Family experience with a panoramic view
A unique panoramic view of the southern part of Lake Hallstatt awaits you on this approximately 1½ hour, family-friendly hike to the Hirschaualm between Hallstatt and Obertraun. As there may be grazing animals on the pasture, we kindly ask you - if you are walking with your dog - to keep it on a lead. As the Hirschaualm is not managed, we recommend that you take drinks and snacks with you in your rucksack.
On the way to the "Schönen Aussicht“ (beautiful view)
The starting point for the Hirschaualm hike is from the P1 car park (near the petrol station) in the Lahn district of Hallstatt. Via the Pfannhausstiege we go up to the Kalvarienberg church, which was donated by the court clerks Franz Georg von Sumating and his wife Anna Christina in 1708 and inaugurated by the Passau bishop in 1711. A baroque jewel worth seeing with a crucifixion group from the Guggenbichler circle.
Behind the church we go up in the forest to the "Schönen Aussicht" - or to the "Goaßerbankerl", as the Hallstatters say. Every photo enthusiast's heart should beat faster once again, because there is rarely such a wealth of motifs.
We continue to the Hirschau Alm
From there a slightly ascending high path leads through mixed forest over some rock waste avalanches; the largest of these is the so-called "Schoß ". The path is very romantic as it also leads past a cave and we always have a wonderful view of the lake and Obertraun. After half an hour our path begins to climb steeply, and after overcoming numerous serpentines we reach the Hirschaualm. Regardless, it offers us a rare experience with the original alpine hut and the alpine pastures with the many alpine rose bushes. Nevertheless, it offers us a rare experience with the original alpine hut and the alpine pastures with the many alpine rose bushes.
Dream view over Lake Hallstatt
If we walk a bit over the slopes in the direction of the mighty rockfalls of the Zwölferkogel and the Schönbühel, we will get a unique view of Hallstatt, Obertraun and the Plassen and Sarstein areas. If you don't want to go back the same way, you can choose the direct, but just as safe, descent to the Kessel, in order to then use the pavement of the main road from the “Kesselbrücke”. The basin itself is a karst spring that comes into action when the snow melts or when there is heavy rain; a natural wonder that is under a preservation order. For those who come from Obertraun, the reverse ascent from the Kesselbrücke is recommended. The descent can then be chosen via the “Schöne Aussicht” to Hallstatt Lahn. There is also a bus station there.