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Starting place: 8982 Bad Mitterndorf
Destination: 8982 Bad Mitterndorf

duration: 5h 0m
length: 12,8 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 536m
Altitude difference (downhill): 536m

Lowest point: 1.455m
Highest point: 1.890m
difficulty: easy
condition: difficult
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt, Gravel, Hiking trail

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Short description:
Are you looking for a tour with beautiful views and a moderate climb? Well, here it is: Your path leads you across the sunny alpine plateau of the Tauplitz, passimg silent mountain lakes, through glorious meadows in full bloom and via sparse forests of larch trees. And the best comes last: a summit ascent of the Rosskogel, relatively easy, but with scenery that is simply magnificent. 

Quality of experience: ******

Recommended season:

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October


  • Loop
  • Scenic
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Family friendly
  • Botanical highlights
  • Cableway ascent/descent
  • Summit route

This tour welcomes you with alpine terrain rich in variety as well as the beauty of the surrounding peaks. Nevertheless, this extended hike is relatively easy, with only moderate climbs. That said, surefootedness is a must. 

You will set out from the top station of the quad chairlift on the Tauplitzalm heading east. This will take you past Hotel Kirchenwirt, dropping gently downhill to the Naturfreundehaus. Right after this, follow the footpath to the left of the gravel road, continuing to drop gently downhill to the Tauplitzsee. In early summer, the surrounding meadows are transformed into a sea of flowers, with purple rhododendron, velvety blue gentian and a panoply of other alpine flowers blooming by the millions. Passing the northern shore of the Tauplitzsee, you will come to the Grazerhaus – a hut which used to be run by mountaineering icon Heinrich Harrer back in the 1930s. Now crossing alpine pastures, you will follow a country lane heading east, past the Marburger Hütte and eventually coming to the Steirersee – here, we suggest a short detour to the popular Steirersee-Bankerl, a popular lookout point with magnificent views of the legendary Sturzhahn, a peak first climbed by no other than Heinrich Harrer. You will now take a gently descending lane through a narrow canyon, until you reach an area of alpine pastures and the Steirerseehütten, huts located above the Steirersee that serve refreshments to hikers. Now follow the Salzsteig in a northeast direction. Climbing gently, you will pass through sparse larch forests – in autumn, as the needles change color, this entire stage shimmers in gentle golden tones. Maintaining a relatively steady elevation, the Salzsteig leads you along the foot of the legendary Sturzhahn – treating you to beautiful views of its characteristic contours – to a small alpine saddle. From there, you can enjoy views of the Schwarzensee and Leistalm. The crystal-clear water and flat shoreline of the Schwarzensee invite you to refresh body, mind and soul. On the southern shore of the Schwarzsenee, path 218/209A brings you to the Leistalm, a hut which is open in the summer months. You will now make your way southeast across the alpine pastures, with path 218 taking you through a sparse area of larch trees. Now above the tree line, heading southeast and climbing moderately, you will finally reach the 1890 meter high summit of the Rosskogel. Quietly enjoy the magical scenery, then hike the same route back to the mountain terminal and Tauplitzalm village. 

The Rosskogel is generally regarded as the “little brother” of the Almkogel, yet from the top you can still enjoy countless beautiful views of the surrounding mountain landscapes. At the end of this extended tour, you will definitely be richly rewarded for your persistence.  

Safety guidelines:
Emergency call: 140

Out on the alpine pastures and high peaks, the weather is infamous for changing quickly: Whether you are a laid-back “Sunday hiker” or an intrepid summiteer – you will get far more joy out of your outdoors experience if you are prepared for all potential conditions. That’s why we are taking this opportunity to share a few useful tips with you for your mountaineering expedition, hike or stroll in the hills.

Your most important companion up in the mountains is a good rucksack – a capacity of 20 liters is ideal, though bigger is not a bad idea for more extended tours. Your precise equipment needs will vary according to the tour and weather, a decision that’s ultimately up to you alone. But here’s one helpful rule of thumb to go by: Pack as much as necessary, but as little as possible!

  • Professional hiking boots that have been worn in.

  • Special hiking socks for good traction inside your boots.

  • Hiking pants – zip-off legs are great for adjusting to changing temperatures.

  • A change of functional shirts – especially on the summit or after a strenuous stage.

  • Breathable rain jacket within easy reach (packed in the side or top).

