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Hike to the Rosskogel

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  • Blick über die Tauplitzalm Richtung Traweng
    / Blick über die Tauplitzalm Richtung Traweng
    Photo: Tom Lamm, CC BY, Ausseerland
  • / Steirerseehütten und Steirersee
    Photo: Tom Lamm, CC BY, Ausseerland
  • / Panorama Sturzhahn und Traweng
    Photo: Tom Lamm, CC BY, Ausseerland
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A dream tour with beautiful views and moderate gradient? Here it is: The trail leads across the sunny alpine plateau of the Tauplitzalm past tranquil mountain lakes, through magnificently blooming meadows and sparse larch forests. 
Distance 15.3 km
6:15 h
625 m
625 m
1,890 m
1,447 m
On this tour you will be rewarded with a diverse high altitude landscape and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountain peaks. Nevertheless, this extended hike is relatively easy to master, as the gradients are moderate. The best comes at the end: the summit climb to the Rosskogel is relatively easy to master and the view is magnificent. However, surefootedness is required.

Author’s recommendation

The Rosskogel is considered the little brother of the Almkogel, but also from its summit there are many beautiful views of the mountain landscape around. 
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Katharina Kolb
Update: January 21, 2022
Highest point
Rosskogel, 1,890 m
Lowest point
Steirersee, 1,447 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

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Tips and hints

Tourist Office Ausseerland-Salzkammergut
Information office Tauplitz
Tauplitz 70
8982 Bad Mitterndorf
+43 3688 24 46
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Mountain station 4-seater chairlift Tauplitzalm or parking lot at Tauplitzalm (1,594 m)
47.593450, 13.986799
47°35'36.4"N 13°59'12.5"E
33T 423828 5271612


Mountain station 4-seater chairlift Tauplitzalm or parking lot at Tauplitzalm

Turn-by-turn directions

Start from the mountain station of the 4-seater chairlift or from the parking lot on the Tauplitzalm in an easterly direction past the Hotel Kirchenwirt, slightly downhill to the Naturfreundehaus and immediately afterwards along the footpath to the left of the asphalt road, again slightly downhill to Lake Tauplitz. In early summer, the surrounding meadows are transformed into a sea of flowers, where purple alpine rue, velvety blue gentian, hellebores and rock carnations bloom by the millions.


Passing the northern shore of the Tauplitzsee, you come to the Grazerhütte - here in the 1930s mountaineering icon Heinrich Harrer worked as a hut warden. Across the alpine pastures, follow the alpine pasture road in an easterly direction until you reach the Steirersee - a short detour to the popular Steirersee-Bankerl is worthwhile. From there there is a great view to the legendary Sturzhahn, which Heinrich Harrer climbed for the first time.


Continue on a descending alpine road through a valley until you reach the alpine floor and the Steirerseehütten located above the Steirersee. Now you follow the Salzsteig in a northeasterly direction and go - slightly uphill - through a sparse larch forest - when the needles change color in autumn, this trail passage shimmers in a soft golden hue. Via the salt trail, which is mostly at the same altitude, you walk at the feet of the legendary Sturzhahn with beautiful views of its characteristic shape to a small mountain saddle. From there you can enjoy the view to the Schwarzensee and the Leistalm.


On the southern shore of the Schwarzensee, trail 218/209A now leads towards the Leistalm. Now follow the alpine pasture to the southeast and cross trail 218 through a sparse larch stand. Above the timberline you reach the 1,890m high summit of the Rosskogel in a southeasterly direction - with a moderate incline.

Here you can enjoy the dream view in peace before you make your way back.


The way back can be done on the south side of the Steirersee. If you don't want to go back to the starting point on the asphalt road, change to the gravel road shortly before the Natufreundehaus and follow the meadow path to the parking lot.



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Getting there

The journey to Tauplitz is best planned with From here you can take the 4-seater chairlift to the high plateau.

By car you can reach the Tauplitzalm from Bad Mitterndorf via the Tauplitzalm Alpine Road (toll).


There is sufficient free parking available at the valley station of the 4-seater chairlift and at the parking lot on the Tauplitzalm.


47.593450, 13.986799
47°35'36.4"N 13°59'12.5"E
33T 423828 5271612
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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Proper backpacking makes many things easier: pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within easy reach in a side pocket. All things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit including blister plaster belongs in every backpack and a clothing according to the "onion system" is always recommended!

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Barbara S.
June 14, 2020 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Tour ich habe den Großsee noch dazu mitgenommen, da die Morgensonne den See wunderschön beleuchtet. Steirersee u Schwarzsee sehr ansprechend, wenn die Wolken sich spiegeln. Der Weg zum Rosskogel gut angezeichnet.
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15.3 km
6:15 h
625 m
625 m
Highest point
1,890 m
Lowest point
1,447 m
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