Staff member on Tour: Salzburg Peaks & Kitzbüheler Alps

HIGH-ALTITUDE HIKING IN THE PINZGAU REGION AND THE PILLERSEE-VALLEY

In June I seized the early summery temperatures for my first hiking holiday this year. To choose a holiday was easy: due to my preference of high-altitude hiking tours I spontaneously went for our hiking tour Salzburg Peaks and Kitzbüheler Alps’.

Arrival at Maishofen

On Sunday afternoon I embarked together with my mother on the walk to Maishofen to the Hotel Schloss Kammer, the starting point of our hiking holiday. On arrival we immediately enjoyed the cordiality of the hosts and felt at home straight away. During our exploration tour through the palace with discovered the in-house chapel, the spa area ‘Badstub’n’ and the lavish gardens with swimming pond and herb garden. The perfect first impression of this traditional house was rounded off by an excellent dinner.

 

To Maria Alm via the ‘Schwalbenwand’-Summit

The initial rain was unable to dampen our anticipation of the first day of hiking. Only after a few minutes walking time the rain eased off and the sun appeared intermittently. After about a 3-hour long ascent we reached the summit of Mount Schwalbenwand on an altitude of 2011 metres. Unfortunately the visibility onto the surrounding mountain world was obstructed by clouds. Nevertheless we enjoyed the moment and then started our descent to Maria Alm. Shortly before the pilgrimage destination we enjoyed a hearty soup with a cheese dumpling in it at the inn ‘Gasthof Hinterreit’. In our hotel in Maria Alm, the newly refurbished Hotel Hinterreiter, we could not resist a plunge into the swimming pond. The in-house whirlpool provided optimal relaxation after our first hiking day.

 

Along the foot of the ‘Stoney Sea-Mountains’ (Steinernes Meer) to Saalfelden

Today’s tour started along the ‘tracks of the pilgrims’ at the foot of the ‘Stoney Sea-Mountains’. We then reached the Steinalm-alp via lovely forest paths. From here you get to enjoy a gorgeous panoramic view onto the surrounding mountain world with both the Leogang and Lofer Stone Mountains directly in front of you. In case the Steinalm-alp is open, we recommend a break there. After a short rest there we started our descent to Saalfelden. Here it is vital to take a short detour to the hermitage, an impressive memorial site built into the rock. Our hotel, the ‘Hindenburg’, exceeded all our expectations. Starting with modern and well-appointed rooms all the way to the lavish spa area, you have everything the heart desires. The absolute highlight is the roof terrace on the 6th floor, where a gondola was converted into a bio-sauna.

From Weißbach into the Pillersee-Valley

After an extensive special breakfast we started our third hiking day with a short bus ride to Weißbach. Right at the beginning you come across the impressive natural bathing area ‘Vorderkaser’. After that we recommend a visit to the ravine ‘Vorderkaserklamm’. After a longer ascent we reached today’s highlight, the alp ‘Hochkaseralm’ situated on an altitude of 1498 metres. During a break surrounded by grazing cattle we enjoyed the view onto the Lofer and Leogang Stoney Mountains. The descent led us via the alp ‘Niederkaseralm’ and the idyllic Grisel-valley. After a long day we relaxed in the swimming pool of the Hotel Pillerseehof and after that went on a short walk to Lake Pillersee.

 

Brilliant views en route to Hinterglemm

With grandiose sunny weather today we were picked up by the organised transfer and taken to Hochfilzen. From there the route took us along forest roads to the alp ‘Burgeralm’ and up to the refuge ‘Spielberghaus’. After a further ascent we reached the Bernkogel-peak at an altitude of 1740 metres, offering the most stunning view of the entire week. From here you truly have a good view onto all mountains and mountain groups, which you pass by in the course of the week – starting with the Lofer and Leogang Stoney Mountains, the Stoney Sea-Mountains and Mount Hochkönig as far as the Schmittenhöhe-peak and Mount Schattberg. Propelled by the fabulous view we gathered our strength for the ascent onto yet another summit, the Reiterkogel-peak on an altitude of 1818 metres. During a break at the alp ‘Reiteralm’ we enjoyed the perfect ending to our day with some wheat beer and black pudding. All this was topped once again by our accommodation, Hotel Reiterkogel. This hotel won us over in every department and we consider it probably one of the best hotels of this holiday. The spa area offers a very special feel-good oasis and the food could not be any better.

