Hiking tips Russbach

Russbach is in winter a popular ski resort and turns in sommer in a real hiking paradise. With hikes of varying lengths and levels of difficulty, there are many opportunities for adults and children, walkers and mountaineers.  

The excellent hiking trails in Russbach are approved with the Austrian hiking trails seal of approval (Wandergütesiegel) and promise pure pleasure of hiking! 

The Hornbahn Russbach cable car takes you up to the Hornspitz after a comfortable ascent in just 12 minutes, starting point of easy and moderate hikes. In addition, the wonderful mountain panorama opens with Dachstein glacier, Gosaukamm ridge and Tennengebirge!

A variety of hiking opportunities in Russbach: 

  • Hiking to the Franzlalm
  • Hiking to the Edtalmhütte
  • Hornspitz - Schattauhöhe - Russbach
  • Glacier view circular trail
  • Panorama trail
  • Hornspitz circular trail
  • Ameisensee - Russbach
  • Edtalm - Zwieselalmhöhe - Gosau


Note: The hiking trails listed here are just a few of the wide range of hiking possibilities!

Wandertipps in der Wanderregion Dachstein West

Wandertipps in der Wanderregion Dachstein West

Franzlalm - Russbach

Route No. 46
Hiking and walking trail 4.8 km easy/moderate

Duration: approx. 1.5 hours 

Following an ascent on the Hornbahn cable car, the route runs down into the valley past the 'Beschneiungsteich' lake and on to the Franzlalm hut (not open) and from here to the district of Gseng in Russbach.

From here, walk back along the old highway towards the Hornbahn valley station.


Route No. 46
Pushchair-friendly walking and hiking trail, 6 km, easy

Duration: approx. 1 hour


Route No. Nr. 47 c
Natural path through woods and meadows, 6 km, medium, sturdy shoes!
Duration: approx. 1.25 hours

Once you’ve made it up there with the Horn lift, you can enjoy the heavenly surroundings on your hike to the Edtalm Hut, as it takes you past meadows, woods and pastures. Treat yourself to some culinary indulgence with an Alpine bite to eat on the Edtalm’s sun terrace, accompanied by some lively musical entertainment as you get your strength back.

You can also enjoy the stretch between the Horn lift’s upper station and the Edtalm Hut with the Ameisenexpress (ant express), on the way there or coming back. 

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Bummelzug in Russbach

Wandern in Russbach

Hornspitze - Schattauhöhe - Russbach

Route No. 45
Hiking and walking trail 8 km, moderate
Wander- und Walkingstrecke 8 km, mittel
Duration: approx. 2 hours

Following an ascent on the Hornbahn railway, the route leads downhill to the artificial snow reservoir and from here, follow signs for the ‘Horn Rundweg’. This tour is a secret tip for those who enjoy berries and mushrooms (note: this automatically increases the walk time! And not all mushrooms are edible ;))) Then walk back to Russbach via the Alte Pass Gschütt street.

Gletscherblick-Rundweg (glacier view circular trail)

Route No. 47b
Hiking and walking trail 7.5 km, easy
Duration: approx. 3.5 hours

After the ascent by Hornbahn cable car, this inviting walk leads you to the Edtalmhütte and continue to the Zwieselalmhütte. From here, it takes you across the Herrenweg trail and back to the Edtalmhütte. 

The route from the Hornbahn mountain station to the Edtalmhütte hut can be completed using the Ameisenexpress train. This shortens the walking time by 1 hour (depending on the route).

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Wandern in Russbach

Wandern in Russbach

Panorama-Weg (panorama trail)

Route No. 46a
Hiking and walking trail 15 km, moderate
Duration: approx. 5 hours


After ascent by Hornbahn cable car, this trail leads to the Edtalmhütte hut. Here you can recharge your batteries before continuing on via the Herrenweg trail to Pass Gschütt and back to Russbach via the Alte Pass Gschütt street.

You can also take the post bus from Pass Gschütt to Russbach – this shortens the walking time by around 1 hour.

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Route No. 47a
Walking trail, easy
Duration: approx. 15 minutes

After the ascent by Hornbahn cable car, the trail takes you to the Hornspitz peak from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Dachstein massif, Gosaukamm ridge, Hohe Tauern, Tennengebirge and Watzmann mountains. Tip: Relax on the mountain at the sun loungers. 

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Family tip: Right next to the Hornbahn Russbach mountain station all children can look forward to funny adventures in Bruno's Bergwelt! Visit the Gipfeltreff at the mountain station which is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat.

Hornspitz circular trail

Ameinsen in der Natur beobachten

Ameisensee - Russbach

Route No. 47
Hiking and walking trail, 14 km easy/medium
Duration: approx. 2.5 hours

After the ascent by Hornbahn, the route leads you towards the Edtalm hut to the Ameisensee lake. From here, follow signs towards the Gseng district of Russbach.

Then walk along the old highway back to the valley station of the Hornbahn.

Edtalm - Zwieselalmhöhe - Gosau

Route No. 46
Hiking and walking trail, moderate 
Wander- und Walkingstrecke, mittel,
 short steep ascent
Duration: approx. 3 hours

After the ascent by Hornbahn Russbach, the route leads you towards the Edtalmhütte hut. The short steep climb up to the Zwieselalmhöhe peak is rewarded with breath-taking views. From here, it’s on to the mountain station of the Gosaukamm cable car.

Descent by Gosaukamm cable car is possible or else walk down to the Gosausee lake (route no. 20). The return journey to Russbach can be completed by bus

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Flora und Fauna in der Wanderregion Dachstein West