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Hike from Austria’s Bohemian Forest to the Carnic Alps – Ruperti Trail

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Hike from Austria’s Bohemian Forest to the Carnic Alps – Ruperti Trail

Hiking Collection by Tamara

26-59

days

3-6 h

/ day

331 mi

63,400 ft

61,600 ft

Leading 27 stages from the Bohemian Forest on the Czech border to the Carnic Alps on the Italian border, the Ruperti Trail (Rupertiweg) is a long-distance hike that is full of superlatives. Over 520 kilometres (323 mi), you cross the provinces of Upper Austria, Salzburg and Carinthia in Austria and hike a short section in Germany. The route, also known as the ‘Austria Long Distance Trail 10’, has connected the towns of Bärenstein and Nassfeld since 1979.

The rolling hills of the Hausruck region and Kobernaußer forest characterise the first stages as you hike through a colourful cultural landscape with village and farms. In Oberkappel town, you choose between the Innviertelweg trail and the alternative Inn-Salzach-Uferweg route. In this Collection, I’ll guide you along the second option. The two trails merge again in Ostermiething municipality.

A cultural highlight on this adventure in this beautiful city of Salzburg, which you visit on stage 11. After this, the route becomes alpine: you climb the Untersberg and cross the border to Bavaria shortly after. Many highlights await you in the beautiful Berchtesgadener Land, such as the famous Königssee lake. Back on Austrian soil, you hike across the Steinerne Meer karst plateau with its rugged peaks, before reaching the Pinzgau and the Hohe Tauern National Park.

On stage 20 of the Ruperti Trail, you move from the province of Salzburg to Carinthia. The section along the Reißeck high-altitude trail takes you up to 2,800 metres (9,186 ft) so surefootedness and a head for heights are sometimes needed. The trail continues southward via the Drau Valley until you reach the eastern Carnic Alps and the official end point of the Ruperti Trail, Nassfeld.

Between the rustic huts where you spend many nights, lie wide alpine meadows, fascinating peaks and verdant valleys. The ascents of the Kitzloch and Garnitzenklamm peaks on stage 17 and the last day respectively are also spectacular. The daily stages are sometimes long and can include more than 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) of ascent and descent. They demand a lot from you. Make sure you have the appropriate fitness level and equipment for the alpine sections. Some stages end in places with a range of accommodation and others finish at specific huts – make sure you book in advance.

If you travel to the starting point by car, park in Grünwald and hike to Bärenstein, the official starting point of the Ruperti Trail. Alternatively, you can arrive by train and set off from Aigen-Schlägl. You can catch a bus from Nassfeld at the end. For more information, see: nassfeld.at/en/Service/Anreise-Mobilitaet. If you want to split the trail rather than hike it all in one go, you can find train stations in Mattighofen, Salzburg, Berchtesgaden, Bad Hofgastein, Spittal an der Drau, and elsewhere. I hope you have a great time on the Ruperti Trail.

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Rupertiweg – Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 10

323 mi

62,000 ft

60,450 ft

Last updated: December 29, 2021

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  • Intermediate
    04:58
    10.1 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,225 ft
    2,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The long-distance hiking trail starts in the Bohemian Forest in the north of Upper Austria. From the official starting point, the Bärenstein, you can enjoy a wide view over the Mühlviertel to the Moldau reservoir in the Czech Republic. From there it goes down to the Michaelsquelle, where a Kneipp pool

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  • Difficult
    08:47
    18.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,325 ft
    3,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Peilstein in the Mühlviertel you initially hike southwards out of the village to climb a hill. At Eschernhof you have a great view and you pass typical Upper Austrian hamlets through the colorful cultural landscape. You reach the highest point of this day on the 941 meter high Ameisberg. From the

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  • Difficult
    07:49
    17.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,125 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of the third stage you cross the legendary Danube and change to the Innviertel - the most beautiful district in Upper Austria. I'm definitely not writing that because I grew up here. From the banks of the Danube you immediately climb up to the castle ruins of Harchheim, from which you

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  • Difficult
    08:34
    19.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can shorten this 31-kilometer stage if necessary and take the train from Andorf to Riedau or Kumpfmühl. This saves you a good half of today's route. However, if your legs are fit, then you leave Andorf on foot and follow the Pram to the southeast.

    

    Sometimes on this side, sometimes across the river

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  • Intermediate
    04:59
    10.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After a night in Haag am Hausruck, it goes straight back up to the Luisenhöhe. Once at the top, a wide panorama opens up over the Hausruckwald on the Landblick viewing platform. If that wasn't enough for you, you can walk up to the 35 meter high Luisenwarte a few minutes later. At the same height, you

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  • Difficult
    09:48
    21.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Ampflwang it goes back to the official route of the Rupertiweg. You hike on winding paths through the extensive Kobernaußerwald. After a total of twelve kilometers you leave the forest and a little later you will reach the first stop on the sixth stage: In the Schmiedwirt you can strengthen yourself

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  • Intermediate
    02:59
    6.61 mi
    2.2 mph
    575 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The long sixth stage is balanced by this short daily route with enough time for relaxation in Mattighofen. After a hearty breakfast, it is worth visiting the impressive pilgrimage church or the nearby farmer's museum in Sollach.

