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Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Salzkammergut, Austria, Europe

Lat/Lon: 47.87309°N / 13.83801°E

Object Title: Traunstein

Activities: Mountaineering, Via Ferrata

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 5547 ft / 1691 m


Page By: Vid Pogachnik

Created/Edited: Sep 16, 2002 / Feb 28, 2016

Object ID: 151205

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wuedesau - Traunstein above Traunsee
Traunkirchen and on the other...
when the sun brakes the clouds
Cseh László - on Traunstein

What's New On This Page?

> February 6th, 2013 - SP V3 design updates.

> August 1st, 2005 - Interactive Google map inserted.

> June 10th, 2012 - Two main routes added, pictures attached.

Traunstein Presented

Traunstein is not a very high mountain. But it has all the attributes of an important mountain: relative heigth (1260m of "vertical" rocks from Traunsee), beauty of its general shape and natural details, immense panorama and not so easy approaches. It rises on the eastern part of Traunsee (lake) and is one of the last high mountains in Northern Alps in this region. It is made of limestone, so we can understand it's sharpness and steepness.

Three marked routes are leading to the peak. This and closeness of very popular tourist resorts of Salzkammergut are reasons that mountaineers are visiting Traunstein very often.

Getting There

Map of Traunstein
The window on the...
Through Naturfreundesteig natural window
From the Hans Hernler route...
In Hans-Hernler route
The highway Salzburg Linz is passing just a few kilometers north of Traunsee. If you turn south, you will reach Gmunden, a tourist resort on the very northern part of the lake. A train also stops there. From Gmunden follow the road by the east coast of the lake. It ends (is closed for a public traffic) at the Gasthof (inn) Hois'n, where you can park (there's always crowdy). Close by also the first of three routes start. In any case you'll have to make 1260m of height difference. To the Hois'n inn you can also reach by a ship.

To name the three routes:

1. Hans-Hernler-Steig (north west route). Opened in 1905, marked. Moderately difficult cable route.

2. Naturfreundesteig (south west route). Opened in 1929, marked. Medium hard cable route, one of the most beautiful in Salzkammergut.

3. Mairalmsteig (south route). Marked, easier than the other two, but still some passages steep and protected (grade A by the Austrian ferratas scale). Used mainly for descent.

In addition some more scrambles and easy climbs lead on the summit of Traunstein. Their difficulties are between II. and III. degree by the UIAA scale, for example: Zierlersteig (II) or East ridge (II+). Nice is also a hike around the whole massif.

You can see a detailed map on:


Red Tape

No limitations.

When To Climb

The last meters of the...
Exiting Hans-Hernler route - end of April
above the clouds I.
Cseh László - Above the clouds
June to October are the best months. Traunstein can also be climbed in winter conditions, but for that you need winter equipment and the south approach can be a suitable one. But that route is exposed to avalanches and when there are big amounts of snow and in fresh snow the Naturfreundesteig might be be a better choice because of its sunny position. Always when in doubt ask local mountain authorities.


Towards Gmundner Huette
For Traunstein ascent the following huts are important:

Gmundner Huette, 1666 m. Opened permanently from beginning of May till end of October. Tel.: +43(0)699/12643190.
Hois'n, 428 m. Opened February-October. Tel.: 07612/77333.
Mairalm, 789 m. Opened May-October. Tel.: 0663/9674120.
Moaristidl, 450 m. Opened May-October. Tel.: 07612/65679.
Traunsteinhaus, 1580 m. Opened May-October. 07612/65010. In winter a room with 4 places always opened.

External Links

  • Austrian Map online
    Online digital maps of Austria (OEK 50, OEK 200 and OEK 500) by the BEV (Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen) - in German

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pesefwinter conditions

Voted 10/10

i would not recommend taking the mair alm steig in winter conditions, even if it is the easiest way up/down traunstein. in winter there are lots of avalanches there. your best bet will be the naturfreundesteig if you want to go in winter
Posted Sep 24, 2010 3:17 am
Vid PogachnikRe: winter conditions

Vid Pogachnik

Hasn't voted

Thank you, pesef! I corrected the sentence and I hope I expressed the idea of avalanche danger well. If you have any other suggestions, please tell me and I will give you editing rights, so you can write directly on the page.


Posted Sep 25, 2010 3:48 am

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