Stefanie’s travel report: Salzkammergut alpine hiking for families

Cowbells, wooden huts and traditional snacks

How are the paths on the alpine pastures? How well are the huts equipped? And perhaps the most important question: how does a real ‘Almjause’ actually taste? There is always a lot to discover on our hiking tours for families.

In order to be able to answer all these questions firsthand, I set out with my friend in mid-June to hike a good part of our tour Alpine Hiking in the Salzkammergut for Families.

Of course I would like to share my discoveries with you:

Day 1: Arrival at the Wolfgangsee and hiking stage to the Genneralm

We arrived at the Wolfgangsee early on Friday morning and took the opportunity to pay a visit to our nice colleagues at our partner hotel. From there we took the bus to the Zwölferhorn cable car station. At 9am we floated high up to the first summit of the Zwölferhorn with the cable car and had a great view of the glittering Wolfgangsee. Summit photo number one was quickly taken before we continued towards the Genneralm.

We hiked on gravel paths and were able to catch great views of the Wolfgangsee again and again. The next small triumph is the Pillnstein, where we took our first little break and enjoyed the peace and fresh mountain air. We continued to walk along meadows and forest paths until we came to a wider gravel road. We followed this for a while, always accompanied by babbling waterfalls.

The stage from Wolfgangsee to Genneralm always leads slightly downhill.

On the last part we hiked a little steeper upwards and then reached the beautiful alpine pastures of the Genneralm. The grazing cows and lush green meadows await you after a long but easy hike.

We were received warmly at the Poschnhütte, where our first overnight stay was to take place. Of course, we also paid a visit to the Reithütte. By the way, it served the best Pofesen (Fried egg covered bread filled with jam) I’ve had in my life! I’d definitely recommend it!

At the Poschnhütte we ate super delicious Kasnocken, which were included in the tour – delicious!

Day 2: Hike from the Genneralm to the Postalm

The next morning we decided on the hiking variant over the summit. We hiked past many herds of cows and reached the first ascent to the Hohe Zinken. The climb wasn’t too long, a bit steep, but beautiful. Passing numerous horses and alpine herbs, the view from the summit was unique! It continued comfortably downhill and uphill to the Osterhorn. Here we had a great view of the Wolfgangsee once again. This was followed by the first descent through beautiful lush meadows and hiking trails.

The next ascent was not long in coming so we hiked steeply uphill on narrow paths to the summit of the Pitschenberg.

Here we had another lunch break and ate the snack we had brought with us.

From the summit we had a fantastic view of the Postalm area and the sparkling Wolfgangsee. We got ready to descend. The route to the Postalm went slightly downhill over beautiful hiking trails. We were very impressed by the Postalm area, it is unique and wonderful for hiking.

At the Pitschnberghütte we stopped for a little refreshment before we walked the last stage to our hut. We hiked through a forest area with many great views to the alpine pasture area and immediately found our booked accommodation – the Huberhütte.

The Huberhütte

The reception from Huttenwirt Hans and the whole team was very warm and friendly. We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening in the guest garden of the hut, were served delicious Krapfen (doughnuts) and tasty food.

We were awakened by the first rays of sun, and I took one of my favourite pictures from the tour. That was actually the view from our bedroom window – unique and fantastically beautiful!

Day 3: Hiking to the Wolfgangsee and departure

After a hearty breakfast we started our last stretch back to the Wolfgangsee to Abersee. After a short chat with hut owner Hans, we unfortunately started in the rain. We quickly set off and hiked over the top of the pass and the Niedergadenalm towards Abersee.

The last day was a great hike with many beautiful views despite the rain.

 

Our conclusion: For us it was a wonderful hiking tour. We met a lot of nice people, enjoyed delicious Austrian cuisine and were able to take home unforgettable memories. For everyone who loves hiking in nature and in alpine pastures as much as we do, this hiking tour is a real insider tip!

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Salzkammergut pasture walking for families

8 Days | Self-guided Tour
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