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Long-distance hiking on the trail of the Blue Gentian

Long Distance Hiking
  • Rossbrand - Radstadt
    / Rossbrand - Radstadt
    Photo: H. Raffalt
  • Gadauner Hochalmen Gastein
    / Gadauner Hochalmen Gastein
    Photo: H. Raffalt
  • Feuerstelle
    / Feuerstelle
    Photo: H. Raffalt
  • Sennerei Schweizerhütte
    / Sennerei Schweizerhütte
    Photo: Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • Sunset on the Trögseen
    / Sunset on the Trögseen
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Grünegg
    / Grünegg
    Photo: TVB Großarltal
  • Tappenkarsee
    / Tappenkarsee
    Photo: TVB Großarltal
  • Schuhflicker
    / Schuhflicker
    Photo: TVB Großarltal
  • Familienwandern auf dem Salzburger Almenweg
    / Familienwandern auf dem Salzburger Almenweg
    Photo: TVB Großarltal
  • Karteistörl, 2.145 m
    / Karteistörl, 2.145 m
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Maurachalm
    / Maurachalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Schartenhütte
    / Schartenhütte
    Photo: Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • Dientalm
    / Dientalm
    Photo: Corina Kruselburger, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • /
    Photo: Petra Kleineisen, Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
  • Heinreichalm
    / Heinreichalm
    Photo: Salzburger Almenweg
  • Präau Hochalm
    / Präau Hochalm
    Photo: Salzburger Almenweg
  • Biberalm
    / Biberalm
    Photo: Salzburger Almenweg
  • Tappenkarseealm
    / Tappenkarseealm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Filzmooshöhe
    / Filzmooshöhe
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Die Aussicht von der urigen Ellmaualmhütte ist faszinierend.
    / Die Aussicht von der urigen Ellmaualmhütte ist faszinierend.
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Großwildalm
    / Großwildalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Breitenebenalm, 1.420 m
    / Breitenebenalm, 1.420 m
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Unterwandalm
    / Unterwandalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Hachaualm
    / Hachaualm
    Photo: Agnes Moser, Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus
  • Wagraini's Grafenberg
    / Wagraini's Grafenberg
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Kleinarler Hütte
    / Kleinarler Hütte
    Photo: Agnes Moser, Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus
  • Kogelalm in Wagrain
    / Kogelalm in Wagrain
    Photo: Agnes Moser, Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus
  • /
    Photo: Tourismusverband Ramsau am Dachstein
  • Weissenhofalm in Kleinarl
    / Weissenhofalm in Kleinarl
    Photo: Agnes Moser, Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus
  • Karseggalm
    / Karseggalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Die Sulzkaralm
    / Die Sulzkaralm
    Photo: Christine Schober, © Coen Weesjes
  • Bürgerbergalm
    / Bürgerbergalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Radstadt, Tourismusverband Radstadt
  • Harbachalm
    / Harbachalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Schwarze Lacke am Gerzkopf
    / Schwarze Lacke am Gerzkopf
    Photo: Autor: Bernhard Ponemayr, TVB Annaberg-Lungötz
  • Selbstgemachte Köstlichkeiten zum Probieren und Mitnehmen
    / Selbstgemachte Köstlichkeiten zum Probieren und Mitnehmen
    Photo: Salzburger Almenweg
  • Draugstein
    / Draugstein
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal
  • Steinkaralm in Kleinarl
    / Steinkaralm in Kleinarl
    Photo: Agnes Moser, Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus
  • Dachsteinblick
    / Dachsteinblick
    Photo: Flachau Tourismus, Tourismusverband Flachau
  • Herrlicher Aussichtspunkt auf der Terrasse
    / Herrlicher Aussichtspunkt auf der Terrasse
    Photo: Salzburger Almenweg
  • Fundner Heimalm
    / Fundner Heimalm
    Photo: Salzburger Almenweg
  • Die Schartenalm unter dem Bratschenkop
    / Die Schartenalm unter dem Bratschenkop
    Photo: Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
Map / Long-distance hiking on the trail of the Blue Gentian
500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 m km 50 100 150 200 250 300 Landgasthof Reitsamerhof*** Mitterfeldalm Sennerei Schweizerhütte Erichhaus Logenplatz Schneeberg Schneebergkreuz Hochegg Brandner Hochalm Bockhartsee Hütte Tofernalm, 1.820 m Tappenkarseehütte, 1.820 m Ellmaualm Kitzstein (Gabel), 2.037 m Lackenkogel 2051 m Südwiener Hütte Rossbrand
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31 stages, 120 Alpine huts, 350 kilometres of hiking trails, special people, memorable encounters.

