Harsh rock faces amidst cotton-candy clouds. Steep walls that make you face your personal limits. Once in a while, you’ll see a bird circling through the air. Conquering mountains and exploring Alpine nature has fascinated people since the dawn of days.
But especially now, in these fast-paced times, many people are looking for activities in nature and their own personal summit joy. And they’re bound to find it on the 2,941-metres-tall Hochkönig. Because this impressive mountain boasts a variety of diverse routes and ascents for hobby summiteers and experienced mountain pros. Follow the call of the mountains and get a taste of summit joy!
The most famous ascent is the one from Arthurhaus to Matrashaus at 2,941 metres above sea level. Sure-footed mountain enthusiasts who aren’t afraid of heights should give the alpine version via the Teufelslöcher rock formations a try. Beautiful routes also lead up to Taghaube at 2,159 metres, Riemannhaus at 2,177 metres, Hundstein at 2,117 metres, or Klingspitz at 1,988 metres.
On Hochkönig, you can climb along several fixed-rope routes on impressive rock faces. The newly renovated Selbhorn-Herzogsteig via ferrata, for instance, leads you to the famous rock formation of the Schlafende Jungfrau ("sleeping virgin") in the Steinernes Meer mountain range. On the south side, at the foot of the Steinernes Meer, the Persailhorn via ferrata awaits mountaineers. True mountain sports enthusiasts might dare to take the Grandlspitz via ferrata – but mind you: The short ascent is quite challenging.
One of the longest and most difficult via ferratas in Salzburg winds its way around the Hochkönig: the Königsjodler via ferrata. 1,700 metres of distance and 900 metres of elevation gain must be mastered. The route leads along the edge of the ridge, past gorges, and sometimes through very narrow passages that require a lot of strength. The brave ones conquer the Teufelshörner mountains, the Kummetstein, and shortly afterwards end up on Hoher Kopf.
The Hochkönig still seems a little too daunting for you? No problem – the region also has excellent practice facilities. The Livingroom in Mühlbach, for instance, has two bouldering rooms available for climbing beginners. Try smaller and bigger climbs and prepare for the real mountains!
The Alpin Park Dienten is also a popular training facility for children, youths, and adults. The Kinderfunpark was specifically developed for young mountain enthusiasts. A climbing rock with a children's via ferrata, sport climbing tours at the dam, a rope bridge and a rope garden, a climbing web, slacklines, and a picnic area with water playground are waiting to be discovered.
If you don't want to venture into the mountains all by yourself, you can explore them with a state-certified mountain guide. Mountaineering, climbing, or hiking: The professionals will be right at your side and there to help you, share their personal mountain stories with you, and accompany you all the way to the top.
Alpinskischule Maria Alm
Tel: +43 664 44 11 206
Tel: +43 676 86 86 02 28