Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 12

Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 12

Long-Distance Hiking · Gasteinertal
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  • Untere Astenalm
    / Untere Astenalm
    Photo: Anita Bott, gasteinbilder.com
  • / Schnalzer des Herreitervereins Bad Gastein
    Photo: Anita Bott, Max Steinbauer
  • / Untere Astenalm
    Photo: Anne Habermeier, outdooractive.com-Redaktion
  • / Russenbrücke mit Kesselfall
    Photo: Anne Habermeier, outdooractive.com-Redaktion
  • / frische Bauernkrapfen
    Photo: Anita Bott, Max Steinbauer
  • /
    Photo: Wanderhotels
  • / Die familienfreundliche Obere Astenalm lädt zu Bauern-Krapfen und anderen Leckereien ein. Im Hintergrund ist die Untere Astenalm zu sehen.
    Photo: Kur- und Tourismusverband Bad Gastein, Kur- und Tourismusverband Bad Gastein
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    Photo: Hotel Eggerwirt, http://www.gastein.com/website/var/tmp/thumb_538__lightbox.jpeg
  • / Wandern entlang der Nassfelder Aache
    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
  • / Obere Astenalm
    Photo: Anne Habermeier, outdooractive.com-Redaktion
  • / Wahrzeichen von Bad Gastein: der Wasserfall.
    Photo: Matthias Stiel., Matthias Stiel.
  • / Stausee
    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
  • / Begleiter von unzähligen Wasserfällen
    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
  • / Wasserfall
    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
  • / Schaukrapfenbacken auf der Oberen Astenalm mit Michi
    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
  • / Naßfeld
    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
m 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 900 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Lange Brücke Schleierfall Untere Astenalm Obere Astenalm
"In the footsteps of Empress Sissy"
Distance 8.8 km
2:30 h
17 m
506 m
1,589 m
1,000 m
Characteristics: Hiking path running steadily downhill.

Author’s recommendation

A very easy and beautiful hiking path which leads you along numerous waterfalls.
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Anita Bott
Update: April 23, 2017
Highest point
1,589 m
Lowest point
1,000 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Obere Astenalm
Untere Astenalm
Viehauser Alm
Montanmuseum Altböckstein

Safety information

1. Before each tour the mountain experience and physical fitness of all participants, both adults and children, must be checked. Mountain hiking often demandssure-footedness and a head for heights.

2. Each mountain tour should be carefully planned using tour descriptions andmaps. Crucial information from Alpine clubs, locals, mountain guides and hutowners is especially helpful.

3. The appropriate equipment and clothing are required for mountain hiking,especially sturdy high shoes with non-slip soles. Since the weather in themountains often changes quickly, rain and cold weather protection are also veryimportant.

4. For safety reasons, your host or hotelier should be informed of both the plannedroute and destination of your tour before departure, as well as the expectedtime of return.

5. The speed of the tour must be adapted to the weakest members of the group.Especially at the beginning of the tour, pay special attention to especially slowwalking. Be sure to observe other participants to ensure that exhaustion canbe detected in time.

6. Do not leave the marked trails. To avoid falls, pay attention even in light terrain.Be careful when walking on steep grass slopes, especially when wet. Crossingof steep snow fields or glaciers is particularly dangerous.

7. The displacement of rocks must be avoided, to prevent injury to other hikers.Areas of potential rock-falls should be passed as soon as possible and withoutstopping.

8. If the weather turns, fog appears, the trail becomes too difficult or in poorcondition, you should turn back. This is no disgrace, but rather a sign of reason.

9. If an accident occurs, keep calm. In some cases, you can help yourself. If not, trycalling for help by phone, shouting, with lights or waving with large pieces ofclothing. An injured person should generally not be moved from the accidentsite and must never be left alone.

10. The mountains are there for everyone. To help in their conservation andcleanliness, is the duty of every mountain hiker. You should take your wastewith you down into the valley, and the flora and fauna should be protected.

11. Behaviour with animals: on the mountain pastures there are cows, calves, sheep,and horses etc. Don’t annoy the animals, but behave "normally" and show nofear. Stay on the Alpine trails and keep your distance from animals.

12. Hikers with dogs should always have them on a lead. Dogs absolutely must notbe allowed to ‘hunt’ the grazing animals, mother cows are especially anxiousfor their calves. Should the dog however be attacked by a grazing animal, youmay allow it to run for its own safety.


Alpine Rescue: Call 140

International Rescue: Call 112

Tips and hints

More information under www.salzburger-almenweg.at/en


Sportgastein car park (1,579 m)
47.061671, 13.057820
47°03'42.0"N 13°03'28.2"E
33T 352516 5213847


Stubnerkogel lift, car park at the valley terminal

Turn-by-turn directions

Reaching the trail head: Assuming we don’t wish to use our own car, we can take the bus out to the start of the next stage. The Almenweg follows the toll road as far as the power station, there branching off to the left and descending to the stream. It now switches over to the left sideof the stream by crossing the Lange Brücke bridge and then continues to the Kesselfall bridge. At the Höhe Astenalmen (refreshment opportunity), the trail feeds into a forestry road and subsequently onto a paved road. Shortly after the Gasthof Evianquelle, we once again reach the tollroad. Then, after about 300 meters ,we turn off to the left towards Böckstein. Our hike now takes us through town and alongside the river via the Kaiserin Elisabeth-Promenade, until we reach the base station for the Stubnerkogel lifts. Incidentally, this stage is identical with the "Toni Sailer Running Trail".


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Information under www.oebb.at/en

Getting there





47.061671, 13.057820
47°03'42.0"N 13°03'28.2"E
33T 352516 5213847
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Order our Salzburger Almenweg Hiking Map in English for free under www.salzburger-almenweg.at/en

Author’s map recommendations

Der Wanderführer als auch die Stempelkarte sind darüber hinaus auch in allen Pongauer TVBs erhältlich.


 Our equipment tips:

  • Good shoes/boots
  • Rain gear
  • Underwear that wicks away sweat 
  • Lightweight trousers
  • Hiking socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Head covering
  • Eye protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Rucksack (padded straps, plenty of back ventilation)
  • First-aid kit
  • Cereal bar, drinks
  • Hiking pole

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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8.8 km
2:30 h
17 m
506 m
Highest point
1,589 m
Lowest point
1,000 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights Botanical highlights Insider tip


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