Hikes and culture

The impressive view from the Backenstein, Grundlsee’s local mountain, is just one of many challenging hiking destinations. We have even named one of our most beautiful rooms after the mountain.</p

Pühringer Hütte
According to legend, Archduke Johann started the first ascent of the Totes Gebirge on this route. The start is on the western shore of Grundlsee – in idyllic Gößl. From there, a hiking trail leads uphill for around 4 kilometres to the front Lahngangsee. Continue to the rear Langgangsee – or rather above it, as the path runs 60 – 80 metres above the smaller lake. You can see the lake from a vantage point. Continue past the salt kiln (2070m), the Elmgrube and the small and large wind holes. The small wind hole is clearly visible to the left of the path. Here the wind whistles from the underground karst cave system. Past Emil’s Tränenhügel and the Elmsee lake, the Pühringerhütte awaits you at the end.

Walking on Grundlsee
Those who prefer a more leisurely approach will find numerous idyllic hiking trails in the valley, such as the path from the Seeklause to Gößl or the new Gaiswinkler circular trail. We can also recommend a hike to the Tressensteinwarte, from where you have a unique 360-degree panoramic view of Ausseerland. So it’s entirely up to you whether you want to recharge your batteries in just a few minutes or embrace the power of the region on challenging tours.

Via Artis
The Via Artis should not just be a reminder, but a visualisation of what people and artists have gained from this landscape over the past decades. On these artists’ trails in Ausseerland, you can follow in the footsteps of some artists who, like many others, have chosen Ausseerland as their summer retreat or even their adopted home.


The three self-contained artists’ trails – the Via Artis Bad Aussee, the Via Artis Altaussee and the Via Artis Grundlsee – are strung together like pearls, combining scenic beauty and reminders of the cultural past to form a harmonious whole. This is just a selection of walks and hikes, of which there are countless in the region. For all levels of fitness.