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Alp Tour Obertal

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  • Nickel Museum - historic smelting furnace in Obertal valley
    Nickel Museum - historic smelting furnace in Obertal valley
    Photo: Astrid Perner, Erlebnisregion Schladming-Dachstein
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Lovely varied walk, although strenuous, via the Knappensteig in the footprints of the miners.
Distance 11.2 km
6:00 h
984 m
845 m
2,046 m
1,063 m

This hike is rich in variety and takes you from Hopfriesen to Giglachseen Lakes - passing by Landauersee Lake along the "historic miners' route". From the fjord-like Giglachkar cirque you hike along an alpine trail to Duisitzkarsee Lake via Murspitzsattel ridge. On the way back to the valley you finally reach Eschachalm. Enjoy this indescribable natural scenery with a wide variety of terrain!

If you are one of the toughest ones and go swimming in the lake, 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.

Refreshment stops:

  • Giglachseehütte and Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte chalets at Giglachseen Lakes

  • Duisitzkarseehütte and Fahrlechhütte chalets at Duisitzkarsee lake

  • Eschachachalm inn


  • Nickel Museum - historic smelting furnace from the 19th century
  • Landauersee Lake - a hidden alpine treasure
  • unique flora at Giglachalmen alp
  • Giglachseen Lakes in the fjord-like Giglachkar cirque
  • Duisitzkarsee Lake - a gem of nature

Author’s recommendation

  • A possible shorter variant is the descent to Ursprungalm chalets from Giglachseen Lakes.
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Gerhard Pilz
Update: January 17, 2022
Highest point
Ferchtlhöhe ridge, 2,046 m
Lowest point
Hiking trail head Hopfriesen, 1,063 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 7.39%Path 92.59%
Forested/wild trail
0.8 km
10.3 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 Hopfriesen, Obertal (1,062 m)
47.316998, 13.688543
47°19'01.2"N 13°41'18.8"E
33T 400887 5241225


Hiking trail head Eschachalm, Obertal

Turn-by-turn directions

You start your hike at Hopfriesen and follow the classic Miner's Trail n° 776 towards Giglachseen Lakes. Passing by the Nickel Museum (a 5-minute side trip takes you to the museum) you ascend via a slightly ascending trail through the forest. Below a impressive rock formation you cross over the Giglachbach creek and reach Lackneralm chalet (private). Again you cross over the creek. Now the trail ascends a bit steeper - taking shortcuts between the hairpins of the forestry lane. At the Knappenkreuz memorial you reach the Landauerboden area. The Knappenkreuz is a comemmorative wayside cross in remembrance of the mining history in the Schladminger Tauern range. Once you reach Landauerboden it is worthwhile to make a small detour to beautiful turquoise Landauersee Lake.

A few minutes walk further you reach the picturesque area of Giglachalmen meadows, where you can also see the remains of historic miners' housing. Soon after, you reach the trail crossing 775/776 at Giglachbach creek and a few minutes later you get to the shore of the Lower Giglachsee Lake with the trail junction 775/702. From here it takes you about 15 minutes to Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte (above the Lower Giglachsee Lake) and 30 minutes to Giglachseehütte (above the Upper Giglachsee Lake), which invite hikers to take a rest.

From the Giglachseen Lakes you hike back to the trail junction 775/776 where you now follow trail n° 775 towards Duisitzkarsee Lake. Along the face of Murspitzen you reach Murspitzsattel mountain saddle, from where you have a terrific keen sight into Duisitzkar cirque with its picturesque lake. Via a quite steep trail the route now descends into the cirque, where Duisitzkarseehütte and Fahrlechhütte invite hikers for a rest. While descending you walk through an old larch and pine forest with beautiful views to the lake. In early summer the slopes of the cirque are covered with rhododendron ("Almrausch") in bloom.

After a break at the lake you start your descent to the valley. Passing by Abelhütte chalet (private) you leave the cirque and walk into the forest. The trail (or the forestry lane) first takes you down through the forest to the open space of Kessler Boden from where you got a great panoramic view to the valley head of Obertal. Then you furhter descend and reach Saghütten chalets (private only - no refreshment stop).

From here the trail descends a little steeper - first via a clearing in the forest and then through the forest until you reach the hiking trail head at the valley floor of Eschachboden. From the information portal its only a few steps to Eschachalm inn, where you have earned yourself a cup of coffee and some delicious pastry. The bus back to Rohrmoos and Schladming leaves right next to the inn.


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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 back to Schladming and Rohrmoos from the end of the line at Eschachalm.

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 the end of the paved road at the hiking trail head Hopfriesen.


Parking is available at the hiking trail heads Hopfriesen or Eschachalm.


47.316998, 13.688543
47°19'01.2"N 13°41'18.8"E
33T 400887 5241225
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.

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Franz Lueger
October 20, 2019 ·
Im Bereich nach der Lackneralm war die Wegfindung etwas schwierig. Es gibt dort eine Tafel mit einem linken Richtungspfeil. Die Markierung die weiter vorne ist am Boden, zeigt aber nach rechts weiter. Etwa 20m rechts nach dem Schild führt ein nicht markierte Steig in den Wald, den man nach kurz danach über einen Moosbesetzten Fels findet und dann zu der Fortstraße führt, wo die Umgehung mit der Vorgenannten Tafel (Zur Ignaz-Mattishütte) steht. Ca. 10m links der Wandertafel ist ein großer Felsen. Dort wäre eine Markierung gut, denn dann versucht man nicht in die andere Richtung zu gehen. In der App von ist die Änderung auch nicht zu sehen. Beim Abstieg von Murspitzsattel zum Duisitzkarsee ist die eine Seilversicherung ausgerissen.
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When did you do this route? October 19, 2019
Photo: Franz Lueger, ÖAV Sektion Mitterdorf
Photo: Franz Lueger, ÖAV Sektion Mitterdorf
Anton SUNDL 
October 19, 2014 ·
Bin die Tour über den Duisitzkarsee zu den Giglachseen gegangen. Die Ignaz Mattis Hütte hatte bereits geschlossen.
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When did you do this route? October 19, 2014
Photo: Anton SUNDL, ÖAV Sektion Knittelfeld
Photo: Anton SUNDL, ÖAV Sektion Knittelfeld
Photo: Anton SUNDL, ÖAV Sektion Knittelfeld
Photo: Anton SUNDL, ÖAV Sektion Knittelfeld
Blick zum Dachstein
Photo: Anton SUNDL, ÖAV Sektion Knittelfeld
Photo: Anton SUNDL, ÖAV Sektion Knittelfeld
Photo: Anton SUNDL, ÖAV Sektion Knittelfeld
versicherter Steig ??
Photo: Anton SUNDL, ÖAV Sektion Knittelfeld
Christian Urban 
August 18, 2013 · Community
Bin die Tour vom Obertal zuerst über die Giglachseen und dann von diesen zum Duisitzkarsee gegangen; ich glaube, dass dieser Weg für die weniger erfahrenen Wanderer leichter zu steigen ist. Außerdem kann man auf diesem Weg noch vom Duisitzkarsee zur Neualm und erst von dieser dann zurück zur Eschachalm gehen. Dann wird es richtig lang und sehr herausfordernd
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When did you do this route? September 21, 2012

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11.2 km
6:00 h
984 m
845 m
Highest point
2,046 m
Lowest point
1,063 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Scenic


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