Award-winning hiking paths
If you want to enjoy a wonderful walk out in beautiful scenery, then you could start by taking the Dorfj@t Natrun that starts practically on our doorstep. Younger guests especially like it, but it’s true to say that there are also some dads that are quite happy spending their holidays riding in the gondola lift.
The free hikers’ bus takes you to the start of walks a bit further afield. There are 340 km of very well-marked hiking paths, awarded the Austrian hiking seal of approval, so there’s sure to be something to suit everyone.
Take advantage of all the benefits of us being a Hochkönig-Card partner. We give you your Hochkönig-Card free of charge and it is valid for the duration of your holiday, giving you unlimited free use of the summer lifts and the hikers’ bus, giving you a great start for your hikes.
The card also gives you free entry to the open-air pools in the region, a free trip on the summer toboggan run, free entry to the National Park Centre at Mittersill, free bike transport, free GoPro hire, and much more besides.
Guided walks and mountain tours
For those who aren’t completely sure about their ability and level of stamina, or who don’t want to explore the hiking paths alone, or simply would rather enjoy their time in the mountains in a group, there are guided walks on offer, led by a state qualified guide.
Your guide will show you where to find the traditional mountain huts, and the nicest ridge walks around the Hochkönig. For more ambitious hikes, head up to the summit of the highest mountain in the region. Possible for everyone, and highly recommended, is a sunrise walk up to the Marbachhöhe with breakfast at the Lettenalm.
Mountaineering and via ferrata
There is a wealth of Alpine sports to be had on the Hochkönig, with the “Teufelslöcher” to climb through, challenging via ferrata, and countless climbing routes on the limestone cliffs.
There are also rewarding, and challenging paths taking you up to the various summits of the Steinernes Meer. Every keen mountain hiker should at least try the “standard route” to the Riemannhaus, and enjoy the amazing views across the Saalfelden basin to the Hohe Tauern mountains. Also, once you get to the Riemannhaus, you can then see how the Steinernes Meer (stone sea) gets its name.
There are in total 5 via ferrata in our region, ranging from the shorter, yet nonetheless challenging one on the Grandlspitz through to the extreme Königsjodler, the longest and most difficult via ferrata in the province of Salzburg.
We will happily give you tips, recommendations, and tour suggestions if you need any help.
If you are a keen climber, you don’t necessarily have to go far to access some great Alpine climbing spots. Very nearby are various climbing routes, accessible from the valley floor. The climbing garden in Weißbach (just 10 min drive) is one of the most well-known, and the Wiesensee area at Hochfilzen is highly recommended for beginners or children.
If the weather isn’t great, then there is indoor climbing available at Felsenfest in Saalfelden, a perfect playground for vertical acrobatics! It has 1700 m² of climbing area, with overhangs and an outdoor bouldering wall; plenty of fun for all the family.