Hikes to bodies of water

With around 1,000 springs, 300 mountain lakes and 100 waterfalls, the Schladming-Dachstein region is one of the most water-rich in the Alps. Here we have put together for you a list of just some of the hiking tours to lakes


Spiegelsee (“Mirror Lake”) on the Reiteralm

The Spiegelsee – one of the most popular photo motifs in the Schladming-Dachstein region. And no human could have staged this natural spectacle better. In the Mittleren Gasselsee (which is the actual name of the Spiegelsee) on a calm day, you can see the distinct triumvirate peak of the Dachstein.

The Duisitzkarsee

The Duisitzkarsee – a natural jewel of a lake in the Rohrmooser Obertal. The lake is picturesquely surrounded by the mountain landscape of the Schladminger Tauern. The Fahrlechhütte and the Duisitzkarseehütte are right at the lake and offer regional delicacies.


This tour is considered the highlight tour in the Schladminger Tauern. The Klafferkessel tour can be done either as a walk-through as part of the Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg or as a round trip (possible in one day with a walking time of around 9 hours).
Klafferkessel is one of the most water-rich areas in the whole of the Alps. Around 30 mountain lakes form a fascinating lake landscape at approx. 2,300 metres above sea level.

The Giglachseen

The two Giglach lakes lie at the foot of the Lungauer and Steirischen Kalkspitze. You may still come across traces and relics of everyday life of the miners in this former mining region.  These amazing lakes can be reached via various hiking trails in anything from one hour to six hours. In and around the lakes you’ll find the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte and the Giglachseehütte, as well as many other beautiful spots to take a rest..

The Riesachsee

The route to the Riesachsee alone is something quite special. To reach the lake, you pass through the "Alpinsteig Höll" (part of the Wilden Wasser – wild water), climb countless steps and cross a rope-bridge along the rushing stream complete with waterfalls. For all those who may have a small problem with heights, the Alpine climb can be by-passed on a forest road.

The Goldlacken

The Goldlacken lakes are often described as the little Klafferkessel. Leaving from Sattental and passing above the Sierkarsee,you can reach the little plateau with its many little ponds in around 3.5 hours. 

Bodensee - Hüttensee - Obersee – 3 lakes tour

The Styrian Bodensee in Seewigtal is easily reachable for the whole family. The romantic Bodensee is only 500m from the car park. For those who want more, you can walk on past the rushing waterfall to the Hüttensee at the Hans-Wödl-Hütte. This unique water experience goes on through to the Obersee at the Schleier waterfall. 


The idyllic Moaralmsee can be reached via the Gumpental or the Hauser Kaibling (go up with the Tauern cable cars). It is situated like a green jewel in the midst of magnificent mountain scenery.


The Schwarzensee in the Kleinsölk valley is the largest mountain lake in the Schladminger Tauern. Leaving the Breitlahnhütte, the imposing Schwarzensee can be reached in around 1.5 hours via broad Alpine paths.

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