50 m steel rope bridge crossing the "Höll" gorge

Theme trail Wild Waters

moderate closed Water hikes · Schladming

Current Conditions
04/11/2019 - 30/04/2020
Tour characteristics
Distance: 16.48 km
Duration: 5:21 h
Ascent: 600 m
Descent: 295 m
Best time of year
The tour

14.5 kilometers of “Wild Waters” illustrate our most precious natural resource in all its facets – from quietly glistening and crystal-clear, to thunderously frothing and foaming, in freefall over the rocks of the Schladminger Tauern. A unique nature experience, for which it earned international recognition in 2009 as the very first National Geographic Hiking Path.



gorge trail, meadow path, alpine pastures, short sections on roads, forest and alpine trails


Restaurants/Alpine huts

  • Talbachschenke
  • Landalm & Hotel Landauerhof
  • Gasthaus Tetter
  • Waldhäuslalm
  • Sondlalm
  • Gasthaus Weiße Wand
  • Almgasthaus Riesachfall
  • Gfölleralm
  • Kaltenbachalm



  • Talbachklamm gorge
  • Toteisboden nature reserve
  • Tetter moor
  • 50 meters-long cable footbridge
  • Lake Riesachsee
Turn-by-turn directions

You begin this all-day Wild Waters hike in Schladming at the Kraiter car park, with your constant companion the fast, untamed torrents of the Talbach. Things become a little gentler after the village of Untertal, as you pass the fire station and take a path across gentle meadows to the Old Mill. There it stands, well preserved, the last of the 40 which once stood here in Untertal. After a gentle climb and a short hike, you will reach the Toteisboden, with its natural irrigation and ventilation system dating back to the Ice Age, providing perfect conditions for this unique world of plants. Crossing lush alpine pastures, you will arrive, at Tettermoor, an area of breathtaking beauty and tranquility, where the Talbach meanders slowly and quietly through the moor. The next section leads you across gentle meadows and through forest alongside the crystal-clear Untertalbach – with friendly inns and alpine huts inviting you to take the occasional refreshment break.

From Seeleiten car park, some very exciting stages of the Wild Waters experience begin – along the Riesach Falls forest trail and the alpine trail "Höll" you will be able to experience the pure power of water. Magnificent Riesach Waterfalls drops a total of 140 metres in two tiers to the valley below – with viewing platforms that put this, the highest waterfall in Styria, practically within arm’s reach. A little later, you can step out onto a 50 meters-long cable footbridge, gazing from a dizzying height down on the Wildbach as it flows through Höllschlucht canyon. Afterwards, you will make your way safely via countless steps Höllschlucht canyon until you reach the Gfölleralm, then a few minutes later, the picturesque shores of the lake Riesach. On the left shore, the Kaltenbachalm invites you to take a well-earned break. For your return to the Seeleiten car park, we recommend the pleasant forest lane.

Getting there
The theme trail Wild Waters starts with the Talbachklamm gorge in Schladming. The best option for parking is the parking garage at the Planai gondola (WM-Park Planai). From there you follow the trail signs towards Talbachklamm (passing by the white, Protestant church).

To reach the parking garage at Planai gondola you take exit "Schladming-Ost" from highway B320 at the congress center and follow the signage to the Planai gondola.

The trail runs along the Untertal valley following the creek's way out of the valley. The Planai-Hochwurzen buses run between Schladming and the Seeleiten parking area at the valley head. There are several bus stops in between so you can also just take some stages of the entire trail.

Information about bus time tables at www.planaibus.at

Parking is available at Kraiter car park (parking fee) and in the parking garage at Planai gondola.
Kraiter car park
Seeleiten car park, lake Riesachsee

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
Dull throughout the day with light snowfall every once in a while.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Light snowfall ending in the morning, then slowly becoming sunny during the day.

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