moderate
350.7km
123:00
20,158 m
20,158 m
all details

Whoever embarks on the "Trail of the Blue Gentian", finds happiness directly along the way: in 120 Alpine huts, with overnights in the hay or when eating Pongauer delicacies. In doing so, the Salzburger Almenweg (Salzburger Alpine Trail) and its hut people always tell stories of happiness and of a supposedly long lost world.

Author's recommendation

With the whole family on the "Trail of the Blue Gentian"

The Salzburger Almenweg is well marked: the blue flower of the Gentian shows the route through the mountains. A special incentive, especially for children, is collecting hiking stamps. The "bronze hiking pin" is awarded from the first stage. The stamp collection book is available in all tourist association offices in the valleys.

The family-friendly stages include the Stage No. 27 to Moosalm in Filzmoos which has a petting Zoo and children's playground. For even more variety for the whole family, there are entertaining themed trails such as the "Alles Alm" Trail in Obertauern, "Flori's Adventure Trail" in Flachau or the two adventure mountains "Geisterberg” in St. Johann-Alpendorf and "Wagraini's Grafenberg" in Wagrain.

Dogs are also welcome on the Salzburger Almenweg: simply ask the hut owners for the huts in which you can sleep overnight with your dogs. In the Arthurhaus on the Hochkönig (Stage No.2), there is a playground complete with swimming pool and obstacle course for dogs.

Difficulty moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2,465 m
525 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
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Dec

Round tour Round tour
With refreshment stops With refreshment stops
Suitable for families and children Suitable for families and children
Public transport friendly
Stage tour
Nice views
Cultural/historical value
Geological highlights
Botanical highlights
Faunistic highlights
Mountain railway ascent/descent
Insider tip
Summit tour
Healthy climate


Safety information

 Prior to every tour, make sure that all participants - including the kids - possess the necessary alpine experience and physical condition. Hiking in the mountains often demands surefootedness and an absence of any vertigo issues.

Precise planning - incorporating the use of tour descriptions and maps, information from the Alpine Association and locals (incl. your hut hosts) - has decisive benefits. Also insure you have appropriate equipment and clothing: Above all, sturdy shoes/boots with a high ankle and soles that provide good traction, as well as protection against the rain and cold, are all very important. The group should always maintain the speed of its weakest member. Pay special attention to anyone who is walking unusually slowly at the beginning of the tour.  And keep an eye on other group members for early signs of exhaustion.

Do not leave the marked paths and trails. Be very cautious when walking on steep grassy hillsides, especially when wet. Traversing steep fields of snow and/or glaciers is particularly dangerous. Don't kick rocks down the hillside, since you may injure other hikers. If you are forced to go through areas where there appears to be rockfall danger, do so one-by-one, quickly and without stopping.

 

 


Equipment

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

Tips, hints and links

www.salzburger-almenweg.at/en

Start

Pfarrwerfen (527 m)
Coordinates:
Geogr. 47.461608 N 13.199492 E
UTM 33T 364300 5258034

Destination

Pfarrwerfen

Turn-by-turn directions

The popular looping hiking trail leads right through the Salzburg Pongau region with its famous holiday areas such as the Salzburger Sportwelt, Tennengebirge, Grossarl Valley, the Gastein Valley, the Hochkönig holiday region, the Salzburger Sun Terrace and Obertauern. There are 25 towns in Salzburg’s Pongau region and they're all valley locations of the Salzburg Alpine Trail: from anywhere, hikers can head into the 350 kilometre long hiking trails and also descend again into a valley. There are 120 Alpine huts along the way in which you can rest or spend the night. Hikers can, but don't have to, head back into the valley. Whoever longs for a longer break from their daily routine simply remains up above in this summer Alpine meadow world with its people, animals and stories.

