The Höhenweg continues past the Cafe Hubertus, where we normally stop for refreshments. The reindeer fur in our apartment is from the little shop next to the cafe. After a short while, the trail arrives at the entrance to the valley Kötschachtal.
Turn left towards the Hotel Grünen Baum and from there take the bus back to Bad Hofgastein. Make sure to have your Gastein Card as you'll pay half the fare.
Officially, the trail takes 2.5 hours from Bad Hofgastein to Bad Gastein, but it took us much longer. There were lots of attractions along the way for our kids, like the funny mountain toilets, the water mills, the dark tunnels through the Schlucht, crossing little wooden bridges and the grassy pastures.
The Höhenweg is a panorama walking trail and one of the areas best known walks. Beginning behind the church in Bad Hofgastein, walk past the garden centre and turn immediately left alongside the cemetery. The walk is initially quite steep but soon flattens out.
The route takes you past the Cafe Gamskar and the Cafe Sonnhof to the restored 'Rauchbergmühle' water mill. From there the trail leads to the 'Gadauner Schlucht' a tunnel through the mountain. For a shorter walk, here you can walk down the mountain to Gadauern and catch a bus or walk along the river back to Bad Hofgastein.