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Long-distance hiking on the trail of the Blue Gentian

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  • 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 - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • 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 - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Maurachalm
    / Maurachalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • 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 - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Filzmooshöhe
    / Filzmooshöhe
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • 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 - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Breitenebenalm, 1.420 m
    / Breitenebenalm, 1.420 m
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Unterwandalm
    / Unterwandalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Hachaualm
    / Hachaualm
    Photo: Agnes Moser, Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus
  • Wagraini's Grafenberg
    / Wagraini's Grafenberg
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • 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 - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Die Sulzkaralm
    / Die Sulzkaralm
    Photo: Christine Schober, © Coen Weesjes
  • Bürgerbergalm
    / Bürgerbergalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Radstadt, Tourismusverband Radstadt
  • Harbachalm
    / Harbachalm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • 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 - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • 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
217.9 mi
123:00 h
66135 ft
66135 ft
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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
8087 ft
1722 ft
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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May
Jun
Jul
Aug
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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 (1729 ft)
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 217.9 mi
Duration 123:00 h
Ascent 66135 ft
Descent 66135 ft

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

2014-08-27
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Tennengebirge
moderate Stage 1
7.1 mi
4:40 h
3816 ft
610 ft
from Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH,  Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - stage 2

Berghotel Arthurhaus Sommer
2014-08-27
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Hochkoenig
moderate Stage 2
7 mi
3:40 h
879 ft
1444 ft
(2)
from Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH,  Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - stage 3

Ausblick auf den Hochkönig
2014-08-27
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Hochkoenig
difficult Stage 3
11.6 mi
7:00 h
2726 ft
5098 ft
from Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH,  Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 04

Panorama Meislsteinalm
2016-05-30
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Hochkoenig
moderate Stage 4
4.4 mi
3:30 h
538 ft
2589 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 05

Hirtenkapelle
2016-05-30
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sun Terrace
easy Stage 5
5 mi
2:30 h
177 ft
2241 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 06

Besuch bei der Kögerlalm
2016-05-03
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Holiday Region Hohe Tauern National Park
moderate Stage 6
3.6 mi
3:00 h
2723 ft
30 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 07

Heinreichalm
2016-05-11
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Holiday Region Hohe Tauern National Park
moderate Stage 7
7.8 mi
4:00 h
2808 ft
1952 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 08

Kapelle oberhalb der Heinreichalm
2016-05-03
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
moderate Stage 8
6.6 mi
4:30 h
2323 ft
2162 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 09

Pferdeherde vor der Schlossalm
2016-05-04
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
moderate Stage 9
5.7 mi
4:05 h
2585 ft
1568 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 10

Rast auf der Gedauner Hochalm
2016-05-04
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
moderate Stage 10
6.4 mi
5:00 h
984 ft
4298 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 11

Bockhartsee
2016-07-26
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
difficult Stage 11
6.8 mi
6:00 h
3668 ft
2297 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 12

Untere Astenalm
2016-07-25
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
easy Stage 12
5.5 mi
2:30 h
56 ft
1660 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 13

Badgastein im Herbst
2016-07-26
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
easy Stage 13
2.8 mi
1:30 h
535 ft
607 ft
(1)
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 14

Bad Gasteinerhütte
2010-11-15
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Gasteinertal
moderate Stage 14
10.2 mi
8:30 h
4856 ft
5161 ft
(1)
from Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern,  Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 15

Tappenkarsee bei Sonnenuntergang
2010-11-15
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Grossarltal
moderate Stage 15
9.3 mi
8:00 h
5299 ft
2733 ft
(1)
from Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern,  Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 16

Enzian am Filzmoossattel
2010-11-16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Grossarltal
moderate Stage 16
5.2 mi
4:00 h
1906 ft
1827 ft
(1)
from Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern,  Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 17

Karseggalm
2010-11-16
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Grossarltal
moderate Stage 17
9.5 mi
7:00 h
2037 ft
2480 ft
(1)
from Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern,  Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg stage 18

Kleinarler Hütte
2016-05-17
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
difficult Stage 18
7.7 mi
4:30 h
2297 ft
4350 ft
(2)
from Agnes Moser,  Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg stage 19

Steinkaralm in Kleinarl
2016-05-17
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
difficult Stage 19
8.5 mi
5:15 h
4423 ft
1575 ft
from Agnes Moser,  Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourismus

Long Distance Hiking Almenweg Stage 20 - Koglalm - Flachau

Ausblick ins obere Ennstal mit Dachstein
2013-11-25
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
easy Stage 20
4.3 mi
2:15 h
207 ft
3307 ft
from Flachau Tourismus,  Tourismusverband Flachau

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

Lackenalmen mit Lackenkogel (2050 m)
2013-11-25
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
difficult Stage 21
10.2 mi
7:00 h
4531 ft
2454 ft
from Flachau Tourismus,  Tourismusverband Flachau

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 22

Landschaft
2016-05-18
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
easy Stage 22
3.5 mi
3:00 h
600 ft
1509 ft
from Altenmarkt-Zauchensee Tourismus,  Altenmarkt-Zauchensee Tourismus

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 23

Abstecher zum Johanneswasserfall
2016-07-26
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Obertauern
moderate Stage 23
6.8 mi
5:00 h
2096 ft
938 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 24

Rast beim Oberhüttensee
2016-07-27
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Obertauern
moderate Stage 24
6 mi
4:00 h
2136 ft
1447 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 25

2016-07-27
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Obertauern
moderate Stage 25
8.9 mi
4:00 h
62 ft
3261 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 26

city walls with steeple
2016-07-27
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Obertauern
easy Stage 26
5.3 mi
2:00 h
597 ft
719 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 27

Wandern Roßbrand
2016-05-24
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
moderate Stage 27
7.6 mi
5:30 h
3117 ft
2474 ft
from Tourismusverband Radstadt,  Tourismusverband Radstadt

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 28

Salzburger Almenweg Etappe 28
2013-06-07
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
difficult Stage 28
9.3 mi
7:00 h
3937 ft
2139 ft
from Christine Schober,  Tourismusverband Filzmoos

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 29

Gerzkopf mit "Schwarzer Lacke"
2013-06-07
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Salzburg Sports World
moderate Stage 29
12.8 mi
7:30 h
2182 ft
4557 ft
from Christine Schober,  Tourismusverband Filzmoos

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 30

Herrgottskreuz am Weg zur Karalm in St. Martin
2016-05-31
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Tennengau
moderate Stage 30
7.6 mi
6:00 h
3041 ft
1142 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg

Long Distance Hiking Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 31

Wegkreuz
2016-07-25
Long Distance Hiking Long Distance Hiking • Tennengebirge
moderate Stage 31
9.6 mi
7:00 h
2208 ft
5479 ft
from Salzburger Almenweg,  Salzburger Almenweg
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