Wandern & Bergsteigen

The Weißsee Glacier World offers a variety of hiking and mountaineering opportunities for all levels of difficulty. There are also daily guided hikes (see here).

Walkers will find walking paths in the vicinity of the middle station at Grünsee, at Weißsee at the Berghotel Rudolfshütte or at the Medelz viewing platform
2,600 m above sea level. Here a huge panorama opens up into the famous Dorfertal to Kals am Großglockner. Hikers can expect more than 40 km of marked hiking trails up to almost 3,000 m altitude - including interesting glacier trails and alpine crossings. Due to its high alpine location, the Weißsee Glacier World is an Eldorado for real alpinists. It is the starting point for climbing numerous three-thousand-meter peaks.

Our family hit:
2 children under the age of 12 travel for free when accompanied by their parents!

Easy walks

Panoramaweg Rudolfshütte (AV-Nr. 715,14)
The family-friendly “Panoramaweg” with information boards leads to the “Schafbühel” lookout point. Walking time approx. 30 min.

Alpine Flower Trail (AV-No. 715)
The starting point for this family-friendly hike is the Berghotel Rudolfshütte. From there you hike along the marked hiking trail to the Grünsee middle station. This hike is one of the easier tours. Here you will experience a unique, colorful flora. The hike leads past mountain dandelions, alpine margarites, dwarf primroses and alpine roses. Walking time approx. 2 hours

Glacier pots at Grünsee (AV-No. 715)
You walk along the hiking trail past the Grünsee. There you will discover the natural monument "Glacier Pots" at an altitude of approx. 1,710 meters. These glacier pots date from the Ice Age. They were created by meltwater that combined to form streams and formed eddies. You can see this very well in the stones. Walking time approx. 45 min.

Hike through the cradle forest
The oldest stone pines of the Hohe Tauern National Park grow in the “cradle forest of stone pines”. The path through the "primeval forest" is best taken with a ranger (see guided hikes). Walking time approx. 2.5 hours

Hike to the Kalser Törl (AV-No. 711)
The starting point is the Berghotel Rudolfshütte. From there you go down towards Weißsee. Then take the marked path in a southerly direction up to the Kalser Törl. This is the border between Salzburg and East Tyrol. Walking time approx. 1.5 hours

Moderate hikes

Glacier educational trail Sonnblickkees - "Journey to the Arctic" (AV-Nr. 715)
The starting point is the Berghotel Rudolshütte. You hike to the southwest around the Weißsee uphill to the foot of the Sonnblick-Kees. The return is the same way. The glacier trail provides a wonderful high mountain panorama with 22 peaks, 12 of which are over 3,000 meters in altitude. The path is equipped with information boards. Walking time approx. 3.5 hours

3 lakes hike (AV No. 715)
The starting point for this hike is the Berghotel Rudolfshütte. You are hiking on the Schafbühel. Once there, you can already see the Tauernmoossee with the long curved dam wall of Europe (1,100 m). You stay on the marked hiking trail until you reach the “Niedere Scharte” junction. There you turn left and hike back to the Grünsee middle station. approx. 3 hours. For particularly keen and sure-footed hikers, the AV path no. 711 via the Steinerne Stiege is also possible. Walking time approx. 3.5 hours

Ödenwinkelkees Glacier Trail (AV-No. 715)
The starting point for this hike is the Berghotel Rudolfshütte. The educational trail leads through a magnificent high mountain landscape over the Schafbühel to Eisbodenlacke. From here you hike through the railing, which has been ice-free since the middle of the last century, to the glacier face of the Ödenwinkelkees. Walking time approx. 2.5 hours

Summit hike to the Medelzkopf (AV-No. 711)
The starting point is the Berghotel Rudolfshütte. From there you go to the Medelz double chairlift and drive to the mountain station. Once there, you hike along the Medelzlacke to the viewing plateau with a wonderful view of the Dorfertal to Kals. It continues on a path to the Medelzkopf at 2,760 m. Walking time approx. 1.5 hours

Kalser-Tauern hike (AV-No. 711)
This high-alpine hike begins at the Berghotel Rudolfshütte. You go downhill to the double chairlift and drive to the mountain station. You now descend on foot to the Kalser Tauern. From there the path leads over the "earthy corner" down to the Dorfersee and up the valley to the Kalser Tauernhaus. Walking time approx. 6 hours
The hike is always offered on Saturdays (organized with a hiking guide and bus transfer)

Difficult hikes

Hochfürlegg - middle summit
From the Berghotel Rudolfshütte you hike along the glacier trail to the Sonnblickkees. At the rain gauge it goes on, past the Schafkoglsee, direction Hoch Fürleggpfeiler over smaller firn fields to the highest lake in the Hohe Tauern, the Eissee (2,913 m). From there it goes on to the central summit of the Hochfürlegg. You will experience a panoramic view from Großglockner, Großvenediger, Watzmann to the Dolomites. Walking time approx. 3 hours, highest point: 2,943 m - Hochfürlegg

