Summit hikes on the legendary Untersberg mountain

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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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Tours & Highlights

  • Expert
    03:48
    4.70 km
    1.2 km/h
    1,300 m
    0 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required. The starting point of the Tour is right next to a parking lot.

    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. Especially the steeper passages lead over wooden or stone steps.At the mountain hut Zeppezauerhaus, the first grandiose view awaits you. After a well-deserved rest you climb the last part to the summit. The Geiereck is the northernmost peak of the Untersberg massif and offers you at a height of 1,806 meters a fantastic view.From the summit you can hike back to the starting point via the Reitsteig or the difficult Doppler trail. If you like it more comfortable, just take the cable car down to St. Leonhard and drive from there by bus to Glanegg.If the climb is too exhausting for you, you can just turn the tour around. Take the cable car from St. Leonhard to the Geiereck and after enjoying the view on the summit, go down the Reitsteig to Glanegg.Of course you can also spend the night in the Zeppezauerhaus and descend the next day or plan another tour on the summit plateau.

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  • Expert
    04:26
    5.61 km
    1.3 km/h
    1,310 m
    0 m
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required. The starting point of the Tour is right next to a parking lot.

    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 of the Untersberg builds up in front of you. About Serpentingen, wooden steps and stone stairs, it goes up steeply. At the top, you will find the riding path that leads you past the Zeppezauerhaus to the Geiereck.After a break at the Zeppezauerhaus or at the Hochalm, you can hike down to the starting point via the easier Reitsteig or back over the Dopplersteig. If the Doppler route has already satisfied your thirst for adventure today, you simply take the cable car down to St. Leonhard.The tour also lends itself as a start for a multi-day exploration of the Untersberg massif. After a night in the Zeppezauerhaus or in the Hochalm you can join more hikes.

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  • Expert
    03:21
    6.48 km
    1.9 km/h
    1,030 m
    0 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The starting point of the Tour is right next to a parking lot.

    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 forest area. The trail gets steeper over time, but is good to walk on. Just before the ice cave, you will reach the cozy Toni Lenz hut.After you have strengthened here, it goes in about 20 minutes below the rock walls to the cave entrance. The cave can be visited from the end of May to the end of October on a guided tour.After you've visited the cave, it's the same way back to the starting point. Alternatively, you can also ascend via the noon cliff to the summit plateau. The path leads you past the Salzburg Hochthron to the Untersbergbahn. With the cable car it goes down to St. Leonhard and with bus 840 back to the hiking car park Eishöhle.Alternatively, you can take the cable car to the Geiereck and hike in about 1.5 hours over the Mittagsscharte to the ice cave. Afterwards you climb over the Eishöhlenweg down into the valley and take bus 840 back to St. Leonhard.

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  • Expert
    04:50
    11.8 km
    2.4 km/h
    1,330 m
    30 m
    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 Aschauerweiher over wide meadows. So far, the path is flat, from here it rises steadily. First, the Stöhrweg winds through a vast forest and leads you under the peaks of Small and Big Rough Head over.Shortly thereafter, you will reach the tree line and continue climbing below the steep slopes with great views. Below the summit ridge, steep serpentines await you before you reach the Stöhrhaus. From there it is still about 30 minutes walk to the Berchtesgadener Hochthron.Afterwards you can descend on the same route or take the way down to Winkl or Hintergern. From Winkl you can take bus 841 back to Berchtesgaden and in Hintergern you can jump on bus 837.The tour is also suitable as an entry or conclusion of a multi-day tour of the Untersberg massif. After a night in the Stöhrhaus, you can continue the next day on the east ridge of the Untersberg to Geiereck. There the cable car takes you down to St. Leonhard or you spend one more night in the Zeppezauerhaus.

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  • Expert
    02:07
    3.56 km
    1.7 km/h
    910 m
    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 upwards.The Klingersteig crosses several times a forest road, the trail runs quaint, but well maintained right in the middle of the forest. From a clearing you have again a magnificent view of the foothills of the Alps and the Hochstaufen, before the trail meanders in steep serpentines to the Klingeralm. The small alpine hut stands on a picturesque high plateau and you have a fantastic view over the surrounding landscape.After a rest you walk the same way back to the starting point, where you can reward yourself in the Latschenwirt for your hike.

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  • Expert
    05:22
    10.9 km
    2.0 km/h
    1,460 m
    80 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The starting point of the Tour is right next to a parking lot.

