Day 2 to 7
During our time in Bad Hofgastein, we will explore the area through a variety of exciting walks which may include one of more of the following examples.
Hüttenkogel and the Palfnersee. This walk is ideal for a clear day as we make our way to fantastic views at the Hüttenkogel view point by continuing upwards from the top of the Graukogel chairlift. We will then follow the trails through the pine forest to the Palfnersee. A perfect photo opportunity to capture the beautiful rich turquoise of the lake and the mountainous back drop. 6.8 miles (11km), ascent/descent 460m, 4 hours 15 minutes.
The Kaiserin Elisabeth promenade, the Naßfeldtal Weg and the Naturschauweg. An enjoyable walk linking two hikes. We will walk along the valley floor in Altbockstein and Naßfeldtal where we can discover the remnants of the area’s mining past. We will take the easy ascent of the narrow and sheer Naßfeldtal. We will break for lunch at Sportgastein before following the Naturschauweg looped trail back towards the bus to return to Bad Hofgastein. The trail is dotted with information boards (in German) describing the area’s natural and human history. Total walk 10 miles (17km), ascent 500m / descent 200m, total walk 5 hours 15 minutes.
The Schuhflicker. The Schuhflicker is one of the few limestone peaks in the area, producing incredible scenery of spectacular cliffs and lush meadows. This beautiful walk leads us to the Schuhflicker and to the idyllic Schuhflickersee below. We will utilise the Fulseck Gondola to reach the ridge line for more impressive views and descend to the valley from the mid-station before making our journey back to Bad Hofgastein. 6.8 miles (11km), ascent 620m / descent 1000m, 5 hours.
Three Lakes Walk. This is a fine exploration over the Palfnerscharte visiting the much photographed Reedsee and the contrasting but equally scenic Windschursee. We walk the picturesque route from the Graukogelhütte to Palfnersee. The walk finishes on a long descent into Kötschachtal. 9 miles (15km), ascent 450m / descent 1350m, 6 ½ hours.
There will be a rest day offered during the week. You can explore the local area or go further afield to places such as Salzburg (2 hours 15 minutes by train.) You can use the Almorama Card to receive free or discounted journeys on lifts in Gastein. You can also use the Gastein card for free or discounted bus rides around the local area. These cards are included in the holiday price. The tour leader will discuss the options available.