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Stage 05 From Glacier to Wine North Route Tauplitzalm - Hochmölbinghütte

Hiking trail · Ausseerland-Salzkammergut
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  • Bildstock auf der Tauplitzalm
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    Photo: Gery Wolf, CC BY-ND, Steiermark Tourismus/Gery Wolf
  • / Wanderroute "Vom Gletscher zum Wein" | Weitwanderweg Steiermark
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  • / Kurzer Zwischenstopp am Wasser
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  • / Leistalm "Wia dahoam Hittn"
    Photo: Manfred Polansky, CC BY-ND, Steiermark Tourismus/Manfred Polansky
  • / Perfektes Leitsystem
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m 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Steirersee-Blick-Bankerl Leistalm - Wia dahoam Hittn Almrausch-Hütte
On a section of the long-distance hiking trail 09, the Salzsteig, the route leads through the southern part of the Tote Gebirge mountains to the Ennstal valley. At the beginning, the crossing of the Tauplitzalm is on the program and thus the visit of the largest lake plateau in Europe. At the end, the Hochmölbinghütte with its beautiful location above the Ennstal awaits us.
Distance 14.4 km
6:00 h
690 m
640 m
1,764 m
1,392 m
The trail through the Tote Gebirge is a beautiful contrast to the crossing of the Tauplitzalm with its numerous lakes at the beginning of the tour. The name is probably derived from the heavily karstified and largely vegetation-free high plateau. The Tote Gebirge is lower in the west, where the mountain forest characterized by pines, larches and Swiss stone pines in high valleys between 1,400 and 1,600 m above sea level. Towards the east, the mountains become higher and less vegetated. The water masses that result from rain or snowfall quickly seep into the karst system, so that the mountains are considered to have little water.

Author’s recommendation

Many long-distance hikers also like to spend an extra day or two on the Tauplitzalm, as this lake plateau with its numerous attractions such as the 6-lake hike or a climb up the Lawinenstein or Großes Tragl lookout mountains is a particularly attractive stopover.
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Update: May 10, 2022
Highest point
1,764 m
Lowest point
1,392 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?

Tips and hints

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003

If you would like to hire a  tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:

Tel. +43 316 4003 450,

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Tauplitzalm (1,646 m)
47.596548, 13.998429
47°35'47.6"N 13°59'54.3"E
33T 424706 5271945



Turn-by-turn directions

At the beginning we hike past the Tauplitzsee in an easterly direction and thus move further and further away from the hustle and bustle in the center of the Tauplitzalm. Shortly before the Steirersee we should make a detour to one of the most beautiful places in Styria, to the Steirerbankerl above the lake. After visiting this popular photo spot we pass the Steirerseehütten and the lake of the same name to soon reach the next and easternmost lake of the Tauplitzalm, the Schwarzensee. The lake probably got its name because in cloudy weather or when a thunderstorm approaches, the water surface becomes extremely dark.

Via the Leistalmhütte, where we keep straight on, the Interhüttenalm and the Hanslhütte, this stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" leads us further in the direction of Wörschach (Tourist Information Tel. +43 3682 23999) to the Hochmölbinghütte on the Niederhüttenalm. As this route already shows, the majority of the route leads over beautiful alpine pastures. And the best thing about it: the meters in altitude are also kept within limits, because this section from the Tauplitzalm to the Hochmölbinghütte (Tel. +43 676 9003909) is always between an altitude of 1,409 and 1,759 m above sea level. After arriving at the hut, a refreshment is once announced, and after you have made yourself comfortable, the planning for the next stage to Wörschach can also start.


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Public transport

Accessible by train and bus.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

Getting there

Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.


In Tauplitz at the valley station are numerous parking spaces available. The chairlift takes us comfortably up to the Tauplitzalm. Another option is the toll road to the parking lot below the Hollhaus on the Tauplitzalm.


47.596548, 13.998429
47°35'47.6"N 13°59'54.3"E
33T 424706 5271945
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Wanderführer "Vom Gletscher zum Wein": auf 160 Seiten mit 80 Farbabbildungen 60 Höhenprofile, 60 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:75.000, zwei Übersichtskarten, GPS-Tracks zum Download, Format 11,5 x 16,5 cm, kartoniert mit Polytex-Laminierung, ISBN 978-3-7633-4550-2,

Author’s map recommendations

Gratis Pocket Card Wanderroute "Vom Gletscher zum Wein" finden Sie auf

Naturerlebniskarte Ausseerland-Salzkammergut, 1:50.000

Kompass WK 68 Ausseerland, Ennstal, Tauplitz

Freytag & Berndt WK082 Bad Aussee · Totes Gebirge · Bad Mitterndorf · Tauplitz

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Proper backpack packing makes many things easier: Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within reach in a side pocket. All the things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit, including blister plasters, belongs in every rucksack and it is always advisable to dress in layers.

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14.4 km
6:00 h
690 m
640 m
Highest point
1,764 m
Lowest point
1,392 m
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