Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 11

Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 11: Hüttschlag - Tappenkarseehütte

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An ice-cold lake, rare flowers and a scary legend
Distance 11.2 km
5:00 h
1,264 m
425 m
2,145 m
995 m
Stage 11 leads from Hüttschlag across a quite challenging ascent over flower-strewn meadows to the Karteistörl and the largest mountain lake in the Eastern Alps in about 5 hours. Aber Achtung: Heute gibt es bis zum Etappenziel keine Einkehrmöglichkeiten auf dem Weg, daher unbedingt Jause einpacken! Zudem zählt die Etappe mit 1.264 Höhenmetern im Anstieg zu den längsten auf dem gesamten Almenweg. Lake Tappenkarsee is located at about 1,800 metres above sea level and we are sure that when you see it for the first time, shortly after the Karteistörl, you will stop and be overwhelmed. It is thus no wonder that this stage is for many people one of the most beautiful sections on the Salzburger Almenweg. The lake is nestled between the Grossarler Grasbergen and the rocky peaks of the Radstädter Tauern in Kleinarl and, according to legend, is home to a voracious monster.

You will spend the night at the Tappenkarseehütte, which is located slightly above the lake and offers a wonderful view: From here make sure you keep an eye on the lakeshore, especially when fog wafts over the cold water, as who knows when the monster will next appear and what it has in mind.


Along the trail

The mighty, 2,358 metre high Draugstein with its wide flanks is one of the few limestone mountains in the Grossarltal that bring out a completely unique vegetation here. Already on the ascent to the Karteistörl, flower lovers can look forward to a lush splendour of colours and flowers. Countless shades of green mix with the strong pink of the alpine roses, the dark purple of the so-called “Knabenkräuter” (a native orchid species), the yellow of arnica and the white of the fluffy woolly grass.


Alpine Trail History

Would you like a little bedtime story? Well, then we want to tell you about the Lindwurm (dragon) in Lake Tappenkarsee. This legend is a cultural asset in SalzburgerLand and, according to the legend, a voracious Lindwurm once caused a lot of terror around the lake, which is up to fifty metres deep. He devoured everything that moved on the shore and so some men decided to kill the monster. However, the plan failed and full of the desire for revenge, the Lindwurm has been sitting at the bottom of the lake since then and gnawing at the rock that borders Lake Tappenkarsee to the Kleinarl Valley. When he finally succeeds in breaking through the wall, the entire valley will sink under the mass of water right up to Wagrain. According to another legend, Lake Tappenkarsee is said to be connected underground with Lake Schuhflickersee north of the two Schuhflicker valleys further along between the Grossarl and Gastein valleys. There, it is said that a cartwheel was found, which had previously fallen into Lake Tappenkarsee.


Alpine Trail Refreshment  

"Dreifärbiger Kaiserschmarrn" (triple coloured) is served at the Tappenkarseehütte. This colourful variant of the classic pastry is tastily complemented with apple sauce, cranberry and blackberry jam. The blackberries (also known as blueberries or cranberries) may of course also be eaten along the trail. Usually at this altitude they are ripe in late August / mid-September.

Author’s recommendation

The national park experience exhibition "Auf der Alm - zwischen Himmel und Erde" (On the Alm - between Heaven and Earth) at the end of the Hüttschlag Valley deals with the special features of the alpine landscape and alpine life, and complements well the "Secrets of the Mountain Forest" exhibition. It’s open daily from mid-May to the end of October, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Update: April 20, 2023
Highest point
Karteistörl, 2,145 m
Lowest point
Hüttschlag, 995 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 20.10%Dirt road 23.64%Forested/wild trail 9.44%Path 46.57%Road 0.23%
2.3 km
Dirt road
2.7 km
Forested/wild trail
1.1 km
5.2 km
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Safety information

To make sure your day in the mountains is an unforgettable experience, here you can find some tips to keep you safe in the mountains.

Tips and hints

For further information about the Salzburger Almenweg click here.


Hüttschlag (1,030 m) (986 m)
47.176611, 13.230376
47°10'35.8"N 13°13'49.4"E
33T 365908 5226309


Tappenkarseehütte (1,825 m), Kleinarl

Turn-by-turn directions

From Hüttschlag, it is best to follow the markings of the "Chapel Hiking Trail" into the valley. On the way, it is advisable to take a look at the Christophorus Chapel in Wolfau and the Karteis Chapel with its magnificent protective cloaked Madonna in Karteis. In this district, you cross both the road and the valley side. Before the road forks into Karteis, a footpath branches off to the left between the houses to Oberstein, an old farmstead with a beautiful view of the valley. Following this footpath uphill, it goes below Mühlegg right in the direction of Hallmoosalm and further on constantly uphill on the other side of the ditch along a goods path. Pass the first parking lot at the Hallmoosalm, and at the second parking lot where there is a fork in the road with the two barriers, you follow the right hand path and the signs to the Karteisalm.


After about 10 minutes of walking on a forest path, a good road branches off to the left to the Karteisalm. The road becomes narrower and narrower and finally leads to an alpine path. Shortly before reaching the Karteisalm, you can fill up your water bottle at a fountain. From the Karteisalm, the trail leads through a wide cirque to the Karteistörl (2,145 m), from where a 30-minute detour to the Kreuzeck (2,204 m) is possible and extremely worthwhile. To do this, follow the path to the right about 30 minutes after the Karteisalm to the summit, which is located somewhat to the south. The advantage of taking this route is the breathtaking panoramic view from the Kreuzeck on Glingspitz, Keeskogel with the Hohe Tauern on one side, and Mosermandl, Faulkogel and Weißeck on the other side. In addition, a fine wind is usually blowing on top of the ridge, while the heat often sits in the wide valley basin. At the Karteistörl you come back to the Salzburger Almenweg, from where, after the long ascent, it is now only downhill to today's stage destination, the Tappenkarseehütte (ÖAV Section Edelweiß).


Refreshment and accommodation options 

Tappenkarseehütte (1,820 m), (after approx. 5 hours) June to end of September, T. +43 676 3409923 refresh./ accomm.

Tappenkarseealm (1,705 m), (after approx. 5.25 hours, is located just below the Tappenkarseehütte) June to end of September, T. +43 676 3409923 refresh.

Public transport

By public transport, Hüttschlag is best reached via the train station at St. Johann in Pongau. From here, you can take the Postbus (line 540) to Hüttschlag. Travel is possible with a valid guest card for one Euro per person and trip.


If you arrive by car, you can park it free of charge in Hüttschlag in the town centre parking lot near the Schappachkapelle for several days. Please leave the "Salzburger Almenweg parking disc" from the brochure in your parked car!


47.176611, 13.230376
47°10'35.8"N 13°13'49.4"E
33T 365908 5226309
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map tappeiner nr. 311

Salzburger Almenweg hiking map


Hier finden Sie alles rund um den passenden Wanderschuh, die perfekte Ausrüstung und die richtige Geh-Technik.

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Chris Betz
July 29, 2017 · Community
Sehr schöner Wanderweg. Anfangs teilweise Forstwege. Toller Aufstieg und Aussicht Die Unterkunft macht den Tag perfekt.
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11.2 km
5:00 h
1,264 m
425 m
Highest point
2,145 m
Lowest point
995 m
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