This trail is a long descent along the easy-to-walk former Franz-Josef-Riding Trail, which was constructed in the 19th century and made access to the Dachstein Plateau a possibility.
From the hut, the trail makes its first steep descent down into the Wildkar landscape which is almost devoid of vegetation. The route continues to the valley station of the cable lift (goods only). The trail then traverses hilly terrain heading north. At the trail marker to the Gjaidalm, the route continues straight on, passes the Lower Ochsenkogel to the east and then lightly descends to the Wiesberghaus Hut (belonging to the Naturfreunde Association) which sits at 1872 metres (approximately 1 hour from Simony Hut).
The route continues to descend through sparse pine forest landscape to the beautiful alpine meadows of the Wiesalm (1689 m).
The trail leads through the so-called ‘Herrengasse’ to a corrie, where the Tiergarten Hut is located (not open to the public). The route then descends alongside steep cliffs until reaching a forest road at the ‘Alten Herd’. The trail continues along a broad path, which crosses the forest road twice. Afterwards the route descends to the thunderous Waldbach Stream. A visit the nearby source spring of the Waldbach (Waldbachursprung) is recommended.
The trail heads right to a bridge over the Waldbach. From this point, hikers will enjoy a phenomenal view of the Waldbachstrub Waterfalls. The route then begins a steep descent along the forest road, leading through a tunnel and by the valley station of the Weisberghaus cable lift. Hikers can continue down into the valley via the road or turn left to access the trail through the gorgeous Glacier Garden, which is well-worth seeing. Both routes eventually arrive at the carpark at the Simony Monument.
The route then heads along the Echerntal Road which leads out of the valley to Lake Hallstatt. The trail follows the lakeshore to the left into the village of Hallstatt—our final destination.
Many prominent figures have explored this region: nobles like Archduke Johann and Empress Elisabeth, scientists such as Friedrich Simony, poets and authors like Nikolaus Lenau, painters like Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, musicians and composers such as Johannes Brahms. Did they ever think that hiking in the Salzkammergut might have no end? That they could tramp from one lake to the next and then onward to yet another? Day by day along the shores of crystal-clear waters? Week-long excursions through quiet valley forests, over sunny alpine meadows and up mountains fuelled by the anticipation of the next destination? Further information…
Safety Tips for Hikers
Admittedly, the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is the absolute pinnacle for hiking fans, mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers—unforgettable tours to incredibly beautiful mountain lodges and meadows, panorama views as far as the eye can see and cherished moments that will last a lifetime! However, you should remember that while hiking you might find yourself in high-alpine terrain. We’ve put together some resources to assist you: how to best prepare for your tour, recommended items for your backpack and steps to take in an emergency situation. Remember to always play it safe and enjoy your hiking adventure in the Salzkammergut!