Water Hikes

in the region Schladming-Dachstein 

The water beckons. Let’s hit the trail!

Schladming-Dachstein is also known as the “valley of a thousand springs”. Why? Because this region – with its 300 alpine tarns, 1000 springs and 100 waterfalls – teems with more water than practically anywhere else in Austria. The “Wild Waters” theme path, which also proudly sports the title of “National Geographic Hiking Path”, is a truly unique nature experience. Accompanied by countless waterfalls, you are certain to get a thrill out of crossing the 500 m long suspension footbridge, after which you will be rewarded with the sight of the Riesachsee. If you are in good physical condition, the Klafferkessel Tour is an absolute must. This hike leads you across a high plateau of 30 tarns at 2300 m above sea level and is also one stage of an extended trek known as the “Schladminger-Tauern-Höhenweg”. 


Other popular hiking destinations include Mirror Lake on the Reiteralm, where, on windless days, you will be able to gaze on a marvelous reflection of the Dachstein Massif on its surface; Seekarsee in Sölktäler Nature Park, whose turquoise color conjures up a Caribbean feeling; and the Schwarzensee, which boasts being the biggest mountain lake in the Schladminger Tauern range. Reachable in barely a 15-minute walk, the Steirischer Bodensee in Seewigtal is likewise a popular excursion destination for young and old. And of course, the region’s numerous gorges are just waiting to be explored as well – the most prominent of which include Donnersbachklamm, Silberkarklamm as well as Wörschachklamm.