There is much to explore and discover on these special hikes.
Are you interested in the origins of the mountains, the legends of dragons and mountain spirits or would you like to learn which mushrooms you can pick for your next goulash? A wide variety of topics are explained in a pictorial and informative way using display boards, so you can easily hike along the hiking trails without a guide and explore Gastein at your leisure.
From the mountain station "Fulseck", the path leads along the biotope trail to Arltörl. The biotopes along the trail provide a safe habitat for many rare animals such as salamanders or newts. After the wonderful views, why not stop off at the Heumoosalm or the Grabnerhütte before arriving at the middle station of the Fulseck summit cable car.
Passionate "mushroom hunters" will find the most important information about native mushrooms along the aptly named Mushroom Path in Dorfgastein. Info boards explain which are edible and which should be avoided. The path lies between the mid- and mountain stations of the Fulseck lift, just a little above the Heumoosalm. The explanations insure there will be no unpleasant surprises the next time you choose to cook with mushrooms you have collected yourself.
Standing at seven important locations between Klammstein in Dorfgastein and Sportgastein are nine stone sculptures. Located along the banks of the Gasteiner Ache, these works of art draw our attention to hidden dimensions and connections within the landscape. This intriguing pathway also features a number of info boards.
A walk amid centuries-old pine trees does your heart good, literally and figuratively. Pause at idyllic locations, take advantage of unique seats made of pine, or check out for yourself a big outdoor bed also made out of pine! The Graukogel is famous for its areas of especially beautiful and ancient Swiss pine. Many of the majestic trees are almost 300 years old. Guided tours are offered every Monday.
Have you been to Gastein before, or have you simply heard something about the "Gastein Healing Gallery"? Or maybe you have already undergone a few radon-therapy treatments? If you would like to learn more about the fascinating healing effects as well as the history of the Gastein Healing Gallery, we would recommend taking a stroll along the Gastein Healing Gallery Path, which begins next to Hotel Evianquelle. On ten info boards, you will be able to read interesting facts about the so-called "Gasteiner Heilstollen".
Ten info boards provide fascinating insights into the rich world of Gastein legends. Along this variety-filled, idyllic pathway, you will be able to immerse yourself completely in the secrets of our valley. As you hike along, you might well recognize some of the original locations where the events are said to have taken place. Begin this exciting hike at Gasthof Burgblick, close to the Klammstein Tunnel, or at Gasthof Unterbergerwirt in Unterberg.
This two kilometers-long pathway with 25 info boards about native bird species connects the historic town center of Bad Gastein with beautiful Kötschachtal Valley. Along the way, you can also enjoy marvelous views of Gastein itself. Be sure to bring along some peanuts for the countless squirrels who love nothing more than to eat right out of your hand! Kötschachtal is also the starting point for many hikes, such as the "Höhenweg", the path to Prossau, up to the Poserhöhe and to the Gamskarkogel.
The National Park Theme Path in Nassfeld treats you to absolutely magical nature. From green alpine pastures to snow-covered glaciated peaks, from dark moorland lakes to colorful flower-strewn meadows, this part of Hohe Tauern National Park is truly unique. Info boards accompany you along the way, telling you more about native flora & fauna as well as a project designed to protect endangered species. This path promises an exciting afternoon for the whole family.
The Schnaps trail is directly connected to the mountain distillery Hauseben by the hiking trail from the Erzherzog Johann Promenade to Streitberg. The path with a length of approx. 150 meters - with the most beautiful view of the Gastein valley - is equipped with information boards around the topic "Schnaps". From the fruit to the distillate, the visitor learns everything about the production of the noble drops. The path in Salzburg can be hiked and visited free of charge.
The Hardtweg in Bad Gastein - once a beautiful high-altitude promenade and today a popular hiking trail from the center of town via the Windischgrätzhöhe inn to the Waldhaus Rudolfshöhe and on towards the Kötschachtal - is the setting for the themed hiking trail "Art & Photos - Fotoart".
Along the trail there are ten works by Bad Gastein photographer, artist and musician Hans Wie Land to marvel at. The trail starts shortly before the Palfner Bridge. In the future, the Hardtweg will be used as a "travelling gallery" for various exhibitions to offer Gastein artists a stage.
Which hike is particularly suitable for families?
Short hikes with as much experience as possible or a worthwhile destination are particularly suitable. The Bear Trail in Dorfgastein provides an entertaining route through various play stations. The Astenalmen in Bad Gastein entice with a large playground and animals to pet. If the children are still in a stroller, the best paths are promenades and forest roads (Angertal, Sportgastein, Kötschachtal, Gasteiner Höhenweg, Achenpromenade...), which are not too steep - such a climb with a stroller can be quite strenuous. For a leisurely rest, the huts offer great places to stop for a successful conclusion to the excursion in the Salzburg mountains.
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