Magnificent hikes in Gastein, Salzburger Land

Put on your hiking boots and get out into nature! Discover the mountains of Gastein on a hiking tour.

Once the sun’s rays have melted the last remnants of snow and flowers start to bloom, do you have the feeling that you would like to get outside and back to nature up on a mountain? Understandable, as there aren’t many places where you can really leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and enjoy your hiking holiday to the full. On the new Gastein Trail, you can experience the valley in a new dimension while learning about all its unique facts.

 

  • Explore the idyllic hiking area with the cable car or on foot
  • Climb the mountain peaks in your active holiday & enjoy the breathtaking views of mountains and glaciers
  • Relax in one of the hikers' hotels in the region
  • And experience a memorable hiking holiday in Austria

 

As part of the Hohe Tauern National Park between Carinthia and the Salzburger Land, you will find a pristine and unspoiled natural paradise on 600 hiking kilometers. Here marmots romp around between alpine roses and the oldest Swiss stone pine population in Austria. Take a break at one of the reflecting mountain lakes and listen to the buzzing of the bees. Observe how the birds of prey circle in the sky and suddenly catch their prey in a spectacular nosedive - enjoying nature during your hiking tour. Are you looking for an educational experience with fun and games on holiday with your children? The mountain's magical adventure is perfect for families.

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The Austrian Hiking Seal of Quality

Very well signposted hiking trails, intact infrastructure, services that are geared to the needs of hikers, and the further development of a wide range of offers are among the cornerstones of the Austrian Hiking Quality Seal. As one of 11 regions throughout Austria, Gastein has earned this seal of quality.

With all senses - Night hike
With all senses - Night hike
Gastein Trail
Gastein Trail
Gentle meadows, imposing peaks and cultivated Alpine pastures
Full moon hike
Full moon hike
Along the valley floor in Sportgastein
Time on trail: 2 hours
Guided Hikes
Guided Hikes

Questions and answers

How are the paths marked?

The hiking trails in Gastein are signposted with yellow hiking signs and red-white-red markings. Do not leave marked paths and turn back if you have lost the signs.

What should I take with me on a hike?

Sufficient water and a small snack are essential - especially in spring and autumn when not all mountain huts are open. Also, make sure that you have sufficient weather and sun protection with you - the weather can change quickly in the Austrian mountains. A true-to-scale hiking map for any eventuality or just for discovering is an advantage. It is also advisable to have poles for going downhill, as the descent can often be more strenuous than the ascent.

Which shoes should I wear?

Hiking or mountain boots with a good tread sole are essential. Shoes around the ankles are of advantage avoiding twisting. Please note that if your shoes are inadequate on guided hikes, the hiking guide may decide not to take you along.

How do I behave towards cows grazing in the pasture?

Special caution is required for cows with calves! To protect her offspring, the cow reacts very sensitively to any stroking or approaching. Keeping distance is especially important. Walk slowly and calmly past the animal. To achieve the necessary visual respect, you can carry a stick with you. Dogs must always be kept on a leash. Cattle and horses perceive dogs as a special danger. Do not feed animals!

Safety Tips:

  1. Let others know your intended hiking route before you leave 
  2. Don't push yourself too far or too hard. Adapt your planned route to your physical stamina and drink water regularly
  3. Pay close attention to weather conditions and severe weather warnings     
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and freezing conditions. Always take a jacket providing protection from the wind   
  5. Bring along equipment that will allow you to help yourself and others   
  6. Select safe routes and don't be reckless   
  7. Prepare for your hike with the help of a map and compass. Always know your exact location  
  8. There's never any shame in turning back
  9. Pace yourself. Take a break at a mountain hut if needed   
  10. Save the emergency numbers in your phone

6 via ferratas offer variety for experienced hikers and fitness fans.