    

    Then you leave Maria Schmolln southwards and cross the small Moosbach. This

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  • Difficult
    08:01
    18.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With around 29 kilometers, this stage also demands a lot from your feet. It starts in Mattighofen, which you leave to the south. At Pfaffstädt you cross the Mattig and then hike over a wooded hill. This is followed by a section through a colorful cultural landscape near the border with the state of Salzburg

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  • Difficult
    06:37
    16.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The ninth stage starts in Holzöster with a view of the picturesque lake. Past fields and meadows, you hike west to Ostermiething. In the village you will find shopping and dining options before heading to the banks of the Salzach. The river forms the border between Austria and Germany and accompanies

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  • Difficult
    09:07
    19.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Depending on where you stayed, you start in Laufen or Oberndorf. At the beginning of the tenth stage you hike to the Kalvarienberg chapel and then leave the valley of the Salzach towards the northeast. You reach Nußdorf am Haunsberg - from here the Rupertiweg begins to climb properly, because it takes

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    9.38 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Maria Plain on the scenic Plainberg, the Rupertiweg leads you back to the banks of the Salzach at the beginning of the eleventh stage. Following the river, you will reach the wonderful city of Salzburg. Several footbridges lead over the Salzach - so you can choose which bank you want to walk along

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  • Difficult
    06:43
    7.89 mi
    1.2 mph
    5,300 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today the first alpine stage of the Rupertiweg with an altitude of 1,600 meters is on the program. The “Die Pflegerbrücke” inn is the starting point and from there it goes first to Glanegg. Then you make up the first meters of the day on the Reitsteig. You zigzag up in the forest to the Zeppezauerhaus

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    7.64 mi
    1.7 mph
    100 ft
    4,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The vertical meters that you covered the day before, you will descend again today. The day begins with an impressive panorama at the Stöhrhaus and from there you hike past the midday hole to the west. In countless serpentines you follow the Stöhrweg downhill and after four kilometers you dive into the

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  • Difficult
    08:01
    14.0 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,825 ft
    325 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    After a night in Berchtesgaden you go to the bank of the Königsseer Ache, which you follow southwards. You change sides several times and enjoy different views of the turquoise river and the surrounding Bavarian mountains. After six flat kilometers you will reach the famous Königssee, which couldn't

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  • Difficult
    05:58
    8.73 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,875 ft
    4,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this stage you can expect again grandiose summit views and the change back to Austria. Starting at the Kärlingerhaus, you walk to the small Funtensee. A few steps further you cross the national border and then wander through the fascinating landscape of the Stone Sea. The surrounding peaks are pointed

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  • Difficult
    07:30
    13.3 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,900 ft
    4,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it goes from the valley of the Urslau Ache into the valley of the Salzach - in between there are of course a few meters of altitude that promise wide views over the Alps. From Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer, it starts off crisply up to the Grießbachalm. A first stop can't hurt, because it's still

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    6.32 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,175 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With a length of ten kilometers, this stage is one of the shortest on the Rupertiweg - so today you can sleep in. You leave Taxenbach south and cross the rushing Salzach. At Gasthaus Kitzloch you turn right and hike through the spectacular Kitzloch Gorge. On wooden walkways and over bridges you make

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  • Difficult
    08:02
    13.1 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today it goes up again and you can look forward to idyllic alpine pastures. Rauris is the starting point of the 18th stage and from there you hike uphill in the forest. The Rupertiweg leads you along the small Goldbach and after three kilometers you change from the forest to an open alpine landscape

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  • Difficult
    10:48
    15.0 mi
    1.4 mph
    7,500 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Depending on where you spent the night, you start in Bad Hofgastein or Anger. The 19th stage is the most demanding of the Rupertiweg. You can take the bus to the Angertal ski center - this saves you the first few meters. From the ski center you hike up to the Schattbachalm on shady forest paths. In the

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    7.35 mi
    2.0 mph
    0 ft
    4,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage starts at the Hagener Hütte with a view of the mighty peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park. After a delicious breakfast, the Rupertiweg takes you down to the Tauernkreuz. Accompanied by the rush of the Tauernbach, it continues down the green slopes downhill.

    

    At the uncultivated Jamnigalm

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    27
  • Distance
    331 mi
  • Duration
    177:41 h
  • Elevation
    63,400 ft61,600 ft

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