This blissfully easy trail wanders through forest and across dreamy pastureland along the foot of the Dachstein South Face in Salzburg and Styria, Austria. It’s a lovely half-day excursion, perfect for those staying in Filzmoos, Ramsau am Dachstein, or Schladming.
This is a particularly lovely walk in autumn, when the larches turn golden-tangerine. Aim for mid-late October to see the fall colors. By the very end of October, many of the larches will have lost their needles, but certainly not all.
This walk passes several alpine pasture huts, including the managed Bachlalm and Glösalm. The huts of Neustadtalm (also spelled Neustattalm) are privately-owned.
Much of the hike follows various alpine pasture access roads, including the private road to Bachlalm. In high season, it’s possible to take the Marmot Express shuttle to Bachlalm. This will effectively shave off 368 meters of elevation.
Attention Dog-owners: Dog’s aren’t allowed on the trail between Bachlalm and Neustadtalm.
Trailhead: Bachlalm Car Park | Google Maps
Distance: 10.4 km circuit
Time Needed: 3:45 hours
Elevation Gain/Loss: 588 meters
Minimum Elevation: 1121 meters
Maximum Elevation: 1561 meters
Route: Bachlalm Car Park – Schaidlalm – Bachlalm – Neustadtalm – Glösalm – Bachlalm Car Park
When to Hike: June – October, depending on weather/snow conditions.
Where to Stay in Filzmoos: Pension Bergliebe (budget), Das Anja Alt Filzmoos (midrange), or meiZeit Lodge (luxury)
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Bachlalm Trail Map
Where to Start the Bachlalm Hike
Bachlalm Car Park / Dachsteinruhe Car Park
This hike starts at the Bachlalm car park or the nearby Dachsteinruhe car park along the Filzmooser Straße between Filzmoos (Salzburg) and Ramsau am Dachstein (Styria).
It’s also possible to start the hike at Bachlalm, which is accessible by a shuttle bus.
The shuttle pick-up location is on the Bachlalm access road, just off the Filzmooser Straße. Wait under the large green sign: Einstieg – Shuttlebus Ausflugsziel Bachlalm 4 km, which means Entry – Shuttle Bus Excursion destination Bachlalm.
Operating Times | The shuttle runs from 8:30 am – 11:30 am and again from 1 pm to 4:30 pm.
Adults: 6 EUR one-way
Children (0-14 years old): 3 EUR one-way
Bachlalm – Neustadtalm – Glösalm Trail Description
Bachlalm Car Park – Schaidlalm – Bachlalm (40 minutes)
From the car park, cross the Filzmooser Strasse Road to reach the Bachlalm access road. Pass by the barrier gate and follow the paved road all the way up to Schaidalm mountain pasture (30 minutes).
The road cuts through forest, but views open up to the Dachstein and Rötelstein along the way.
At the cattle grid, note the alpine pasture rules of conduct before carrying on to Schaidlalm pasture.
Soon, you’ll arrive at a trail junction. Our circuit continues right in the direction of Neustadtalm and Glösalm.
However, feel free to detour to Bachlalm (10 minutes).
Bachlalm is open from early June until mid-October (closed on Tuesdays). They serve cold and warm meals from 11 am until 4:30 pm.
Bachlalm is a popular destination for seeing marmots. In summer, they are active in the morning and the early evening, when temperatures are cooler.
Bachlalm – Schaidlalm – Martinsbrücke – Neustadtalm (1 hour)
Head back down the road to the trail junction and follow the wide gravel track to Neustadtalm. This level track leads east through the Brandwald forest to the Martinsbrücke bridge (15 minutes).
Continue following signs to Glösalm. After crossing another bridge, you’ll arrive at a beautiful meadow rimmed with larch. The mighty south face of the Dachstein is the backdrop.
At the trail junction, turn right in the direction of Glösalm, signed 45 minutes (Trail 671).
The wide gravel track leads south. When the track intersects with another wide road, turn left (direction: Türlwald) and follow this road through the larch belt.
Cross the footbridge over the Scharfensteinbach stream and walk a few more minutes up to Neustadtalm.
Though there are no managed huts here, Neustadtalm is nonetheless one of the loveliest scenes in the area. For the best photo motif, walk through the cluster of huts to the perfectly-positioned bench on the hillside.
Neustadtalm to Glösalm (10 minutes)
Continue up to the Dachsteinstraße, which is the paved toll road that leads to the Dachstein-Gletscherbahn cable car valley station.
Walk down the road for 170 meters (2 minutes) and then turn right onto the trail to Glösalm, signed 5 minutes.
Glösalm is usually open from late May/early June until late October (closed on Wednesdays). They specialize in variations of Knödel (dumplings).
Glösalm to Bachlalm Car Park (40 minutes)
Follow the Dureggrundweg trail to Dachsteinruhe (Trail 8), signed 1 hour.
At the first divide, take the right trail, following the “Duregg-Runde 8” sign. At the second divide, take the left path down, following the sign to Dachsteinruhe.
The trail descends to another gorgeous meadow with views of the Dachstein. Follow the stream along the pasture fence.
Follow the yellow-green painted waymarks into the spruce forest.
A stile leads you into another pasture area. Cross the meadow and then descend the forest. The path twists down rather steeply, which is a bit surprising after so much carefree walking.
When you reach the valley floor, turn left. Follow the road along the Kalte Mandling stream to the Filzmooser Strasse (8 minutes) and the Dachteinruhe and Bachlalm car parks.
Where to Stay in Filzmoos
Budget | Pension Bergliebe is a top-rated guesthouse with double rooms, family rooms, and apartments. Breakfast is included for guests staying in rooms. Pension Bergliebe is located directly in the Ski Amadé Ski Area (ski-to-door access), 4.6 km from the town center (6-minute drive).
Budget | Hotel Bergglück is a traditional Austrian bed and breakfast in Hachau, located 3.8 km from the town center (5 minute drive). Stay here for the attractive price point and mountain views.
Midrange | Das Anja Alt Filzmoos offers rooms and apartments in the heart of Filzmoos. Stay here for the intimate setting, excellent location, and lovely rooms. Guests receive the Filzmoos Sommer Card.
Top Choice – Luxury | meiZeit Lodge is a tastefully-furnished boutique hotel in the town center of Filzmoos. Stay here for the generous breakfast buffet (included in rate) and relaxing wellness facilities (Finnish pine sauna, bio herbal sauna, infrared relaxation loungers, relaxation zone, and vital drink bar). This charming accommodation also serves a complimentary afternoon cake selection between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.
Luxury | Hotel Neubergerhof is located on a plateau in the Ski Amadé Ski Area, 6 km from the town center (10-minute drive). The room rate includes breakfast & dinner (half board). Stay here for the quiet surroundings, mountain surroundings, rich breakfast buffet and outstanding multi-course dinner, and friendly staff. Guests have access to an indoor swimming pool, family sauna, and adults-only wellness area (Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam bath, relaxation room).
More accommodations in Filzmoos: Haus Ratgeb (budget), B&B Landhaus Vierthaler (midrange), Bauernhof Krahlehenhof (midrange).
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Austria has an excellent public transit system. We’ve used it extensively to travel throughout the country. We highly recommend using transit if you’re visiting cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, etc…), and/or doing hut-to-hut hikes.
Some areas like Mayrhofen, Schladming and Lech am Arlberg have wonderful seasonal transit systems in place (e.g. summer hiking buses). However, if you’re not visiting during the high season, bus frequencies are significantly reduced and it’s far easier to get around with your own vehicle.
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