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The Salzburger Almenweg is one of the most popular treks in Austria. This relaxed trek takes you "von Alm zu Alm", which means that you trek from one alpine pasture to the next. The Salzburger Almenweg is a 350-kilometer long trial divided into 31 stages. The beauty of this trail is that it can be easily divided into smaller sections, allowing you to choose your own adventure and to start and end the trek wherever and whenever you want.

The Salzburger Almenweg is divided into different stages with different difficulty levels which allow experienced mountaineers and families with little children to enjoy the beauties of the region. Moreover, many of the huts also allow dogs to spend the night so you don't have to leave your four-legged friend at home! It doesn't matter if you are trekking alone or if the whole family is coming along, the Salzburger Almenweg welcomes everyone!



Are you looking for a trekking adventure in Austria? Here are all our options for your next adventure!

Best season


The best season for the Salzburger Almenweg, like all hut-to-hut tours in Austria, is from mid-June to late September. During this period of time, you will enjoy good weather and most of the huts along the trails will be open. At the end of September, beginning of October, the weather starts to get colder and there isn't enough grass for the cattle. For that reason, the hut hosts have to get down to the valleys with their animals to feed them until the next season!



How do I get to the starting point of the trek? How do I return to my original starting point?


Each stage on the Salzburger Almenweg has it's own starting and ending point, which allows you to start and end the trek when and where you want to. The starting points of the 31 Salzburger Almenweg stages can be easily reached in many ways, by car, train, or plane.

By plane
There are flight connections from many European cities directly to Salzburg. More than 25 airlines connect Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Dublin, Amsterdam, London, Istanbul, and many other European cities directly to W.A. Mozart Airport in Salzburg. From the Airport, you can continue your journey by cab, public transport, or rental car to the starting point of your Salzburger Almenweg.

By car
If you live close to Salzburgerland or you enjoy road trips, you can easily access the stages' starting points by car. For example, if you come from the north (Munich/Salzburg) to Werfen (starting point stage 31), you should take the A8 and A10. Coming from the east (Liezen) to Radstadt, you can reach the starting point of stage 27 via the B320. From the south (Villach) to Flachau, the A10 will take you to stage 21. The wide net of roads makes it very easy to move around Salzburgerland, from one stage to the next, without any stress.

By train
Traveling by train is always a good idea in Austria. The wide and well-designed network of railroads allows you to travel in a relaxed and easy manner while enjoying the mountain views. Within the country, the Austrian Federal Railways take you comfortably to the starting points of the Salzburger Almenweg's stages. At the ÖBB website, you can easily find the trains' timetables and the best combination to get to your next adventure!

At the end of your trek, you will find several buses, shuttles, and hiker's taxis that will take you to your next destination. The region welcomes thousands of hikers every summer and has a good infrastructure when it comes to connecting each stage to the next.

Salzbuergerland: Salzburger Almenweg Map


Here is a map of the Salzburger Almenweg. The map shows the whole circuit, including all 31 stages, starting and ending in Pfarrwerfen (marked as "B").



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Stages and Itineraries on the Salzburger Almenweg


The Salzburger Almenweg includes 31 stages, each with its own highlights and beauty. Depending on whether you are traveling alone or with your family, and whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, there are different options for you to choose from. The Salzburger Almenweg is pretty much a "choose your own adventure" kind of path. It is possible to just do day-hikes and then return to the valley below and drive to the next starting point, or you can choose to stay in the mountains for several days, going from one hut to the next. Here are some recommendations depending on what you are looking for:

Full Salzburger Almenweg:


Stage 1:Pfarrwerfen -Arthurhaus
This stage is relatively long but easy.The hike begins at the train stop inPfarrwerfen, where you will also find plenty of parking. the path takes you through forests, and valleys, with magical views. At the end of the stage, a scenic trail continues steadily downhill to the Arthurhaus.

Length: 11 km
Walking time: 5 h
Altitude: 1250 m

Stage 2:Arthurhaus -Dientner Sattel
This second stage takes you through a scenic route without any significant climbs. This stage is accompanied by breathtaking panoramas of the main Alpine range and the southern walls of the Hochkönig. Along the way, numerous mountain inns allow you to stop, relax, and enjoy some refreshments.

