The most beautiful hiking routes in Zauchensee
From family walks to mountain tours for sporty hikers – hiking has become trendy over the past few years. Up on the mountain, body mind and soul gel and your everyday life stays down in the valley. Whether you’re a pleasure hiker or enjoy more challenging tours – the motto of hiking is – the journey is the destination.
Well equipped, you’re safe in the mountains and there’s nothing to hinder good day’s hiking. You’ll find practical preparation tips here.
In Zauchensee there are tours to suit all tastes and fitness levels. Here’s a few suggestions:
Along the Zauch stream to Altenmarkt (approx. 3 hours)
We start in the heart of Zauchensee at an altitude of 1,365 m. The quiet footpath leads us past the deep blue-green Zauchensee Lake along the Zauchbach stream through peaceful forest to Altenmarkt. We simply walk back the same way. If the weather deteriorates or if our legs are tired, we can travel back to Zauchensee on the Wanderbus (costs just 1 Euro with the guest card). By the way: the route along the Zauchbach stream is perfectly suitable for mountain bikers.
Starting point for our next hikes is the Gamskogel Hut at an altitude of almost 1,900. For some tours it’s worth saving energy and travelling up comfortably on the Gamskogel lift. Those wishing to do so can of course hike up from Zauchensee via the Oberzauchenseealm or via the famous World Cup ski run through the Kälberloch up to the Gamskogel hut. During the summer season the Gamskogel hut is open in dry weather (when the lift is in operation). Tip: until 15th September you can enjoy a hearty breakfast or a tasty snack platter daily from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm as a reward after your hike.
Varied alpine hike – the Rosskopf Tour (approx. 2.5 hours)
From the Gamskogel hut we hike via the Seekarscharte between Arche and Tagweideck to the peak of the Rosskopf (1,929 m). We descend back to Zauchensee via the Höchalm and the Unterbergalm. If we have more time, we can take the somewhat longer route and descend from the Rosskopf back down to Flachauwinkl (which takes half an hour longer). From Flachauwinkl we travel on the Wanderbus comfortably back to Zauchensee. We recommend more sporty hikers to hike from the Rosskopf on to the Lackenkogel (2,051 m).
From the Lackenkogel you have a fabulous panoramic view – to the south-west you can see the Grossglockner, to the south the Ankogel, to the east the Dachstein and the Bischofsmütze, to the north-west the Hohen Göll, the Watzmann and the Hagengebirge and in the west – so near as to almost reach out and touch – the Hochkönig range.
The descent down to Altenmarkt leads you over the Lackenalms and onward either to the Sattelbauer towards Flachau or via Feuersang to Altenmarkt (this tour takes around 6.5 hours).
Zauchi´s 4 Peak Tour: High alpine tour in the Seekar area (approx. 4.5 hours)
A particularly scenic tour, where one fabulous panoramic view follows the other, is the 4 peak tour. Here too the Gamskogel Hut is our starting point. We hike via the Seekarscharte to the Arche (2,060 m) and back to the Seekarsattel. From here the path leads to the Tagweideck (2,135 m) and to the Schwarzkopf (2,263 m) as well as to the Gamskogel (2,186 m), the start of the World Cup ski races, and finally back to the Gamskogel Hut. Please note: Only experienced hikers should undertake the route from the Tagweideck to the Schwarzkopf.
New this year: the stamp pass and the hiking badge for successfully completing the 4 peak tour. You can pick up the stamp pass at the lift ticket desk or at the Gamskogel Hut. You can then stamp your pass at all four peaks on the tour and then on presentation at the Gamskogel Hut or at the lift ticket desk you receive your Zauchi hiking badge.
We’ve also revived another tradition: as of now there are cult walking stick badges available as a souvenir of your hiking holiday in Zauchensee. The stylish badges can be stuck on to your ski and trekking poles or nailed onto wooden walking sticks – a great reminder of your peak conquest! Available at the lift ticket desk or at the Gamskogel Hut.
photo credits: Bergbahnen Zauchensee, Salzburger Sportwelt