Schöneck in sunlight, as seen from Schönfeldspitze
is a minor summit within the ridge crest of Steinernes Meer / Berchtesgadener Alps
Schöneck, as the name says, is indeed a beautiful corner, a flat summit plateau with a cross and a summit register and nice views and even nicer meadows for an afternoon nap
in the sun, far away from noisy Riemannhaus
Schöneck can be an afternoon trip from Riemannhaus
and can be combined with Sommerstein, Wurmkopf
or with all of them.
Sommerstein and Breithorn as seen from Schöneck ascent
The main valley trailhead
for Schöneck is Maria Alm
on the south side of Steinernes Meer.
You reach Maria Alm from
You reach Saalfelden near Maria Alm by train, too, from Kufstein
- Wörgl - Kitzbühel or from Salzburg
For the schedules please refer to the ÖBB homepage
For the Maria Alm trailhead follow the road leading from the village into Griesbachwinkl
and Sandten valley. After some kilometers the road changes into a dirt road which climbs up steeply to the parking area
at about 1.200 m. After the parking area the road is closed for public traffic.
Schöneck is not part of the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden.
There are no special restrictions as far as I know.
From the parking area follow the dirt road / trail number 425
up to the supply cableway valley station for Riemannhaus
. A trail starts there leading up the steep, chute – like valley called Schaflöcher
under the impressive Sommerstein
southface. After some rock scramble and impressive views you reach Ramseider Scharte
From Riemannhaus follow the trail in the direction to Sommerstein
. Halfway up a trail branches off to the left. Follow this trail up to the east – west running ridge between Sommerstein
. Arriving at the ridge, the summit of Schöneck can be reached in three minutes to the west (right).
You can continue on the ridge to Wurmkopf
. Or return to Riemannhaus and climb Sommerstein
. Or summit Breithorn
. There are many options !
Schönfeldspitze, Wurmkopf and (right) Schöneck, Sommerstein (below) as seen from Breithorn
Accomodations of all kind - hotels, bed & breakfast, campgrounds - can be found in all major villages around Steinernes Meer:
The following adjacent mountain huts
offer overnight stays:
Gear & Mountain Conditions
Schöneck as seen from Wurmkopf summit
Schöneck is mainly a summer and autumn summit. I think it can be summated with skies, too, but there are some more interesting ski aims in the surroundings.
Schöneck is an easy hike. You need normal hiking gear with good boots.
Bring enough to drink in autumn when nearby Riemanhaus is closed. A a karst plateau, Steinernes Meer nearly has no water for resupply.
The following topo maps are recommended:
Alpenvereinskarte scale 1 : 25.000
Blatt 10/1, Steinernes Meer, 2006
Topografische Karte von Österreich, scale 1 : 50.000