Length:11.5
Walking time: 3.5 h
Altitude: 500 m

Stage 3:Dientner Sattel -Schneebergkreuz
Stage 3 starts at theDientner Sattel (car park) or the Birgkarhaus/Mittereggalm. On this stage, you will enjoy great views of Hochkönig. The trail includes steeper ascents through occasionally marshy terrain to the Schneebergkreuz. The panoramic views from this peak are the highlight of this stage!

Length: 5 km
Walking time: 3 h
Altitude: 650 m

Stage 4:Schneebergkreuz - Goldegg/Böndlsee
Stage 4 offers a scenic trail with a few steep descents. This stage starts at theSchneebergkreuz (1,939 m). If you want to start your hike on stage 4, you can get to the starting point of the trek by taking the Mühlbach lift and then walking up to Bergrettungskreuz (elev. 1,921 m) and from there to the Schneebergkreuz. At Gamskögerl you will enjoy panoramic views in every direction.

Length: 8 km
Walking time: 3.5 h
Altitude: 170 m

Stage 5:Meislsteinalm (Hike up from Goldegg/Weng) - Railway station in Lend
On stage 5 you will enjoy a forest path. After reaching the highest point of the trek at Meislsteinalm, you will continue your trek past Hackeralm and a set of switchbacks will take you to Böndlsee, where you can take a swim to cool down! At the end of this stage, you can choose to follow the road back to Goldegg-Weng – or take a right and make your way down to Lend.

Length: 7 km
Walking time: 2.5 km
Altitude: 330 m

Stage 6:Lend railway station - Drei Waller Chapel
This stage is a steep climb to the Kögerlalm. Stage 6 startsfrom the railway station car parktaking us uphill to the Höhenwart. Asteep forestry path takes you toKögerlalm. You then continue totheDrei Waller chapel.

Length: 5.5 km
Walking time: 3 h
Altitude: 830 m

Stage 7:Drei Waller Chapel - Heinreichalm
The Salzburger Almenweg runs behind theDrei Waller Chapeland makes its way up along a forest path to the Rauchkögerl. After passing a number of small ponds and moors, we now reach theHahnbalzköpfl. After theBernkogel, the ALmenweg branches off to the right. A steep series of switchbacks finally takes you to the end of this stage at the Heinreichsalm.

Length: 8 km
Walking time: 5 h
Altitude: 680 m



Stage 8:Heinreichalm - Biberalm
This stage of the Almenweg features wonderful views of Gastein valley and six alpine huts like a string of pearls. A saddle below the Tagkopf is the highest point of this stage. On this stage, you will walk through the Präau Hochalm, Präaubach, the Wölflam, and the Gröbneralm. The path will then take you to the Hohe Scharte and the Wetterkreuz, from where you can enjoy the impressive views out over the Gastein Valley. From here you descent to the Biberalm.

Length: 11 km
Walking time: 4.5 h
Altitude: 790 m

Stage 9:Biberalm - Schlossalm
Stage 9 runs through alpine pastures and forests. The path first takes you totheWiedner Alm,fording the Almbach stream and crossing over to the Kerscher Alm. From Brandner Hochalm, the Almenweg No. 127A takes you above the tree line on a steep climb up to a saddle and then toKleine Scharte, after which you will reach the end of this stage, atthe summit station of the cable lift.

Length: 6.5 km
Walking time: 4.5 h
Altitude: 700 m

Stage 10:Schlossalmbahn - Angertal
Stage 10 takes you through high pastures and alpine trails, on moderately difficult terrain. Via the H. Kreilinger-Steig, making a short, steep descent until just above the tree line, the Almenweg takes you along an almost flat trail to the Rockfeldalm. A steep ascent takes you thento the especially enchanting landscapes of theGadaunerer Hochalmen, located at an elevation of 1,800 m above sea level. From here you descend to Angertal.

Length:6.5 km
Walking time: 5 h
Altitude: 300 m

Stage 11:Angertal - Sportgastein
This stage of the Almenweg guides you through forest paths and high pastures. AfterSchattbachalm, theRupertiweg trail leads beyond the tree line and up to the Miesbichlscharte at an elevation of 2,233 m above sea level. Enjoy some hearty regional cooking at theBockhartseehütte withfantastic views stretching from the peaks of the Goldberg and Ankogel ranges, all the way down to the Nassfeld/Sportgastein. From the hut, the end of this stage is only 1 hour away.

