartseehütte with an impressive view of the Tauern panorama is only a few steps away. After a brief rest with the nice innkeepers who tell us a lot about the "olden times" and some refreshing elderberry juice, we continue on to the Upper Bockhartsee (2,076 m). We come across mining dumps, all of which are about 500 years old. Parts of the route lead along the trail of a dilapidated Roman road.
A medium-level hiking tour with steep sections.
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Ascent and descent: 500 altitude metres
Hike to Stubneralm
This hiking trail in Bad Hofgastein again starts in the Angertal. This time, we take the public hiking bus. The bus stop is in front of the hotel, and the bus leaves at short intervals. The hike leads on a forest path towards the end of the valley. After about 20 minutes along the Angerbach, it’s uphill on a shady trail. Passing the Antonius Jagdhütte, we reach our destination, the Stubneralm at 1,806 m. Here, too, the dairymaid spoils us with many delicacies. We sit on the wooden terrace in front of the hut, enjoy the tranquility, the earthy smell of the still wet meadow and the wonderful panoramic view across the whole valley. Then we go back to the Angertal on the forest path.
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Ascent and descent: 600 altitude metres
Following the Salzburger Almenweg
We take the hiking taxi to the Brandebenbauer at 1,151 m (approx. 15 minutes). The hike leads from here to the Biberalm at 1,734 m (about 1.5 hours), then, after a short rest, onward to the Wiedner Alm (1,770 m). We cross the alp creek and reach the Kerscher Alm. The Gastein Valley hiking trail now continues across the Hytongasteig down to the farmed Fundner Heimalm (1,380 m). After a short rest, we cross the bridge of the Leidalmbach (lowest point: 1,373 m) over forest paths up to the Brandner Hochalm (1,770 m). Above the tree line, we take a step uphill path to the saddle (2,019 m) and past numerous small mountain lakes to the Kleine Scharte (2,070 m). The destination of this stage, the Schlossalm cable car mountain station, has been reached. This same cable car brings us back to the valley every hour.
Walking time: approx. 5 hours
Ascent: 600 m + 700 altitude metres
Descent: 350 altitude metres
Other Salzburger Almenweg hiking trails in Bad Hofgastein:
"Romantisch zu Hoch- und Niederalmen"
"Begleitet von Gämsen und Adlern"
"Auf den sonnigen Almen"
Power-spot hike on the Fulseck in Dorfgastein
One of the most beautiful hiking trails in Bad Hofgastein.
The starting point is the cable car valley station in Dorfgastein (10 km). We take the Fulseck gondola to the Fulseck middle station (1,450 m). From there, we walk up to Spiegelsee, where we walk barefoot on the soft and mossy ground. An indescribable feeling in the legs, tingling goes through the soles of the feet. The loose riser on the lake is another highlight for testing your balance or feeling cold lake water on your feet. The destination at the Fulseck mountain station (2,035 m) rewards us with one of the best views. Taking the Kraftplätzewanderweg, which is peppered with small biotopes, we arrive at the Arltörl (1,797 m), one of the oldest crossings in the Gastein Valley. You can enjoy a far-reaching view of the Grossarl valley and the other side to the Gastein Valley from here. The small chapel at this stage of the hike tempts us to pause. Then it’s down to Heumoosalm (1,618 m). Fresh buttermilk and excellent alpine cheese await us. The mushroom trail teaches us about the variety of mushrooms and the middle station is almost reached at its end. We take the cable car back to the valley.
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Ascent and descent: 630 altitude meters