Hiking trails on the Schmittenhöhe
Exploring Zell am See

Hiking on the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See

A variety of routes to suit all preferences

Whether you’re into leisurely family strolls, themed excursions lasting several hours or challenging hikes at high altitude: The Schmittenhöhe has a perfect route for everyone. The local trails boast stunning views of Lake Zell and more than 30 three-thousand-metre peaks.

Interactive hiking trail map for Zell am See

Your guide to the trails

The interactive trail map for the Schmittenhöhe helps you find your way around. It shows key hiking trails, mountain cableways and webcams, and allows you to access further details with a simple click on the icons.

Please be sure to check the weather forecast before you set out to ensure a safe and enjoyable hike! If conditions seem unfavourable, why not opt for one of our bad-weather alternatives?

Top hiking tips for your summer holiday in Zell am See

Diverse routes

The Schmittenhöhe offers a diverse choice of hiking trails: Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and Lake Zell on high-altitude tours. Discover the wild herbs that grow plentifully here. Or follow trails once trodden by historic figures and witness a stunning sunrise just as Empress Sisi did in the 19th century!

The Schmitten’s weekly program

Guided hikes in Zell am See

The Schmittenhöhe’s weekly program features various group excursions, with guided hikes taking place thrice weekly from Monday to Friday.  You can look forward to the following guided activities:

Nearby Summit Bliss

Date: 1 July – 2 September 2024
Time: 9.00 am
Meeting Point: trassXpress valley station

Duration: apprx. 4 h

Starting from the trassXpress
mountain station, you will hike to the summit of the Maurerkogel at 2,074m altitude, next to the Schmittenhöhe. The reward for this exhausting ascent definitely pays off. After a 1.5 hour hike, you are rewarded at the summit with an unlimited view of the most famous mountains in the Pinzgau region.

Registration: Registration necessary until 12.00 noon on the day before

Mountain Yoga

Date: 3 July – 2 September 2024
Time: 8.45 am
Meeting Point: trassXpress valley station

Duration: apprx. 2 h

Yoga enthusiasts and those who want

to be gather in the beautiful mountain air, between the fragrant Alpine meadows and mountain herbs for group Yoga classes. These Yoga lessons train strength, flexibility and balance and bring mind and body into harmony using breathing exercises and meditation. With Yoga teacher Monika Rauter.

Please bring your own yoga mat!


You don't have your own yoga mat?
Yoga mats can also be borrowed free of charge from the info enter at the valley station. Please bring an identity card with you.

Only in good weather!

Registration: Registration necessary until 12.00 noon on the day before

Herbal- and Tasting Hike

Date: 5 July – 6 September 2024
Time:  9.00 am
Meeting Point: trassXpress valley station

Duration: apprx. 3 h


On a walk along the high-altitude promenade, you will discover all kinds of wild medicinal and culinary herbs with Schmitten herb expert Fredi. In the herb workshop, you can make ointments, lemonades, salts or spreads together.


- Meeting point trassXpress valley station at 9.00 am
- Herbal hike with Fredi
- followed by workshop


Included in the ticket:
- guided hike & workshop


Not included in the ticket:
- Ascent & descent with the trassXpress


The hike will take place in german language!

Registration: Registration necessary until 12.00 noon on the day before

Scenic viewpoints & photo points

Taking a souvenir photo for the summit book and stopping for refreshments are a must on any hike! On the Schmittenhöhe, you will find numerous locations where you can capture picture-perfect moments on camera. Options include the Schmittenhöhebahn mountain station, Plettsaukopf reservoir or the High-Altitude Promenade.

Huts & restaurants on the Schmitten

During the summer, various huts and mountain restaurants on the Schmittenhöhe serve up delicious Austrian cuisine, regional specialities and homemade desserts – all on spacious sundecks, complemented by spectacular mountain vistas.


If you’re an early riser, don’t miss our sunrise hike followed by a tasty mountain breakfast at Franzl panorama restaurant. What better way to start the day than savouring the sun’s first rays!

Austria’s first “art & culture mountain”

Experience a fusion of art and nature on the Schmittenhöhe! Launched in 1995, the “Art on the Mountain” initiative invites hikers to discover Austria’s first official “art and culture mountain” while taking the inspiring 4 Lakes Art Hike.

Family-friendly hikes on Zell’s landmark mountain

The Schmittenhöhe features several child-friendly themed trails, including Schmidolin’s Baptism of Fire – a dragontastic adventure that’s sure to delight your little ones.

Hiking with dogs on the Schmittenhöhe

Fun for your four-legged friends

Dogs are welcome on the Schmittenhöhe, including on the mountain cableways. Here are some tips to help prepare for your next excursion with your furry friend:

For everyone’s safety, dogs must be kept on a lead and wear a muzzle in cable cars and on trails. Muzzles are available at all valley stations for a fee of € 15.00. Please carry and use your own dog waste bags and dispose of them responsibly.

To ensure safe interaction with grazing livestock, please adhere to the following rules:

  1. Avoid contact with grazing livestock and do not feed the animals. Keep a safe distance.
  2. Behave calmly to avoid startling grazing cattle.
  3. Mother cows protect their calves, so please keep your dog away from them.
  4. Always keep your dog on a short lead. If an attack is imminent, take your dog off the lead immediately.
  5. Stay on the marked hiking trails when crossing pastures and meadows.
  6. If livestock block the path, keep as much distance as possible.
  7. If grazing animals approach, remain calm, do not turn your back on them and avoid close contact.
  8. Leave the grazing area quickly at the first sign of distress.
  9. Observe fences; if there’s a gate, use it, close it and cross the pasture quickly.
  10. Treat the people working here, nature and the animals with the utmost respect.

Tip: Watch our video to learn why following these rules is essential.

Prices for cable car rides with dogs

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Summer 2024 per dog

Day ticket

(valid on the Schmittenhöhe)

€ 6,50

7-day ticket

(valid in Zell am See-Kaprun)

€ 28,00


(valid in the ALPIN CARD regions)

€ 70,00

Hiking on the Schmittenhöhe all year round

On the Schmittenhöhe, the hiking season lasts all year. In winter, you can just swap your hiking boots for winter-proof models or snowshoes! The activity programme during the colder months features guided group hikes through the winter landscape.

In short: No matter the time of year, the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See is always worth a visit if you enjoy hiking!

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