    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, narrow gorge. From the gorge you climb a little way to the picturesque church of Maria Ettenberg. Here you have a particularly great view of the eastern wall of the Untersberg massif.From there it goes first over alpine meadows and then through a mountain forest steadily upwards. From the tree line, the trail snakes up in serpentines on the slope. You walk along the cliff walls and then hit the Stöhrweg, which you follow to the Stöhrhaus and on to the summit.After a well-deserved rest at the Stöhrhaus, you can descend in the same direction. From the church on the Ettenberg you then hike over the Hammerstielweg to the starting point, so you save the route through the Almbachklamm. Alternatively, you can also go down to Winkl or down the Stöhrweg to Berchtesgaden. From there you can reach the starting point by bus.If you are planning a multi-day hike, you can spend the night in the Stöhrhaus and continue your hike the next day.

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  • Expert
    03:50
    7.95 km
    2.1 km/h
    1,090 m
    20 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The starting point of the Tour is right next to a parking lot.

    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 mountain meadows and then rises quickly through a forest. Shortly before reaching the tree line, you will come across the Stöhrweg, the ascent route from Berchtesgaden.You follow the Stöhrweg and soon you can enjoy a fantastic view above the trees. A short, but steep climb up the mountain leads you to the Stöhrhaus and then the summit of the Berchtesgadener Hochthrons.You can descend from the summit on the same route, on the Stöhrweg down to Berchtesgaden or on the route to Winkl. From Winkl it goes with BUs 841 near Berchtesgaden.Alternatively, you stay overnight at the Stöhrhaus and join the next day on another tour on the Untersberg massif.

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  • Expert
    03:44
    6.16 km
    1.7 km/h
    1,220 m
    20 m
    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 at the northern edge of the settlement and you walk along a fairly steep path to the saddle between Untersberg massif and Nierntalkopf. From there it goes over idyllic mountain meadows at a moderate slope up to the summit.Shortly before reaching the Stöhrhauses you still overcome a short serpentine section. From the mountain hut it is only a short climb to the summit of the Berchtesgadener Hochthrons.After a rest at the Stöhrhaus, you can descend the same way. Alternatively you can follow the Stöhrweg and hike down to Berchtesgaden or Hintergern. From both places there are bus connections to your starting point.If you spend the night in the Stöhrhaus, you can join another tour on the summit plateau of the Untersberg the next day.

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  • Expert
    03:47
    6.88 km
    1.8 km/h
    590 m
    600 m
    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 station of the Unterbergbahn. From there you climb to the Geiereck and wander across a wide mountain path to the Salzburg Hochthron. After enjoying the view, head over the noon dip to the adventurous Thomas-Eder-Steig.Over countless wooden stairs and through rocky tunnels you reach the Schellenberger ice cave. You can visit the unique and huge cave as part of a guided tour.From there you continue to Toni-Lenz-Hütte. After a rest you walk below the steep cliffs to the Schellenberger saddle and hit the Dopplersteig. About steep steps you climb back up to the cable car station.Thanks to the cable car, the tour is ideal as a day trip, but even after an overnight stay in the Zeppezauerhaus the hike is a great way to explore the Untersberg in more detail.

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    6.31 km
    2.0 km/h
    370 m
    220 m
    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. Then it goes steeply down to Mittagsscharte and on the other side up to Ochsenkamm. The path is now narrower, but easy to walk and high on the crest you have a fantastic view.You cross the Rauheck and the Gamsalmkopf until you climb the Berchtesgadener Hochthron. From the highest peak on the Untersberg massif you have a unique view. From there it is only a short descent to Stöhrhaus.The tour is suitable both as part of a multi-day hike over the Untersberg, but can also be hiked as a day trip. If you want to master the tour in one day, you take the Untersbergbahn to Geiereck and walk according to the description to the Stöhrhaus. From there you can hike down the Stöhrweg to Berchtesgaden and back to St. Leonhard by bus.

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  • Expert
    05:57
    15.8 km
    2.7 km/h
    230 m
    1,550 m
    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.From the cable car station it goes over the Geiereck and the Salzburger Hochthrohn up to Mittagsscharte. You walk through the gap and follow the course of the ridge to the Hochalpkopf. From this point you walk in the high plateau. At a slight slope you follow the trail through the impressive landscape to the western edge of the plateau. There you hike in the direction of Klingeralm and descend over the Klingersteig. The hiking trail leads you finally to Fürstenbrunn.The tour can of course be hiked in other directions. If you want to go down to the valley on the same day from the destination at Geiereck with the cable car, you should first inform yourself about the time of the last descent.

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