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The Kitzbuhel Alps and Peaks of Salzburg

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Homepage > Austria > The Kitzbuhel Alps and Peaks of Salzburg
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Saturdays and Sundays from 25th May to 15th September
  • Location: Maishofen (close to Zell am See)

Kitzbuhel Alps and Peaks of Salzburg

Tour Details

Come and enjoy a weeklong walking holiday in Austria, in one of the most beautiful regions. Walking at pasture level mostly above the tree line you shall have a few over 30 mountain ranges, mostly more than 3000m in height. This is the Pinzgau mountain range.  Each day you shall see breath-taking landscapes, the famous peaks of König Glockner, the Kitzsteinhorn-Glacier, High and Low Tauern and the Bavarian Alps, a true delight. They are some fine local delicious cakes and pastries to sample along the way to help you keep up your energy reserves. Another highlight of this walking tour is the idyllic Pillersee valley as you enter the Tyrol.

Starting Location

Maishofen (close to Zell am See)

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights bed and breakfast
  • 3/4star hotels and guest houses.
  • Information Pack
  • Welcome meeting
  • GPS files available
  • Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Sommerjoker card (cable car rides, guided tours, outdoor pool and more)
  • Cable car fare Schattberg and Schmittenhohebahn (mid June to end of September)
  • Smart Phone App for Navigation

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Extra nights
  • Bus Rides (Saalfelden to Weilbach, Pillersee to Fieberbrunn, Zell am See to Maishofen – Approx 12 euro per person)
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Info

Tour Characteristics

You will walk along beautiful high routes on well-maintained paths and forest roads. A couple of sections require surefootedness.

Walking with a dog

On this particular walking tour, you have the option of bringing your ‘four-legged friend’. When booking, simply let us know the breed and size of your dog. Possible additional costs are payable locally on-site.

Accommodation – Subject to Change

Maishofen:                        Schloss Kammer

Maria Alm:                         Hotel Niederreiter

Saalfelden:                         Hotel Hindenburg

Fieberbrunn:                    Hotel Tui Blue

Hinterglemm:                    Hotel Reiterkogel

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to Maishofen

During the day arrive to Maishofen which can easily be reached by train to the holiday resort of Zell am See and by a short bus ride to your hotel.

Day 2From Maishofen to Maria Alm/surroundings 10 miles 16km 1220/1190m up/down 3 hours walking on a valley hike, 6 hours on an alpine pasture hike.

Today will be a wonderful start to your weeklong walking tour. You shall start walking over the Kammereggalm to Schwalbenwand part of the Pinzgau meadow mountains. Now impressive views greet you of differently shaped peaks, the views are likely to be remembered long after the holiday. Now you follow a path through the forest of Hofer Plattl which leads you to the Hinterreit where you can take a deserved break. Then you continue past the chapel of peace to Maria Alm, an idyllic pilgrimage destination and farming village for overnight.

Day 3Maria Alm/surroundings to Saalfelden/Weißbach 8.2 miles 13 km 650/700m up/down, 4-5 hours walking time.

Today you first follow a trail that pilgrims followed centuries ago. Soon you shall hike up to a wonderful moorland region towards the rugged Steinerne Meer mountain tops. Now with lovely views around you as you follow some high altitude paths to Steinalm which is a cabin for refreshments situated on a sunny upland pasture. Now you descend passing a hermitage and via Lichtenberg the Knights castle and onto the historic town of Saalfelden.

Day 4Saalfelden/Weißbach to Fieberbrunn 11.2 miles 18 km 900/700m up/down 5.5-6 hours walking time.

Today you first hike up the ravine called the Vorderkaser outside Weissbach, beside a rushing stream towards Hochkaser a stunning hill pasture. Now, this isolated path traverses the steep mountain tops of the Leogang and Lofer mountains.  Now you hike passing Niederkaseralm and through the Griesel valley, the path goes along a wild and romantic riverbed into the wonderful valley of Pillersee with the backdrop of the Lofer mountains.

Day 5Fieberbrunn to Saalbach-Hinterglemm 12 miles 19km 1100/850m up/down 5-6 hours walking time

Today with the view of the Kitzbuhel Alps you follow a path through lush meadows into a deep valley. Above you are some cable cars of the Magnesitenbergwerk (a mine). The path will lead you to the Burgeralm. An ‘Alm’ is normally a hut offering simple refreshments. Here you can try the local speciality a desert call Buchteln. There are sweet rolls made of dough, normally filled with plum jam, and baked in a large pan so that they stick together. Now maybe feeling a little full you walk downhill on a beautiful forest path before climbing back to the famous holiday resort of Saalbach-Hinterglem.

Day 6 Mountain pastures loop tour 6.2 miles 10km up/down 450m 3.5 hours

Today you have a few options. You could take a day off altogether and just relax and maybe explore the shops. You could also take a circular walk to the end of the valley. This walk leads you past the Forsthof Alp to the Saal Alp and then onto Lindling Alp. Here you will find the suspension bridge that leads to the Baumzipfelweg. Enjoy the panoramic views over the valley.

Day 7Saalbach-Hinterglemm to Maishofen 10.6 miles 17km 450/490m up/down 6 hours walking time.

Some will day the best has been left to the last. Indeed today you shall enjoy one of the most beautiful high altitude routes of the Alps. From Saalbach you shall take the cable car to the Schattenberg, where you start your tour on the Pinzgauer Spaziergang. Now at an altitude of around 2000m and with marvellous views of the surrounding mountain tops, you continue to hike towards Schmittenhöhe. Here you shall be amazed by the 360 degree views of more than 30 mountains with an altitude of more than 3000m. At the end of your walk take the cable car down into Zell am See and the bus back to Maishofen.

Day 8Departure

NOTE: Cable car Schmittenhohebahn runs only from mid-June to end September, outside that time there is an alternative walk.


How to get there

Fly to Munich or Salzburg and then by train to Zell am See and then a short bus or taxi ride to Maishofen.

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