Length: 9 km
Walking time: 6 h
Altitude: 1150 m

Stage 12:Sportgastein - Stubnerkogel lift
Stage 12 is a hiking path running steadily downhill. The stage starts at the Sportgastein car park. On the way, you will cross the Lange Brücke and theKesselfall bridges. Once inBöckstein, the trail takes usthrough town and alongside the river via theKaiserin Elisabeth-Promenade, until we reach the base station for the Stubnerkogel lifts.

Length: 10 km
Walking time: 2.5 h
Altitude: 20 m

Stage 13:Stubnerkogel lift - Kötschachtal
This stage is short and easy.As you leave the car park, head through the railway underpass to the main highway, cross the stream and then turn left ontoK. H. Waggerl street. Follow the path up toWindischgrätzhöhe and then the forest and meadow path will guide youbeneaththeGraukogel liftsand finally reaches the AlpengasthausRudolfshöhe. Then follow the steady downhill forest pathto the Kaiser Wilhelm-Promenade, which ends at the Kötschachtal car park.

Length: 5 km
Walking time: 1.5 h
Altitude: 220 m

Stage 14:Kötschachtal - Hüttschlag
This stage begins at the Hotel Grüner Baum and offers superb views of the Gastein Valley. As you go, you can clearly observe the changing vegetation as we increase in elevation, transforming from dense forest to open alpine pastures. If you want, on this stage, you can hike up to the Gamskarkogel at an elevation of 2,467 m, the highest grass-topped mountain in all of Europe.

Length: 14.5 km
Walking time: 6 h
Altitude: 1200 m

Stage 15:Hüttschlag - Draugsteinalmen
This stage is a strenuous trek starting out at 1,000 m, with 2 passes to cross at ca. 2,100 m. On stage 15, the Almenweg will take you through enchanting, open countryside. The stretchdown to the Tappenkarseehütte,Tappenkarsee,and Tappenkarseealm is the most beautiful of this stage.

Length: 16 km
Walking time: 7.5 h
Altitude: 1720 m



Stage 16:Draugsteinalmen - Ellmaualm
Stage 16 is a short, moderately difficult trek with a rather substantial climb to the Filzmoossattel at the outset. After reaching theFilzmoossattel, the Almenweg descends toFilzmoosalm. FromLoosbühelalm, stick to the left-hand footpath out to theWeissalm. FromWeissalm it is only half an hour to Ellmaualm.

Length: 10 km
Walking time: 4 h
Altitude: 650 m

Stage 17:Ellmaualm - Grafenbergbahn
Stage 17 is an alpine trail between 1,500 and 1,900 m of elevation, with 2 substantial uphill sections. From Ellmaualm hike across theHenerbichlalm totheKartörl, with magical views of the Hochkönig and Tennengebirge range. After theKleinwildalm, descend tothe Grosswildalm and then to the Unterwandalm. Where thetrail is joined by the hiking path from St. Johann/Alpendorfis where the actualascent to the Sonntagskogel begins. Then descend to the south and, at the junction, the path continues towards the summit station of the Grafenberg lifts from Wagrain, the endpoint of the stage.

Length: 17 km
Walking time: 6.5 h
Altitude: 950 m

Stage 18:Grafenbergbahn - Kleinarl
Today's stage follows an alpine path with a somewhat strenuous climb up to the Kitzstein (“Gabel”) and a long descent to Kleinarl. After reaching the summit ofthe Kitzstein, the trail descends along themountain’swestern flank. Make your way down the footpath into the valley. AfterHirschleitenbauer, the footpath to Keinarlbegins between the stables and the farmhouse, first crossing a meadow and then heading steeply down through the forest.

Length: 12.5 km
Walking time: 4.5 h
Altitude: 700 m

Stage 19:Kleinarl - Kogelalm
This stage is a continuous uphill hike to the Steinkaralm, following an alpine path. This stage guides you through enchanting larch forests, saddles, and ridges.

