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Summit hikes on the legendary Untersberg mountain

Niklas Siemens

Summit hikes on the legendary Untersberg mountain

Hiking Collection by Grödig bei Salzburg

11

Tours

44:15 h

53.5 mi

35,625 ft



The huge Untersberg mountain rises above the Salzburg basin like a silent guard. The northernmost peak of the Berchtesgaden Alps rises almost 1,400 metres (4,500 feet) above the surrounding plains and its countless caves, grottoes and rocky peaks have always inspired people's imagination. The folk tales tell of giants on the peaks, dwarfs in the caves, wild women in dense forests and fairies in the Almbach gorge. The greatest legend, however, is about the Austrian emperor Charles I. Emperor Charles, the father of Europe, did not die but withdrew once with his royal household into the huge caves of the Untersberg. There he rests until he steps forth with his faithful companions to defeat the Antichrist in his final battle.

Today, you can explore the Untersberg on numerous hiking trails. Signposted routes lead you to its panoramic peaks, while Alpine pastures and mountain huts invite you in for a cozy snack.

For an especially comfortable trip, consider taking the Untersbergbahn up to the Geierseck. That way, you'll definitely have the energy to explore the legendary mountain. After you have enjoyed the unique panoramic view from one of the peaks, the descent via the signposted paths is all the easier.

The summit hikes described here can of course also be enjoyed in the opposite direction. This way, you can put together a personal ascent and descent according to your own wishes. And if you want to spend several days on the mighty mountain, you can even add the hike over the Untersberg massif or the hike across the Mittelberg plateau.

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  • Difficult
    03:48
    2.92 mi
    0.8 mph
    4,275 ft
    0 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Reitsteig is considered the easiest ascent to the Geiereck summit. You start in Glanegg at the Wanderparkplatz next to the former Inn Rositten. On the red marked trail you hike through a dense forest in the direction of Zeppezauerhaus. The path is steadily increasing, but is excellently developed

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  • Difficult
    04:26
    3.49 mi
    0.8 mph
    4,275 ft
    0 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Doppler Trail is the more adventurous climb to the Geiereck. The starting point is the hiking car park in Glanegg. From there you walk along the Rostittenbach up into the Rosittental.

    

    At first, the path is not very steep, but then rises more and more. When you reach the tree line, the mighty wall

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  • Difficult
    03:21
    4.02 mi
    1.2 mph
    3,400 ft
    0 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Schellenberger Ice Cave is the largest ice cave in Germany and a visit to the mighty cave with its shimmering blue and ancient ice is a breathtaking experience.

    

    From the hiking car park Eishöhle north of Marktschellenberg, a well-developed mountain hiking trail leads you upwards through an extensive

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  • Difficult
    04:50
    7.32 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,375 ft
    75 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Several hiking trails lead to the Berchtesgadener Hochthron, the classic ascent is on the Stöhrweg from Berchtesgaden. With a climb of over 1,300 meters you should have good condition, otherwise the mountain trail is good to commit.

    

    The tour starts in Berchtesgaden and you wander past the nature park

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  • Difficult
    02:07
    2.21 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Klingersteig up to the Klingeralm is a real insider tip among the tours on Untersberg.

    

    You start north of the massif at the Wanderparkplatz next to the Gasthaus Latschenwirt. The Klingersteig is signposted and after you can take a last free look at the rock walls, it goes through a dense forest steadily

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  • Difficult
    05:28
    6.90 mi
    1.3 mph
    4,825 ft
    275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The climb with the detour to the Almbachklamm is indeed the steepest, but also the most varied summit tour to the Berchtesgadener Hochthron.

    

    The starting point can be reached by car or by bus 840 from Berchtesgaden or Grödig. You start at the hiking car park Almbachklamm and then wander into the impressive

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  • Difficult
    03:41
    4.77 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,600 ft
    75 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you plan the summit ascent from Hintergern, you expect about 200 altitude difference less to the summit of the Berchtesgadener Hochthrons than on the other ascent routes.

    

    You start in Hintergern, that you can reach either by bus 837 from Berchtesgaden or by car. The path initially leads over idyllic

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  • Difficult
    03:44
    3.83 mi
    1.0 mph
    4,025 ft
    50 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The ascent from the small village of Winkl is considered the easiest route to the summit of the Berchtesgadener Hochthrons. Although you still expect a climb over 1,200 meters in altitude, the path over the entire route is easy to walk around and presents you with no technical difficulties.

    

    The tour starts

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  • Difficult
    03:47
    4.28 mi
    1.1 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this varied mountain trail you climb to high peaks, wander over narrow mountain paths and visit the unique Schellenberg ice cave. The tour leads partly on exposed and steep paths: Sturdy shoes, freedom from giddiness and surefootedness are mandatory here.

    

    You start your tour directly at the mountain

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    3.92 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,225 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the promising mountain tour you hike from the Geiereck in the north over the eastern ridge of the Untersberg massif to the mighty Berchtesgadener Hochthron.

    

    Starting from the Zeppezauerhaus, you soon reached the summit of the Geiereck. From there, a comfortable hiking trail leads to the Salzburg Hochthron

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  • Difficult
    05:57
    9.83 mi
    1.6 mph
    750 ft
    5,075 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The demanding crossing of the Mittelbergsplateau is the Königstour am Untersberg and especially suitable for experienced hikers.

    

    You start your tour at the mountain station of the Untersbergbahn. Alternatively, you can climb up to the Zeppezauerhaus the day before and stay overnight there.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    53.5 mi
  • Duration
    44:15 h
  • Elevation
    35,625 ft

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