Filzmoos is a small alpine village in the state of Salzburg in Austria. Directly facing the Gosaukamm mountains, which form part of the Dachstein range, Filzmoos is an outstanding alpine summer destination. There are a number of hikes and walks around Filzmoos that are accessible, scenic and utterly enchanting. Furthermore, Filzmoos is well-positioned for day trips to Ramsau am Dachstein (15-minute drive), Mühlbach am Hochkönig (35-minute drive), and Werfengweng (30-minute drive). Keep reading to find out what to do in Filzmoos in summer.
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The Best Things to Do in Filzmoos in Summer
- Walk to Radstädterhütte
- Relax at Hofalmenf
- Hike to Hofpürglhütte
- Hike to Sulzenalmen
- Eat Kaiserschmarnn at Krahlehenhütte
- Visit Almsee
Walk to Radstädterhütte
From the village center, take the Papageno gondola (Papagenobahn) to Schögialm. The gondola runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from June 15th to September 21st (2019) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in dry weather. The Papagenobahn ride is included in the SalzburgerLand Card, which is a 6-day or 12-day tourist card that grants guests free or discounted access to 190 attractions across the state of Salzburg. We highly recommend buying this card (see pricing) if you’re planning on actively exploring the region of Salzburg over the course of several days.
From the gondola summit station, walk one hour to the mountain hut Radstädterhütte (1770 m). As you hike along the trail, it looks like the whole Dachstein mountain range is a magazine layout, and you’re walking across it. This Filzmoos walk is suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities. From the gondola station, you can either take the wide dirt road or a narrow forest trail in the direction of Radstädterhütte. The views are better from the road, but the forest trail is more interesting. We hiked this as a loop, opting for the road at first. After about 20 minutes, you’ll reach a signed intersection, where a hiking path departs from the main road. Take the trail. From Radstädterhütte (under construction in June 2019), you’ll be met with sublime views of the Radstädter Tauern mountain range, Schladminger Tauern, Dachstein, and more.
Relax at Hofalmen
Hofalmen refers to the alm restaurants Oberhofalm and Unterhofalm, which are located at the end of the Mautstrasse Hofalm Road. Both alm restaurants are accessible by foot, bicycle or car from the center of Filzmoos via a 5 km tolled road (5.50 EUR per car). With unbeatable views of Gosaukamm and surrounded by rolling green pastures, the idyllic alm huts are splendid destinations in their own right. It’s far too tempting to settle into Oberhofalm for a hearty Austrian meal. However, beautiful as it is, Hofalmen are just the beginning of many hiking options into the Dachstein mountains and higher alpine pastures. So, save the meal for after.
Hike to Hofpürglhütte
Hofpürglhütte (1705 m) is a mountain hut located beneath the Bishofsmütze twin peaks. The trail to the hut begins at Unterhofalm in Hofalmen. As you gain elevation, the Dachstein range seems to spread its wings like a butterfly. It takes 1 – 1.5 hours (2.2 km) to reach Hofpürglhütte. You can either head back down to Oberhofalmen, or extend the hike into a longer circuit in the direction of Kesselwand (1750 m), Rinderfeld (1760 m), and Sulzenhals (1824 m).
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Hike to Sulzenalmen
Sulzenalmen is another short day hike starting in Hofalmen in Filzmoos. It takes a mere one hour (2.2 km) to reach the huts of Sulzenalmen: Krahlehenhütte (the lower hut) and Wallehenhütte (the higher hut). The trail begins steeply but ultimately plateaus, revealing sensational views of the limestone Gosaukamm peaks. The last stretch of the trail crosses an enchanting pasture to the huts. Bell-wearing cattle seem to welcome you as you near your destination. You can eat lunch at either hut, but you’ll want to save room for dessert at…
Eat Kaiserschmarnn at Krahlehenhütte in Sulzenalmen
Kaiserschmarrn is one of Austria’s most beloved desserts. It’s essentially shredded pancakes topped with powder sugar and served with a side of apple or plum sauce. The Kaiserschmarrn at both Krahlehenhütte and Wallehenhütte were sensational. Yes, we ate two. However, if Krahlenhütte is serving a Kaiserschmarrn special with wild berries – don’t miss it. Don’t forget to order a homemade Schnapps after.
Almsee is a small lake that you can walk to from Hofalmen (10 min walk). Whether you’re looking for a peaceful reading spot, a place to soak your tired feet, or a nice photo, Almsee is waiting for you.
Where to Stay in Filzmoos
Budget | Alpenhotel Wurzer is a top-rated family-owned hotel. With its welcoming atmosphere, excellent food, and perfect location, Wurzer is a top choice in Filzmoos. Breakfast is included.
Mid-Range | meiZeit Lodge is a modern hotel with excellent amenities. Guests have access to a Fit & Well area with a sauna infrared cabin, relax area and fitness lounge. In the late afternoon, you can treat yourself to a complimentary selection of homemade pies and cakes. Breakfast is included.
Luxury | Relais & Chateaux Das Maier (Hubertus) is the finest hotel in Filzmoos. From its fine dining restaurant by star chef Johanna Maier to its wellness facilities, Hotel Hubertus is our number one choice for culinary travelers.
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