This route leads you through a great landscape and historic places. Step by step you walk from one interessting highlight to the other.
Points of interest:
Koppenbrüller Cave, old railway tunnel, rope bridge, Alpine garden, ruin castle "Burgruine Pflindsberg", church in St. Agatha, the saltmine in Hallstatt ...
Especially a visit of the saltmines in Altaussee and Hallstatt is recommended.
Quality of experience: ******
This walk leads around the mountain "Hoher Sarstein".
With a wide variety this path represents itself as walk via different regions. Along the 48 kilometer long round you will see many specific caracteristics of the area.
Due to the good connection to public transportation you can do this walk in stages.
A nice addition will be the lake cruise over the lake Hallstättersee.
Bad Aussee, Bad Goisern and Obertraun are some points during the route which tell about a spectacular history, especially regarding to the trade of salt.
Starting at the railway station in Bad Aussee you follow the signpostings of the "Koppental-Wanderweg" until you reach the area Sarstein. From then on you shall walk to the Hotel Wasnerin and along the road "Sommersbergseestraße" until you reach the so-called "Mayerlsiedlung". From now on you follow the signpostings of the theme walk "Via Artis" unitl you reach the so-called "Lenauhügel.
You carry on in the direction of the Alpengarten, were you head to the left on a path through the forest until you reach again the main road. Crossing this road you go into the direction of the area Lichtersberg and follow the signpostings towards the waterfall. Maybe you take a quick side trip to the castle ruin "Bergruine Pflindsberg", before you start following the signpostings of the theme walk "Via Salis" in order to get to the former restaurant "Waldgraben" Reaching the forest we carry on following the mountain bike route towards the mountain pasture Halleralm on forest roads. After about 600 meters you shall take a marked paht in direction to the mountain pasture "Oberleislingalm and later on to the Steinhüttenalm, where the way leads also to the Hütteneck. More or less always to the left direction you follow the signpostings and reasch finally St. Agatha.
From the church in this village you walk along the main road a bit towards the lake. Just before the railway crossing we turn to the left in order to reach the walking path "Hallstätter Ostuferweg, which leads on a taramac road to Obersee and then along the lake straight ahead with some small up- and downhills to the railwaystation in Hallstatt, from where you carry on to Obertraun.
Just before the village is the turn to the left side in order to carry on our initial tour. First we walk bellow the railway route and then upwards. From then on to the right (Höhenweg Nr. 1) towards the graveyard, shortly along the raod and then again the pathway above village. Through a forest we reach the main road and the railway station Obertraun-Koppenbrühlerhöhle. We carry on walking the beautiful path through this valley until we reach again the area Sarstein and finally the railway station in Bad Aussee.
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