"Place of Reflection" at Planai

Planai Panorama Loop

easy Hiking · Schladming

Tour characteristics
Distance: 2.23 km
Duration: 0:38 h
Ascent: 40 m
Descent: 40 m
Best time of year
The tour

This variety-filled, almost flat loop takes you around Planai summit, serving up magnificent views of Ennstal valley, the mountain world of the Schladminger and Hohe Tauern, Dachstein massif and the Ramsau plateau. After just a few metres, you will reach the “Place of Reflection” by small, idyllic Planai tarn. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Planai-Hochwurzen lift company, the walkable wood sculpture in the form of a cross was built here.

Along the path, boards provide info about flora, fauna and interesting facts about the region. If you wish, chalk up another summit conquest: hike uphill for about 10 minutes and you will be at the top of the Planai!

Turn-by-turn directions

Start at the hiking trail head at the mountain terminal of Planai cable-car. It's your choice whether you start to the left or right and surround the summit of Planai clockwise or counterclockwise.

Conditions: gravel paths, suitable for prams and wheelchairs

Infrastructure: ascent by Planai cable-car

Restaurants: Schladminger Hütte Inn, Schafalm Inn, Planaihof Inn

Highlights: “Place of Reflection”, Planaisee tarn, Hopsiland

Getting there
From federal highway B320 take exit "Schladming-Ost". Continue to the roundabout (Spar/Salewa Mountain Shop) and take the 3rd exit towards "Zentrum" (town center). At the following roundabout again take the 3rd exit, which will take you directly to the valley terminal of Planai cable-car at WM-Park Planai. From here take the cable-car to the top.

Alternatively exit from federal highway B320 to Planaistraße road East of Schladming and drive to the top. From about half-way up this road is a toll road.

In the town of Schladming you can take the Citybus. From Rohrmoos take the Planai buses to Planet Planai, from Ramsau take the buses of Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe. From Planet Planai take the cable-car to the top of Planai.
Parking is available at the valley terminal of Planai cable-car. On top of Planai, limited parking is available near hotel Planaihof.
Planai mountain terminal
Planai mountain terminal

Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement  can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.

GPS data and orienteering

Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.

In an emergency please call:

  • 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
  • 112 - European GSM emergency number

Weather forecast

in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Mostly cloudy through the day with a chance of occasional sunny spells.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Rather cloudy in the morning, then sunny spells will develop gradually.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.

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