Salzalpensteig-path: Bavaria & Salzkammergut Region

Hike path to St. Barholomä

Hike in Austria & Germany along the salt-route

Once high up in the mountains, once deep down in the valley: the new premium hiking path Salzalpensteig leads you to the most beautiful places of the alpine uplands and the low and high mountain ranges. The long-distance hiking path is open since the early summer of 2015, crossing borders through Upper Austria, Salzburg and Bavaria.

With Eurohike you can rest assured that you will not miss out on any of the highlights. Treasures such as Lake Königssee in the Berchtesgadener Land, Lake Chiemsee, the Salzkammergut region and the most stunning mountain panoramas await.

Salzalpensteig marking along the hiking path over Gosaukamm ridge

The Salzalpensteig-path in numbers

  • 466 m (near Kuchl) up to 1663 m in altitude (Hochfelln)
  • 100 hours of walking time
  • 230 kilometres on the long-distance hiking path 
  • 39 access points
  • 18 stages – 2 countries – 6 tourist regions
  • 2 tours by Eurohike along the route
Idyllic alpine scenery in the Tennengebirge region

Salzalpensteig-Path Highlights

Eurohike now takes you along two tours along the Salzalpensteig-path. On the Bavarian side you discover the German highlights of the hiking path. Tour number two starts in Bavaria and ends in the picturesque town of Hallstatt, the salt-cradle of Austria. We have summed up a few highlights of the tours for you:

  • Lakes such as Lake Königsee, Lake Chiemsee and Lake Hallstätter See
  • Mountain panoramas of Mount Dachstein, Mount Watzmann and Mount Wilder Kaiser
  • Cultural assets such as the salt mines in Hallein and Hallstatt or historic buildings and monuments
  • Enchanting ‚box seats’ for breaks and idle hours

The Eurohike service-extra with the  Salzalpensteig-Path

Eurohike takes over the entire Organisation of the Hiking Holiday. You do not have to worry about Day Finishes, accommodation and means of transport. What do guests really appreciate with Eurohike? The daily luggage transfer to your next accommodation.  You enjoy your daily tours even more with only a small rucksack for the day. Take a closer look at the Eurohike-Hiking-Plus:

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodations
  • Booking of all accommodations during your hiking holiday
  • Detailed tour documents for the route
  • If required: group tours with professional hiking-tour guide
  • Personal advice before you book

Do you want to find out more about the Salzalpensteig-path?

We are more than happy to answer you queries regarding the hiking routes along the Salzalpensteig-path with Eurohike as well as our services and service-packages!

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Wandertouren entlang des Salzalpensteigs

Tour character
Mountain Walking

Salzalpensteig – Hiking Trail 1

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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.
Tour character
Mountain Walking
Germany / Austria

Salzalpensteig – Hiking Trail 2

8 Days | Self-guided tour
On this hiking tour from Bavaria to Upper Austria, you literally hike the trail of salt! The regions in and around the Salzkammergut were built on this white gold. On the hiking tour you can expect to see breathtaking mountain ranges, lush green forests and meadows, as well as crystal-clear lakes. Anyone who has always wanted to know how salt was mined in the past will certainly get their money’s worth on this tour. Details of the mountain hiking tour Salzalpensteig 2 You will travel on well-marked hiking trails from the beautiful Königssee in Bavaria, through the Tennengebirge mountains, over the Dachstein region to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt. After a scenic boat trip to the legendary pilgrimage chapel of St. Bartholomä, the salt mines in Dürrnberg and Hallstatt are next on the agenda. Special panoramic views will be your constant companion on this trip! Highlights of the cross-border hiking tour: Unique views of the Tennengebirge, the Dachstein Glacier, the Krippenstein and many other imposing mountain ranges. Salt pipeline and salt mines: The historic mines on the Dürrnberg or in Hallstatt – choose one or visit both! Romantic huts can be found in Abtenau and Annaberg. Enjoy delicious regional delicacies on the rustic ‘Gsengalm’. Useful information about the hiking tour Salzkammergut Start your eight-day hiking holiday in Schönau am Königssee in the Berchtesgadener Land. From there you hike to Bad Dürrnberg, Hallein and Golling. Along the Salzach the paths then lead through the breathtaking Lammeröfen on the Pass Lueg. Finally you arrive in Scheffai, where you can see the Tennengebirge up close. Other idyllic places on the tour plan are Annaberg, Abtenau, Gosau with the Gosausee and Bad Goisern. On the penultimate day of the mountain hiking tour, you can stroll through the world-famous town of Hallstatt. Then let the evening end comfortably before heading home the next day. The trails are good, but require a good basic fitness on some climbs. Living traditions and panoramic views that are second to none – book your hiking tour on Salzalpensteig 2 now!

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