The alarm clock rings, a few minutes later you have filled your thermos flask with freshly brewed coffee, put it in your rucksack, and tied your hiking boots. You already know that taking on a summit is always a great feeling. The experience is especially heartwarming when there is a spectacular sunrise. Even if you are not a big morning person, these hikes will be worth it – we promise!
These seven hikes take you to the most beautiful sunrise peaks in the Salzburg province. Some of them, such as the one to the shepherd's chapel, are gentle climbs that are suitable for the whole family, young and old. Others need more experience and a strong head for heights. However, despite their varying difficulty, the hikes all have one thing in common: a breathtaking view. Summiting a peak is an incomparable way to start your day with a big helping of happiness.
The best way to reach the starting points of the hikes is by car. If you have enough time, you could stop off at one of the huts that will welcome you with a hearty breakfast along the way. Make sure you check the opening hours beforehand as some huts don't open until late in the morning.
So what are you waiting for? Pack some warm layers (it can be a bit chilly on the peaks early in the morning) and experience an unforgettable sunrise in the mountains.
The tour from the Böndlsee to the shepherd's chapel runs along a well-traveled, wide path. Although you are constantly hiking uphill here, you do not need any special skills. The hike is therefore also very suitable for families.The starting point is the Böndlsee - a natural bathing lake in Goldegg-Weng, which reaches up to 24 degrees in the summer (making it perfect for cooling off after your hike). The bathers wait until you have set up your sunbeds until the sun is up. That's why you'll find plenty of parking in the early hours of the morning.And off we go - from Böndlsee only a bit through the forest and then on a wide forest road. So you wander for some time, curve by curve, until you finally pass the Hackeralm and two other traditional but unmanaged pastures. From here it goes through a sparse larch forest on the Mittersteinrundweg further uphill.At the end of the forest road, the path suddenly becomes narrower. Over a large meadow, you approach the shepherd's chapel, which sits beautifully on a slight rise. So slowly the sun should rise. And then you open up here a fabulous view over the entire Salzach Valley, the Hohe Tauern and the Hochkönigmassiv. The perfect place to unpack the (hopefully still hot) coffee.Down the valley - at least for a while - over another route. And that leads you past two managed mountain pastures. So if you have enough time, be sure to come. Either in the Meislstein or in the Hackeralm. Both open during the morning. And from their sun terraces, the - now exposed - panorama can be admired even better.Tip: If you want to save a few minutes while climbing, you can park your car in the car park at Irrsteinbauer. Make sure you pay € 3,00 for the parking fee (the machine does not change). Overall, you should plan for this tour about one and a half to two hours to be in time for sunrise at the chapel.
The Speierckhütte towers at the summit of the Grosseck - at 2,066 meters. If you want to experience the sunrise from here, you should allow enough time. From Mauterndorf the increase takes about two to three hours. And he pays off. Also with the whole family.From the parking lot of the ski center, take a forest path uphill. Part of the way back on the NaturPur path. After a while you reach a ravine through which the Trogbach flows. And along this little stream you continue hiking towards Trogalm. At this time of day there is not much going on there. Luckily the way back of the tour takes you past it again. Then you have more time (and light) to admire the beautiful Trogalm Lakes, which are very close by.A little bit it goes on, then you have reached it: The Speiereckhütte and thus also the summit cross of the Grosseck. The look that opens up for you here is priceless.Tip: If you experience a sunrise, but do not want to get up so early, you have the option to spend the night at the Speiereckhütte. On request, even a gondola will transport you to the mountain. The top station of the Großeck-Bahn is just a stone's throw away from the rustic hut. Perfect if you are traveling with small children. The mountains can then be explored without a long climb. And you can still enjoy the sunrise the next day.
Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.
The Nockstein is a popular mountain among the Salzburgers. Why? Because it is only a stone's throw away from the city and rewards the relatively short climb with real mountain feeling. And - depending on the time of day - just with a dreamlike sunrise. In order not to miss it, you should be on your way a good hour before that.The tour starts in Guggenthal and takes its course on a forest road, followed by some forest passages and every now and then a few steps. After a while, you reach the "lucky place". And thus a first dreamlike vantage point on the city of Salzburg.You do not see much yet? No problem - the descent will take you past it again. Now it says: still 100 meters up to the sunrise. Over a rocky rise you reach the top. From here you not only enjoy a beautiful sunrise, but also the breathtaking view over the city of Salzburg and the Salzkammergut.However, you should bring your own breakfast, because there is no food on the way. Just below the summit you can make it comfortable for the first meal of the day - after extensive exposure to the view and the first rays of sunshine.