 

High-altitude Hiking Tour ‘Pinzgau Walk’

Since we decided against a day of rest in Hinterglemm in advance, we said our good-byes heavy-heartedly only after one night in Hotel Reiterkogel. After that we took the Schattberg-Express up to an altitude of over 2000 metres. With temperatures just above freezing we hiked along the ‘Pinzgau Walk’ on lovely hiking paths with permanent views onto numerous peaks of the Hohe-Tauern-Mountains boasting an altitude of 3000 metres. Inbetween we recommend you also attempt an ascent onto one of the numerous peaks with altitudes of 2100 or even 2200 metres. Towards the end of the final tour we had a break at the alp ‘Hochsonnbergalm’ and contemplated this marvellous hiking week over a glass of wheat beer and a traditional dish called ‘Salzburger Gröstl’. On top of the Schmittenhöhe-peak we once again enjoyed the view, before we took the Schmittenhöhebahn-cable car down into the valley.

 

A Perfect Tour for Summiteers and Gourmets

When I look back at this week, I really would love to return to this amazing hiking region immediately. It was a marvellous hiking holiday with fantastic summit hikes and breathtaking panoramic views.

The Pinzgau region and the Pillersee-valley are simply a hiker’s paradise. On top of that there are excellent hotels, where you get to recharge and enjoy delicious Austrian cuisine, which time and again provides tasty treats. Dear Summiteers and Gourmets – this is the perfect tour for you!

Yours

Thomas

 

2019
Alpine pastures hike with views of the Hohe Tauern
Tour character
Mountain Walking
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Austria

Salzburg’s Peaks & Kitzbühel Alps

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Every day greet new, impressive scenery as you meet a new mountain! If that is your wish, then the high altitude hike in the Salzburg peaks and Kitzbühel Alps is just the trip for you. Be it the Steinernes Meer with the rugged peaks of Leogang, the Loferer Steinberge or the double summit of the Pinzgauer Grasberge. On the hike you catch a glimpse of Austria’s highest peaks while enjoying Pinzgau’s culinary delights. Details of the high altitude hike in Salzburgs peaks & Kitzbühel Alps Do you like nothing better than flower-covered alpine landscapes and far-reaching views? Then the hike in the Pinzgau and Pillerseetal is perfect! Not only do you wander in the Steinernes Meer, with its rugged peaks, you also visit well-known holiday resorts. So Saalbach Hinterglemm, Zell am See or the Pillerseetal in Tyrol cannot be missed. In addition to the view of 30 three-thousanders on the Pinzgauer Höhenweg, you will also be spoiled with the culinary delights on offer. Food with Austrian names such as ‘Bladln’, ‘Buchteln’ and ‘Nidei’ will re-charge your batteries. They also taste absolutely delicious! Highlights of the high-altitude hike of the Salzburg peaks & Kitzbühel Alps at a glance: Zell am See and Saalbach holiday towns: Via the Lichtenberg Castle you reach the historic town of Saalfelden. Pillerseetal in the Steinbergen & Kitzbühel Alps: A lonely pass takes you between the Leogang and Loferer Steinberge mountains to Tyrol. Views of Austria’s highest peaks: The ‘King of the Mountains’, the Großglockner, the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, the Hohe and Niedere Tauern and the Bavarian Alps. Useful information about the mountain hike in the Salzburg Peaks & Kitzbühel Alps You start your eight-day high-altitude tour with a magnificent summit hike across the Kammerreggalm to the Schwalbenwand. You can expect an unforgettable hiking tour with fabulous views of the uniquely shaped mountain massif. In the footsteps of the pilgrims, you will hike through the fantastic high moors and through sunny pastures to the historic town of Saalfelden. The idyllic tour continues through the Gieseltal and along the wildly romantic riverbeds to the Pillerseetal. Finally, you will be rewarded with a view of the Kitzbühel Alps, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a swinging cable car. Over eight days you will conquer trails at altitude, covering approximately 15 kilometres per day. Mostly you hike on paths. However, this tour requires sure-footedness and a head for heights! Good basic condition is beneficial. Panoramic views and fresh mountain air – book your own personal hiking tour through the mountains of Salzburg and Tyrol!
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