Ennstal is a river valley nestled between the limestone crags of the Dachstein massif and the abundant waters of the Tauern range. Which makes it a popular destination for hikers. From Schladming in the west to Grimming-Donnersbachtal in the east of the region, the trail network boasts over 1000 km of marked hiking paths. Whether a leisurely walk with your whole family or a challenging alpine expedition: The extraordinary variety of the landscape speaks for itself. Green high valleys, lush alpine meadows and enchanted forests are your constant companions during many tours. With 300 mountain tarns, 100 waterfalls and countless springs, Schladming-Dachstein is also one of the most water-rich regions of Austria. No wonder, then, that it is also famous as the “valley of 1000 springs”.
If you would like to get to know some of the secret spots, simply take part in one of the many guided hikes of the region. Hiking in Austria, and in Schladming-Dachstein in particular, means pure enjoyment.
With so many hiking opportunities, you are spoiled for choices. But regardless of which hike you eventually decide to set out on, you can always count on one thing: All of the hikes are beautiful and absolutely unique. So, simply hit the trail – a tour destined to become your own personal favorite awaits!
In case you need a little “jumpstart” at the beginning: Eight mountain lifts are available to you in summer to help you get those first vertical gains under your belt in practically no time. And some really great news: The Schladming-Dachstein Sommercard, which you receive automatically when you stay at a partner business, includes one ride up and down the mountain on the lift of your choosing every day. In addition, the Sommercard doesn’t only give you free admission to over 100 attractions, it also includes numerous bonus discounts throughout the region.
Discover the most beautiful hiking destinations in the Schladming-Dachstein Region.
The Schladming-Dachstein Region is definitely a pioneer when it comes to trail running – in fact, we are the first region in Austria to feature marked trail running routes. With everything from easy to extreme – over 50 different tours await you. One absolute highlight is the King Dachstein Trail, leading you in four stages a total of 117 km across rocky terrain, green alpine pastures and glacial ice.
As a matter of principle, you should always treat nature, animals and the people who work in the countryside with respect and appreciation. Farming the fields and especially the alpine pastures is often done in difficult conditions. Show your respect for this important and hard work. To avoid unpleasant encounters with the grazing animals, please obey a few basic rules. In particular, realize that cows, especially mother cows, view dogs as potential enemies and will always protect their calves. The following behaviors will ensure your personal safety and guarantee that you behave correctly on the meadows and alpine pastures that provide a home for our cattle.
Schladming-Dachstein offers numerous walks for you and your dog. On many of the paths you will find so-called "dog stations" with dog bags, we ask you to use them and dispose of them properly. Please also note that leash is mandatory in Styria. We have put together all the dog-friendly tours for you and your dog, but we must point out that on some hikes a dog is forbidden, which we ask you to respect!
It's worth getting up early. Experiencing the sunrise from the very top is always a special experience and a spectacle of nature. We tell you the four most beautiful sunrise spots in the Schladming-Dachstein region.