Hiking on the SalzAlpenSteig
Stages 11 to 14 run through Tennengau
The SalzAlpenSteig is a certified "Premium Long-Distance Hiking Path", taking hikers on a 230-kilometer, 18-stage expedition through 6 regions in Austria and Germany. 4 of these lead through the Tennengau Region of Salzburg.
Magnificent mountain worlds, lush forests, glistening lakes and mysterious moors. These paths run like a common thread between areas associated with the region's salt-mining tradition. You will also pass by places with a rich history and countless exciting experiences of their own in store for you. In fact, each of the 6 regions greets hikers with an array of unique highlights. Other than the SalzAlpenSteig, 26 SalzAlpen Tours promise additional appealing hikes of their own.
THE SalzAlpenSteig - an OVERVIEW
- 230 km-long hiking tour
- 18 stages – 2 countries – 6 tourism regions
- Start/finish in Bavaria: Prien on Lake Chiemsee
- Start/finish in Austria: Obertraun
- 39 access points
- Hiking routes: moderate trails through low-lying mountains,
- Routes alongside Lakes Chiemsee, Königssee and Hallstättersee
- 466 meters above sea level (outside Kuchl) up to 1,663 meters (Hochfelln)
- Ideal hiking time: May to October, year-round in flatland areas
- Certified by the German Hiking Institute with the "Premium Hiking Path Seal of Quality"
SalzAlpenSteig iN Tennengau
If you would like to hike the full length of this trail, you will need to schedule in around 104 hours. That's approximately how long it takes to hike the entire 236.68 kilometers. The actual starting point of the SalzAlpenSteig is in Prien am Chiemsee in Germany. From there it leads you via Bergen to Inzell, Bad Reichenhall, Bischofswiesen and then Ramsau. Via Lake Königsee you will finally cross from the German side to Austria and Hallein - Bad Dürrnberg. And of course, you can begin your hike at any one of 39 different access points along the way - such as those here in Tennengau.
ONE STAGE AFTER ANOTHER: NUMBERS 11 TO 14 LEAD THROUGH Tennengau
The eleventh stage also happens to begin where salt in the region had its origins: in Hallein. To this day, the Hallein salt mine, Salina Celtic Village and Hallein Celtic Museum continue to tell the history of salt mining in much earlier times. The route then continues to Golling - past the Zinkenlift and the "Keltenblitz" alpine coaster. On the last part of this stage, you will hike in a basin formed by the tongue of the former Salzach Glacier, and through the enchanting riparian vegetation alongside the River Salzach.
The twelfth stage of the SalzAlpenSteig begins at the foot of Burg Golling, leading upriver alongside the Salzach through the wild, romantic Salzachauen. Accompanied by the high summits of the Tennengebirge, hikers are treated to a unique natural spectacle: The Salzachöfen is actually a river gorge which formed between the Tennen- and Hagengebirge ranges, with the Salzach cutting a fissure as much as 80 meters deep into the Dachstein limestone. The finishing point for this daily stage is Scheffau.
The thirteenth stage also rewards you with magical landscapes: Crystal-clear mountain tarns, imposing canyons and mighty waterfalls dominate the route from Scheffau to Abtenau. Via colorful flower-strewn meadows, forest clearings and forestry lanes, you will hike from one natural wonder to the next. Greeting you from afar are the Scheiblingskogel, the Grosser Traunstein and the Taborberg. Special highlights before you reach the end of this stage: Tricklfall- and Dachserfall waterfalls. Before the SalzAlpenSteig again leaves Tennengau, the fourteenth stage pays a visit to Annaberg. On the plateau above the Karkogelhütte, you are treated to a breathtaking panorama of the Tennengebirge peaks and the mountains of the Salzkammergut. A relatively short tour, though with more than enough in the way of gains, takes you from Annaberg up to the Gablonzer Hütte, making it the final stop in Tennengau.