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Idyllic boat trip at the Chiemsee
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Salzalpensteig – Hiking Trail 1

On ancient Salt Paths from Lake Chiemsee to Lake Königssee.

The long hike from Chiemsee to Königssee offers a varied landscape. Lovely shores are followed by historic salt mines and the steep edged mountain walls of the Chiemgau Alps and the Steinerne Meer. On this hike you’ll find green-blue mountain lakes, scenic nature reserves and lots to learn about the white gold.

Details about the long hike on the Salzalpensteig 1

Typical Bavarian farms and a quiet nature reserve kick off your hike on the Chiemsee. A valley trail takes you to the famous resort of Winkl, from where you can hike past the Biathlon Arena in Ruhpolding. With a little luck, you can watch the roll ski training there. The brine pipeline trail finally brings you to Schönau and the green Königssee. Your constant companions along the entire route: panoramic views and thundering waterfalls.

Highlights of the Salzalpensteig 1:

  • Crystal clear mountain lake: The ascent to Taubensee is definitely worth it when you lay eyes on the wonderful green-blue oasis. Cool off your tired feet in the soothing water. 
  • Time to breathe: In the health resort of Inzell. Enjoy the typical Bavarian flair and treat yourself to a beer.
  • Rupertus Therme: Time to put your feet up. Tired muscles need to relax, and the best way to do so is in the comforting warm brine found here.

Useful information about this long distance trip:

It starts at the third largest lake in Germany – the Chiemsee. From there you walk along the romantic shores to Marquartstein. Idyllic alpine landscapes, high mountains and shady pine forests line your path. High up between Inzell and Bad Reichenhall is a delightful little mountain lake. The Thumsee not only guarantees a welcome cooling off for your feet. The lake is also perfect for a summer swim. The eight-day solo hike is not only varied, it also proves to be challenging in some sections. On average, you travel 18 kilometres per day, which takes about six hours each day. Some days you need sure-footedness and a head for heights.

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  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

The tour starts with a comfortable walk along the incredibly picturesque lakeside of Lake Chiemsee, through tranquil nature reserves near the reed belt. You encounter a charming landscape with little forest paths and typical Bavarian farm houses dotted around on your route to Marquartstein.

Hotel example: Wessner Hof

approx. 5 to 6 hours
21 km
490 m
470 m

Today prepare for an idyllic alpine pasture tour. After the ascent to the Schnappenkirchlein, where you have the best views of Lake Chiemsee, there are numerous alps inviting you for a break. The route continues past grazing cattle with views to steep summit flanks, then through lush meadows and shady forests into the well-known holiday resort Bergen.

approx. 5 to 6 hours
17 km
800 m
700 m

A breezy cable car ride will take you to Hochfelln, where you will visit the Taborkircherl and the impressive summit cross and enjoy a fantastic view of the Central Alps. About pastures and forest roads, it goes down into the mystical fairy tale forest. Soon after you reach Ruhpolding, the popular resort in the middle of the Chiemgau Alps.

Hotel example: Wittelsbach

approx. 4 to 5 hours
14 km
150 m
1.100 m

Along the river Ache to Lake Taubensee and from there a cable car ascent onto the Rauschberg with magnificent panoramic views. The descent leads via alpine pastures and past steep rockfaces, before you walk on forest and rural trails all the way to the climatic health resort Inzell. The typical Bavarian flair and the views onto the surrounding summits are best enjoyed with a cool ‚Maß’(1 litre) of beer in your hand.

Hotel example: Alpinhotel Inzeller

approx. 4 to 5,5 hours
18 km
110 m
990 m

Walk along the path of the brine pipelines and through the idyllic Höllenbachalm, where you can taste fresh dairy products from the own grazing cattle. The Salt Path leads you above the cute little mountain lake Thumsee, along forest paths with a view onto Bad Reichenhall. Past the Old Saltworks you reach this beautiful salt health resort, where the Rupertus-Thermal spa invites your muscles to some relaxation time.

Hotel example: Dora

approx. 5 to 5,5 hours
19 km
220 m
440 m

Short train ride and then ascent to a glorious and remote forest area. High-altitude paths with incredible panoramic views lead you along the mountainside with the ‚Steinerne Meer’ mountain range and the two summits Watzmann and Hochkönig in front of you. Then a short section along the brine pipeline path, before you ascend through the forest to the Grünstein mountain. Glistening deep down below you is lake Königssee, green in colour, with boat houses and little boats, set amidst the national park Berchtesgaden and is the picturesque finish of your hiking holiday.

Hotel example: Bergheimat

approx. 5 to 6 hours
17 km
1.100 m
1.110 m

Tour character

A week rich in variety with hiking tours along the old salt paths with a duration each of up to 6 hours. On some days surefootedness and a head for hights are required. You walk across picturesque mountain scenery with views onto steep, jaggered peaks, two marvellous lakes, gushing mountain streams and gorges.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
May 30, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020
Sep 14, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020
Saturday, Sunday
Season 2
Jun 15, 2020 - Jul 5, 2020
Aug 31, 2020 - Sep 13, 2020
Saturday, Sunday
Season 3
Jul 6, 2020 - Aug 30, 2020
Saturday, Sunday
Salzalpensteig – Hiking Trail 1 8 days, DE-KSWCK-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
629.00
129.00
689.00
129.00
729.00
129.00

Category: 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
May 30, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020
Sep 14, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020
Season 2
Jun 15, 2020 - Jul 5, 2020
Aug 31, 2020 - Sep 13, 2020
Season 3
Jul 6, 2020 - Aug 30, 2020
Prien/Environs
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Schönau
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
69.00
98.00
79.00
104.00
75.00
104.00
79.00
104.00
75.00
104.00
85.00
110.00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Cable car ascent Hochfelln
  • Cable car ascent Rauschberg
  • Ruhpolding-Card with countless services included
  • Entry old salt works in Bad Reichenhall
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • GPS-data is available
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service-Hotline

Optional extras:

  • Organized return transfer to Prien, cost EUR 75 per person (min. 2 persons, only on Sat). Advance reservation required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Train journey from Munich to Prien, duration approx. 1 hour. From Prien train station to the start-hotel either on foot or short bus/taxi ride.
  • Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces free of charge, no reservation possible.  
  • Return train/bus journey from Lake Königssee, duration approx. 2.5 hours (1x change trains).

