Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Lake Hintersee in the Felber valley

Picturesque mountain lake at the foot of the main Tauern ridge

Picturesquely nestled between steep rock faces, you will find Hintersee (Hintersee lake) at 1,313 m. The mountain lake was formed in 1495 as the result of a massive rockslide. Measuring approx. 550 m in length and up to 10 m deep, it is the largest of the Mittersill lakes. Its water is so clear that you can see the bottom of the lake. Great views of the Schleierwasserfall (Schleier waterfall), 80 metres in height. Located to the south of the lake is the Tauernkogel mountain (2,989 m), a well-known panoramic mountain. A trip to the Schösswend gorge or the forest themed trail right next to Hintersee is also worthwhile.

Hintersee and its beautiful surroundings with forest land, Alpine pastures and cliffs furrowed by rock falls were declared a natural monument by the Provincial Government of Salzburg in 1933.

  • Trail description:

    A nature trail with 10 display boards on the north bank of Hintersee illustrates the natural history features of the section of the valley. The circular route takes visitors past spruce trees overturned by the wind on the lake shore. Going uphill slightly, the trail continues onto the scree originating from the rockslide and now used as pasture land. Families with young children can reach Hintersee by car too.


    Starting point:      

    Hintersee car park, municipality of Mittersill

    Opening times:       

    May until autumn

    Refreshment points:        

    Gamsblick restaurant

    Hike length / walking time / metres of climbing:

    4 km / 2h / 50 m (there and back)


    Hohe Tauern National Park - Salzburg

    Gerlosstraße 18, 5730 Mittersill


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