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Hike to the Ausseer Zinken

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  • Rastbankerl vor dem Abstieg über die Handlerstiege
    Rastbankerl vor dem Abstieg über die Handlerstiege
    Photo: Michaela Geistberger, Ausseerland
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The ascent to the summit of Aussee's local mountain is associated with effort.
Distance 13.9 km
7:30 h
1,282 m
1,220 m
1,853 m
634 m
Steep climbs require endurance, stamina and surefootedness. A magnificent view over the Ausseerland and the Inner Salzkammergut makes you forget all your efforts.

After rainfall, the steep ascent and descent is very slippery! Descent Handlerstiege is provided with rope safety.

Highest point
1,853 m
Lowest point
634 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 1.10%Dirt road 0.47%Forested/wild trail 7.13%Path 2.15%Road 9.30%Unknown 79.81%
0.2 km
Dirt road
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
1 km
0.3 km
1.3 km
11.1 km
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Safety information

Surefootedness, no fear of heights and mountain experience.

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Tip for reporting an emergency - give answers to the six W-questions:

  • What happened?
  • How many injured?
  • Where did the accident happen? (possibly GPS coordinates)
  • Who is reporting? (callback number)
  • When did the accident happen?
  • Weather at the accident site?

Tips and hints

Tourist Office Ausseerland-Salzkammergut
Information office Bad Aussee
Ischlerstrasse 94
8990 Bad Aussee
+43 3622 523 23
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Bad Aussee train station (635 m)
47.599493, 13.776050
47°35'58.2"N 13°46'33.8"E
33T 407994 5272512
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Bad Aussee train station

Turn-by-turn directions

From Bad Aussee train station, head west on Koppenstraße, cross the railroad crossing, continue up the road and reach a forest road on the left, from which the marked Alpine Trail No. 695 leads over the Planer to the summit of the Zinken. Following the red-white-red markings you reach the Planergraben. A narrow path winds steeply uphill next to the ditch through the high forest.

At an altitude of 1,000 meters, you have to cross an old path that leads from the Fidl Alm in the west to the Himmeleben area near Lake Öden in the east. This trail was once built as a connecting path between several hunting lodges. Today, forest roads replace the path, which is why it has fallen into disrepair.

A forest road comes up from the right. Continue steeply uphill through the forest. The path turns to the right, becomes stonier and brings you to the forest line at 1,500 meters above sea level.

Then you continue hiking to a spring, leaving the high forest behind and going up the ditch in switchbacks. On stony ground you reach a scree slope below the Eislochkogel (1,830 m). After another short ascent, there is a magnificent view over the Aussee basin and the Sarstein on the opposite side. The steep part is now over. Gently ascending, you hike past the Feuerkogel on the right.

The trail continues descending through mountain pine fields in a southerly direction. From the lowest point of the path, the unmarked Almsteig branches off to the right to the Planeralm.

On the Zinken, however, the trail continues to climb on the left between mountain pines. Soon you reach rocky, grassy alpine pastures. On the right, the alpine path no. 696 comes up from the Handleralm. Hiking straight on, you come to the mighty summit cross on the Zinken-Kogel at an altitude of 1,854 meters.

The 8-meter-high summit cross was built and erected by skilled students of the polytechnic course 2004/2005, the secondary school Bad Aussee, under the direction of their dedicated teacher Franz Amon. It is truly a God-gifted vantage point. The entire Ausseerland at your feet, the Dachstein within reach, you enjoy the well-deserved, magnificent view.

The descent leads back to the crossroads, which you follow to the left on the alpine trail no. 696. It leads southwards over a rockfall and sloping terrain steps about 200 meters in altitude down, then turns to the east and reaches below the Zwicker Kogel after about a kilometer the Handleralm (1,649 m). Continue following the markings, uphill to the left across the alpine pastures to a saddle. The path leads briefly to the right and then descends to the left into a wide, rocky cirque.

Now the trail leads to the steep descent "Handlerstiege", which is secured with a rope. Passing a spring, you walk downhill over a forest ridge past the Äußere Hornkogel on the right.

In about 1,000 meters you come to a forest road, cross it and continue the descent on the alpine path no. 696 downhill. Descending in serpentines you have to cross another forest road. After about one kilometer you are back at the starting point.



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Parking is available directly at the train station in Bad Aussee.


47.599493, 13.776050
47°35'58.2"N 13°46'33.8"E
33T 407994 5272512
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Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps and free general maps are available at the information offices of the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut Tourist Association.


Proper backpacking makes many things easier: pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within easy reach in a side pocket. All things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit including blister plaster belongs in every backpack and a clothing according to the "onion system" is always recommended.

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13.9 km
7:30 h
1,282 m
1,220 m
Highest point
1,853 m
Lowest point
634 m
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