Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 7

Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 07

Long-Distance Hiking · Holiday Region Hohe Tauern National Park
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  • Heinreichalm
    / Heinreichalm
    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
  • / Amoser Hochalm
    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
  • / "Wetterstation" entlang des Salzburger Almenweges
    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
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    Photo: Anita Bott, Salzburger Almenweg
m 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Heinreichalm Kreuz Hahnbalzköpfl
"On legendary tracks"
Distance 12.6 km
4:00 h
856 m
595 m
Alpine hike incl. loop around the Bernkogel.

Author’s recommendation

Three Waller Chapel stands atop the Wallerhöhe (elev. 1,400 m), on an alpinesaddle which once served as the route used to reach the valley from the north. Traditionhas it that, towards the end of the 7th century, three pilgrims ("Waller") passed this spot on theirway to the valley. They brought with them threeprecious gifts for the locals: a plough, a mininghammer and the bible. After their deaths, theywere buried close to one another and three hutswere built over their graves. Archbishop WolfDietrich had a chapel constructed at this ancientcultural and pilgrimage site back in 1592.

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Anita Bott
Update: April 23, 2017
Highest point
1,910 m
Lowest point
1,425 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop


Safety information

1. Before each tour the mountain experience and physical fitness of all participants,both adults and children, must be checked. Mountain hiking often demandssure-footedness and a head for heights.

2. Each mountain tour should be carefully planned using tour descriptions andmaps. Crucial information from Alpine clubs, locals, mountain guides and hutowners is especially helpful.

3. The appropriate equipment and clothing are required for mountain hiking,especially sturdy high shoes with non-slip soles. Since the weather in themountains often changes quickly, rain and cold weather protection are also veryimportant.

4. For safety reasons, your host or hotelier should be informed of both the plannedroute and destination of your tour before departure, as well as the expectedtime of return.

5. The speed of the tour must be adapted to the weakest members of the group.Especially at the beginning of the tour, pay special attention to especially slowwalking. Be sure to observe other participants to ensure that exhaustion canbe detected in time.

6. Do not leave the marked trails. To avoid falls, pay attention even in light terrain.Be careful when walking on steep grass slopes, especially when wet. Crossingof steep snow fields or glaciers is particularly dangerous.

7. The displacement of rocks must be avoided, to prevent injury to other hikers.Areas of potential rock-falls should be passed as soon as possible and withoutstopping.

8. If the weather turns, fog appears, the trail becomes too difficult or in poorcondition, you should turn back. This is no disgrace, but rather a sign of reason.

9. If an accident occurs, keep calm. In some cases, you can help yourself. If not, trycalling for help by phone, shouting, with lights or waving with large pieces ofclothing. An injured person should generally not be moved from the accidentsite and must never be left alone.

10. The mountains are there for everyone. To help in their conservation andcleanliness, is the duty of every mountain hiker. You should take your wastewith you down into the valley, and the flora and fauna should be protected.

11. Behaviour with animals: on the mountain pastures there are cows, calves, sheep,and horses etc. Don’t annoy the animals, but behave "normally" and show nofear. Stay on the Alpine trails and keep your distance from animals.

12. Hikers with dogs should always have them on a lead. Dogs absolutely must notbe allowed to ‘hunt’ the grazing animals, mother cows are especially anxiousfor their calves. Should the dog however be attacked by a grazing animal, youmay allow it to run for its own safety.


Tips and hints

See more information under www.salzburger-almenweg.at/en


Three Waller Chapel (above Unterberg) (1,419 m)
47.278811, 13.061769
47°16'43.7"N 13°03'42.4"E
33T 353415 5237970


Heinreichalm (down to Dorfgastein)

Turn-by-turn directions

This stage lends itself as a round tour. Coming from the Unterberg, the route takes us gently uphill - crossing the "Legend Trail" - to the Huberalm and on to the chapel. Here it joins the Salzburger Almenweg which runs behind the chapel and makes its way up along a forest path to the Rauchkögerl. A little below the summit, it heads to the left, past a highmoor, and towards the south. Staying on this high ridge and passing a number of small ponds and moors, we now reach the Hahnbalzköpfl. Climbing slightly, the trail leads to what is the highest point of this stage so far (cross below the Bernkogel, elev. 1,897m). After another 150 m in the direction of the Bernkogel, the trail branches off both to the left and the right.


(VARIANT: The left-hand trail runs laterally across the scree and down to the Amoser Hochalm, from where we make our way across the eastern flank of the Bernkogel direct to the Heinreichalm - easier variant, since there are barely any climbs, but watch out for falling rocks! Attention: this variant is an alpine moutaineer, absolute step safety and dizzing is necessary, dangerous espacially in wet conditions.) The main trail goes to the right, at first downhill for a while and then steadily climbing, circling the Bernkogel and the Sladinkopf on the western side. After the"saddle" south of the Sladinkopf (highest point, elev. 2,200 m), we now drop down 500 vertical meters along a steep series of switchbacks, finally reaching the finish of this stage at the Heinreichalm. After a well-earned rest, you can, if you choose, hit the trail to take you all the way back down into the valley.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Information under www.oebb.at/en


47.278811, 13.061769
47°16'43.7"N 13°03'42.4"E
33T 353415 5237970
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Order our Salzburger Almenweg Hiking Map in English for free under www.salzburger-almewneg.at/en

Author’s map recommendations

Online kostenlosen Salzburger Almenweg Wanderführer in Buchform bestellen unter www.salzburger-almenweg.at


 Our equipment tips:

  • Good shoes/boots
  • Rain gear
  • Underwear that wicks away sweat 
  • Lightweight trousers
  • Hiking socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Head covering
  • Eye protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Rucksack (padded straps, plenty of back ventilation)
  • First-aid kit
  • Cereal bar, drinks
  • Hiking pole

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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12.6 km
4:00 h
856 m
595 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest


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