Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 8

Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 08

Long-Distance Hiking · Gasteinertal
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  • Biberalm
    / Biberalm
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  • / Ausblick Biberalm
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  • / Präau Hochalm
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  • / Kapelle oberhalb der Heinreichalm
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  • / Selbstgemachte Spezialitäten auf der Präauch Hchalm
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  • / Hochebene
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  • / Blick auf das Gasteinertal
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  • / Kappelle oberhalb der Heinreichalm
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  • / Blick zurück auf die Heinreichalm
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m 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 10 8 6 4 2 km Heinreichalm Biberalm Präau Hochalm
"Accompanied by Chamois and Eagles"
Distance 10.6 km
4:30 h
708 m
659 m
Wonderful views of Gastein valley and six alpine huts like a string of pearls.

Author’s recommendation

Visit also the Klammstein Castle Ruins and"Hidden Church" natural cave in Dorfgastein or the Weitmoserschlössl, the Archery trail and the Alpentherme Gastein in Bad Hofgastein.
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Update: April 23, 2017
Highest point
1,966 m
Lowest point
1,538 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Präau Hochalm

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.


Alpine Rescue: Call 140

International Rescue: Call 112

Tips and hints

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


Heinreichalm (via Dorfgastein or Unterberg) (1,688 m)
47.244823, 13.057140
47°14'41.4"N 13°03'25.7"E
33T 352971 5234201


Biberalm (and down to the station in Bad Hofgastein)

Turn-by-turn directions

Via Dorfgastein or Unterberg, marked hiking paths lead us up to the Heinreichalm. Taking the supplyroad to Unterberg, we make our way up to a hut, to the right of which runs a footpath which will take us to the highest point of this stage, a saddle below the Tagkopf.

The trail now crosses extensive grazing land, through the "Saugruam"and down to the Präau Hochalm. It then continues along an unpaved road, which meets the forestry road next to a hunting lodge. This now goes to the right, at first slightly uphill, then, after crossing the Präau brook (you’ll need water-proof shoes), gently dropping until just above the Wölflalm. From there we continue down a bumpy pathway to the Wölflalm. The trail now takes us past 3 hillfarms, through the enchanting landscapes of the Längstal and then, at the valley head, up to the Wetterkreuz. From the Wölflalm the marked trail runs through pasture lands to the Gröbneralm. Crossing the Luggauer brook we come to a supply road, which makes its way via the Walchalm at the valley head, through a series of switchbacks to a hut, ending around 40 vertical meters below the latter. We will now follow the path up to the Hohe Scharte and the Wetterkreuz. Once we’ve made it, we can enjoy the impressive views out over the Gastein Valley. From here we make our descent to Biberalm.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

More information under www.oebb.at/en


47.244823, 13.057140
47°14'41.4"N 13°03'25.7"E
33T 352971 5234201
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s map recommendations

Online gratis 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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10.6 km
4:30 h
708 m
659 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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