June 15th - October 8th, 2020

- Tour I: 4 lakes / 2 summits
+ Delicious Discoveries: fluffy “Kaiserschmarren”

The defining feature of the Salzkammergut has always been the visual drama between the countless small and large lakes nestling in the abruptly rising mountains of the Northern Alps. The newly established long distance trail links these hotspots in a never seen before, comprehensive way. On 19 stages or 337 km, plus several regional circuits, a new walking experience takes form. Discover lush Alpine meadows, fairy-tale forests and invigorating waters in a cultural landscape of outstanding authenticity.

This tour follows the first stages of the S-Trail from Lake Traunsee to Lake Attersee and leads into the magnificent “Höllengebirge” mountain range. With overnight stay at two mountain lodges!

General information:

Daily stages are moderate to challenging; hiking distances in the valley can be adjusted easily by public transport. A reasonable fitness level and basic hiking equipment like good hiking shoes, rucksack, rain and sun protection, functional clothing and also a warmer jacket or pullover are necessary to enjoy your trip.


  • 6 x Overnight stay with breakfast (4 x ***inns/hotel, 2 x in hut – double rooms or communal bunks, hut sleeping bags mandatory)
  • 1 x tasty “Kaiserschmarrn”
  • 1 x Feuerkogel one way cable car ticket
  • 1 x ferry from Ebensee to Gmunden
  • 1 x Hiking map of the Salzkammergut area + detailed routing (1x per room)
  • 1 x S-Trail hiking booklet (1x per room)
  • 1 x Salzkammergut Adventure Card – Reductions on 120 attractions in the region
  • 3 x Luggage transfer - max. 2 pcs./person and max. 25 kg/piece of luggag
  • Daily service hotline from 09.00am - 07.00pm (including weekends)


1st day: Individual arrival in Gmunden.

You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation. Overnight stay in Gmunden

2nd day: Gmunden – Altmünster – Langbathtal
~ 18 km, 7 hrs, difference in altitude
á 905 m / â 679 m

The tour starts at Gmunden’s lakeside promenade – past the picturesque Schloss Orth the trail leads into Altmünster. Slowly the trail winds its way into the Grasberg hills with great views of Lake Traunsee. Finally the last stage passes through shady forests of the Langbath valley.

Overnight stay at Gasthof Kreh / Hotel Post Ebensee

3rd day: Langbathseen – Weissenbach am Attersee
23 km, 8-9 hrs, difference in altitudeá925 m / â1088 m

Day of the lakes: This beautiful stage passes the idyllic Langbathsee lakes and the nature reserve surrounding Lake Taferlklaussee. Finally you reach one of Austria’s largest bodies of water and former summer retreat for famous artists like Klimt and Mahler – Lake Attersee.

Overnight stay in Weissenbach

4th day: Weissenbach am Attersee – Hochleckenhaus
~ 9 km, 6 hrs, difference in altitude
á 1434 m / â 364 m

The traverse of the Höllengebirge Mountains is a classic among local trekking enthusiasts. After ascending the outlying summits and taking in the marvellous view, treat yourself to one of Austria’s most beloved and tasty dishes - the “Kaiserschmarren”

 Overnight stay at Hochleckenhaus mountain lodge.

Luggage transfer from the Weissenbach to Ebensee where you spend the last night (Overnight backpack and hut sleeping bag* for the nights at Hochleckhaus and Riederhuette have to be carried by yourself)

5th day: Höllengebirge: Hochleckenhaus – Riederhütte
9 km, 4-5 hrs, difference in altitudeá930 m / â727 m

Keep your eyes peeled as you traverse the mountain plateau. The Höllengebirge Mountains are known as retreat area for many Alpine animals, especially birds.

Overnight stay at Riederhütte

6th day: Höllengebirge: Riederhütte - Ebensee
~ 6 km, 4-5 hrs, difference in altitude
á 158 / â 1400 m

The final part of the traverse offers tempting walking options to the summits of Großer Höllkogel (highest peak in the mountain range) and Alberfelkogel. Once you reach the eastern end of the mountains you take the cable car to the valley and walk a short stretch to the village of Ebensee

Overnight stay in Ebensee

7th day: Ferry back to Gmunden. Individual departure or additional nights

Rates per person and arrangement in €:


15.06. – 01.07.20

01.09. – 08.10.20

01.07. – 01.09.20


***hotels/inns in double room (communal bunks in the huts)



Supplement half board



Supplement single room



Additional night on request



Arrival day



Local tax is extra to pay on spot in each accommodation (from € 1,-- to € 3,-- per person/per night)


Notes on staying at an Alpine lodge:

  • * Hut sleeping bag: blankets are available in the huts; necessary but mandatory is only a lightweight cotton/silk sleeping bag liner
  • Overnight stay in communal bunks or multi-bed rooms.
  • Location of the accommodation are mainly close to the trails.
  • Dogs on request; not allowed in the sleeping areas. Attended stay in the winter room possible, partly dog kennels available, extra costs to be paid on spot.


Due to environmental reasons we recommend to arrive and depart by public transportation.

We recommend a travel insurance.

The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.

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