 

31 stages for all those who want to hike and climb mountains

The stages are varied and at different difficulty levels and are, to 90 percent, at over 1,000 metres above sea level. Many of them are suitable for families with children as well as for beginners. Others are reserved for experienced mountain enthusiasts and summiteers. In any case, the Salzburger Almenweg is a trail for all those who prefer the mountains. The shortest stage is only five kilometres long and can be completed in about 90 minutes. Trained hikers need up to nine hours walking time for the most demanding stages with 21 kilometres. In addition, stages can be combined with an additional summit tour: such as on the 2,941 metre high Hochkönig. On the well-designed website www.salzburger-almenweg.at, also "food connoisseurs", "herbalists" and "panorama freaks" find exactly those stages and mountain huts, which best meet their needs. Additionally, there are numerous variant proposals for individual route planning.

Cuisine, herbs and places of power

 

Whoever hikes, gets hungry, too: what luck then that it is tradition on the Salzburger Almenweg to feed hikers with delicacies. The cow’s milk is processed right on the spot and with handed-down methods into spicy grey cheese, mountain farmer’s mozzarella or dough cheese. Mostly the bread is also baked right on the mountain; syrup is made from wild herbs or Elderberry while Schnapps is made from Rowan berries or Pine cones. The bacon comes from the farm’s pig and the farmer’s doughnuts are baked in clarified butter. In Großarltal hikers are inducted into the "Großarltaler Mountain Secrets": in each mountain hut there is a special dish such as Kasnocken (cheese noodles) or Bauernbratl (farmer’s roast).

On numerous Alpine pastures, delicious herbs from the garden or the surrounding meadows enrich the dishes: such as on the Kräuteralmen on the Hochkönig. Special products such as herbal salt, blueberry vinegar or hay milk soap are produced on the Bürglalm, the Pronebenalm or the Dientalm.

In Filzmoos, "Places of Energy Hikes" invite you to pause and reflect: 16 places of energy have their special powers to help you switch off and recharge your batteries.

Public transport:

This tour is conveniently accessible by public transport.

Getting there:

Parking:


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s Map Recommendations

Die Stempelkarte und de Wanderführer sind ebenfalls in allen pongauer Tourismusverbänden kostenlos erhältlich.

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Difficulty moderate
Distance 350.7 km
Duration 123:00 hrs
Ascent 20,158 m
Descent 20,158 m

Qualities

Public transport friendly Round tour Nice views With refreshment stops Suitable for families and children

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  • 31 Stages

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - stage 1

8/27/14
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Tennengebirge
moderate Stage 1
11.4 km
4:40 hrs
1,163 m
186 m
from Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH,  Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - stage 2

Berghotel Arthurhaus Sommer
8/27/14
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Hochkoenig
moderate Stage 2
11.2 km
3:40 hrs
268 m
440 m
(2)
from Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH,  Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - stage 3

Ausblick auf den Hochkönig
8/27/14
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Hochkoenig
difficult Stage 3
18.7 km
7:00 hrs
831 m
1,554 m
from Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH,  Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 04

Panorama Meislsteinalm
5/30/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Hochkoenig
moderate Stage 4
7.2 km
3:30 hrs
164 m
789 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 05

Hirtenkapelle
5/30/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sun Terrace
easy Stage 5
8 km
2:30 hrs
54 m
683 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 06

Besuch bei der Kögerlalm
5/3/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Holiday Region Hohe Tauern National Park
moderate Stage 6
5.8 km
3:00 hrs
830 m
9 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 07

Heinreichalm
5/11/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Holiday Region Hohe Tauern National Park
moderate Stage 7
12.6 km
4:00 hrs
856 m
595 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 08

Kapelle oberhalb der Heinreichalm
5/3/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
moderate Stage 8
10.6 km
4:30 hrs
708 m
659 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 09

Pferdeherde vor der Schlossalm
5/4/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
moderate Stage 9
9.2 km
4:05 hrs
788 m
478 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 10

