The most popular hiking trails in the Gastein Valley

Where your hiking holiday in Dorfgastein has to take you

In summer you swap your skis for hiking sticks: hikers feel right at home in the vast Gastein Valley. Countless tours and paths lead through the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the surrounding natural paradise. There is an incredible amount to discover and experience on approx. 600 kilometers of hiking. Where do you start? Here are some of the most popular hiking trails in the Gastein Valley.

Salzburger Almenweg, stage 8

A dream for hikers: The Salzburger Almenweg leads in 31 stages to 120 rustic huts on the “trail of the blue gentian”. Some of the stages head for the Gastein region. Our favorite of these hiking trails in the Gastein Valley is the eighth section, which begins on the Heinrichalm at almost 1,700 m above sea level – easily accessible from Dorfgastein via marked paths. After the initial ascent to the saddle below the Tagkopf, it goes over changing terrain to the Präau-Hochalm, the Wölflalm, Gröbneralm and Walchalm. After another steep ascent to the Hohe Scharte, you hike comfortably downhill to your destination, the Biberalm.


Even beginners and families with children are enthusiastic about hiking in the Gastein Valley. The best example of this is the Dorfblickweg. This 3.3 km long path only leads a little steeply to the Dorfgasteiner Höhenweg at the beginning. After that, the terrain remains largely simple and slightly wavy. After the trench, an adventure playground awaits young hikers. Behind the dilapidated ski jump it goes downhill again to Dorfgastein – one and a half relaxing hours for children and adults on one of the finest hiking trails in the Gastein Valley.

Mirror lakes

This hike does not place great demands on your physical condition and can be covered in about two and a half hours in a relaxed manner. The Fulseckbahn takes you to the middle station at 1,466 m, then towards Wengeralm with its charming chapel. Now branch off briefly onto the Kristallweg. The themed trail opens up wonderful places of strength and relaxation on your hike towards the lake. Now a short detour to the supply road, maybe 15 minutes, and you have already reached the mountain station at 2,033 m. If you want to save yourself the way back, you can of course also take the Dorfgastein cable car back down to the valley.

Bernkogel circular route

Are you looking for hiking tours in the Gastein Valley for real mountain enthusiasts? Then the Bernkogel circular route is made for you. This particularly difficult path takes 18.7 km and approx. 1,700 meters in altitude to tackle in an approximate walking time of nine hours. The mighty ascent to the Bernkogel begins in the Unterberg district with a stop on the Heinreichalm after about two hours. The way to the summit is arduous and should only be tackled with good footwear and appropriate experience. The grandiose view is just reward for the effort. Via the Amoser Hochalm and the Bettlersteig, one of the scenic hiking trails in the Gastein Valley finally returns to the descent via the Heinreichalm.


Among the hiking trails in the Gastein Valley, the excursion to the two lakes in the nature reserve is without question one of the absolute highlights of the region and we are always happy to give it as a hiking tip. Starting with the local house builder, walk past the oldest chapel in Gastein up the mountain. The steep tractor path presents small challenges before the beautiful path leads through the mountain forest to real sunny spots. Several alpine meadows and other trails reveal a panoramic view of the valley, the Tauern peaks and the south faces of the Hochkönig. After a total of 920 m ascent, you finally reach the Upper Paarsee at almost 2,000 m above sea level. The lower Paarsee can be reached via a small alpine meadow descent. Return on the same route. You should allow around five and a half hours for this hiking trail in the Gastein Valley, difficulty medium.

Fundneralm and Neudegg-Heimalm

Active through Hofgastein on vacation: an easy but persistent detour to the alpine pastures (length: 11 km, walking time 3.5 hours) is always worthwhile. Below the Lacknerbauern in Bad Hofgastein you hike slowly but steadily uphill on the supply road and the forest path to the two alpine pastures. The path after the cattle gate is a little steeper, but it shortens the path. After a short rest on the Bärsteinalm, you continue your hike via the Schlossalmbahn middle station. You can quickly reach the Fundneralm and the Neudegg-Heimalm. Homemade and fine products from our own farm give you strength and simply taste heavenly before you head back down to the valley. Arrival and transfer by hiking bus.

Hiking offer for Steindlwirt guests

A wide range of services awaits you around the hiking trails in the Gastein Valley at the Landhotel Steindlwirt. Use our free laundry service and get one of the free hiking maps. Are you looking for the right equipment? We recommend Sport Egger at the valley station of the Dorfgasteiner Bergbahnen or the new Hervis shop at the local savings market. A detour to the Alpentherme or the Felsentherme is always worthwhile after the hike – perfect to get going again. Of course, your hosts have many more tips for you on the subject of guided hikes and transfers – just ask us!

Conquer these and other hiking trails in the Gastein Valley with the Steindlwirt as a base camp, accompanied by wonderful accommodation and particularly attractive packages in the room or apartment of your choice. Do you already have one non-binding vacation offer requested? Of course you can too book directly – we look forward to seeing you!

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