Crystal-clear mountain lakes, lush green meadows, cute marmots and picture-perfect blue skies – Austria is a paradise for hikers. If you spend your hiking holidays in this beautiful region, the AlpenParks Hotels & Residences are your perfect choice!
The most fascinating tours for your hiking holiday
If you’re planning a hiking holiday, look no further than the Salzburger Land region. The Austrian Alps offer great trails for families, outdoor enthusiasts and leisure mountaineers. The AlpenParks teams are true hiking experts eager to share their best tips with you.
The Hochkönig holiday region spans the Alpine villages of Mühlbach, Dienten and Maria Alm. The local AlpenParks Residences are surrounded by the most beautiful mountain peaks. Did you know? Guests of our apartments get to use the dorfj@t Natrun and the Schwarzeckalmbahn cable car for free!
The impressive 2,941-metre Hochkönig mountain range boasts around 300 hiking tours from great one-day tours to long-distance trails, theme trails and pilgrimage trails. Thanks to its lush vegetation, the Hochkönig is also a great choice for herbal hikes.
This 350-kilometre long-distance hike with 31 stages takes you through the most beautiful regions of the Salzburger Land and is a highlight for gourmets, fans of panoramic views and herb collectors. With its varied terrain, the tour offers great choices for all difficulty levels. For instance, if you spend your holiday in Maria Alm, you might like Stage Three, taking you from Dientner Sattel to Schneebergkreuz. This five-kilometre tour with an altitude difference of 650 metres rewards you with spectacular views of the Hochkönig!
If you’re looking for a longer hike, why not try the mountain pasture hike to the Klingspitz via the Reicheralm ? This hike takes five to six hours and covers a distance of 16.3 kilometres. It starts at the church of Dienten, taking you past Lettenalm up to Grinnköpfl and Marbachhöhe. After a couple of steeper passages, you reach the summit.
The Gastein Valley is not only home to some great AlpenParks Hotels & Residences, but also boasts numerous great hiking trails. Families, leisure hikers and ambitious mountaineers can choose from a wide range of tours around Dorfgastein, Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein.
You’re looking for a more relaxed tour? Why not take a walk along the Gasteiner Ache and other hiking trails of the 40-kilometre valley? If you’re aiming higher, you can hop on the cable cars of Gastein – or tackle the nearest mountain on foot.
The Gasteiner Höhenweg is the perfect choice for leisure hikers. Starting at the village centre of Bad Hofgastein, the trail is located about 100 metres above the valley, offering you particularly amazing panoramic views. It takes you along the Gadaunerer Gorge to the Kötschach Valley and from Bad Bruck along the Achen promenade to Bad Hofgastein. The 15.6-kilometre, four-hour tour offers four rest points serving mouth-watering local treats.
Experienced hikers love the Eleventh Stage of the Salzburger Almenweg, which starts in Bad Hofgastein. With an altitude difference of 1,100 metres, a length of ten kilometres and a finish point at 1,600 metres above sea level, the tour offers fantastic panoramic views. The trail starts in the Anger Valley and takes you along the Ruperti trail to the 2,233-metre Miesbichlscharte. Continue along the Bockhart reservoir to Sportgastein and take the bus back to your apartment from there.
This nine-kilometre trail starts directly at the Tourist Office of Bad Gastein. Pass by the awe-inspiring Gastein waterfalls and continue along Kaiser-Wilhelm-Promenade until you reach the Gasteiner Höhenweg and Radernweg. From there, head towards Golfpromenade and Wasserfallweg.
The splendid landscape surrounding the Kitzsteinhorn and Schmittenhöhe is a highlight for hikers from all over the world. Breathe in the crystal-clear mountain air, feel the freedom and sample some of the most delicious treats of the Pinzgau region during your hiking holiday in Zell am See-Kaprun. Another highlight for hikers? And because the area is so enchanting, no less than four AlpenParks sites have settled here:
- AlpenParks Hotel & Apartment Central Zell am See
- AlpenParks Residence Zell am See
- AlpenParks Chalet & Apartment AreitXpress
- AlpenParks Hotel & Apartment Orgler Kaprun
The Salzburger Land region is peppered with great hiking trails. For instance, Zell am See boasts a total of 144 routes for all skill levels! Our tip: If you feel like enjoying a bit of snow in summer, simply hop on the cable car to the Kitzsteinhorn. Salzburg’s unique glacier is an all-year attraction for snow lovers.
Looking down on the Salzburger Land region from the Höhenpromenade
This 17.5-kilometre tour takes about six and a half hours – and is worth every minute! The sunny Schmittenhöhe awaits hikers with lots of gourmet hotspots and great views. The big highlight: The 360-degree panoramic views of more than 30 3,000-metre peaks! The tour takes you along the Sonnalm to Sonnkogel, past various surprise stops and vantage points, until you reach the Salersbachköpfl and Gratsenke. The tour ends at the mountain station of Schmittenhöhebahn cable car, where you can find lots of inviting restaurants and huts.
Exploring the Maiskogel
The Maiskogel tour takes about three hours and a quarter and covers a distance of seven and a half kilometres. Follow the trail along the Almlift valley station until you reach the summit. The special thing about this tour: If you take Schaufelbergstraße up to the snack bar, it’s also suitable for pushchairs!
Climbing the Schönwieskopf via the Schwalbenwand
Experienced hikers enjoy this challenging tour starting in Thumersbach in Zell am See. Alternatively, you can start at Mitterberg mountain restaurant towards the Schwalbenwand. From there, the 13-kilometre tour takes about five hours. Fuel up on some delicious local snacks before taking the narrow forest path along the Schwalbenwand ridge and towards the Schönwieskopf. To get back down, we recommend the forest road along Schützingalm.
This 17.5-kilometer tour takes six and a half hours - for which it is particularly eventful! On the sunny Schmittenhöhe, hikers will find plenty of culinary meeting points and captivating vantage points. Special highlight: the 360-degree panorama over 30 three-thousand-meter peaks. The tour leads past the Sonnalm, the Sonnkogel, numerous surprise stops as well as viewing platforms, the Salersbachköpfl and the ridge depression. Finally, you will reach the mountain station of the Schmittenhöhebahn, where you will find inviting refreshment stops.
The duration of the Maiskogel tour is about three and a quarter hours for a distance of seven and a half kilometers. Along the goods road and past the valley station Almlift it goes higher and higher uphill until the summit is reached. The special thing about this tour: it can be easily done with a stroller via the Schaufelbergstraße to the snack station.
Very sporty hikers like to start the demanding tour directly from Thumersbach in Zell am See. But you can also hike from the Mitterberg mountain inn in the direction of Schwalbenwand. From there you will need about five hours (there and back) for the 13 kilometer long route. Briefly have a snack before the tour leads you to the narrow forest path. Along the ridge of the Schwalbenwand you continue to the Schönwieskopf. The descent is best done via the Schützingalm on a forest road.
The Ausseerland in the Styrian Salzkammergut offers a hiking and nature paradise of superlatives. Countless peaks, huts and crystal-clear (mountain) lakes await you here. The famous Altausseer Lake is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the Styrian Salzkammergut.
- Around the Altausseer Lake
- Hike to the peak Loser
- Hike to the Trisselwand
- Hike to the Blaa Alm