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The King’s Stage

· 6 reviews · Hiking trail · Ramsau am Dachstein
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  • Die Königsetappe
    / Die Königsetappe
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  • / Die Königsetappe
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  • / Die Königsetappe - Guttenberghaus
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  • / Silberkarsee
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  • / Silberkarklamm
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Impressive mountains, wild waters, 14.2 km long, 1.270 vertical meters, 25.000 steps! 


Distance 15.2 km
8:30 h
1,421 m
1,420 m
2,199 m
998 m

You can start this hike from the parking lot at Silberkarklamm/Fliegenpilz, from the trailhead Feistererhof or from the trailhead Percht/Alte Mühle (old mill). 

In summer, this is a unique hike to fill your passbook with stamps. If you visit all four mountain huts on this hike, you can pick up a free “Königsetappe” shirt at Intersport Bachler Ramsau Ort. 

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Update: January 17, 2022
Quality route according to "Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel"
Highest point
2,199 m
Lowest point
998 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

High-alpine hike

Tips and hints


Near Hotel Feistererhof or the old mill in Ramsau Rössing (1,124 m)
47.425335, 13.677698
47°25'31.2"N 13°40'39.7"E
33T 400272 5253279


Near Hotel Feistererhof or the old mill in Ramsau Rössing

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the parking lot at Hotel Feisterer in Ramsau am Dachstein: 

Walk up the steep forestry road through the woods to the Lärchbodenalm (1.406 m) - a family-friendly hiking destination, open every day from June to October from 10 am. A playground for the children, fresh organic milk from their farm and the famous Lärchbodenschnitte will invite you to stay. 

The forestry trail continues through larch woods to the rock face - the Fischermauer. A narrow path winds up the wide, green slopes of the "Tiefkar" and offers fantastic views of the Enns Valley whilst you are getting closer to the Sinabell's rock faces. At the Guttenberghaus, the terrace offers a place for your well-deserved rest. This mountain hut lies at 2.147 m above sea level and is the highest situated hut of the Styrian Alpine Association which also offers overnight accommodation. 

In July 2014, the Guttenberghaus celebrated its 100th anniversary. Situated on a hill, between rocky mountain ranges of the Scheichenspitze and the Sinabell,  it offers fantastic views. The trails to the Dachstein Glacier, the crossing of the high-plateau to the Krippenstein or the ascent of the Scheichenspitze as well as the Ramsauer Via Ferrata can be taken from the Guttenberghaus. 

From the Guttenberghaus on, you are on high-alpine terrain, so you must act accordingly to assure a safe hike. The ascent of the Sinabell will take an hour from the Guttenberghaus and the trail is often used as a descent from the "Austria Via Ferrata".

To continue on the king's stage, take the trail no. 618, past the Sinabell and the Wasenspitze to the fork to trail no. 619. There, you will have a fantastic view of the small lake inside the mountain cirque: the Höllgrabensee (Silberkarsee). There, you can also enjoy the vast scenery of "Am Stein",  a karst high-plateau which stretches across 20 km² to the north and east of the Dachstein. Small rock summits, green hills, mountain pine forests and steep mountain coombes shape this landscape.  

Now, you will take on the steep, rocky descent via Stangalm, down the serpentine trail to the Silberkarhütte, past the Via Ferrata Siega. The mountain hut lies at 1.223 m and offers hikers and mountaineers organic product from their organic farm. The rest of the way is short and different from what you have experienced so far. You will walk through the romantic wild water gorge, past the cascades, across bridges and steps. The gorge is home to two of the most strenuous Via Ferratas called Hias and Rossina. 

At the exit of the Silberkarklamm (entry fee), you will take the trail to Fliegenpilz (1.040 m) and take trail no.7 to the Rössingstraße. Follow the trail until you reach the turnoff Angerer where you take a right and join the Panorama Trail no. 1 for an approx. 20-minute ascent to the parking lot at Hotel Feisterer. 



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Public transport

Bus schedule of the Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe:

Getting there

From the west: 

Tauern Autobahn (A 10) to Knoten Ennstal - turnoff direction Graz/Schladming - stay on the Ennstal-Bundesstraße (B320) for approx. 20 km until Schladming - take the turnoff for Ramsau. 

From the north: 

Pyhrn Autobahn (A 9)  direction Liezen - take the Ennstal-Bundesstraße (B320)  to Schladming - turnoff Ramsau.


Feisterhof or Alte Mühle (old mill)


47.425335, 13.677698
47°25'31.2"N 13°40'39.7"E
33T 400272 5253279
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Hiking equipment for high-alpine tours.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • 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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Elisabeth Hofstätter · September 10, 2020 · Community
Gibt es hier ausgesetzte Stellen??
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Answered by TVB Ramsau am Dachstein · September 10, 2020 · Community
Nein, es befinden sich keine ausgesetzten Stellen auf dieser Route.
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Question from Herbert Jäger · July 16, 2020 · Community
Hallo an Ramsau: Wie lange geht man vom Guttenberghaus zur Seethalerhütte, ist leider nicht beschrieben. Bitte um kurze Information über Schwierigkeit, Gehzeit und Klettersteige. (Mehrtagestour). Mit freudlichen Grüßen Herbert
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Answered by Andrea Jacob  · July 16, 2020 · Community
Keine Klettersteige. Gehzeit weiß ich noch dass es insgesamt lange war aber gut machbar.
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T. Veiti
September 08, 2021 · Community
Die Höhenmeter und die Zeit machten mir Angst! Doch nun weiß ich es besser. Tolle Wanderung. Wobei der Anstieg ab der Silberkarhütte am Schlimmsten war. Ab dem Pass wird es leichter. Man macht zwar noch Höhe, aber nicht so steil wie das letzte Stück. Hätte ich geahnt was ab der Gutenbergerhütte auf mich wartet, hätte ich den Sinabell auch noch gemacht. Die ca. 300Hm wären noch drinnen gewesen. Für die Tour brauchte ich 6:30 Stunden (Inkl. Fotostopp).
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When did you do this route? September 03, 2021
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Blick zurück zur Silberkarhütte und Klamm.
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Blick zurück Richtung Pass von der Silberkarhütte.
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Blick von der Kreuzng Sinabell Richtung Gutenberghaus.
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Blick ins Ennstal.
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Krzysztof Waniczek
July 11, 2021 · Community
Magnificient tour, worth to go.
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When did you do this route? July 07, 2021
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Ulf Claußnitzer 
July 09, 2018 ·
Sehr lohnende Tour - die geforderte Kondition ist ein muss genauso wie stabiles Wetter über den Tag.
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When did you do this route? July 05, 2018
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15.2 km
8:30 h
1,421 m
1,420 m
Highest point
2,199 m
Lowest point
998 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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