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Puch: Almentour - circular route via St. Jakob, Vollererhof & Erentrudisalm (No. 11, 10 points)

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  • Weiher in St. Jakob am Thurn mit Schlosstum und Wallfahrtskirche
    Weiher in St. Jakob am Thurn mit Schlosstum und Wallfahrtskirche
    Photo: Barbara Gerber, Tourismusverband Puch
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Wonderful alpine hike in the Tennengau with unique power spots and great views of the city of Salzburg and the Untersberg.
Distance 10.8 km
3:00 h
517 m
517 m
965 m
483 m
The tour leads from St. Jakob am Thurn via the Vollererhof to the Schönalm, as well as to the Erentrudisalm and Fageralm in Elsbethen.

At the Vollererhof there are 3 other marked circular trails that can be easily incorporated into this hike.



  • RED - Circular trail "Hochstadl & Vollererhof Siedlung": From the "Landhaus" - walk to the left of the Vollererhof road past the game enclosure to the "Hochstadl" farm. Behind the farm, before the barrier, follow the path on the valley side (No. 11). After approx. 200m, at the old farm, take the field path that runs across the meadow and then leads back into the forest. From there, the pleasant circular trail runs around the outside of the "Vollererhof settlement". Finally, walk parallel to the large meadow uphill to the Vollererhof road for approx. 400m to the car park at the Vollererhof. Approx. 2km
  • BLUE - Wildgehege circular trail: Starting at the "Landhaus", turn right around the game reserve and the Brunnwiese past the Vollererhof "spring". Last section then on the Vollererhof road below the "Hochstadl" farmer with end point again at the "Vollererhof" country house. Tip: Halfway along the trail, a hiking sign shows the
  • YELLOW - "Tratten" circular trail: From the "Landhaus" - turn right along the game reserve for approx. 300m, then turn right at the fork (No. 12). After approx. 600m, at the first fork in the road at the "English House", take the path on the right that runs parallel to the valley. The end point is again the "Landhaus". Approx. 2km turn-off to Schönalm. Approx. 1.6km

Stop for refreshments at the Schützenwirt in St. Jakob, at the Erentrudisalm or Fageralm.

Author’s recommendation

  • There is a large children's playground at the Erentrudisalm.

  • Between Kainzreith and Hochgols, a small forest path leads to the picturesque Kehlbach waterfall. Attention: Enter at your own risk!

  • In St. Jakob am Thurn you should not forget to take a walk around the pond. Unique reflections of the castle and the pilgrimage church included.

  • There is a children's playground next to the Schützenwirt.

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Update: January 30, 2023
Highest point
965 m
Lowest point
483 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 57.69%Forested/wild trail 24.26%Path 16.87%Unknown 1.16%
6.2 km
Forested/wild trail
2.6 km
1.8 km
0.1 km
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Safety information

This hiking path is indicated by yellow hiking signs as week as a simple red-white-red symbol in between.


Public car park at the sports field in St. Jakob am Thurn (514 m)
47.739765, 13.094391
47°44'23.2"N 13°05'39.8"E
33T 357139 5289135


Public car park at the sports field in St. Jakob am Thurn

Turn-by-turn directions

From St. Jakob, head south to the Pointweg. Follow this lane uphill, past the Pointgut and the Kugelgartengut to Vollererhofstraße. Now uphill through just a few more turns before reaching Kurhotel Vollererhof.  Passing the wildlife feeding station, at the Hochstadl you will pass through a gate and hike gently uphill along a forestry road. You have two opportunities, in both cases at a left-hand curve, to make a right to the Schönalm and/or the Hubertus Chapel (No. 12 and No. 12a).

Keeping left, after a few curves you will come to the turn-off for the Erentrudisalm. In another 300 meters or so, you have the option to take the shorter forest path (No. 11) or the longer forestry road (No. 11d) to the Erentrudisalm. The return hike from the Erentrudisalm begins ca. 100 meters downhill next to a car park. Then, turn left onto a narrow paved road, which later becomes quite steep, in the direction of the Schwarzenbergalm. Before the actual building, as well as after about 200 meters, turn right and cross a small meadow dropping downhill into a forest. Now, downhill along a hiking trail through forest with several clearings, treating you to splendid views of Salzburg City. Continue to the crossing below the Hochstadlgut, where you can choose between the shorter route leading up to Kurhotel Vollererhof (No. 11c) or the longer variant of path No. 11 dropping downhill via the Tiersteig, Kainzreith and Hochgols back to St. Jakob.


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Getting there

By car from Vienna on the A1 autobahn or from Munich on the A9, shortly before reaching the Tennengau (Hallein) you will come to a big interchange where you will merge onto the A10 (Tauern Autobahn), continuing south. Puch/Urstein (Exit 11) is the northernmost autobahn exit in Tennengau. If you are driving in from the south on the A10 from Villach/Kärnten, also leave the Tauern Autobahn in Puch Urstein, taking Exit 11. From this exit. drive either south into Puch itself or north following signs for Salzburg City as far as St. Jakob am Thurn.


Car park at the clubhouse/sports field in St. Jakob am Thurn


47.739765, 13.094391
47°44'23.2"N 13°05'39.8"E
33T 357139 5289135
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The Tennengau Hiking Passport for collecting stamps for the Tennengau Hiking Badges is available free of charge at all 14 Tennengau tourist offices and at the Tennengau Guest Service.

Author’s map recommendations

  • The free panorama map with information on all hiking trails and cycle routes in Puch is available at the tourist office at the Puch municipal office!
  • The Tennengau Hiking Map with book at €6.50 is available at all 14 Tennengau tourist offices and at the Tennengau Guest Service.


No special equipment required!



  • Normal hiking equipment with sturdy shoes.
  • Clothing suitable for the weather
  • Drinking water and food if necessary

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10.8 km
3:00 h
517 m
517 m
Highest point
965 m
Lowest point
483 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Fauna Insider tip


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