Glücksplatz auf der Tauplitzalm | © Steiermark Tourismus/Tom Lamm Glücksplatz auf der Tauplitzalm | © Steiermark Tourismus/Tom Lamm

Stage 04 From Glacier to Wine North Route Bad Mitterndorf - Tauplitzalm

From Bad Mitterndorf in Ausseerland Salzkammergut, this stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" takes you to the Tauplitzalm, which is known for its abundance of lakes. The steady ascent is rewarded with the wonderful alpine pasture and lake landscape on the Tauplitz and views of the surrounding mountains. 
Our destination, the Tauplitzalm, is the largest lake plateau in Europe. The 6 mountain lakes, from the small Märchensee to the large Steirersee, are crystal clear and have drinking water quality. This is appreciated, among other things, by the trout and char that cavort in the waters. Flower lovers also get their money's worth on the Tauplitzalm, because the Tauplitzalm is also known as a great alpine garden. Starting with the snow roses, which bloom right after the snow melts, to the gentian blossom and the phenomenal alpine rose blossom, every flower lover will find his or her favorites here.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
14,5 km
5:00 h
860 hm
40 hm
1655 m
Highest point
800 m
Lowest point

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This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" is one of the few where it really is almost entirely uphill, but from Bad Mitterndorf (Tourist Information Tel. +43 3623 2444) initially quite comfortable. Only at the end, from the beautiful Öderntal to the Tauplitzalm, the climb becomes a bit more strenuous. We leave Bad Mitterndorf in a northerly direction and march along a small stream until we reach a fork in the path, where we keep left to enter Öderntal. On the right, at this fork in the road, you can also reach the Tauplitzalm (a somewhat shorter variant), but the path across the Öderntal is much more scenic. Always along the valley past the Kochalmbauer homestead, we reach a crossroads just after the Albrechtshütte (hunting lodge of the Federal Forests), where we keep to the right to continue hiking quite comfortably along the Öderntal. Next stop is the rustic Steinbrecherhütte of the Sonnleitner family (Tel. +43 664 5195516) at 1,200 m above sea level.

From here begins the ascent to the Tauplitzalm, which leads us on this tour around the Lawinenstein, a beautiful lookout mountain on the Tauplitzalm. The path climbs steadily up to the alpine pasture, sometimes in serpentines. On the mountain pasture we are greeted by the Großsee, one of the numerous lakes on this beautiful high plateau. To the right is the imposing Lawinenstein, a balcony-like lookout mountain with a beautiful view over the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut region with Bad Mitterndorf on one side and the area of Lake Grundlsee on the other. But a special moment for us is certainly the view from the Lawinenstein back to the Dachstein with its glacier, our starting point of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine". On the mountain slope of the Lawinenstein, which can be reached from the Tauplitzalm in about 1.5 hours, there are several gorges and a weather hole that leads almost vertically down into the earth. It is said that if someone throws a stone in there, a heavy thunderstorm will break out on the same day.

The range of accommodation on the Tauplitzalm, our stage destination, extends from the romantic alpine hut to the best-run hotel (Tourist Information Tel. +43 3688 2446). And all of them have one thing in common besides their coziness: here we will also get the best advice about our next stage to the Hochmölbinghütte.

If you want to take it easier, you can take the Tauplitz chairlift from the valley to the Tauplitzalm.

Accessible by train and bus.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

There are numerous parking spaces available in Bad Mitterndorf.

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003

If you would like to hire a  tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:

Tel. +43 316 4003 450,

The Steiermark Touren app, available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store  (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: brief facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent/elevation gain, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, peak finder, navigation along the tour. You can also create your own personal lists of favourite tours and sites, store tours and destinations offline, use social media channels, and much more.


What the weather will be like

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