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The Harvest Festival in the Salzburg region

Time to hike and enjoy

Reddish-orange-coloured deciduous forests, a golden shimmer that envelops the landscape, and the gentle rustling of leaves under your hiking boots: there’s a reason why the autumn is considered a dreamy season for a break in nature and there are many reasons to take a hike at this special time of year.

In the Salzburg region, the transition period between summer and winter not only scores with moderate temperatures and an impressive natural backdrop. From the end of August, the Harvest Festival will arrive there and await you with an extra portion of enjoyment and tradition.

What is the Harvest Festival?

You haven’t heard of ‘Bauernherbst’ (Harvest Festival) yet? But you should! Because there’s hardly another time when hiking enthusiasts have so many opportunities to immerse themselves in the culture of the Salzburg region. From cattle drives to handicraft demonstrations to harvest festivities and ‘Frühshoppen’: various events in autumn definitely add the icing to the cake of any hiking holiday.

There is no question that the cuisine is not neglected either. Jammy ‘bauern krapfen’ (doughnuts), served in rustic huts, or a ‘Brettljause’ with a view of the most beautiful alpine pastures are the delicious reward for your hiking efforts. Although, between us, it’s actually no effort at all if you walk through the wonderful landscape and learn something about the customs of the region…

Our tour tips for the autumnal Salzburg region

Are you now interested in experiencing the Harvest Festival in the Salzburg region in all of its colourful diversity? Best at a walking pace? We have summarised the most beautiful tours for you at a glance.

The Pinzgau for Panorama fans

When it comes to panoramic hikes in Pinzgau, the name definitely doesn’t promise too much. In the midst of Salzburg’s three-thousand-metres peaks, you can let your gaze wander from the Hohe Tauern to the Steinerne Meer. The circular hikes over alpine pastures, along Lake Zell, on the Schmittenhöhe and in the Schwalbenwand show their particularly atmospheric side in autumn.

On the Way of St James from Salzburg to Tyrol

Have you always wanted to walk a part of the Way of St James? The pilgrim route from Salzburg via the Rupertiwinkel to Tyrol leads you past impressive sacred buildings and imposing mountain landscapes. And everything shines with a special glow in the golden autumn light – a sight that is definitely worth the effort.

Cross-border hiking on the Salzalpensteig 2

On the hiking tour from Bavaria to Upper Austria, you will also hike through the beautiful Salzkammergut. As the name suggests, active holidaymakers also walk in the footsteps of the ‘white gold’ - salt! A mineral that was particularly influential in the region and was once an expensive commodity. But the fantastic panoramas will also be your constant companion on the Salzalpensteig 2.

From Salzburg’s peaks to the Kitzbühel Alps

High altitude hikes in the Pinzgau and Pillerseetal regions. And those who walk between the peaks at a lively pace will catch a glimpse of Austria’s highest mountains. Our tip: Be sure to try regional specialities such as ‘Baldln’, ‘Nidei’ or ‘Schottnocken’ on site! And you will see, the Pinzgau as so much more to offer than a charming dialect!

More hiking tours in autumn

Didn’t find the right one for you among our tour tips for the Salzburg region? No problem!

Perhaps you will find what you are looking for on the numerous other hiking trips in autumn. Because in the third season of the year, other regions are also showing their colourful side!

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