The tour on the Schober begins at the car park of the forest house Wartenfels, leads past a spectacular ruin and holds from noon also a refreshment stop. First, however, it goes up to the summit and - if you are free from giddiness and the motivation is sufficient - on to the women's head. The paths of the tour are varied, but require solid footwear, good condition and absolute sure-footedness. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking view.The ascent to the Schober does not take much time, so you should not underestimate it. And what is waiting up there, is almost cheesy: You have a clear view, not just one, not two, but equal to seven lakes. That of the Salzkammergut namely. And all around the mountain peaks shimmering in the morning sunlight.A detour towards the Frauenkopf pays off, but is definitely not for the faint-hearted. From here, a completely new perspective opens up to the slowly awakening valley. After you have emptied the coffee and absorbed the panorama, it goes back down again.To be in time for sunrise at the summit, you should plan here about an hour walk. Depending on your condition, you may be able to make the steep climb in less time.
The Draugstein with its 2,356 meters is one of the few limestones in the Grossarl Valley and the perfect summit to experience a spectacular sunrise. For the tour, you should bring a lot of experience and a head for heights, because especially at the summit some abandoned places wait.From the parking lot Grund you wander across small forest and meadow paths past the Filzmoosalm in the direction of Filzmoossattel. From Filzmoossattel it gets steeper: The final spurt to the summit is on. Over a gravel path and several secured with ropes passages you finally reach the summit.And what awaits you here is like a movie. Mountain peaks as far as the eye can see. 360 ° panorama at its finest. And not least the glowing sunbeam on the horizon. Maybe you can recognize the individual valleys. Maybe they are still covered by a cloud cover. Either way: The view from the Draugstein makes the heart of every hiker beat faster. To really enjoy this experience to the full, you should set off about three hours before sunrise.On the way back, caution is needed. At the Filzmoossattel branch off and descend on another route to the Filmoosalm. If you are lucky, it has now come to life. Then you should treat yourself to a proper snack. From here you have another clear view of the summit that you have just forced. Then it's the same way back to the valley.Useful links:
Many roads lead to Gründegg. This tour starts at the parking lot Grund in the valley of the Ellmautals and is characterized by varied, sometimes steep trails, which are quite cope even with (persistent) children. From the parking lot you should plan between two and three hours to the summit.An alpine trail leads through forests and past alpine meadows in the direction of Ellmaualm. Once there, you will have a first look at the surrounding mountains. But you have not made it completely yet. Continue up to the ridge, from where you wander across the ridge to the summit of Gründegg.Grasberg, which is dotted with small varnishes, offers you a panorama of the Hohe Tauern, the Hochkönig and the Tennen- and Hagengebirge mountains. Reason enough to pause for a moment and let the panorama bathed in the morning sunlight shine on you. Maybe in conjunction with a small breakfast? In any case, there is enough space to spread out here.The descent can be done the same way or in the form of a round and over the Weißalm. Here once again opens up a fantastic view over the Ellmautal at the hearty snack.Useful links:
The Gamskarkogel is the highest Grasberg in Europe. It can be climbed from several sides. The hike from the Annenkapelle in Bad Hofgastein leads through serpentines, past the Rastötzen to the summit. You need: sturdy shoes and a good condition. And because the ascent costs energy, you'll be pleased - if you're on top - also about a brought breakfast.Directly on the summit is the Gamskarkogelhütte - one of the oldest shelters in the Eastern Alps and even in Europe. So if you want you can start the climb more comfortably, spend the night in the rustic hut and enjoy the sunrise the following day.So much is said: the view has it here at any time in itself. The mountain is located in the middle of the Gasteinertal. Accordingly, you can see here from the Tennengebirge to the Steinerne Meer. The sun, which dips the whole panorama on top of it in different shades of red and orange, makes up for the strenuous ascent. To experience the spectacle in its full glory, you should set off about four hours before sunrise.The descent leads you over the Rauchkogel back into the valley.Useful links: