Bad Gastein is an Austrian spa and ski town in the High Tauern mountains south of Salzburg. It’s known for the belle epoque hotels and villas built on its steep, forested slopes. While the area of Bad Gastein has been inhabited and used for things like gold mining for over the years, it came into fashion as a spa town in the late 19th century because of its hot springs. Kings, queens, chancellors, and tsars all enjoyed the healing powers of Bad Gastein.
When planning day trips around the Salzburg area, I saw the pictures of the Stubnerkogel suspension bridge and a red platform with views of mountains around, and I was intrigued. As you probably already know, we love road trips and were going to be near the area since Mr.Suburbia wanted to tackle the High Alpine Road at the Grossglockner, so we added a visit to Bad Gastein to our Best of Alps Itinerary.
Stubnerkogel, a legendary mountain in Bad Gastein
We left early after breakfast in town and drove from Salzburg to Stubnerkogel lift station, parked and bought our Gondola tickets. It was a scenic drive that took about one and a half hours. The Stubnerkogel in Bad Gastein isn’t just a legendary mountain for skiing, there are many hiking trails and the views here are also absolutely magical.
The ride up the mountain was picturesque and once we got off the bright orange gondola, just a few steps were the hanging bridge. At 140 meters long and just one-meter wide bridge the suspension bridge was built as a swinging rope construction and leads directly from the terrace of the mountain restaurant to the transmitter station.
Only a wire mesh guard rail separates adventurous skywalkers from the 28-meter drop. Walking on the bridge was not that scary, just a few butterflies in the stomach. Although if you have a severe fear of heights then it might be an issue as you might get weak in the knees.
The bridge sways a little with the wind, a few adults gave up, while the kids seemed to enjoy walking fearlessly on the bridge. The views down the valley were pretty amazing since the bridge is transparent you can see all the way around.
We then walked up to the summit of the Stubnerkogel to enjoy breath-taking views of Bad Gastein below and the surrounding mountain peaks! The clouds were closing in as there was some rain in the forecast for later in the day, if not for the cloud veil you can see the peak of Großglockner – Austria’s highest mountain at a height of 3798 meters!
See photos from our drive up Grossglockner high Alpine road in Austria.
The viewing platform Glocknerblick is seven meters in diameter and mainly constructed out of steel and wood. The platform Glocknerblick is easily accessible by the 140 meters-long suspension bridge. If you don’t want to walk the suspension bridge, the platform is accessible by a nice walkway that gently climbs up through an alternate pathway.
There are wire-mesh fences around the platform that provide safety for all visitors, while the views of the surrounding mountain peaks are not obstructed.
The Rock Trail Stubnerkogel is designed as a walking loop starting and finishing close to the mountain terminal of the Stubnerkogel lift. It begins around 400 meters south of the lift station and leads to another lookout point similar to the Glocknerblick platform.
The trail leads through a series of areas of steep, craggy rocks to a striking lookout point at roughly the same elevation. From there a short hiking path completes the circuit back to the Stubnerkogel.
If walking on suspension bridges and rock trails is not your thing, there is still plenty to do in the Gastein valley. On the four mountains Stubnerkogel, Schlossalm, Graukogel, and Fulseck, there is a lot to see and experience. You can go on easy hikes, summit walks, and barefoot walks in crystal clear lakes.
Or simply stand still, breathe the mountain air, and feel refreshed and renewed. This place is a paradise for mountain lovers and perfect for a summer holiday in the Austrian Alps! Although we didn’t spend the night in the area, seeing families enjoying the outdoors biking and hiking had us wishing we did plan a few days here.
A barefoot walk along the beautiful Spiegelsee lake (or Mirror Lake) where the part of the bottom of the lake is adapted to walk for a refreshing massage, is on our list for next time along with a stay in the area of Bad Gastein, Dorfgastein or Bad Hofgastein.
More Information on how to get to Stubnerkogel suspension bridge
Address: Stubnerkogel 23, Bad Gastein 5640, Austria
If you are staying for more than a day, you can buy an Almorama Gastein Card that saves you money and gives you multi-day access to the mountains and activities. You can find more information on the winter and summer mountain adventures on their website.
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7 thoughts on “Stubnerkogel: Walking on the highest suspension bridge in Austria”
How amazing are the views! Love it! I wonder if it’s possible to hike up there with out getting a gondola ride? Would be such a rewarding view in the end!
Wow. What views! Would be interesting to have a compare and contrast piece on the same shots but in winter. Thanks for the new spot to check out.
What great views! We had never heard of the Stubnerkogel, so thanks for putting this on our radar. Thanks also for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard and #WeekendWanderlust!
Stunning landscapes! I’ve only been to Vienna and Salzburg, but this looks totally worth a visit. The suspension bridge looks fun – I don’t generally have problems with them, but I do hate it when people deliberately jump or stomp on them. (I have the same feelings about people who do so in elevators.) Pinned for later!
That’s so cool. I don’t usually have a problem with heights and this doesn’t look too bad. Thanks for linking up this week, #wkendtravelinspiration!
I haven’t been to Austria, but it is on my list. The mountains are stunning! Glad to hear the bridge is not too scary! Would love to do this when I finally make it to Austria. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.
Oh this is awesome!!! I just discovered that Germany HAD the longest suspension bridge in the world for a whopping couple of months, only to be outdone by the Swiss! I’d love to do this but the only time I ever have a fear of heights is while on bridges, especially if they swing or move in any way. Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!