Length: 13 km
Walking time: 5.5 h
Altitude: 1450 m

Stage 20:Kogelalm - Flachau
Stage 20 guides you acrosswide-open ski slopes and high-alpine forests.This hike takes us primarilyacross the ski area, past numerous mountain inns including the Latschenhof, Jandlalm, and the Waldgasthof. AfterWaldgasthof, you will trek through a closed high forest, down to the forest path that will take you to Flachau.

Length: 7.5 km
Walking time: 2 h
Altitude: 10 m

Stage 21:Flachau - Zauchensee
This stage features an alpine path with a long uphill hike. Walking through beautiful forest paths you will reach Lackenalm, and then you will make your ascent to the Lackenkogel. You will then reach the Höchkessel doline or sinkhole, a depression in the ground, usually caused by a collapse of the surface layer of the terrain. You then follow another short climb to an alpine saddle, between Arche and Tagweideck, from which we descend into the extended doline of the Seekarkessel. Continue along the Almenweg down the access road to the Oberzauchenseealm.

Length: 17 km
Walking time: 7 h
Altitude: 1630 m

Stage 22:Zauchensee - Vordergnadenalm
This is an easy stage with a long descent, mostly on forest paths. FromOberzauchensee, follow abrief climb to the Stubhöheand along descent to the Vordergnadenalm.

Length: 6 km
Walking time: 2 h
Altitude: 190 m

Stage 23:Vordergnadenalm - Obertauern
Stage 23 includes a moderately difficult climb to the Süd-Wiener Hütte, followed by the relatively flat Hirschwandsteig trail. The path sometimes crosses fields of scree. Stage 23 guides you mostly through larch forests and fields of scree.

Length: 11 km
Walking time: 5 h
Altitude: 760 m

Stage 24:Obertauern - Oberhütte
On this stage, you will be able to appreciate the contrast between Obertauern’s highly developed ski area and a virtually pristine high-alpine world. The highest point of this stage is a saddle at 2100 meters, after which you will continue down to the Oberhüttensattel.

Length: 9 km
Walking time: 4 h
Altitude: 700 m



Stage 25:Oberhütte - Forstau
From the Oberhütte to the Vögeialm, the path goes steadily downhill, the rest of the way is either flat or gently downhill. This is a long but not difficult stage. During this stage, you will walk by the banks of the Oberhüttenbach and you will followa narrow gravel roadnearby the small Forstau-stream.Approximately 2 km before Forstau, join the romantic path called "Bachweg", passing the Lourdes Chapel - directly heading to Forstau.

Length: 13 km
Walking time: 4 h
Altitude: 30 m

Stage 26:Forstau - Radstadt
Stage 26 is an easy and short stage. The trek starts at the bus stop in Forstau and guides you through forests to Heimlscharte, the highest point (1,018 m) on this stage of the Almenweg. Then follow the Enns (Bike) Path, heading upriver all the way to Radstadt.

Length: 8.5 km
Walking time: 2 h
Altitude: 240 m

Stage 27:Radstadt - Filzmoos
Stage 27 is only moderately difficult. From the post office in Radstadt, follow trail No. 462. The hiking path guides you via high moors, a narrow pathway to Moosalm, and a forest path in from Moosalm on. A beautiful spot to rest and enjoy great views of the Dachstein Massif is theBischofsmütze.

Length: 12 km
Walking time: 5.5 h
Altitude: 950 m

Stage 28:Filzmoos - Hofpürglhütte
Stage 28 includes a shortstretch on the road, forest paths, and mostly narrow hiking trails. The highlight of this stretch are the bizarre limestone formations.

Length: 17 km
Walking time: 7 h
Altitude: 1200 m

Stage 29:Hofpürglhütte - St. Martin
Stage 29 guides you through alpine trails, narrow hiking paths, and some forest paths. From Hofpürglhütte, follow the Austriaweg to the west. Shortly before the Arzbergalm, branch off to the right, then immediately take the footpath (up and to the left) towards the forest. The climb up to the Gsengplatte and the Gerzkopf is the most strenuous portion of this stage. After reaching the summit, descent to St. Martin.

