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Duisitzkarsee Lake - a gem of nature

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  • Duisitzkar cirque with the Duisitzkarsee Lake and the 2 chalets in Obertal
    Duisitzkar cirque with the Duisitzkarsee Lake and the 2 chalets in Obertal
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Family friendly hike to the picturesque Duisitzkarsee Lake in Obertal valley.

Distance 5.4 km
2:20 h
480 m
480 m
1,678 m
1,198 m

The hike to Duisitzkarsee Lake starts from the valley floor at Eschachalm. Through pine forest with 2 larger clearings you ascend to one of the most popular photo motifs in Styria. In the warm summer months the lake is also a good opportunity for refreshment. Be considerate of the fish in the lake and avoid, for example, stirring up dust. In addition, please do not go into the water with sunscreen, as this can upset the sensitive ecology of the lake.

Author’s recommendation

We highly recommend a hike to the lake in autumn. The golden larch trees give a special atmosphere to the lake and the cirque. No matter which time of the year - spring, summer or fall - a short walk around the lake is always a good option!

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Gerhard Pilz
Update: July 07, 2022
Highest point
Duisitzkarsee Lake, 1,678 m
Lowest point
Hiking trail head Eschachalm, 1,198 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 49.48%Path 35.73%Unknown 14.78%
Forested/wild trail
2.7 km
1.9 km
0.8 km
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Safety information

Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement  can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.

GPS data and orienteering

Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.

In an emergency please call:

  • 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
  • 112 - European GSM emergency number

Tips and hints

From the valley head at Eschachalm further into Obertal the landowners do not allow to bring along dogs.

Tourist information:

Information about bus schedules:


Hiking trail head Eschachalm, Obertal (1,198 m)
47.303107, 13.703814
47°18'11.2"N 13°42'13.7"E
33T 402015 5239662


Hiking trail head Eschachalm, Obertal

Turn-by-turn directions

From the trail head at Eschachboden you follow trail n° 775 towards Duisitzkarsee Lake. At the beginning the trail ascends quite steeply, passing the waterfall of Seebach creek through the pine forest on the way to Saghütten chalets, which you reach after approximately 45 minutes. After a short break you continue to the clearing of Kesslerboden where the trail is a little less steep than in the beginning. Saghütten and Kesslerboden offer a great view to the valley head of Obertal valley with Samspitze, Sandspitze, Zwerfenberg and Elendberg summits.

Beyond Kesslerboden the trail starts to ascend steeper again. After a couple of switchbacks through the forest you reach Duisitzkarsee Lake after another 30 minutes, where Duisitzkarseehütte and Fahrlechhütte chalets invite for refreshments and a snack. Duisitzkarsee Lake is a picturesque mountain lake and the hike is a perfect option for families.

From the Saghütten uphill, the hike is also possible along the forest road, further down the valley this is closed to the public due to recent rockfall events.


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Public transport


With the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) or Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) to Eschachalm in Obertal.

Getting there

From Schladming take provincial highway L722 to Rohrmoos. At the roundabout continue towards Obertal on provincial highway L723. In the village of Untertal make a right after hotel Landauerhof and continue on Obertalstraße until you reach the hiking trail head at Eschachalm. The last 2 kms of the road are a gravel road.


Parking is available at the hiking trail head Eschachalm.


47.303107, 13.703814
47°18'11.2"N 13°42'13.7"E
33T 402015 5239662
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Magazine "Wild Waters", available at the tourist office Schladming.

Author’s map recommendations

  • Hiking map Schladming, 1:25.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.
  • Hiking map Schladming-Dachstein, 1:50.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.


A well-packed backpack is helpful and especially when touring Alpine terrain a tuque, gloves, a windproof jacket and pants are standard equipment. Good, waterproof shoes, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. Torch light, a map of the area, knie and a small first-aid kit should also be in the backpack.

Ankle-high hiking shoes are recommended.

Questions and answers

Question from Old Fox · August 24, 2020 · Community
Wie sind die aktuellen Wegbedingungen (Wandersteig, Forstweg) betreffend Aufstieg zum Duisitzkersee?
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Answered by Gerhard Pilz · August 25, 2020 · Tourismusverband Schladming
Der Forstweg zum Duisitzkar ist auf unbestimmte Zeit gesperrt. Grund ist eine Grundlawine Ende des Winters die Hangbereiche oberhalb der Forstraße destabilisiert hat. Ein Aufstieg zum Duisitzkarsee ist aber ohne Probleme über den Wandersteig #775 möglich. Nicht betroffen ist auch der Rundweg Neualm-Duisitzkar.
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September 16, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöne Wanderung. Nach etwas steilem Anstieg beim Wasserfall zu Beginn für jeden gut machbar. Alternativ kann man den längeren aber dafür einfacher zu besteigenden Forstweg nehmen.
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September 13, 2019 · Community
Stefanie Süß
August 28, 2019 · Community
Das wichtigste vorab: der See war toll und die Mühen haben sich gelohnt! Wir sind fast ausschließlich den Forstweg hin und zurück gelaufen - nur kurz einmal das letzte Stück vom Wanderweg bergauf. Insgesamt hat meine Uhr am Ende gesagt, wir sind 9,55km gelaufen in ca. 4h, bei 460 Höhenmeter. Wir sind von der Eschachalm bis hoch zum See und eine Runde drumherum gelaufen. Zumindest die Kilometerangabe stimmt also nicht ganz. Aber wie anfangs beschrieben: Es war toll!
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5.4 km
2:20 h
480 m
480 m
Highest point
1,678 m
Lowest point
1,198 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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