Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 2

Salzburger Almenweg - stage 2

· 4 reviews · Long-Distance Hiking · Hochkoenig
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  • Berghotel Arthurhaus Summer
    / Berghotel Arthurhaus Summer
    Photo: TVB Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schweizerhütte Alpine Dairy
    Photo: Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Windraucheggalm
    Photo: Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Riedingalm
    Photo: TVB Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Mühlbach am Hochkönig
  • / The Schartenalm below the Bratschenkopf
    Photo: Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Molterauhütte
    Photo: Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Enzian im Riedingtal
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Herrliche Blumenwiese
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Brandstattalm
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • / Molteraualm
    Photo: Nicola Woisetschläger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
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Majestically scenic experience
Distance 11.1 km
4:00 h
268 m
440 m

Wonderfully scenic route without any significant climbs.

Constantly at the foot of the imposing Hochkönig, this tour takes you across gentle pastures and past friendly huts, thunderous waterfalls, peaceful forests and rugged canyons, all the way to Dienten.

Author’s recommendation

Take advantage of the unique natural spectacles "Riedingwasserfälle" (waterfalls) and the idyllic photo motif "Vier Hütten!"
Quality route according to "Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel"
Highest point
1,594 m
Lowest point
1,345 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




Mühlbach (1,510 m)
47.409976, 13.129657
47°24'35.9"N 13°07'46.8"E
33T 358899 5252420



Turn-by-turn directions

The Salzburger Almenweg runs just above the parking lot. It continues in almost constant altitude on the southern flank of the Hochkönig. After a 15-minute walk, there are some springs to fill the watter bottle.

The whole route is accompanied by the magnificent panorama mainly towards the main Alpine range and the southern walls of the Hochkönig. Along the way, numerous alpine huts invite us to stop, relax and enjoy refreshments.

 First we reach the Windraucheggalm and shortly thereafter the Riedingalm, which we reach by taking a short downhill walk. Just as before, the Almenweg continues gentle straight ahead, leads through the picturesque Riedingtal with its impressive waterfalls and crosses the dry creek bed of the Schrammbach. A short ascent follows before we reach the next alpine huts, such as the Schartenhütte, the Molterauhütte and the Brandstatthütte. Now a longer section follows without the opportunitiy of having a refreshment in an alpine hut, unless we decide to hike down to the Stegmoosalm.

 After we have walked for around 3.5 hours, the Erichhütte offers relaxation. On a forestry road we now continue our way down to the car park at the Dientner Sattel where also a bus stop is located.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Hochkönig hiking bus - schedule

Train: station Bischofshofen - schedule

Bus No 591 - schedule

Getting there

From the north via the A10 motorway, exit Bischofshofen, B164 direction Mühlbach, L246 direction Arthurhaus
From the South: Motorway A10, exit Bischofshofen, B164 direction Mühlbach, L246 direction Arthurhaus


parking site Arthurhaus (fees apply)


47.409976, 13.129657
47°24'35.9"N 13°07'46.8"E
33T 358899 5252420
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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Christoph Böhmer
August 14, 2021 · Community
Einzigartige Panorama Wanderung. Unbedingt den kleinen Abstecher zu den Rieding Wasserfällen machen. Wir sind die Tour in umgekehrter Richtung gelaufen.
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When did you do this route? August 14, 2021
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Max Mustermann
May 04, 2018 · Community
2. Mai 2018
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Thomas Kurz
May 07, 2017 · Community
Wir sind diesen Weg Anfang Mai gelaufen. Zwar waren die Hütten noch nicht bewirtschaftet aber das ist gerade das schöne wie wir finden. Die Ruhe, die Einsamkeit beim Wandern, fernab von Menschenmassen im Einklang mit der Natur. Immer das Massiv des Hochkönig vor Augen, in den Ohren das stetige Rauschen der Wasserfälle und zu dieser Jahreszeit auch zwei Mal das dumpfe Grollen zweier kleinen Lawinen die von den Höhen des Hochkönig ins Tal Rauschten. Ein sehr schöner Tag am Fuße des Hochkönig.
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11.1 km
4:00 h
268 m
440 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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