Length: 21 km
Walking time: 9 h
Altitude: 970 m

Stage 30:St. Martin - Dr. H. Hackel-Hütte
This stage begins at thechurchin St. Martin. After the hike up, stage 30 guides you through partially forest paths and magnificent alpine trails up toDr. Heinrich Hackel-Hütte.

Length: 13 km
Walking time: 6 h
Altitude: 1100 m

Stage 31:Dr. H. Hackel-Hütte - Pfarrwerfen
The last stage of the Salzburger Almenweg featuresTwo long descents, hiking poles are recommended, and one climb via a narrow path. FromDr. Heinrich Hackel-Hütte, descend to Wengerau to make your way to the other side of the valley. AfterWerfener Hütte starts the long descent toPfarrwerfen.

Length: 15 km
Walking time: 7 h
Altitude: 800 m

Popular multi-day hiking trails on the Salzburger Almenweg


The Salzburger Almenweg has different options depending on your fitness level and the type of activity you are looking for. Here are our recommendation depending on what your plans are:

Stages for families:

The Salzburger Almenweg is ideal for families who want to introduce their little ones to the world of hiking. Of course, the number of hours on the mountain and the difficulty level will depend on the age of the children and whether they have done this type of activity before. Here are the stages advised for families with children:

Family-friendly stages:1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 , 9, 12, 13, 20, 22, 24, 26,



These stages usually offer wide paths, short treks with little difference in altitude, and several options to rest and grab a bite along the way. Also, there are several points where you can catch a bus and go back down if the kids don't feel like walking anymore.

Hikes for experienced hikers:
If you are an experienced mountain goat looking for a challenge, the Salzburger Almenweg has stages for you too! When you come across one of the Salzburger Almenweg signs along the trails, you should follow those marked in red or black. These routes usually take you through mountain passes, up and down steep slopes, and include a significant difference in altitude.

Stages for experienced hikers: 3, 5, 15, 18, 21, 28, 29, 31

Truth be told, as we have said before, you can start and end the trek wherever and whenever you want. If you, however, have some trouble deciding which section of the Salzburger Almenweg to do, we can give you a hand. There are so many stages and regions to choose from that it can be a little chaotic, we know. Here are our recommendations:

4-day Hiking in Hochkönig:


Day 1,Stage 1:Pfarrwerfen -Arthurhaus
This stage is relatively long but easy.The hike begins at the train stop inPfarrwerfen, where you will also find plenty of parking. the path takes you through forests, and valleys, with magical views. At the end of the stage, a scenic trail continues steadily downhill to the Arthurhaus.

Length: 11 km
Walking time: 5 h
Altitude: 1250 m

Day 2, Stage 2:Arthurhaus -Dientner Sattel
This second stage takes you through a scenic route without any significant climbs. This stage is accompanied by breathtaking panoramas of the main Alpine range and the southern walls of the Hochkönig. Along the way, numerous mountain inns allow you to stop, relax, and enjoy some refreshments.

Length:11.5
Walking time: 3.5 h
Altitude: 500 m

Day 3, Stage 3:Dientner Sattel -Schneebergkreuz
Stage 3 starts at theDientner Sattel (car park) or the Birgkarhaus/Mittereggalm. On this stage, you will enjoy great views of Hochkönig. The trail includes steeper ascents through occasionally marshy terrain to the Schneebergkreuz. The panoramic views from this peak are the highlight of this stage!

Length: 5 km
Walking time: 3 h
Altitude: 650 m

Day 4, Stage 4:Schneebergkreuz - Goldegg/Böndlsee
Stage 4 offers a scenic trail with a few steep descents. This stage starts at theSchneebergkreuz (1,939 m). If you want to start your hike on stage 4, you can get to the starting point of the trek by taking the Mühlbach lift and then walking up to Bergrettungskreuz (elev. 1,921 m) and from there to the Schneebergkreuz. At Gamskögerl you will enjoy panoramic views in every direction.

Length: 8 km
Walking time: 3.5 h
Altitude: 170 m



8-day Hiking in Gastein:


Day 1,Stage 6:Lend railway station - Drei Waller Chapel
This stage is a steep climb to the Kögerlalm. Stage 6 startsfrom the railway station car parktaking us uphill to the Höhenwart. Asteep forestry path takes you toKögerlalm. You then continue totheDrei Waller chapel.

