Hiking at its best – 6 walks around Wagrain-Kleinarl in Austria

Hiking Collection by Wagrain Kleinarl

Impressive mountain peaks rise into the sky with lush green hills at their feet whilst mountain huts cater to weary hikers – the mountains around the villages of Wagrain and Kleinarl come alive in summer. Both the inhabitants of the villages and visitors have one thing in common – a love of the mountains and hiking. Nestled in the heart of the Salzburger Land in Austria, the mountainous landscapes surrounding the villages provide a wonderful setting for spectacular hikes.

So where and how can you discover these places? We show you in this Collection. Dotted throughout the region, the hikes here take you to historical treasures and adventure spots for the whole family. You will visit crystal-clear lakes and peaks with panoramic views which will help you unwind and forget life’s daily stresses. We’ve included everything from easy circulars that are pram-friendly to challenging hikes deep into the alpine world.

Hiking around Wagrain-Kleinarl is even more enjoyable thanks to the well-developed infrastructure for hikers. You can easily hop on and off a hiking bus or mountain railway to enjoy the mountains completely care free. Lace up your hiking boots and make your way to the versatile hiking landscapes of the Salzburger Land.

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Tours & Highlights

    11.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At the back of the valley from Kleinarl, they glitter for the bet - the turquoise-blue hunter and the legendary Tappenkarsee. One sleeps peacefully in the valley, the other demands a few meters of altitude from its visitors before they can marvel at it in all its glory. On this tour you will experience them both up close - two in one go, so to speak.It starts at the hiking car park at Lake Jägersee, to which you can either arrive by car or with the hiking bus (wagrain-kleinarl.at/de/aktivitaeten/wandern-berg/wanderbus). Once you arrive, the crystal-clear mountain lake is the first of many highlights that await you on this tour. First along the lake shore, then always next to the Kleinarlbach you complete your first kilometers to the parking lot at the Schwabalm. This is where the somewhat more strenuous part of the hike begins and with it the actual ascent to Tappenkarsee.The path is easy to walk on. The forest you first walk through is almost magical. The prospects that await you soon are simply spectacular. A good bit further down the valley you can even spot Jägersee and the starting point of your hike. Also at your side: a powerful waterfall plunging into the valley, which begins peacefully - exactly - at the wonderful Tappenkarsee. You can also reach it after several hairpin bends, a short stretch over the idyllic saddle and finally crossing a small, wooden bridge.In summer, some brave hikers plunge into the (extremely) cool water up here and then spread out on one of the massive wooden benches on the lakeshore. Others cannot walk to one of the two rustic huts quickly enough. Before you go back down the valley via the same path, you have to have a typical snack and a refreshing drink.

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    2.33 mi
    1.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Children who don't like to go hiking? We do not know this problem here in Wagrain-Kleinarl. Because at the latest when the name WAGRAINi comes up, they can hardly wait to get to the mountain. Why is very clear: On WAGRAINi's Grafenberg, young hikers experience more fun and adventure than anywhere else.With the Grafenbergbahn (wagrain-kleinarl.at/de/aktivitaeten/wandern-berg/sommerbergbahnen) it goes carefree to an altitude of 1,700 meters. Once on the mountain, the 30 fun adventure stations are already waiting. This includes a climbing and boulder wall, a swing forest, a beautiful mountain lake and much more. Also new from summer 2020: the KUHbidu adventure trail for naturalists and explorers.The promising, 1,849 meter high Sonntagskogel is also part of the attractions. And this is exactly where the mountain station and the managed Hachaualm are relatively comfortable and always follow AV path number 713. A hike that ultimately also inspires parents and adults. Anyone arriving with a buggy or pram simply omits the last section to the Sonntagskogel. To strengthen yourself in one of the two mountain huts and then back down to the valley by gondola.

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  • Difficult
    7.77 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,625 ft
    3,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The tour from Grafenberg via the "Gabel" and the Penkkopf down to Kleinarl is one of the more demanding tours in this collection, but it is worth it. At the latest when you stand at its highest point and look down into the valley - I promise.With the Grafenbergbahn (wagrain-kleinarl.at/de/aktivitaeten/wandern-berg/sommerbergbahnen) you “float” effortlessly to the starting point of your tour. To reach the actual alpine path, you first have to walk a bit downhill, then slowly towards Auhofalm. The strenuous part of the tour begins shortly behind the mountain pasture: the ascent to the Kitzstein ("fork"). Once on the elongated back, the path only rises slightly and leads you towards the summit. Shortly before that, however, you turn off and descend on the west flank.You hike to another fork, where you can now decide: If you still have enough breath, you can walk over the Penkkopf to the Kleinarler Hütte. Alternatively, a flat hiking trail leads you to the left.Summit storm or not - just a short distance below the Penkkopf you will soon reach the quaint Kleinarler hut, which invites you to take a short break. Then it goes along a forest road, over meadows and through forests downhill and down to Kleinarl.

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    3.12 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Untouched nature, fantastic views and not too many meters in altitude - that's what awaits you on your hike around Öbristköpfl. The ideal hike for a relaxed excursion with the family or for leisurely hikers who still want to enjoy all the advantages of a promising tour.It starts at the Oberegg snack station, or in the Öbrist parking lot. You follow path number 453 - also called Hochgründeckweg - through a beautiful forest, accompanied by a wonderful panorama to the lacquer chapel, which sooner or later opens up before you. Then you turn left.Path number 55 takes you around the Öbristköpfl and back to your starting point. The whole thing can of course also be tackled in reverse. Nature shows its best side up here from every direction.

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    7.40 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hochgründeck is probably one of the most beautiful vantage points around Wagrain-Kleinarl. That is why many hikers go to the summit in the warmer season. We show you how:Equipped with sturdy shoes and sufficient water, you drive up the Öbristweg by car. At the last bend you will find a practical parking space - from here you can continue on foot. You follow the forest road to the Lackenkapelle and then continue to the Lackenalm. You only reach the Ginau saddle via a climb and a little later via a forest road. And it’s not far from there: you can reach the summit via a steep path with the number 453.As an alternative, you can switch to the forest road at the Ginauer Sattel and hike to the summit via trails 453a and 451 (St. Johanner-Weg). This takes more time, but is less steep.Once at the top of the Hochgründeck, the first thing is to take a deep breath and enjoy the view. If you like, you can stop in the Heinrich-Kiener-Haus, just a few meters below the summit, and strengthen yourself. Then you hike back the same way back to your starting point.

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    7.77 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If a hike only becomes perfect for you with a stop at one (or more) rustic hut (s), then you should head for the Almrundweg to the Steinkar and Weissenhofalm. Because here there are not just one, but several places to stop to pamper yourself with delicacies from the region.You start directly in Kleinarl, from where you first hike via Kreuzsalgasse, then via Steineggweg to the Ennskraxn snack station. Always keeping an eye on the Kleinarl local mountain of the same name, it is constantly gently uphill through wonderful nature with open pastures and high forests. Until you finally reach the first hut, the Steinkaralm at 1,700 meters. From a distance you can see that it is still a really nice, traditional building. And the dishes served there are guaranteed to impress you no less.But hopefully your stomach is not yet too full, because a hut is still waiting. It is just a few meters higher, right on the tree line: The Weissenhofalm at 1,770 meters is not only known for its ingenious view, but also for its delicious cuisine.Feasted enough? Then a forest road leads you down to the Moosalm. You hike a little way across country to the middle station and the Gasthaus Galler, then past the Berggasthaus Pröll and finally through the "Märchenwald" back to your starting point.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    39.4 mi
  • Duration
    20:52 h
  • Elevation
    9,575 ft

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