One federal state, one long-distance hiking trail, 1,200 varied kilometres (745 miles) and a whopping 80,000 meters in elevation gain (262,467 feet) – welcome to the Arno trail.
Created by the Archdiocese of Salzburg (part of the Roman Catholic Church), the route takes you through Salzburg province in eight stages; Kalkberge, Pinzgauer Grasberge, Keesberge, Grasberge and Nockberge, Niedere Tauern, Kalkberge Ost, Voralpen and Alpenvorland. Your adventure begins and ends at an impressive fortress overlooking the city of Salzburg.
You can choose whether to take on this mighty hike all at once or in parts, as each section has its own charm. The first stage takes you through limestone mountains and impressive rocky landscapes whereas stage two, the Pinzgau Grasberge, leads through lush meadows to cozy alpine huts. On stage three, you will hike through the Keesberge mountains, exploring the impressive glaciers and green valleys. Stage four is a comfortable adventure in the Grasberge mountains, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly-gentle natured Niedere Tauern on section five, you’ll need alpine experience for this section. On stage six and seven you will climb up to considerable heights once more until dropping back down to Salzburg old town on stage eight.
You should be sure-footed and have a head for heights for every stage in this Collection. I also recommend that you reserve your accommodation well in advance. In spite of the challenge, enjoy the silence, the wonderfully varied nature of the Salzburg countryside and the unforgettable moments on such a long-distance hike. On the way, there are a lot of great highlights waiting for you.
One thing is certain – at the end of this trail you will be incredibly proud of yourself, rightly so. Have fun!
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You ended up in the Gastein Valley. And with that you leave the Keesberge behind and hike further through the Grasberge. Section 4 of the Arnoweg takes you over a proud 143 kilometers and almost 7,000 vertical meters to the Salzburg Lungau. And what you find there may exceed your imagination of idyllic alpine meadows. Mass tourism and mechanical disruptive factors are an absolute foreign word here.
Section 5 of the Arnoweg lures you on the wrong track at the beginning: Although the Niedere Tauern (from Tamsweg) look like comfortably hikable grass mountains, you shouldn't underestimate them alpinistically. On the way you will always come across steep carts and rugged peaks. But this is absolutely feasible. In any case, you also have to bring good surefootedness and a head for heights.
Time for section 7 of the Arnoweg. You head towards the Prealps. The centerpiece is the Osterhorn group. And you will also climb a few of their peaks, such as the Hohe First (1,718 meters) and the Dürlstein (1,697 meters). In addition, you will enjoy the view from the Königsbergerhorn (1,621 meters) and the Zwölferhorn (1,521 meters) on the following almost 80 kilometers.