BergeSeen Trail 20: Grünau – Gmunden
Tour and route information
Trail Route: Grünau – Schrattenau – Lake Laudach – Grünberg – Gmunden
From Grünau in Almtal to Lake Laudach (4 ¼ hours)
From the tourism office in Grünau (at the town hall), the trail leads out of the valley along the main street, then heads left along the Flößerweg path and across the Grünaubach bridge. The route continues for 300 metres along the river und crossing over to other bank via a bridge.
The route continues down a long and scenic hiking trail alongside the rushing Alm River in the direction of the village of Scharnstein. After 4.7 kilometres (1 ¼ hours of trail time), the path arrives at a train crossing and the Kothmühle stop.
Immediately after the train crossing, the trail turns left into a small road which leads to the community of Matzing. The route continues to the north until arriving at the access road leading from the Segelflugplatz to Hochbuchegg (path no. 413 to Lake Laudach). The trail continues left along the road for 300 metres and then turns right into another small road. The route ascends along the road whose curves are shortened via cut-through paths to the splendid Hochbuchegg farmstead (742 metres).
The trail now begins the six-kilometre journey to Lake Laudach. The route first follows a forest road for approximately 300 meters, then goes left on a foot path along a mountain ridge and continues uphill to arrive at a forest road. Following this road, the trail soon reaches the hunting lodge Jagdhaus Schrattenau (981 m).
From the hunting lodge, the trail heads west along a path which serves to shorten the curves of the forest road. It then continues along the road to a junction. The route turns left continuing along level terrain and then descending to the gorgeous surroundings of Lake Laudach (894 m). A rest stop at the Rausaualm tavern is recommended.
From Lake Laudach to Gmunden (2 ¾ hours)
The last section of the Salzkammergut Trail leads from Lake Laudach along a forest nature trail towards Gmunden (path no. 410).
The route continues to lightly ascend and descend along a broad hiking trail passing carved wooden figures along the way to a junction. To the left, the path leads down to the eastern shore of Lake Traun. However our route continues straight ahead and ascends to the summit of the Grünberg Mountain (1004 m). On Saturdays and Sundays, hikers can make a rest stop at the nearby Grünbergalm.
From the Grünberg, hikers can use the cable car to reach the valley below. The cable car is open until 5 pm (6 pm during the main summer season).
The final descent of this long-distance trail follows path no. 410 to the junction with the Mitterweg path. Here the route heads downhill to the left to the community of Weyer.
Bearing right, the trail goes along the shore of Lake Traun on a beautiful path to the city centre of Gmunden. Upon reaching Gmunden, the large circular route of the long-distance trail is finally complete.
How to get to the Almtal (to Grünau im Almtal train station or Kothmühle stop)
We recommend that you travel by public transport!
by train: from Wels train station with the Almtalbahn (line 153) to Grünau im Almtal;
numerous connections from Wels train station to the main trains on the western railway line
Tip: if you want to save a few meters, you can get off at the Kothlmühle stop and from there directly board the BergeSeen Trail stage 20 from Grünau im Almtal to Gmunden.
Return: use the "Traunseetram" in Gmunden to the railway station, take the train line 170 to Attnang-Puchheim, change to fast trains in direction Wels, Linz or Salzburg!
by bus: OÖVV bus line 533 Gmunden - Scharnstein - Grünau - Almsee
Station Grünau or Im Dorf
Tip: If you want to save a few meters here, too, you can get off at the Scharnstein Fa. Wolf. get off and from there directly into the BergeSeen Trail stage 20 from Grünau im Almtal to Gmunden.
Motorway A1: Vienna - Crossing Voralpenkreuz-A9 - exit Ried / Traunkreis - Voitsdorf - Pettenbach - Scharnstein - Grünau (parking lot at the train station)
Motorway A1: Munich - Salzburg - exit Regau - Gmunden - Scharnstein - Grünau (parking lot at the train station)
Motorway A8 Passau - Wels - Voralpenkreuz A9 - exit Ried / Traunkreis - Voitsdorf - Pettenbach - Scharnstein - Grünau (parking lot at the train station)
To return from Gmunden, take the bus line 533 to Grünau train station.
- Parking space: 50
- Parking area for disabled: 1
- Bus parking space: 1
- Charging point for electric cars (fees apply)
- Charging point for e-bikes (free of charge)
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a.Pedestrians have the right of way: We are accommodating and friendly to pedestrians and hikers. Upon encountering these fellow travellers, we alert them by using the bicycle bell and slowly overtake them. We avoid paths with heavy pedestrian traffic altogether. Take nature into account: We do not leave refuse behind.
b.The braking distance should be half of the total distance visible: We ride at a controlled pace, are ready to brake and maintain a braking distance half as long as the total distance visible, especially in curves, because we always have to count on obstacles on the path. Damage to the path, stones, branches, wood piles, grazing livestock, cattle grids, barriers, tractor-type forestry machines and authorised vehicles pose dangers that we need to be ready for.
c.Don’t drink and drive!: Do not drink alcohol when mountain biking. Take care at stop-off points (dealing with bike racks, dirty shoes or clothing).
It is obligatory to provide first aid!
d.Marked routes, closed paths and blockades: Keep to the marked routes, observe the blockades and accept that these roads are primarily for agricultural and forestry use!
Blockades can often not be avoided and are in your own interest. Biking beyond the intended path and outside of opening times is punishable and turns us into illegal bikers.
e.We are guests in the forest and behave accordingly, including vis-à-vis forestry and hunting staff. Whilst mountain biking, mobile telephones and music players are forbidden! Biking requires your full attention.
f.Avoid unnecessary noise. Out of consideration to the animals living in the wild, we only bike during full daylight. As a principle, we always wear our helmet (even when riding uphill)! Don’t forget emergency supplies: We always have a repair set and bandages along.
g.Don’t overestimate your skills: We should not overdo it when it comes to biking technique and physical fitness. Take the level of difficulty posed by the route into consideration and make a precise estimate of your experience and skills as a biker (braking, bell, lights)!
h.Close gates: We approach grazing livestock at a walking pace and close every gate behind us. We should avoid causing escape and panic reactions in the animals. Nothing stands in the way of the fun and athletic challenge in the mountains and forests!
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