Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 1

Salzburger Almenweg - stage 1

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  • Reitsamerhof
    / Reitsamerhof
    Photo: caar-salzburg kunden, Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg
  • / Schweizerhütte Alpine Dairy
    Photo: Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Berghotel Arthurhaus Summer
    Photo: TVB Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Mitterfeldalm
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Mandlwände
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Käsespezialität Sennerei Schweizerhütte
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Tasty snack
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Wanderurlaub
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Blick von Pfarrwerfen zum Hochkönig
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Blick zur Mitterfeldalm
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Die Hüttenwirte Maria und Hans
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Blick auf die Mitterfeldalm
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Mitterfeldalm
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Murmeltiere
    Photo: Corina Kruselburger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
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Through the dark Hölln Graben to heavenly views at the sunny Hochkönig.
Distance 11.3 km
4:40 h
1,163 m
186 m
This long, but not too difficult hike offers great viewpoints on the surrounding mountains. The first stage of the Salzburger Almenweg leads on varied paths through the dark Höllngraben to the sunny alpine pastures of the Hochkönig.

Author’s recommendation

Try the tasty selfmade mozzarella with blueberry vinegar at the alpine dairy Schweizerhütte.
Quality route according to "Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel"
Highest point
1,664 m
Lowest point
525 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Safe Hiking needs prior information and preparation. Please follow the rules for proper behavior in the mountains.

And do not forget: extensively drink during the tour!

Emergency numbers: Alpine emergency No: 140
International Emergency: 112

Tips and hints

Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH

Am Gemeindeplatz 7

5761 Maria Alm

+43 6584 20388





Pfarrwerfen (527 m)
47.461602, 13.199469
47°27'41.8"N 13°11'58.1"E
33T 364298 5258033



Turn-by-turn directions

The hike starts at the train station in Pfarrwerfen, where you will also find plenty of parking. After crossing the Salzach, the trail heads north for a short way, branching off to the left at the Reitsamerhof. Behind the inn, a steep supply lane leads up to the Schwabegg with its glorious views of the Tennengebirge.
Now a relaxing, approx. 5km long section through the Höllntal without any significant ascent follows, passing the former Gasthof Hölln.
Just before Jagdhaus Hölln, the trail branches off to the left and ascends to the Grünmaissalm.

VARIANT: Just before arriving at the Grünmaißalm, we turn to the right and follow a trail which, after around 1 km, branches left and becomes steeper. This small path crosses a forestry road, leading past the Steinalm (now derelicted) up to the Mitterfeldalm.

A few meters before reaching the Grünmaißalm we finally leave the forest and enjoy the marvellous view of the Hochthron towards the north east. At the alpine pasture the forest road ends and our hike continues on a trail that starts slightly above the hut. After about 1 km, we reach the forest road once again, heading west until our trail branches off to the right, acsending quite steep. This occasionally shady trail ends at the Stegalm. Even before reaching the alpine pastures of the Stegalm, the forest thins out, and allows us magical views on the Hochkönig massif.

Before we reach the Mitterfeldalm we have to ascend another 270 vertical metres. Staffed during the summer months, this is the first refreshment station on this route. A sunny panoramic path leads slightly downhill to the Arthurhaus and the alpine dairy Schweizerhütte , the second stop of this route.Hikers have the possibility to take the bus to Mühlbach, Bischofshofen and further to Pfarrwerfen.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train: station Pfarrwerfen - schedule

Getting there

From the north via the A10 motorway, exit 43 Pfarrwerfen
From the South: Motorway A10 , exit 44 Pfarrwerfen


train station Pfarrwerfen


47.461602, 13.199469
47°27'41.8"N 13°11'58.1"E
33T 364298 5258033
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Hochkönig, Albert Precht, Verlag Anton Pustet
  • Meine Tour – Bergtourenführer Salzburg und Berchtesgaden
  • Der Eigensinn der Schöpfung, Edition Schön & Gut im Verlag Anton Pustet
  • Region Hochkönig, Dietmar Sochor, FST Verlag
  • Stolperherz am Hochkönig, Eckhard Schröder, CreateSpace

Author’s map recommendations

  • Salzburger Almenweg Broschüre
  • Hochkönig Wanderkarte
  • Freytag & Berndt WK 103 Pongau – Hochkönig – Saalfelden
  • Kompass Wanderkarte Tennengebirge – Hochkönig
  • Rother Wanderführer Hochkönig


  • ankle-high hiking boots
  • hiking poles
  • long- and short-sleeved cotton clothing
  • sunscreen
  • wind and rain protection
  • sunglasses
  • drinks
  • cereal bars
  • camera
  • hiking map
  • binoculars
  • ...

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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Max Mustermann
May 04, 2018 · Community
2. Mai 2018
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2. Mai 2018

11.3 km
4:40 h
1,163 m
186 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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