  • Rain wrap for your rucksack, also quick and easy to access.

  • A warm sweater and/or warm jacket if temperatures change drastically.

  • Cap and gloves – even in summer, in the mountains it can quickly turn cold.

  • Sun protection: cap and sun block with high SPF.

  • Hiking or trekking poles if appropriate to your tour.

  • 1-2 sandwiches, an energy snack such as a cereal bar won’t hurt either.

  • Drinks bottle with at least 1.5 liters of water, tea or energy drink.

  • Professional hiking map of the area.

  • Mobile phone that is fully charged.

  • First-aid kit and band-aids for blisters.

  • Cash and a pocket knife.

  • Cushion to sit on and enjoy the views in comfort.

We wish you a wonderful time hiking or mountaineering on the Tauplitz!

Additional information:
TVB Ausseerland – Salzkammergut

Tel. +43 3622 54040-0                                                  


Accommodation in our region!

Various events you will find here!


Starting point: Top Station Chairlift Tauplitzalm
Destination: Top Station Chairlift Tauplitzalm

further information:
  • Flatly
  • Board possible

Accessibility / arrival

Getting there
Detailed information how to get to the Ausseerland – Salzkammergut you will find on our website!


Outside operation hours of the lift you can take the panorama road Tauplitzalm Alpenstraße in order to reach the parking on the Tauplitzalm, where you can start the tour then.

Public Transit
Railway station nearby: Tauplitz

Ausreichend Gratis-Parkplätze bei der Talstation der 4er-Sesselbahn Tauplitz vorhanden.
Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
Most economical season
  • Summer
  • Autumn

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Informationsbüro Bad Mitterndorf
Bad Mitterndorf 58
8983 Bad Mitterndorf

Phone +43 3623 2444
Fax machine +43 3623 2444 - 4

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a.Pedestrians have the right of way: We are accommodating and friendly to pedestrians and hikers. Upon encountering these fellow travellers, we alert them by using the bicycle bell and slowly overtake them. We avoid paths with heavy pedestrian traffic altogether. Take nature into account: We do not leave refuse behind.

b.The braking distance should be half of the total distance visible: We ride at a controlled pace, are ready to brake and maintain a braking distance half as long as the total distance visible, especially in curves, because we always have to count on obstacles on the path. Damage to the path, stones, branches, wood piles, grazing livestock, cattle grids, barriers, tractor-type forestry machines and authorised vehicles pose dangers that we need to be ready for.

c.Don’t drink and drive!: Do not drink alcohol when mountain biking. Take care at stop-off points (dealing with bike racks, dirty shoes or clothing).

It is obligatory to provide first aid!

d.Marked routes, closed paths and blockades: Keep to the marked routes, observe the blockades and accept that these roads are primarily for agricultural and forestry use!

Blockades can often not be avoided and are in your own interest. Biking beyond the intended path and outside of opening times is punishable and turns us into illegal bikers.

e.We are guests in the forest and behave accordingly, including vis-à-vis forestry and hunting staff. Whilst mountain biking, mobile telephones and music players are forbidden! Biking requires your full attention.

f.Avoid unnecessary noise. Out of consideration to the animals living in the wild, we only bike during full daylight. As a principle, we always wear our helmet (even when riding uphill)! Don’t forget emergency supplies: We always have a repair set and bandages along.

g.Don’t overestimate your skills: We should not overdo it when it comes to biking technique and physical fitness. Take the level of difficulty posed by the route into consideration and make a precise estimate of your experience and skills as a biker (braking, bell, lights)!

h.Close gates: We approach grazing livestock at a walking pace and close every gate behind us. We should avoid causing escape and panic reactions in the animals. Nothing stands in the way of the fun and athletic challenge in the mountains and forests!

i.Traffic rules: The general traffic rules (StVO) apply for all the mountain biking routes and we adhere to them. Our bike therefore needs to be in perfect technical condition and equipped in line with the traffic rules, including brakes, a bell and lights. We inspect and service our mountain bikes regularly anyway.


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Starting place: 8982 Bad Mitterndorf
Destination: 8982 Bad Mitterndorf

duration: 5h 0m
length: 12,8 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 536m
Altitude difference (downhill): 536m

Lowest point: 1.455m
Highest point: 1.890m
difficulty: easy
condition: difficult
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt, Gravel, Hiking trail

powered by TOURDATA