Upper Austria has many wonderful sides. From the hilly Mühlviertel to the picturesque Salzkammergut and the stark Tote Gebirge, the province offers its visitors truly diverse landscapes and natural beauty. With the cultural city of Linz and its many castles, it also has a lot to offer to art, history and culture fans. With this Collection, I introduce the hiking potential of the province, as we set off on the Upper Austrian part of the Salt Trail.
On old paths that were important in Roman times – especially for transporting salt – the Salt Trail leads through the mountainous side of Styria. Opened in 1983, the entire long-distance trail now runs from the Mühlviertel in Upper Austria to the Wurzen Pass on the border with Slovenia, in other words: right across Austria.
In this Collection, I take you across the section that leads through Upper Austria. Starting from Bad Leonfelden in the Upper Mühlviertel, you hike seven stages through Linz, Steinbach an der Steyr and over the mountainous Hinterstoder to the Hochmölbinghütte on the "eastern edge" of the Tote Gebirge. You can follow my suggested stages or choose your own. Just remember, proper planning is the be-all and end-all for these kind of long-distance trails.
At the end of each stage you can spend the night in a hut or in a village. In either case I recommend you secure your bed in advance. Bad Leonfelden, the starting point, is easily reached by public transport. From the end point, the Hochmölbinghütte, you can descend to Liezen in about three hours, from where you can leave again by public transport.
As mentioned, this is only the Upper Austrian section of the Salt Trail. The complete long-distance trail also leads through the two federal states of Carinthia and Styria. If you want to find out more and maybe even walk the entire trail, check out these two Collections: komoot.com/collection/1807568 and komoot.com/collection/1804191.
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Last updated: October 18, 2022
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Stage 1 of the Salzsteigweg takes you from Bad Leonfelden to Oberneukirchen. Beautiful views await you from the Sternstein of the wonderfully hilly landscape of the Upper Austrian Mühlviertel, but also lush meadows and magical forests. The perfect start to your hiking adventure!
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Stage 2 of the Salzsteigweg leads from Oberneukirchen in the Mühlviertel to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. You will hike through the hilly Mühlviertel, discover old ruins and enchanting forests.
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Stage 3 of the Salzsteigweg takes you from the Upper Austrian capital Linz to Sierning, very close to the Steyr. A relatively urban section of the long-distance trail, which has a few urban highlights in store for you.
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It's getting more rural again on the Upper Austrian Salzsteigweg: The fourth stage takes you from Sierning to Steinbach an der Steyr. A comparatively short section of the long-distance hiking trail that has a lot of fertile nature in store for you.
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Stage 5 of the Salzsteigweg leads you into the Upper Austrian Prealps for the first time: From Steinbach an der Steyr you hike over the 1,020 meter high Kruckenbrettl to the Grünburgerhütte. You then reach your destination, Frauenstein, via Molln. Still at your side: the Steyr.
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It remains mountainous, or rather you come close to the Alps for the first time on the sixth stage of the Salzsteigweg. From Frauenstein, this section takes you in the direction of the Dead Mountains.
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It goes up again on the last stage of the Upper Austrian Salzsteigweg section: By crossing the Türkenkarscharte you hike today from Hinterstoder to the Hochmölbinghütte and thus enter Styrian territory for the first time.
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