Length: 5.5 km
Walking time: 3 h
Altitude: 830 m

Day 2, Stage 7:Drei Waller Chapel - Heinreichalm
The Salzburger Almenweg runs behind theDrei Waller Chapeland makes its way up along a forest path to the Rauchkögerl. After passing a number of small ponds and moors, we now reach theHahnbalzköpfl. After theBernkogel, the ALmenweg branches off to the right. A steep series of switchbacks finally takes you to the end of this stage at the Heinreichsalm.

Length: 8 km
Walking time: 5 h
Altitude: 680 m

Day 3, Stage 8:Heinreichalm - Biberalm
This stage of the Almenweg features wonderful views of Gastein valley and six alpine huts like a string of pearls. A saddle below the Tagkopf is the highest point of this stage. On this stage, you will walk through the Präau Hochalm, Präaubach, the Wölflam, and the Gröbneralm. The path will then take you to the Hohe Scharte and the Wetterkreuz, from where you can enjoy the impressive views out over the Gastein Valley. From here you descent to the Biberalm.

Length: 11 km
Walking time: 4.5 h
Altitude: 790 m

Day 4, Stage 9:Biberalm - Schlossalm
Stage 9 runs through alpine pastures and forests. The path first takes you totheWiedner Alm,fording the Almbach stream and crossing over to the Kerscher Alm. From Brandner Hochalm, the Almenweg No. 127A takes you above the tree line on a steep climb up to a saddle and then toKleine Scharte, after which you will reach the end of this stage, atthe summit station of the cable lift.

Length: 6.5 km
Walking time: 4.5 h
Altitude: 700 m



Day 5, Stage 10:Schlossalmbahn - Angertal
Stage 10 takes you through high pastures and alpine trails, on moderately difficult terrain. Via the H. Kreilinger-Steig, making a short, steep descent until just above the tree line, the Almenweg takes you along an almost flat trail to the Rockfeldalm. A steep ascent takes you thento the especially enchanting landscapes of theGadaunerer Hochalmen, located at an elevation of 1,800 m above sea level. From here you descend to Angertal.

Length:6.5 km
Walking time: 5 h
Altitude: 300 m

Day 6, Stage 11:Angertal - Sportgastein
This stage of the Almenweg guides you through forest paths and high pastures. AfterSchattbachalm, theRupertiweg trail leads beyond the tree line and up to the Miesbichlscharte at an elevation of 2,233 m above sea level. Enjoy some hearty regional cooking at theBockhartseehütte withfantastic views stretching from the peaks of the Goldberg and Ankogel ranges, all the way down to the Nassfeld/Sportgastein. From the hut, the end of this stage is only 1 hour away.

Length: 9 km
Walking time: 6 h
Altitude: 1150 m

Day 7, Stage 12:Sportgastein - Stubnerkogel lift
Stage 12 is a hiking path running steadily downhill. The stage starts at the Sportgastein car park. On the way, you will cross the Lange Brücke and theKesselfall bridges. Once inBöckstein, the trail takes usthrough town and alongside the river via theKaiserin Elisabeth-Promenade, until we reach the base station for the Stubnerkogel lifts.

Length: 10 km
Walking time: 2.5 h
Altitude: 20 m

Day 8, Stage 13:Stubnerkogel lift - Kötschachtal
This stage is short and easy.As you leave the car park, head through the railway underpass to the main highway, cross the stream and then turn left ontoK. H. Waggerl street. Follow the path up toWindischgrätzhöhe and then the forest and meadow path will guide youbeneaththeGraukogel liftsand finally reaches the AlpengasthausRudolfshöhe. Then follow the steady downhill forest pathto the Kaiser Wilhelm-Promenade, which ends at the Kötschachtal car park.

Length: 5 km
Walking time: 1.5 h
Altitude: 220 m



5-day Hiking in Salzburger Sportwelt:


Day 1,Stage 18:Grafenbergbahn - Kleinarl
Today's stage follows an alpine path with a somewhat strenuous climb up to the Kitzstein (“Gabel”) and a long descent to Kleinarl. After reaching the summit ofthe Kitzstein, the trail descends along themountain’swestern flank. Make your way down the footpath into the valley. AfterHirschleitenbauer, the footpath to Keinarlbegins between the stables and the farmhouse, first crossing a meadow and then heading steeply down through the forest.

