View from Tauern Panorama Tour over Schladming - a spring meadow in the foreground

Tauern Panorama Tour

easy Hiking · Schladming

Tour characteristics
Distance: 18.21 km
Duration: 5:0 h
Ascent: 432 m
Descent: 432 m
Best time of year
The tour

The Tauern Panorama Tour is a very easy, but extensive trail connecting Schladming and the village of Pichl on either sides of the Ennstal valley. Along the north slope of the valley, the trail is mostly a wide forest and meadow trail taking you to the swimming lake in Pichl where the Freizeitstüberl inn and Café Hermann invite for refreshments. On the south bank of the river Enns, the route runs back to Schladming along the cycling tour "Ennsradweg" with the signage "R7". In Schladming, restaurants Sanino and Zirngast are two refreshment stops amongst others.

Turn-by-turn directions

Variation A (walking time 2 - 3 hours)

From the WM-Park, along the Lange Gasse to Restaurant Zirngast and cross the level crossing. Then, a footpath to the left will take you uphill to Hochstraße and on to the Ramsauerstraße. Now follow the sidewalk uphill for about 100 meters until you come to the turn-off for "Waldstraße" . Turn left there and hike along path No. 6 as far as Alpenhotel Neuwirt. You will then pass the Huberhof, where you will turn off for the Stegerhof, at which point you will cross the Stegerbrücke over to the south bank of the Enns. After crossing the road, you will take path No. 8 back in the direction of Schladming. This will take you behind the tennis courts and the Planai-West lifts. The ski-lift road will bring you back to the center of Schladming, the proud host city of the Ski World Championships. At the roundabout, continue straight through the outskirts of Schladming and through the town gate in the direction of the pedestrian zone on the main square. From the end of the pedestrian zone, it is just a few more steps back to the start.

Variation B (walking time 4 - 5 hours):

After Huberhof follow trail No. 12, pass the hotel Pension Sonnschupfer and Nößlauerhof and walk to Pichl. In Pichl take the underpass of the federal highway B320 and cross the bridge over the river Enns. After the café Hermann follow the street Ennsweg to Schladming (like variation A).

Getting there
Take exit "Schladming-Ost" from the federal highway B320 and continue to the WM-Park Planai at the valley terminal of Planai cable-Car.
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.
Car parking and a garage are available directly at WM-Park Planai.
Hiking trail head WM-Park Planai
Hiking trail head WM-Park Planai

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
Snowfall again and again. The strongest snowfall will occur around noon.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Mostly thick clouds, and a chance of some snowfall in the first half of the day.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Early clouds will gradually clear to leave the region with a dry and sunny day.

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