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Walking trails in Styria

Around the Dachstein massif innumerable hiking trails are waiting to be discovered by mountain enthusiasts and summer vacationers.  Styria’s Ennstal Valley has walking trails for every kind of hiker. Easy-going to demanding, short and multi-day hikes, there’s a walk for everyone.

Hikes on Hauser Kaibling

Walks all start near the Hauser Kaibling tower, which you can get to from Haus village onthe Tauern gondola. Or, take the 8-seater gondola and the Quattralpina chairlift to get up there.


Hauser Kaibling Top (2,015m) Loop

Walking time: about 2 hours Length: 4.5 km
Difference in altitude: 240 hm Difficulty: intermediate

A half-hour uphill walk takes you to Hauser Kaibling’s peak, the highest point of Schladming’s four mountains. Sign the summit book and take in the gorgeous views across the Ennstal Valley – and don’t forget to take a snapshot! Continue your walk across the Rossfeldsattel to the Kaiblingalm nature jewel. Stop for a rest at the Kaiblingalm hut, where parents can enjoy a welcome cup of coffee while kids can play in the playground. Before you leave, ask for a Children’s Adventure Trail riddle card then follow the five riddle stations along the Children’s Adventure Trail back to the top station. Find the missing word and collect your prize at the base station cash desks.

High Alpine Trail to Moaralmsee Lake

Walking time: about 3 hours Length: 6 km
Difference in altitude: 700 hm Difficulty: intermediate

Uphill across Hauser Kaibling’s 2,015m peak and on to the Rossfeldsattel. Follow trail no. 45 towards Moaralmsee Lake. The hike has some varied up- and downhills, as well as a narrow rocky passage on your way to the turquoise Moaralmsee Lake, framed by incredibly beautiful alpine scenery. 

There are two routes back:

Option I: Walk back to Rossfeldsattel along the same path along the foot of Bärfallspitze. Continue to the Kaiblingalm nature jewel for a break at any of the rustic Kaiblingalm huts. Make your way back to the top station along the Children’s Adventure Path.

Option II: From Moaralmsee Lake, walk along trail no. 781, a beautiful alm path. Down in the Gumpental Valley, three cosy huts await you. There, you can enjoy a hearty alm platter before the Hiking taxi takes you back to the base station. Please book your taxi in advance: +43 664 200 44 44.

Mountain Hike up to Bärfallspitze

Walking time: about 3 hours Length: 6,5 km
Difference in altitude: 426 hm Difficulty: intermediate

Take the Schafsinn Loop to the Rossfeldsattel. From there, follow the signs on trail no. 45 to the Bärfallspitze. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the top of the Bärfallspitze, where breath-taking views across the valley greet you. Walk down trail no. 780 to the Kaiblingalm for a bite at the cosy Kaiblingalm hut. Take the Children’s Adventure Trail back to the top station.

Alpine Tour to Höchstein

Walking time: about 6 hours Length 11 km
Difference in altitude: 809 hm Difficulty: difficult

Start the tour passing by the Kaiblingalm or the top of Hauser Kaibling top at 2,015 metres. Hike along trail no. 780 to the Seeschartl, with a stunning view of Moaralmsee Lake. Keep hiking along the alpine path along huge rocky towers up to the Kaiblingloch Scharte notch. From here, make your way up across the scree to the next notch. Now hike up partly secure west ridge over rocky steps to summit at 2,542 metres. You’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of the surrounding Schladming Tauern mountains and across the Ennstal Valley. The way back to the Hauser Kaibling top station is the same. 

Ernest-Reitzner Trail

Walking time: about 4 hours Length: 8,2 km
Difference in altitude: 1,036 hm Difficulty: inermediate

The Ernest-Reitzner Trail is the hikeable track between Hauser Kaibling base station and top tower. Whether you walk both ways or choose to just do the downhill, it is a great trail across forest and meadows, sometimes along wider tracks.

For a perfect break during your hike:

Tours in the Ennstal valley

Reach the mountain top by gondola or by car

Not every mountain needs to be hiked. Some you can conquer by gondola or by car, and a few of them have just a short walk from the top of the gondola or the car park to reach the summit. If you don’t have the time or inclination for a long hike, this is the perfect solution. 

Family walks (easy)

The family walks in Styria’s Schladming-Dachstein region take you to ruggedly picturesque gorges and mountain lakes, to cultural sites and along nature trails. Look forward to an adventurous walk with your family.

Intermediate walks

Intermediate walks in Schladming-Dachstein are a treasure trove of alpine pastures, upland moors, mountain lakes, waterfalls, and cosy mountain huts.

Alpine walks and tours

If you’re in good shape and physically fit, take on a hiking challenge. Experience steep rock faces, high mountain tops, prehistoric rock carvings, narrow paths, and gorgeous views of the Styrian mountains.

Spring and water walks

These walks take you to the most beautiful waters of the Styrian mountains: gorges, upland moors, mountain torrents and lakes. National Geographic named the adventurous Wild Waters themed nature trail as the best hiking trail in the world.

Theme trails

The themed trails of Schladming-Dachstein bring together culinary art, history, and mysticism. There are special trails geared towards children, such as the Schafsinn loop trail on Hauser Kaibling. Meet the shepherd who lives for the summer with his flock of about 800 sheep and lambs, assisted by his Border Collie sheep dog. On the circular walk, children can learn all about sheep farming in the mountains.

But there’s something for everyone. Families will enjoy the is the easy part of the Schafsinn circular trail, which is even suitable for prams and pushchairs. Advanced walkers might like to take on the intermediate route.

Get to know the Schladming-Dachstein region’s walks. Visit us on Hauser Kaibling in Haus im Ennstal.