In the Footsteps of the Mountain Miners

Last updated on April 8th, 2020 at 06:49 am

Miners once climbed this trail with heavy packs on their back and extracted the valuable ore under difficult conditions

Today visitors can happily hike through the impressive landscapes that the mineworkers once trod.

Starting from Schladming in Styria, the 70 kilometre Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg leads in seven stages through the water-rich mountains.

The Lenisee lake in the Schladminger Tauern mountains
The Lenisee on the Schladminger Tauern High Route
© Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing | Herbert Raffalt

Impressive sights such as the picturesque Giglach lakes, the glacial landscape of the Klafferkessel, dilapidated tunnel entrances and ruins of miners’ dwellings can be viewed along the way. And of course always with a panorama of the imposing Dachstein massif.

Hikers can also choose a shortened, 45 kilometre long five-day tour. where the walking times are between four and seven hours a day. The stops at the end of each day are huts offering regional cuisine and overnight accommodation.

This hike can be booked as a package. With four hut overnight stays, three overnight stays in the valley, breakfast and packed lunches for the hiking days as well as the Schladming-Dachstein-Sommercard it costs from 333 Euros per person. The package can be booked into September 2019, depending on snow conditions.

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