5630 Bad Hofgastein, AT
This sunny, scenic path is about 100 vertical meters (vm) above the valley floor and always guarantees you beautiful views.
Time on trail: appx. 6 hours, gain: 370 m/ loss: 370 m
Beginning in the town center of Bad Hofgastein, you take a gently rising path to Café Sonnberg. Now passing the historic Rauchbergmühle and a number of places where it is worth pausing for a few moments, you will come to Gadaunerer Schlucht Natural Monument: In the years 1934 – 1938, a spectacular tunnel was blasted through the vertical rock faces of this canyon. Your hike now continues past moderately steep meadows and hillsides as far as the Grüner Baum in Kötschachtal. The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Promenade leads to the center of Bad Gastein. The bust of Emperor Wilhelm reminds us of the prominent guests this valley welcomed in the past. The view over the imposing buildings in Bad Gastein and the view over Bad Hofgastein is fascinating. Be sure not to forget some food for the squirrels along the way, who might well eat the nuts right out of your hand! The beautifully designed Archduke-John-promenade begins just a little bit below Mozartplatz Square. The start of the path is decorated by a bust of Archduke John, memorializing this man who was such a loyal guest of Bad Gastein. Flanked by deciduous and coniferous trees, you will reach the railway crossing before continuing uphill to the highest point on this walk, the herb garden in Hinterschneeberg with its marvelous views. The hike down takes you along a road with very little traffic back to Bad Hofgastein.
Free admission with your Gastein Card! You have to pay for the bus, taxi, cable car and consumption.
Dress appropriate to the demands of the hike - hiking boots with a good tread are necessary!
registration: Tourist Office Bad Hofgastein