Bavarian Salzburg Alpine Trail
“From the Lake Königssee to the alpine meadow of mount Hochkönig”
The blue-green shimmer of Lake Königssee offers reflections of the surrounding mountains. To see the sun rising over the steep rocks of the Stony Sea is worth the effort of getting up early. Alpine pastures nestle on the edges of the mountains as you walk from mountain hut to mountain hut with spectacular views to the Alps and glaciers. Berchtesgaden has an informative Visitor’s Center where you’ll find historical information about Hitler’s Eagles Nest and the surrounding area.
Tour Details: If you can comfortably walk 3-6 hours a day, then this tour is for you. You‘ll be crossing several valleys on the former salt trail or walking over paths through beautiful alpine pastures. The trail runs close to the edge of the mountain walls, giving you breath-taking views. You will walk in low alpine meadows and good fitness and equipment are expected. If you get tired or it is raining, simply take a public bus to get to the next town and your hotel.
Day 1: Individual arrival at Berchtesgaden/Schönau
Day 2: Lake Königssee – Transfer national park of Berchtesgaden – Seisenberg Gorge – Weißbach
This morning starts off with a transfer to the starting point of the walking tour. A beautiful trail leads you up to the former miner’s hut and on over an alpine pasture into the Berchtesgaden National Park. From there, continue down to the Saalach Valley. Along the way, enjoy views of the impressive Seisenberg Gorge. Enjoy your hotel stay in Weissenbach.
- 18.5 km to walk and appr. 5.5 hours walking time, +550 meters, -500 meters
Day 3: Weißenbach – Transfer Hinterthal – Alpine pasture in the Grass Mountains – Dienten
Start the day with a transfer to the edge of the Grass Mountain where the route begins, heading up to alpine pastures. It’s possible to walk up a short summit leading to beautiful views of the Alps and glaciers. The route ends by passing wooden mountain huts as you walk downwards to your hotel in the mountain village of Dienten.
- 12.5 km to walk and appr. 5 hours walking time, +930 meters, -750 meters
Day 4: Dienten – Mühlbach
You are in for a treat as you hike through one of the most beautiful alpine pasture trails in Austria. Take plenty of pictures as you hike along the steep walls of the Hochkönig. Each part of the trail looks like something out of a fairy tale as you pass chalets with colorful flowers and farmers working in the fields. Overnight in a mountain hotel in Muhlbach.
- 14,5 – 18,5 km to walk and appr. 5,5 hours walking time, +640 meters, -210 meters
Day 5: After all that hiking, it’s time to relax and stroll around the town of Mühlbach
Your local guest card lets you ride the bus for free, so hop on and explore the area!
Day 6 – Mühlbach – Arthurhaus – Werfen – Train to Golling
This morning, take the bus uphill to Arthurhaus. This gets you ready to walk downhill to the Salzach Valley. The path winds gently downhill towards the rugged Hohenwerfen fortress. Decide if you want to walk up the castle hill to see the bird-of-prey flight demonstrations or a historic collection of weapons. From there, enjoy a scenic train ride to your hotel in Golling.
- 13.5 km to walk and appr. 4.5 hours walking time, +120 meters, -950 meters
Day 7: Golling – Mount Jenner – Cable car to Lake Königssee
Leave your hotel and walk up to the peak of Jenner Mountain with a panoramic view of the whole area. A beautiful trail leads you through the former Arch Bishop hunting valley to the “wall”. Steep stone walls left, right and in front of you. You may not see the trail at first but it leads up to alpine pastures and the frontier of Austria and Germany. The scenery is spectacular, plus you’ll enjoy a very comfortable ride down into the valley by cable car. Keep your eyes open to see Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest on your right.
- 15 km to walk and appr. 6,5 hours walking time, +1320 meters, -90 meters
Day 8: Departure from Berchtesgaden/Schönau unless you decide to extend your stay in Lake Königssee!
- Self-guided tour: Arrival Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June to September. Minimum persons: 2
- Guided tour: June, August and September. Minimum persons: 4
- 7 nights in 3-star hotels/Gasthöfe
- Transfer Schönau – Ramsau
- Transfer Weißbach – Hintermoos
- Train Werfen – Golling
- Luggage transfer
- Cable car fare on mount Jenner
- Route book, Hotline Service
- Mühlbach – local card for free buses, cable car, …
+ Walking guide
+ 5 x Dinner
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