Hiking tour from Grossarl to the Aigenalmen, the Schmalzscharte and descent to Bad Hofgastein.
From the Mandldorf, you can either hike along the hiking path or you take the forestry road in the direction to the Aigenalmen. The forestry road is also suitable for children's carriages.
You hike steadily upwards through the forest. The Aigenalm Chapel is definitely worth a visit. After a small hunting lodge you have to decide which mountain hut you prefer. The lower one is the Aigenalm-Paulhütte. Here, besides a snack with self-made delicacies, there are also a few hot dishes. You should definitively try the Kaiserschmarrn.Just 15 min away is the Aigenalm-Mandlhütte. Here, too, you are spoiled with delicacies from their own production. Children prefer to play on the little brook. Of course both mountain huts can be combined with each other.
You hike up to the Pucher and further to the Schmalzscharte. From here, you have a great view to the Frauenkogel.
You descend to the Rastötzenalm, where you are spoiled with delicacies. You hike further to the Annen Chapel and then along a beautiful hiking path to Bad Hofgastein. You go back to Grossarl by public transport.
You could hike up to the Frauenkogel, 2,424 m (approx. 1 h in one direction).
Schmalzscharte, 2,157 m
Bad Hofgastein, 863 m
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This tour ends in the Gastein Valley. You have to go back by public transport to Grossarltal (approx. 1 1/2 h).
You go by car or public bus in direction to Hüttschlag (approx. 2 km) and turn right to the Mandldorf. You go until the last farm. Here you have the choice whether you prefer to hike on the way (no. 41) or the short-buts through the forest. You reach the Aigenalm-Paulhütte, 1,280 m (approx. 1 h) or if you turn left in front of this mountain hut, you reach the Aigenalm-Mandlhütte, 1,342 m (approx. 1 1/4 h). You hike up to the Pucher, 1,342 m and to the Schmalzscharte, 2,159 m (approx. 2 h).
You descend to the Rastötzenalm, 1,740 m (approx. 1 h). Then you hike down along the path no. 513 to the Annen Chapel, 1,075 m (approx. 1 h) and to Bad Hofgastein (approx. 3/4 h). You go back to Grossarltal by public bus.
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public bus no. 540, ÖBB
You go by car or public bus no. 540 from Grossarl in direction towards Hüttschlag. After approx. 2 km you turn right into the Mandldorf.
parking possibility at the Mandldorf
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