Length: 12.5 km
Walking time: 4.5 h
Altitude: 700 m

Day 2, Stage 19:Kleinarl - Kogelalm
This stage is a continuous uphill hike to the Steinkaralm, following an alpine path. This stage guides you through enchanting larch forests, saddles, and ridges.

Length: 13 km
Walking time: 5.5 h
Altitude: 1450 m

Day 3, Stage 20:Kogelalm - Flachau
Stage 20 guides you acrosswide-open ski slopes and high-alpine forests.This hike takes us primarilyacross the ski area, past numerous mountain inns including the Latschenhof, Jandlalm, and the Waldgasthof. AfterWaldgasthof, you will trek through a closed high forest, down to the forest path that will take you to Flachau.

Length: 7.5 km
Walking time: 2 h
Altitude: 10 m

Day 4, Stage 21:Flachau - Zauchensee
This stage features an alpine path with a long uphill hike. Walkingthrough beautiful forest paths you will reach Lackenalm, and then you will make your ascent to the Lackenkogel. You will then reach the Höchkessel doline or sinkhole, a depression in the ground, usually caused by a collapse of the surface layer of the terrain.You then follow another short climb to an alpine saddle, between Arche and Tagweideck, from which we descend into the extended doline of the Seekarkessel. Continue along the Almenweg down the access road to the Oberzauchenseealm.

Length: 17 km
Walking time: 7 h
Altitude: 1630 m

Day 5, Stage 22:Zauchensee - Vordergnadenalm
This is an easy stage with a long descent, mostly on forest paths. FromOberzauchensee, follow abrief climb to the Stubhöheand along descent to the Vordergnadenalm.

Length: 6 km
Walking time: 2 h
Altitude: 190 m

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Family in Salzbuergeland: The Salzburger Almenweg with Kids


Trekking with children, of course, depends on the age of the kids and how used they are to spending hours walking in the mountains. If you are planning a family trekking trip, the Almenweg is a great option. The Salzburger Almenweg is divided into several stages of different difficulty levels, some of them categorized as "family-friendly".

If you are going with kids, it is always advisable to choose easy trails with wide paths. Along some of the stages, you can also find some attractions aimed at keeping kids interested in the adventure, such as hanging bridges, themed paths, swings, and climbing stations.



The second stage, "Majestic Panoramic Views", is highly recommended for families with kids. This section of the Almenweg is an easy trail that has several points where you can jump on a bus and return to the starting point of the trek if needed. Stages 16 – 19, 20, 22, and 26 are equally family-friendly.

Hiking with kids can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping them interested in the adventure. We advise planning the trek in advance, choosing wide paths where they can run and jump freely without any dangers, and choosing realistic goals for each day. It is also a good idea to play some games along the way to keep them interested and motivated. If you are taking babies, a baby-backpack is advisable.

Are you planning a family trekking trip? The trekking routes in Austria are perfect for the whole family! Find out all your options here.


Walk the Salzburger Almenweg with your dog!


Another interesting fact about the Salzburger Almenweg is that it is pet-friendly. Dogs are allowed on all stages and most huts on the trail allow dogs to spend the night in their premises for a low fee, usually between EUR 5-12,- per night. Some huts even allow dogs for free!

If you want to take your four-legged friend on this adventure,you should think about the equipment in advance. Yes, equipment. First and foremost, the leash. A chest harness and a long leash are advisable so your friend can walk comfortably and with some kind of freedom. Also, always carry some extra water in your backpack. Although there are several streams where your dog can get a sip, some may be dry during hot summers.



An important thing to take into account as well is that there are other animals in the mountains, like cows, deer, horses or even sheep and goats. On the trails, there are signs that warn you about the fauna in the region and inform you in advance in case of an encounter. Should you find other animals on the path remember to always walk calmly with your dog on the leash, keep your distance, and do not approach them. Should any threatening situation arise, keep calm, and withdraw carefully with your dog. If an animal approaches you or your dog in a threatening manner, take your dog off the leash to allow both of you to retreat to safety.

