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The most beautiful corners of Salzburg – Salzburger Almenweg in 31 stages

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The most beautiful corners of Salzburg – Salzburger Almenweg in 31 stages

Hiking Collection by Valerie

31

Tours

139:09 h

217 mi

61,475 ft

Turn your back on civilization, everyday life, and your to-do list for a moment. Hike out into untouched nature and the mighty mountain world of Salzburg for a day, a week, or even longer. You can find endless places to let off steam and burn off your energy. Today, I present my beloved home from its more rustic side – let’s head to the Salzburger Almenweg!

350 kilometers (217 miles), just under 19,000 metres of altitude (62,350 feet), three weeks in beautiful nature and the charming villages of the Salzburg region. Sounds like quite the adventure, right? For us Salzburgers, no hike is complete without a rustic hut, of course. You can take a break, feast, and enjoy the view. You can even stretch your sore calves in a warm bed for the night. That’s exactly what the Almenweg is all about.

Of all the Austrian provinces, Salzburger Land has the greatest density of alpine pastures. You can find around 550 huts here that spoil hikers with regional delicacies. This trail leads past a large number of these wonderful places where you can stop off for refreshments.

First, you hike from Pfarrwerfen am Tennengebirge in the direction of the Hochkönig mountains. From the Salzburg Sun Terrace, you then walk to the towns of Gastein, Großarl, and Hüttschlag and on to the Salzburger Sport World as well as Zauchensee, Flachau, Wagrain towns. You collect your last hiking pins in Filzmoos and St. Martin am Tennengebirge before heading back to the starting point in Pfarrwerfen. You receive the bronze gentian for one stage of the Almenweg as the individual sections can also make wonderful day trips. After five stages, you earn silver and after 10, gold. Mountain experts who complete all 31 stages get the diamond gentian.

If all this talk of meadows is getting too much of you, then start packing. A backpack with plenty of spare clothing layers is a must, as well as appropriate footwear that can withstand three weeks of walking. I’ve provided tips on how to divide the Tour in the respective descriptions and I also let you know where you can spend the night if the stage doesn’t end in a town. I hope you learn to love my homeland on the road as much as I do!

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Salzburger Almenweg

210 mi

60,575 ft

60,550 ft

Last updated: January 27, 2022

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  • Difficult
    04:59
    7.37 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,725 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    As you can probably imagine, there are many ways to get on the Salzburger Almenweg, shorten it or vary it according to your mood. The official variant starts at the Pfarrwerfen train station. You cross the Salzach and start to hike uphill on a steep goods path. First you march through the Höllntal, then

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  • Difficult
    03:42
    7.35 mi
    2.0 mph
    875 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today you can expect a wonderful tour and the Hochkönig as your constant companion. From Arthurhaus you march along the southern flank of the giant in a westerly direction. You will pass several springs with drinkable water for your bottle and numerous rustic huts to stop off at.

    

    After about three and

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  • Intermediate
    02:35
    3.00 mi
    1.2 mph
    1,850 ft
    25 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Depending on where you spent the night, or whether you might even just start at this point on the Almenweg, today's stage begins either at the Erichhütte or a little further down on the idyllic Dientner Sattel. First a little downhill to the Dientalm, then steadily uphill through the forest, the hiking

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  • Difficult
    03:16
    5.03 mi
    1.5 mph
    675 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fourth stage of the Salzburger Almenweg begins at the Schneebergkreuz with its panoramic views and ends directly on the sun terrace of the inviting Meislsteinalm. If you've spent the night in Mühlbach, it's best to take the Mühlbacher Bergbahn to the Karbachalm and via the mountain rescue cross to

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    4.20 mi
    2.0 mph
    75 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fifth stage of the Salzburger Almenweg is manageable in terms of length. If you have decided at the end of stage 4 to hang on the few kilometers more down to the valley to the Hotel am Böndlsee, a considerable part of this stage will be omitted. The little bit down to Lend could be wonderfully added

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    3.68 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,575 ft
    0 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today you can expect a short but crisp tour up to the Drei-Waller-Kapelle. To do this, you first make your way out of the small village of Lend. You walk over the Salzach Bridge and further up the main road, under the main road and shortly afterwards left up to the Höhenwart.

