Easy Hikes & Stunning Glacial Lakes In Austria’s Hohe Tauern National Park
When you have a chance to ride up to 2300 meters in a comfy cabin, and you also have a 10+ kg baby to carry, you are happy to take that cabin. That’s how we got to some stunning glacial lakes in the Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria. Because Austria offers incredible alpine beauty, and it’s often even made easily accessible. Like Weisssee Glacier World.
The name sounded like something we’d get obsessed with. And thanks to our Hohe Tauern card and its brochure, we quickly found out that it’s accessible by cable car, and even more, we get a free ride up and down with our card.
How to access Weisssee Glacier World?
The cable car starts from the small town of Enzingerboden. Of course, it’s possible to hike all the way up to the middle or the upper station of the cabin. We suspect though that few people take that trail, and most who do take it on their way down or from the upper station to the middle one like we did.
Rudolfshütte at the upper station is at 2300 meters, and we started our day there with a pretty view of Weisssee. We strolled along the lakeshore with Tomi in the carrier on Csaba’s back, adoring the flowers that were in full bloom in the beginning of August.
Peak views at Kalser Törl
From Weisssee we headed on an easy, scenic trail towards Kalser Törl. It was a 1.5 hours hike there and back to Weisssee, and it rewarded us with a breathtaking panorama of dramatic peaks and glacial lakes.
I mean, would you refuse a picnic spot with views like this?
The trail of 3 glacial lakes
After getting back to Weisssee, we started the other trail from there: the one with three lakes, the first one being the trailhead itself. We descended down a rocky path, looking up to all the giant peaks around us, enjoying the scene with the wildflowers, small ponds and grazing cows.
We stopped for another picnic at a grassy plateau above Tauernmoossee, the second (and largest) lake on the route that impressed us with its milky-turquoise color. We even made a short detour and walked to the lakeshore before continuing our hike down to the middle station and Grünsee. We took a quick stroll on its lakeshore, too, then headed to catch one of the last cabins.
The 6.5 kilometres hike from Weisssee to Grünsee took us about 2.5 hours (without counting the long rest stop), and it was quite easy since we hiked downwards. There were some steeper sections supported by iron chains where you need to be careful of your steps, but we found it fine even with a baby carrier.
Easily accessible wild beauties
All in all, we found this place a paradise. We know it’s only a small piece of majestic Hohe Tauern National Park, but if we had to make a postcard for the Austrian Alps, we’d use a picture from here. It’s so picturesque and colorful and fabulous wherever you look. Whether you’re on the search for easy, scenic hikes or long, challenging trails, you get what you want. And you always get those wonderful, wonderful views!
Well, and glacial lakes… You can’t find those at every corner on the street, and they are tempting enough, aren’t they?