Kapruner-Törl hike (AV-No. 716)
The starting point is Kaprun by bus to the Mooserboden high mountain reservoirs.
You hike along the reservoir and uphill via Wintergasse to Kapruner Törl (2,639 m). There is a wonderful panoramic view of the Kaprun and Stubach valleys and of the glaciated peaks of the Hohen Riffel and the Bärenköpfe. Between the Riffel Glacier (Hohe Riffel) and the Klein-Eiser, you stand on "Du & Du" with the glacier break. A special experience. From Kapruner Törl it goes downhill, past the lower Riffl glacier - Ochsenfleck - along the Tauernmoos lake (Europe's longest curved dam) to the Niedere Scharte and downhill to the Grünsee middle station or from Tauernmoossee via Schafbühel to the Rudolfshütte. From here, take the cable car to Enzingerboden and the hiking bus to Uttendorf. Walking time approx. 6 hours

Hans-Gruber-Weg (Weisssee circular hike)
Over the dam north past the Weißsee and from here ascent to the Sonnblick-Kees. From there to the southwest around the Weißsee. Since the section between Weißsee dam wall and Sonnblick-Kees is steep and partly leads over ladders, it is advisable to take the ascent for the circular hike over the Hans-Gruber-Weg and not over the section south around the Weißsee.

High alpine mountain tours

Oberwalder Hütte - via Ödenwinkelscharte
From the Berghotel Rudolfshütte you first walk along the glacier path to the Ödenwinkel. When you arrive at the Ödenwinkelkees, you cross this partly very steeply eastwards uphill over firn fields. It continues quite steeply to the Oberen Ödenwinkelscharte and Pasterzenboden to the Oberwalderhütte. Walking time: approx. 6 hours, highest point: 3,233 m - Obere Ödenwinkelscharte

Sudeten German Hut - via Silesia Höhenweg
From the Berghotel Rudolfshütte you go to the Kalser Törl. From there you hike down to the earthy corner. Here you turn right into the demanding Silesia Höhenweg. It goes uphill to the plateau of the sea trough. A little steeply you continue to hike to Gradetzsattel, the highest point of the Glockner circuit. After about 45 minutes you will reach the Sudetendeutsche Hütte. Walking time: approx. 12 hours, highest point: 2,826 m - Gradetzsattel

Ten recommendations from the Austrian Alpenverein

Tips for safe mountain hiking

1. Healthy in the mountains
Mountain hiking is endurance sport. The positive stress stimuli for the heart and circulation require health and a realistic self-assessment. Avoid time pressure and choose the pace so that nobody in the group gets out of breath.
2. Careful planning
Hiking maps, guide books, the Internet and experts provide information on the length, difference in altitude, difficulty and the current conditions. Always adjust tours to the group! Pay particular attention to the weather report, as rain, wind and cold increase the risk of accidents.
3. Complete equipment
Adapt your equipment to your undertaking and make sure your backpack is light. Rain, cold and sun protection always belong in the backpack, as well as a first aid kit and mobile phone (Euro emergency number 112). Map or GPS support orientation.
4. Appropriate footwear
Good hiking shoes protect and relieve the foot and improve surefootedness! When making your choice, pay attention to a perfect fit, non-slip profile sole, waterproofness and low weight.
5. Surefootedness is the key
Falls, as a result of slipping or tripping, are the most common cause of accidents! Note that too fast pace or fatigue greatly impair your surefootedness and concentration. Beware of falling rocks: By walking carefully, you can avoid kicking stones.
6. Stay on marked paths
In the pathless terrain, the risk of loss of orientation, falls and falling rocks increases.
Avoid shortcuts and return to the last known point if you get lost. Often underestimated and very dangerous: steep old snow fields!
7. Regular breaks
Timely rest is for relaxation, enjoying the landscape and socializing. Eating and drinking are necessary to maintain performance and concentration. Isotonic drinks are ideal thirst quenchers. Muesli bars, dried fruit and cookies satisfy hunger on the way.
8. Responsibility for children
Note that variety and playful discovery are in the foreground for children! In passages where there is a risk of falling, an adult can only look after one child. Very exposed tours that require long-term concentration are not suitable for children.
9. Small groups
Small groups ensure flexibility and enable mutual help. Inform people you trust about the destination, route and return. Stay together in the group. Attention alone: ​​Even small incidents can lead to serious emergencies.
10. Respect for nature and the environment
To protect mountain nature: do not leave any waste behind, avoid noise, stay on the paths, do not worry wild animals and grazing animals, leave plants untouched and respect protected areas. Use public transport or carpool to get there.