Hiker at the Pilgrim Trail in Salzburg
Jacob`s pilgrim - hiking along the Salzach
Bridge with mountain view in Pinzgau

Pilgrim Trail from Salzburg to Tyrol

Mountains, lakes, rivers & Mozart.

The Salzburg Jakobsweg takes you from one landmark to another as it winds through the foothills of the Alps and across the German border into the Bavarian Rupertiwinkel. The archiepiscopal Salzburg, the inner mountains of Tyrol and impressive churches all line the path and reward you for your efforts. Experience it yourself, and find inner peace in your very individual pilgrimage on the Salzburg Jakobsweg.

Details on the pilgrimage route in Salzburg & Tyrol

The Jakobsweg takes its name from the disciple, and later patron saint of Spain – James. The saint has been revered as the patron saint of pilgrims since the ninth century and has since become king of the pilgrimage. The hiking route through Salzburg and Tyrol takes you past impressive mountain worlds and grand residences. Does that sound like the pilgrimage you have read about? Then don’t hesitate to do it like the many pilgrims before! Book this trip with Eurohike and experience an unforgettable hiking trip in the west of Austria.

Highlights of the pilgrimage trail in Salzburg & Tyrol at a glance

  • Excursion to the Trumer Lakes: In the north of Salzburg, water lovers are spoiled for choice. Three lakes (Obertrumer See, Mattsee and Grabensee) offer enough possibilities to take a dip.  
  • Crossing the border into the Rupertiwinkel: The Bavarian name ‘Rupertiwinkel’ has been given for a reason. The area is named after St. Rupert, today’s patron saint of Salzburg.   
  • Gorges and waterfalls: In Unken and Waidring you hike past raging streams and rushing mountain falls.

Useful information about the pilgrimage trail in Salzburg & Tyrol

Your very special pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Jakob begins with the journey to the Trumer Lakes. The Salzburg Jakobsweg then takes you through this lake district, into the old town of Salzburg and on to Großgmain, Bad Reichenhall, Unken and Lofer to the Tyrolean border. The daily routes are easy and mostly on paved roads. Two longer stages can also be shortened by bus on request. On average, you hike for around five hours a day, covering between 15 and 20 kilometres.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Transfer to the border in Oberofen on Irrsee, where the St. Jacob’s trail through Salzburg commences. Walk past green hills down to Lake Wallersee and through a nature reserve to Eugendorf.

Hotel example: Santner

approx. 6 hours
23 km
340 m
360 m

See the distant mountains which you will pass during the next days. Walk into Salzburg with unsurpassed cultural and clerical heritage, little alleys and magnificent places. Do not miss famous Salzburger Nockerl, a light and delicious sweet. Pilgrim’s church Maria Plain overlooks the whole city and is well worth a detour.

Hotel example: Ganslhof

approx. 4 hours
13 km
130 m
250 m

Across the city to Untersberg massif. At Schloss Marzoll you cross the German border and enter the lovely country Rupertiwinkl. The day ends in the Bavarian salt mining town of Bad Reichenhall. Visit the new thermal spa.

Hotel example: Dora

approx. 5.5 hours
17 km
190 m
140 m

Follow the flow of river Saalach back into Salzburg country. Past lake Saalachsee you penetrate into stunning mountain scenery and through wild and idyllic Saalach valley.

Hotel example: Kirchenwirt

approx. 5.5 hours
18 km
180 m
140 m

Continue along the Saalach to the widening valley around Lofer. This mountain village was able to preserve much of its quaintness and original charm. Surrounded by the steep mountain ridges ‘Loferer Steinberge’ you ascend to the Strub pass and continue on your way to the Tyrol.

Hotel example: Tiroler Adler

approx. 6 hours
21 km
380 m
160 m

Past lake Pillersee with its glittering waters and St. Jacob´s church on to the route to St Johann in Tirol. Enjoy the prospect of a hike with views of the Alps of Kitzbühel and the crags of the mountain range Wilder Kaiser.