    

    What follows is a relatively

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  • Difficult
    04:36
    5.53 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,525 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today is stage 7 and it starts again at the pretty Drei-Waller-Kapelle. If you have spent the night in the valley, you must first hike from Unterberg via the Sagenwanderweg and the Huberalm up here. Then you also get on the Salzburger Almenweg, which doesn't talk about the bush for a long time, but leads

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  • Difficult
    04:22
    6.90 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,225 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The eighth stage of the Salzburger Almenweg takes you deeper into the Gastein Valley. You hike from the Heinreichalm to the Biberalm for a good eleven kilometers. That means: if you stayed on the former. Otherwise, you can first follow the marked hiking trails up here. Then it’s off: First, a goods road

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  • Difficult
    04:06
    5.96 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,525 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 9 of the Salzburger Almenweg leads you from the Biberalm to the Schlossalm ski hotspot in Bad Hofgastein. So much can be revealed in advance: There is no shortage of huts along the way. When you wake up in the Biberalm, or have paved the way up here from the valley, you start to walk straight in

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  • Difficult
    04:16
    7.51 mi
    1.8 mph
    800 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    With stage 10 of the Salzburger Almenweg you can expect some downhill passages and lots of wonderful nature. If you haven't stayed overnight on the mountain, you can first “fly” you to the mountain station by gondola. Then you can start.

    

    Over the pasture area of the Schloss-Hochalm you march over to the

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    7.06 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,600 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Hopefully you've already taken an early bus to Angertal when you spent the night in Bad Hofgastein. Because today there are a good eleven kilometers and a few meters in altitude on the program. It goes from Angertal to Sportgastein. But look forward to it! The head of the Gastein Valley is a particularly

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  • Intermediate
    02:41
    5.91 mi
    2.2 mph
    50 ft
    1,675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The twelfth stage of the Salzburger Almenweg means well with you: Almost ten kilometers await you - it always goes downhill. At the same time you will experience one of the most beautiful sides of the Gastein Valley. It begins in the picturesque Sportgastein, continues on the natural route, dotted with

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  • Intermediate
    01:40
    3.16 mi
    1.9 mph
    525 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 13 begins in the charming heart of Bad Gastein, where you may even have spent the night. On a leisurely five kilometers and always along the "Franz Klammer running route", it leads you into the wonderful Kötschach valley.

    

    To do this, starting from the valley station of the Stubnerkogelbahn, you

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  • Difficult
    06:25
    8.90 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The last two stages turned out to be quite comfortable. And that's just as well. Because for stage 14 of the Salzburger Almenweg it goes high again. Over a total length of a good 14 kilometers, you leave the Gastein Valley behind you and hike over a gap to Hüttschlag. To do this, you first climb steadily

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  • Difficult
    07:19
    9.86 mi
    1.3 mph
    4,825 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 15 of the Salzburger Almenweg takes you through wonderful nature and impressive mountain worlds from Hüttschlag at the head of the Grossarl Valley to the glittering Tappenkarsee and then on to the Draugsteinalmen. The - quite a few - vertical meters that lie ahead of you will certainly make this

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  • Difficult
    03:33
    5.27 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today it's a bit more relaxed again - but you've earned it really hard after the last two stages. From your overnight accommodation in one of the two Draugsteinalmen you first climb a good 100 meters in altitude to the Almenweg and make your way along the southwest flank of the Draugstein to the Filzmoossattel

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  • Difficult
    05:26
    10.8 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,875 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A tour that is quite long at over 17 kilometers, but relatively easy to master thanks to its gentle ups and downs, awaits you in the course of stage 17 of the Salzburger Almenweg. Starting from your destination yesterday, you first hike over to the Hennerbichlalm, then a little steeper uphill to the

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    8.00 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,675 ft
    4,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    To be guided from stage 18 over to the wonderful Kleinarl, you first walk from your night quarters to the mountain station of the Grafenbergbahn. From here it's a short descent to the actual Almenweg and then relatively leisurely to the Auhofalm. But don't be fooled - the ascent to the Kitzstein (“fork

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  • Difficult
    05:52
    8.52 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,875 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fact that you woke up in an idyllic valley can only mean one thing: You can go up again - to the alpine meadows and peaks of the Salzburger Land. Stage 19 takes you a good 13 kilometers from Kleinarl to the Kogelalm or the mountain station of the "Flying Mozart". To do this, you leave the Kleinarl

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  • Intermediate
    03:18
    5.27 mi
    1.6 mph
    125 ft
    3,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After the efforts of the last few days, stage 20 means well to you again. It's steadily downhill for eight and a half kilometers. Until you are right in the middle of Flachau. It starts at the mountain station of the "Flying Mozart" cable car. For a large part through the ski area and past numerous refreshment

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    31
  • Distance
    217 mi
  • Duration
    139:09 h
  • Elevation
    61,475 ft

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