Do you want to know which huts in the Almenweg welcome dogs? Contact our trekking experts, they can help you out!

Accommodation in Huts on the Salzburger Almenweg


On the Salzburger Almenweg, there are around 550 huts that offer accommodation and food to hikers and mountaineers. While staying in traditional mountain huts you will spend your nights away from the hustle and bustle of cities and towns below. Although booking the huts in advance is not compulsory, we highly advise doing so, especially if you are trekking with several other people. The huts usually provide bedclothes in their rooms and dorms, but if you want to carry your own sleeping bag, you can also do so.



At the huts, you will be able to get to know the hosts, their lives in the mountains, and enjoy delicious home-made meals, mostly with ingredients from their own farms. You could do daily hikes and then spend the night at a fancy hotel in one of the towns on the Almenweg, but we advise spending at least one night in one of the many options available in the mountains. Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, far away from the crowded and loud cities below!



Almenweg huts and COVID-19

With the current world situation, huts on the Salzburger Almenweg, like in all other hut-to-hut tours in the region, had to take some preventive measures. In order to be able to spend the night at a mountain hut during this time, the following rules apply:

- Do not visit the hut if you have symptoms
- Bring your own sleeping bag and pillow (no blankets provided!)
- Wash your hands regularly and keep your distance from other trekkers
- Facemask is compulsory
- Overnight only with previous reservation



Food on the Salzburger Almenweg


During your Salzburger Almenweg, you will have the pleasure of tasting some of the most delicious local dishes of Salzbugerland. Every hut offers a typical rettljause, a country dish including cheese, bacon, sausage, butter, and bread. On the huts, you can also find a wide range of local specialties, likeFleischkrapfen, Blattlkrapfen with sauerkraut,Bauernkrapfen,
Wetzstein noodles,pressed-cheese dumpling soup, cured beef, pork roasts cooked in a charcoal oven, a wide variety of cheeses, Kaiserschmarrn, and homemade pastries. The huts also offer fresh milk, homemade fruit juices, and home-distilled schnapps!



What are the Hiking Pins on the Almenweg?


While trekking on the Salzburger Almenweg, you can track your progress on your Guest Card, which you can get at anytourist office in the Pongau region. At any of thealpine huts located along each stage of the Almenweg, you can get the stamp corresponding to that stage. At the end of the trek, you can make your way to the closest tourist information office where you will be able to get the Hiking Pin corresponding to the number of stages that you have completed!

Bronze Pin: 1 stage
Silver Pin: 5 stages
Gold Pin: 10 stages
Diamond Pin: 31 stages

What should I pack for my Salzburger Almenweg trek?


Since the Salzburger Almenweg is not a technical trek, the equipment required is not technical and, if you enjoy walking in the mountains, you probably already have everything you need at home. Here are our suggestions for you:

- Rucksack
- Good and comfortable trekking shoes/boots
- Rain gear
- Lightweight trousers
- Hiking socks
- Comfortable shoes or sandals for the huts
- Sun cap
- Sunglasses
- Sun cream
- First-aid kit
- Snacks, drinks
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Sleeping bag (obligatory due to COVID-19 regulations)



How hard are the trails? Is the Salzburger Almenweg safe?


The Salzburger Almenweg has different difficulty levels so that everybody can enjoy the trails depending on their experience and physical state. From experienced mountaineers to families with small children, the Almenweg in Salzburgerland has options for everybody! On the Pongau region, you will find clear paths with well-signposted intersections. On each sign, you will find the trail number, the difficulty level, and the kilometers and walking time to each destination.

Color codes for the difficulty levels on the Salzburger Almenweg:
Beginner
Moderate
Mountaineer

Find here all the options for your Salzburger Almenweg! We have itineraries for all levels!


Where do I book my Salzburger Almenweg?


The Salzburger Almenweg offers the opportunity to embark on a completely self-guided adventure. The biggest challenge on the Salzburger Almenweg is not so much following the route, but booking accommodation along the way. If you need help booking accommodation for the entire Almenweg or just a few stages, we can give you a hand. Our trekking specialists can book accommodation for you, so you can prepare for your Almenweg adventure without stress. Contact our trekking experts today and start planning your trekking adventure in Austria! Also read about Mercantour National Park here.

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