During our road trip through Europe last summer, Alex and I decided to stop by the famous mountain, Stubnerkogel, before heading towards Lake Bled in Slovenia. It showed that Stubnerkogel in Bad Gastein isn’t only a legendary mountain for skiing, it’s also a perfect place for fun summer activities!
Imagine lush nature, fresh air, fantastic views of all Austria’s mountain peaks, and both cows and horses that curiously come up to you to say hi.
I must say, as a proud worshiper of nature, that this was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.
Here’s your ultimate guide to Stubnerkogel:
How to get there
There are three ways to get up to the top of Stubnerkogel. Either you hike, go by cable car, or go by both cable car and walk for a while. My favorite way to get there is option number 2 – you get to see the beautiful views from the cable car and also some exercise!
1. You hike all the way up
Option number one is one way to go if you’re in good health. The hike is long, and you’re walking uphill, so you have to have worked on your cardio and be prepared with both hiking equipment, food, and water.
2. You ride with the cable car to the middle station and hike from there
You’ll find the cable car in Bad Gastein. One of the best ways to get up to Stubnerkogel is option number two. By this option, you get nice cable car ride with fantastic views and also a lovely, but not too long, hike through the lush nature up to the summit of Stubnerkogel.
3. You travel all the way to the top with the cable car
If you’re not in good health, or if you’re just lazy, then option number three is perfect for you. With this option, you can ride all the way up to the mountain and enjoy the views from the cable car. But if you want some exercise and a nice walk, then you can always walk down from the top station to the middle station and take the cable car back down from there.
Things to do
Walk across Europe’s highest suspension bridge
It’s not only the views and scenery that makes you breathless, but it’s also Europé’s highest suspension bridge that makes your jaw drop. A 140-meter long suspension bridge that gently sways in the wind. If you’re brave enough, make sure to cross the bridge until you reach ”Glocknerblick” which will reward you with one of the best views of Austria’s highest mountain, Grossglockner.
Then you might wonder, isn’t it dangerous to cross the bridge?
Well, if you’re terrified of highs then this might not be the best idea since you don’t want to faint on that bridge. The bridge can sway in the wind, and it’s transparent, so it looks much scarier than what it actually is. Myself, I’m afraid of heights and walking across this bridge was okay for me.
Except that the bridge might be “dangerous” for the faint-hearted, it’s not dangerous at all. The bridge is safe to cross and can withstand wind up to 200 km/h with its support by wind cables!
Walk the Rock Trail
The Rock Trail of Stubnerkogel starts and ends by the terminal of the Stubnerkogel lift. The trail begins around 400 meters south of the lift and is a steel constructed walkway that hangs directly from the cliffs of the Stubnerkogel Mountain. This trail will lead you through areas that are very steep, over a 16-meter long suspension bridge, and all the way to a beautiful lookout point. From the lookout point you can enjoy lovely views of the country, and from there, it’s only a short walk back to where you started your hike.
Get up to the summit of Stubnerkogel and enjoy fantastic views of Bad Gastein and the surrounding mountains. From here, it’s possible to see the highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner. To reach this platform, you have to cross the 140-meter long suspension bridge. This can be done during both winter and summer!
Visit the Fun Center
If you’re traveling with your kids, then the fun center of Stubnerkogel is something for you. This 250m² fun center lies by the lift station and offers lots of fun for the whole family. There’s free wifi, a ball pool, a climbing garden, table football and lots of more fun!
It’s free to visit the Fun Center.
Say hello to the locals of Stubnerkogel
Although no people are living up at the mountain, there’s still a couple of horses and cows that like to hang out there. These kind animals love to say hello to visitors and are more than happy to say hello if you have a tuft of grass in your hand.
Just make sure to be careful when approaching the animals, since they can be scared if you’re talking too loud or approaching them way too fast. You don’t want to get kicked by a horse or a cow, so make sure to be careful and nice towards these animals!
Price & Opening hours for the Stubnerkogel lift
The lift operates daily from the 21st of May to the 16th of October. It’s running from 08:30 am to 12:00 pm, and from 01:00 pm onwards.
Standard Rate for Section 1 & 2
These are the standard prices for riding the lift two sections, all the way up to the top and all the way down the mountain.
- Adults (ascent & descent): 24 euros
- Adults (ascent): 21.50 euros
- Adults (descent): 13 euros
- Children (ascent & descent): 11 euros
- Children (ascent): 11 euros
- Children (descent): 6.50 euros
Standard Rate for Section 1
These are the standard prices for riding the lift only one section. This cost less and when jumping off the first section, you have to walk the rest of the way up to the top. It’s a lovely walk where you can enjoy excellent views and say hello to cows and horses along the way.
- Adults (ascent & descent): 17 euros
- Adults (ascent): 14.50 euros
- Adults (descent): 8 euros
- Children (ascent & descent): 8.50 euros
- Children (ascent): 7 euros
- Children (descent): 4 euros
Here’s a map of the Stubnerkogel mountain in Austria. I’ve marked the suspension bridge so you easily can find your way to the mountain!