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Rotmandlspitze: auf den Spuren der Bergknappen

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  • Info point Hopfriesen in Obertal valley with bench, information boards and trail signage
    Info point Hopfriesen in Obertal valley with bench, information boards and trail signage
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m 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Rotmandlspitze Nickelmuseum - Schmelzofen Keinprechthütte Eschachhütt'n Giglachseen Landauersee Neualm (Obertal)
Summit tour to "Rotmandl" in Obertal valley with medium difficulty - physical endurance required! The route runs along the trails of the historic mining district in Obertal valley.
Distance 15.7 km
7:38 h
1,410 m
1,261 m
2,453 m
1,062 m
This hike takes you to the summit of Rotmandlspitze and into the historic mining district of the Schladminger Tauern range. Right after the start of the tour the Nickel Museum Hopfriesen is the first higlight of the historical mining in the area. Along the way there are several more: the "Knappenkreuz" way point, the historic remains of miners' houses and the view to decayed entrances into the mines are just some of the historical tracks of mining history in Schladming and the Schladminger Tauern range.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the Nickelmuseum at Hopfriesen. Information about opening times at

Also visit Schladming's town museum to extend your knowledge on the mining history:

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Gerhard Pilz
Update: January 17, 2022
Risk potential
Highest point
Rotmandlspitze, 2,453 m
Lowest point
Hiking trail head Hopfriesen, 1,062 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 0.02%Forested/wild trail 15.36%Path 84.60%
0 km
Forested/wild trail
2.4 km
13.3 km
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Rest stops

Schladming Giglachsee Hütte

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

Tourist information:

Information about bus schedules:

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Hiking trail head Hopfriesen, Obertal (1,062 m)
47.317015, 13.688638
47°19'01.3"N 13°41'19.1"E
33T 400894 5241227


Hiking trail head Eschachalm, Obertal

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail head at Hopfriesen is reached best by bus n° 973 to Obertal valley. From the trail head you start out on trail n° 776 towards Giglachseen lakes. Right at the beginning a short detour (+ 5 minutes walking time) takes you to the only remaining Nickel smelting furnace of the Eastern Alps, which is a museum nowadays.

On trail n° 776 you then ascend through the forest. You traverse to the right below a big rock step and via a bridge cross over the Giglachbach creek. A couple of minutes more and you reach Lackneralm (no gastronomy). At Lackneralm you cross over Giglachbach creek again and then ascend further via a forestry road or the hiking trail respectively. Shortly before Landauersee lake you reach the Knappenkreuz waypoint (a wayside cross errected in memory of the mining at Giglach).

Along a broad trail you then reach the Giglachalmen, where the creek meanders beautifully among the alpine meadows. At the huts of Giglachalmen you cross over the creek, just until you reach the trail crossing with trail n° 775 (hiking trail towards Duisitzkarsee lake) and cross over again. After a few minutes you then reach the huts at the Northeast shore of the Untere Giglachsee lake.

At the trail crossing there you now continue on trail n° 702 (Schladminger Tauern High Trail) and follow it into Vetternkar cirque and towards Rotmandlspitze. The trail ascends moderately to Vetternkar where you discover the historic remains of miners' houses. To the left of the ruins the trail now starts to ascend steeper and takes you to Rotmandlspitze via a set of switchbacks. From the highest point of the tour at 2,453 m above sea-level you then continue downhill via Rotmandlscharte ridge. Below the summit of Sauberg you then traverse to Kruckeckscharte ridge via a clearance cairn with large stones.

From the ridge a couple of wide switchbacks takes you down into Neualmkar cirque while you enjoy the outstanding view to the surrounding summits. Down in the cirque you reach Keinprechthütte, where you definitely earned a break. From the hut you descend to Obertal valley via trail n° 774. About halfway you pass by Neualm (no gastronomy) before you finally reach Eschachalm at the valley head of Obertal. From there, the bus takes you back to Rohrmoos and Schladming.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


With the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) or Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) to Obertal - bus stop Hopfriesen. With the buses of the same line (from bus stop "Eschachalm") back to Schladming and Rohrmoos. 

Getting there

From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) towards Untertal. In the village of Untertal make a right onto Obertalstraße road and follow it until you reach the trail head at Hopfriesen (end of the paved road).


Parking is available at the hiking trail head in Hopfriesen. If the lot is already full, use the parking lots at Wehrhofalm (out of the valley - additional walking time: 30 minutes).


47.317015, 13.688638
47°19'01.3"N 13°41'19.1"E
33T 400894 5241227
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Guide book Schladming-Dachstein by Herbert Raffalt, available at the tourist office Schladming (German only).

Author’s map recommendations

Tourist map "Hiking - Running - Walking", available at the tourist office Schladming.

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.

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15.7 km
7:38 h
1,410 m
1,261 m
Highest point
2,453 m
Lowest point
1,062 m
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