Walking in Styria

Themed Nature Trails

Mysticism, history, and children’s adventures in the Schladming Dachstein. Explore Styria’s themed nature trails, which will delight adults as much as children. Here’s a taster:
  • Schafsinn Circular Trail 

After a quick gondola ride, you can walk around the Hauser Kaibling summit along the 5.6 km Schafsinn themed trail, with a walking time of 2 hours 25 minutes. This trail is perfect for everyone, easy-going walkers or hikers looking for more challenges. It has two parts: the longer one (1 h 45 min) is for the experienced walker, while the shorter one (45 min) is suitable for a stroll with a pram and/or pushchair.

The longer walking route (1 h 45 min) leads underneath Quattralpina chairlift’s top station. The path leads down to a bench with an info-desk, just above the lake. From here, the path leads up to 1950 metres, taking you further towards the main chain of the Alps. Another bench invites you to rest before you continue the walk to the Schafsinn research station and, then, to the beautiful Kaiblingalm where, once again, the views to the Dachstein mountains are breathtaking. To get back to the gondola top-station, simply follow the forest road. Before going back down, pop into one of the cosy restaurants or mountain huts for a drink and a bite to eat.

The shorter route takes you to the lovely Kaiblingalm in about 40 minuntes, and it is perfect for everyone who likes to experience the gorgeous mountains more easy-going. The trail is even suitable for pushchairs and prams. TIP: The Children's Adventrue Trail is part of this routs. Many fun riddle stations will make the walk even more exciting for the little ones. Delicious food and home-made drinks await you. Try the yummy elderflower drink!

The Naturfreunde Schutzhaus Kaiblingalm also offers accommodation.


  • In the footsteps of the mountain pioneers

How wild and brave they were! In 1907, adventurous local young men built Hauser Kaibling’s very first shelter and lay the foundation for today’s ski and hiking paradise.

Our new theme trail takes you on a hike into the past. Over 8.2 km, uphill or downhill, you dive into over 100 years of history of mountain sports. Suspense-packed short stories tell you everything about the first hut, the first cable car, and how you now can float up to Hauser Kaibling by gondola. The new theme trail conquers 1,000 metres of vert and has nine stations.



  • Children's Adventure Trail


The NEW Children's Adventure Trail between Quattralpina top station and Kaiblingalm has fun riddle stations for big and small. Get a riddle pass at the base station cash desk for € 5.00, find the missing word, and grab your surprise.  Our "Woolly Sheep Family" walks with you along the trail, helping your to solve the riddle. There is also a zipline, great views, and beautiful rest areas.

Sonnenalm Nature and Hunt trail

This nature trail is ideal even when the weather is not the best.


Explore the unique upland-moor flora, moss and lichen at this nature reserve.

Schafsinn loop trail on Hauser Kaibling

Every year, on three appointed days, about 800 sheep are driven up Hauser Kaibling for a summer with a shepherd or shepherdess. The family-friendly themed walk has information about the sheep and gives the chance to see a flock of sheep with their shepherd in nature.

The Schafsinn circular walk has an easy ascent (40 mins), ideal for walking with a pram or an easy-going strolls. For more of a challenge, take the 1 hour 45 mins walk. Find out more about the Schafsinn project and other activities, please visit www.schafsinn.at.

Tree horoscope path

This stroll on the Kulm presents the walker's Tree of Life with explanations about character traits.

Mystic 'Notgasse' in the UNESCO world heritage site, Gröbming

This hike takes you to the Stoderzinken and its prehistoric and more-recent rock carvings.

Milk nature trail

This gentle walk takes you past five farms and explains interesting facts about milk, from cow to the ready-to-eat dairy produce.

F.X. Mayr trail

Explore the Kneipp facility and eleven "quiet memorial sites" remembering the well-known Dr. F.X. Mayr.

On the trail of the Ice Age

Walk along Römerstraße on the Sölkpass and learn how the mountains formed and changed during the last Ice Age.

Styrian cheese journey

A culinary journey exploring local cheeses at Schloss Großsölk then heading up to the alpine pastures, where cheese and other specialties are made.

Dowsing rod walk

Best done with a guide, this themed nature trail is four kilometres long and takes you to Aigen with a dowsing rod.

Wooden animal park Riesneralm

On Riesneralm, large wooden animals made of regional materials are great for children to play in and on.

First European summit barefoot path

Get to the summit after a walk across mosses, pebbles, spruce needle grounds, alpine pastures, and mud. A great new experience.

Discover the various themed nature trails in the Schladming-Dachstein region in Styria.