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Directions: The Alm river rises in a crystal clear lake, directly under the northern walls of the Totes Gebirge.
On its eastern shore one walks through riparian forests and reed bays, past brittle rock faces and springs that emerge below the lake level - rising bubbles betray them.
At Gasthof Jagersimmerl we follow the signs Almtaler Haus over the Almbrücke.
Immediately afterwards, a forest road (no.
404) branches off to the right, which leads through the hilly forest area next to the river into the valley.
Soon you continue on a hiking trail, ascend a little below the Brandberg and after a short descent you reach the Seeklause at the Schwarzenbrunn hunting lodge (bus stop).
Now we walk along the still narrow Almsee.
After 1 km the water surface becomes wider; the entire north face of the Totes Gebirge lies before us.
Past the fisherman's hut you reach the floodplain forest on the south bank, then turn right over two footbridges to the Seehaus.
Back on the same route (or by bus).Hetzau & ÖdseenFrom Jagersimmerl a 6 km long road leads to the Almtalerhaus, which can be used from early summer until the beginning of the hunting season in mid-September.
A rewarding circular walk leads from the refuge to the two Öd lakes (1.5 h).
Above the end of the Hetzau valley stands the Schermberg-Nordwand, which at 1300 m is one of the largest rock faces in the Alps.
To the right of it, a gigantic landslide occurred at the end of the last ice age (about 15,000 years ago): The demolition masses thundered over 12 km through the valley and also dammed up the Almsee.
Rest stops: Gasthof Jagersimmerl, Gasthof Seehaus and Gasthof Deutsches Haus am Almsee.