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Special dates on request
  • Public transport fares, approx. EUR 6 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Thomas Wallner
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Ratings

4.6 of 5 Stars (8 Ratings)
5 stars
Gerhard G. DE | 06.10.2019
Salzalpensteig 1
Sehr schöne und erlebnisreiche Wandertour. Alles hat wunderbar geklappt, auch dank der hervorragenden Wanderunterlagen mit detaillierten Beschreibungen und alternativen Optionen. Die Unterbringung in den jeweiligen Hotels war sehr gut, trotz unterschiedlicher Kategorien. Ich kann von daher die Reise nur weiter empfehlen.
4 stars
Tim Jablonski DE | 26.09.2019
Anspruchsvolle, schöne Wandertour
Besondere Highlights dieser Tour waren der Thumsee, der Rauschberg und die Stoibermöseralm (die man sich beim Aufstieg über den Kroatensteig aber erst verdienen muss). Unbedingt um ein paar Tage in Schönau verlängern, damit man sich dort noch ein bisschen umsehen kann!
Thomas Wallner
Thomas Wallner answered:
Sehr geehrter Herr Jablonski, vielen Dank für Ihr Reisefeedback. Wir freuen uns, dass Ihnen Ihre Tour auf dem Salzalpensteig gefallen hat. Nach der Wanderwoche noch ein paar Tage in Schönau am Königssee zu verbringen ist natürlich ein perfekter Abschluss der Reise.
4 stars
Kalpesh P. US | 11.10.2018
Excellent hike and great service
Our first ever hike with Eurohike. In fact first ever hike in Europe. Trip is very well organized. On the first day they sent a person with travel documents. He was great, but I wish he had more answers to some of our questions to ease our minds. Directions given in the document are very good. But we still used the Kompass app as well as Google Maps to keep us on track. We got side tracked everyday since we were not good at paying attention to every small details in the instructions. But it was still easy to get back on the track. Hiking is moderately difficult and only one really hard day. But it was rewarded with beautiful views of the valley. The time estimates provided were probably for hikers faster than us. It usually took us 20-30% more of the hiking time than provided estimates. Views are beautiful along the way. And we loved Reit Im Winkel, Ruhpolding and Konigssee. We should have added an extra day at each of this villages/towns. Hotels were nice and clean and very accommodating. Hotel restaurants were able to accommodate vegetarians and actually food was delicious in all hotels. We would be using Eurohike again in the future.
5 stars
Gunnar S. DE | 11.07.2018
Schöne Wanderung - bestens organisiert
Die Wanderung entsprach voll unseren Erwartungen. Die zur Verfügung gestellten Unterlagen waren bestens, genau wie die Unterkünfte. Auch der Rücktransfer klappt zur vollsten Zufriedenheit. Ich kann Eurohike nur weiterempfehlen.
5 stars
Wouter Hagen NL | 06.06.2018
Sehr schöne Wandertour und wir haben uns gefreut mit der Hotelauswahl
Die Route war sehr schön mit abwechslungsreichen Umgebungen. Man braucht eine gute Kondition. Jeden Tag erreichten wir ein sehr gutes Hotel. Also jeder Tag war ein Highlight!
5 stars
Ulrich M. DE | 02.10.2017
Sehr schöner Weitwanderweg
Ein sehr abwechslungsreicher Wanderweg mit dem Etappenziel Königssee als absolutes Highlight! Leider musste ich die Etappe nach Reit im Winkl wegen schlechten Wetters abkürzen, daher kann ich die Abwandlung der ursprünglichen Route des Salzalpensteigs nicht beurteilen. Reit im Winkl selber ist aber definitiv eine Reise wert! Ich werde den Salzalpensteig im nächsten Jahr auf jeden Fall bis zum Hallstätter See weiterwandern !!! Die Tourenbeschreibungen von Eurohike waren sehr zuverlässig. Auch mit den Unterkünften war ich sehr zufrieden.
Thomas Wallner
Thomas Wallner answered:
Sehr geehrter Herr Meding, vielen Dank für Ihr nettes Feedback! Es freut uns sehr, dass Ihnen Ihre Wanderreise gefallen hat. Schade, dass Sie eine Etappe aufgrund des schlechten Wetters auslassen haben müssen. Wir freuen uns aber, dass Sie nächstes Jahr den 2. Teil des Salzalpensteig wandern möchten und wünschen Ihnen dann mehr Glück mit dem Wetter!
4 stars
Dirk Drögekamp DE | 25.07.2017
Schöne Voralpentour
Eine vielseitige und gut zu schaffende Wandertour im Voralpenraum mit Naturseen, Almen und Hochgebirgsblicken, mit schönen Alpenorten und angemehmen Unterkünften.
5 stars
Günter Lange DE | 14.06.2016
Sehr gut
Sehr interessant und abwechslungsreich. Die Übernachtungen waren gut ausgewählt.

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