Rast auf der Gedauner Hochalm
5/4/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
moderate Stage 10
10.3 km
5:00 hrs
300 m
1,310 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 11

Bockhartsee
7/26/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
difficult Stage 11
11 km
6:00 hrs
1,118 m
700 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 12

Untere Astenalm
7/25/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
easy Stage 12
8.9 km
2:30 hrs
17 m
506 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 13

Badgastein im Herbst
7/26/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
easy Stage 13
4.5 km
1:30 hrs
163 m
185 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 14

Bad Gasteinerhütte
11/15/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
moderate Stage 14
16.4 km
8:30 hrs
1,480 m
1,573 m
from Tourismusverband Großarltal,  Tourismusverband Großarltal

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 15

Tappenkarsee bei Sonnenuntergang
11/15/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Grossarltal
moderate Stage 15
15 km
8:00 hrs
1,615 m
833 m
from Tourismusverband Großarltal,  Tourismusverband Großarltal

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 16

Enzian am Filzmoossattel
11/16/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Grossarltal
moderate Stage 16
8.3 km
4:00 hrs
581 m
557 m
from Tourismusverband Großarltal,  Tourismusverband Großarltal

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 17

Karseggalm
11/16/10
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Grossarltal
moderate Stage 17
15.3 km
7:00 hrs
621 m
756 m
from Tourismusverband Großarltal,  Tourismusverband Großarltal

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg stage 18

Kleinarler Hütte
5/17/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
difficult Stage 18
12.4 km
4:30 hrs
700 m
1,326 m
from Agnes Moser,  Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg stage 19

Steinkaralm in Kleinarl
5/17/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
difficult Stage 19
13.7 km
5:15 hrs
1,348 m
480 m
from Agnes Moser,  Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus

Long Distance Hiking Almenweg Stage 20 - Koglalm - Flachau

Ausblick ins obere Ennstal mit Dachstein
11/25/13
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
easy Stage 20
6.9 km
2:15 hrs
63 m
1,008 m
from Flachau Tourismus,  Tourismusverband Flachau

Long Distance Hiking Almenweg Stage 21 - Flachau - Zauchensee (Oberzauchenseealm)

Lackenalmen mit Lackenkogel (2050 m)
11/25/13
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
difficult Stage 21
16.5 km
7:00 hrs
1,381 m
748 m
from Flachau Tourismus,  Tourismusverband Flachau

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 22

Landschaft
5/18/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
easy Stage 22
5.6 km
2:44 hrs
183 m
460 m
from Altenmarkt-Zauchensee Tourismus,  Altenmarkt-Zauchensee Tourismus

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 23

Abstecher zum Johanneswasserfall
7/26/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Obertauern
moderate Stage 23
11 km
5:00 hrs
639 m
286 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 24

Rast beim Oberhüttensee
7/27/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Obertauern
moderate Stage 24
9.6 km
4:00 hrs
651 m
441 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 25

7/27/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Obertauern
moderate Stage 25
14.3 km
4:00 hrs
19 m
994 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 26

city walls with steeple
7/27/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Obertauern
easy Stage 26
8.6 km
2:00 hrs
182 m
219 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - stage 27

Wandern Roßbrand
5/24/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
moderate Stage 27
12.2 km
5:30 hrs
950 m
754 m
from Tourismusverband Radstadt,  Tourismusverband Radstadt

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 28

Salzburger Almenweg Etappe 28
6/7/13
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
difficult Stage 28
14.9 km
7:00 hrs
1,200 m
652 m
from Christine Schober,  Tourismusverband Filzmoos

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 29

Gerzkopf mit "Schwarzer Lacke"
6/7/13
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
moderate Stage 29
20.5 km
7:30 hrs
665 m
1,389 m
from Christine Schober,  Tourismusverband Filzmoos

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 30

Herrgottskreuz am Weg zur Karalm in St. Martin
5/31/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Tennengau
moderate Stage 30
12.2 km
6:00 hrs
927 m
348 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 31

Wegkreuz
7/25/16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Tennengebirge
moderate Stage 31
15.4 km
7:00 hrs
673 m
1,670 m
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg
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