Hotel example: Sporthotel Austria

approx. 4.5 to 6.5 hrs
26 km
320 m
450 m

Tour character

The walking tours are easy with two longer segments to master. However these can be shortened by bus, if required. Mainly asphalted roads, forest paths and mountain trails. You walk in valleys therefore only little change of altitudes.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
May 1, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020
Sep 7, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020
Season 2
Jun 22, 2020 - Sep 6, 2020
Pilgrim Trail from Salzburg to Tyrol 8 days, AT-SBWJW-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board evening meal 7x (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)

Category: 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
May 1, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020
Sep 7, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020
Season 2
Jun 22, 2020 - Sep 6, 2020
Trumer Seenland district
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St. Johann in Tirol
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Services and infos


  • 7 overnight stays, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Transfer from Trumer Lakes to Oberhofen
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service-Hotline

Optional extras:

  • If half-board: min. 3-course evening meal (sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Transfer from St. Johann in Tirol to Salzburg or to the Trumer Seenland district available upon request, approx. EUR 85 per person (min. 2 persons).


Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • By train to Salzburg and by bus to the ‚Trumer Lakes, approx. 45 min.
  • Car park: free hotel car park, no reservation required.
  • Return train journey from St. Johann in Tirol to Salzburg, duration approx. 2.5 hrs and by bus to the ‘Trumer Lakes’.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Helena Schwöllinger
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Helena Schwöllinger, Customer Service


4.8 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
5 stars
Marianne Wenger CH | 21.05.2019
Wandern ohne Ballast und Hotelsuche
Bestens beschriebene Routenbeschreibung, in weiten Teilen ein rundum gelungenes Genusswandern, Gepäcktransport hat immer geklappt.
5 stars
Astrid Prins NL | 09.06.2018
Neue Positivität gewinnen auf dem Jakobsweg
Es gab viele Highlights auf dem Jakobsweg. Als wir ankamen, war es das Abendessen, ein Urlaub, den wir in den Niederlanden nicht kennen. Bei der Ankunft war Party und jeder trug ein Dirndl oder Lederhose! Der nächste Höhepunkt war der Besuch in Salzburg, einer wirklich schönen Stadt. Die gut beschriebene Route, Möglichkeiten und Erfrischungen waren sehr gut, das Wanderwetter war leider zu heiß, eines Tages entschieden wir uns den Predigtstuhl mit der Seilbahn hinauf zu fahren. Es war toll, wir sind zu Fuß hinunter gegangen, es war wunderschön. Die Natur wurde immer eindrucksvoller und am allerletzten Tag erreichten wir das heilige Jakobskreuz. Es sah nicht wirklich wie ein hoher Berg aus. Obwohl wir nicht religiös sind, gab es uns Frieden und Positivität. Der Jacobweg ist normalerweise gut ausgeschildert, aber wenn Sie sich verirren und die Kirchen im Auge behalten, sind Sie immer auf dem richtigen Weg!
Katharina Pertiller
Katharina Pertiller answered:
Liebe Frau Prins, vielen Dank für Ihr Reisefeedback. Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Ihnen Ihre Wanderreise so gut gefallen hat. Wir hoffen sehr Sie bald wieder auf einer unserer Touren begrüßen zu dürfen.
4 stars
Carolien Sloetjes NL | 07.08.2017
Good trip!
This was a very nice trip. The hotels were nice and the meals were tasteful and gave enough energy to do the next-day hike.
5 stars
Dagmar Lütje DE | 20.07.2017
Entspannt den Alpen entgegen
Die Tour beginnt beschaulich, die Höhepunkte erlebt man besonders an den letzten beiden Tagen. Der Zwischenaufenthalt in Salzburg bringt kontrastreiche städtische Eindrücke. Die Touren lassen sich problemlos durch kurze Busfahrten abkürzen. Ein erholsamer Biergarten ist auf den einzelnen Abschnitten immer mit dabei!

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