Take a deep breath and grant yourself a little break from your daily grind – that is what hiking here means. The beauty and peace of nature attract hiking enthusiasts to the Wagrain mountains.
Hiking tours that begin at the front door
Relaxed or demanding hikes. You can start your tours directly from the hotel. At the Hotel Edelweiss “Hiking” is our centre of focus during the summer season. Wagrain promises unforgettable mountain experiences with beautiful scenery every step of the way.
A total of 140 km of marked hiking- and walking paths carry you off into the beautiful nature of our mountains.
Tips for hiking in Wagrain
Your rental hiking-backpack
You can get hiking maps of the region with many selected hiking tours and information on hiking in Wagrain and the adjoining valleys at the front desk.
Hiking Pass/Hiking Pin
For very ambitioned hikers or as small motivation for children and youths we offer various attractive Hiking Pins as reward. For every hike you can collect points. The points are stamped into you Hiking Pass at the alpine huts. When your Hiking Pass is full you will receive your personal Hiking Pin from the Wagrain Tourist Board.
Our hiking guide will gladly give you information on the most beautiful hikes, behavioural rules in the mountains and about the correct equipment for a safe mountain experience.
Alpine huts around Wagrain
Rest at a hut
Now, what would a hike through the wonderful hiking area around the Hotel Edelweiss be, without a hearty rest in one of the rustic alpine huts? There you can find out a lot about the natural and sometimes very tough life on the mountain. You meet your hosts, they take time to sit down and have a chat– shift gears into a different, slower speed.
Take some time for the pure
It is vital part or the hiking experience to regain energy by enjoying regional specialties, most of which were produced right there in the alpine huts. Bacon, cheese, butter and freshly baked bread. Milk from happy mountain cows. You can really taste that nature is still in balance up here.
A hearty yodel as farewell and then we are headed back home to The Edelweiss. There you can round off the day with a little wellness.
Our hiking guide will show you the most beautiful places – you have only really been where you have been by foot.
Experience the beauty of nature, the silence, the mighty mountains, the gentle alpine meadows – you are never touched as intensely as when you are walking.
Our guided tours take place 3 times a week. The hikes are suitable for families as well as experienced hikers. The destinations of the hikes are determined by the experience of the participants and the weather.
- Daily tour advice and recommendation - Guided hikes - Information on huts and regions - Free hiking backpack and trekking pole rental - Filled hiking backpack (for a fee) - Lazy Legs Massage - Massage to prevent muscle ache (for a fee)
Head towards the mid-station of the Rote Achter cable car, then follow the trail from the Daarmoossee to the right of the ski piste and enter the forest below the lift route shortly afterwards. Follow this trail until you reach the Grießenkaralmen (approx. 1:45 h). After another hour of hiking, you will reach the summit cross of the Grießenkareck. You can go down over the other side of the summit cross over the Wagrainer Haus, then over the meadow (or over the forest road) towards Almstadl and then to the Rupertisee lake. After about 25 minutes you will reach the forest trail back to the hotel (alternatively you can choose the trail past the Rupertisee lake over the mid-station Flying Mozart and the forest road).
02 High altitude hike from the Grießenkareck to the Steinkaralm
Duration: 6 h; length: 13.5 km; gradient: 408 metres of altitude ascent, 1,271 metres of altitude descent
Follow the Baierwaldstraße right from the hotel towards the mid-station Flying Mozart. The cable car will take you up to the local mountain of Wagrain, the Grießenkareck. From here you will reach the summit of the Grießenkareck (1,991 m), then you follow the mountain ridge (no. 714) or the Bettlersteig (no. 714a) to the Ahornkarkopf and go to the Steinkaralm (serviced) over Wildbühel and Weissenhofalm (1,770 m, serviced) and back to Kleinarl. For the way back to Wagrain you can take the hiking bus.
This beautiful hike will lead you to the biggest lake of the Niedere Tauern mountain range and is probably one of the most beautiful places in the whole Wagrain-Kleinarl region. Take the car to go to Wagrain, turn left at the crossing at the church to go towards Kleinarl. Pass the Jägersee lake and follow the toll road to the parking lot Schwabalm. Hike through sparse woods and later over a relatively steep trail past a waterfall to the Tappenkarsee lake. Once you have reached the top you can have a break at the tranquil mountain lake. 30 minutes later you can hike to the Tappenseekar hut and watch the lake from above. From the Tappenseekaralm, ambitious hikers can go on to the Draugsteintörl (2,070 m) or to the Glingspitze (2.433 m – difficult hike).
04 Sunrise tour
If you get up early, you can experience the unique sunrise after an early morning hike. An experience that will stay in your memory.
Duration: approx. 2.5 h, length: approx. 6.3 km, 330 metres of altitude
From the hotel, take the car to the Grafenbergbahn, where you can park. Take the gondola up to the top. From the mountain station, take AV trail no. 713 to the Sonntagskogel trail junction and continue left via AV trail no. 712 to the Auhofalm (not managed) and via the Auhofalmsattel to the destination of our hike, the managed Maurachalm. The way back is via the Straßalmsattel - Großunterbergalm or Sonntagskogel.
From the hotel, take the car to the Grafenbergbahn, where you can park. Take the gondola up to the top. From the mountain station, take AV trail no. 713 to the Sonntagskogel crossroads and continue left via AV trail no. 712 to the Auhofalm (not managed) and via the Auhofalm saddle over the Kitzstein fork (sure-footedness and a head for heights must be present). At around 400 years old, this is the oldest hut in the valley and will delight you with its open fireplace and homemade Brettljause. The way back leads via the Maurachalm back to the Grafenbergbahn.
Drive from the hotel in the direction of St. Johann, after about 10 minutes turn right to Floitensberg and from here follow the ascending road to the Floitensberg hikers' car park, where you can park. Along the forest road, the trail climbs slightly through the forest towards the Gründecksattel and along the signposted paths towards the Heinrich-Kiener-Haus. From here it takes another 20 minutes to reach the Hochgründeck summit cross. The descent is via the same path. Above the Heinrich-Kiener-Haus you can visit the beautiful Friedenskapelle (Chapel of Peace). The tour is rewarded with an incredible panoramic view of around 300 peaks in good weather.
08 Oberhütte at the lake
Duration: 3.5 h
The starting point of the hike is the Vogeialm in Forstau. From the head of the valley, the trail climbs steeply after a short flat section. After the ascent, you reach the Klammlsee lake with a small hunting lodge, where you can take a short break. The trail continues uphill to the Seekarscharte, where the panoramic view in the direction of Obertauern compensates for the exertion. The trail now descends somewhat towards the Oberhütte and Oberhüttensee. For the descent, the forest path is recommended (approx. 1 h).