About this Austria walking region
Salzburger Land is one of the most popular holiday spots in the Austrian Alps. The beautiful scenery, comprising sweeping valleys surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park, is a major draw card for visitors. Towns including Zell am See, Kaprun and Saalbach Hinterglemm are all attractively sited within the Park’s boundaries.
Salzburg is an important cultural centre with an interesting heritage. Salt, the essential condiment which gives the land its name, has been instrumental in the history of Salzburg – and it is often referred to as “white gold”. Trade was conducted via the River Salzach, which linked the capital with much of its hinterland.
The capital is also famed for being Mozart’s birthplace, and music is an important aspect of this region’s culture.
Walkers will be spoilt for choice. In addition to an extensive network of walking trails, there are no less than 185 picturesque lakes - including Wolfgangsee, the region’s largest - and some impressive mountain peaks, the highest of which is Mt. Grossvenediger at 3,666 metres (12,028 feet).
Walking in Salzburger Land
Whether you are seeking a gentle ramble or a more challenging hike, you will have plenty of alluring options in Salzburger Land. What makes this region stand out is the sheer number of marked walking trails (covering 7,200km/4,474mi of land) and the breathtaking landscapes. Gently rolling hills alternate with grassy mountains and rugged crags - and all of this is punctuated by a stunning collection of lakes.
To the south of Salzburger Land lie the ranges of the Central Alps where some peaks top 3,000m. The land is also bordered by The Dachstein Massif to the east and the Berchtesgaden Alps in the north.
A large part of the famous Hohe Tauern National Park lies within the southern section of Salzburger Land. Established in 1971, Hohe Tauern National Park was mapped out to protect the natural environment around the Hohe Tauern’s highest peaks. Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner, lies within the park’s confines.
Wildlife lovers will not be disappointed. Around one third of the land area here is a protected nature reserve. If you’re lucky, you may spot the elusive Alpine Chamois (a goat-antelope cross breed) and the rather more prevalent Murmeltier (marmot). For more information on the local flora and fauna and nature trails, the tourist offices in Badgastein, Zell am See and other towns and villages bordering the park will have a supply of leaflets to help guide you.
There are 1,800 hill farms dotted around the valleys, and 550 of them serve refreshments, so you are never too far from a cooling drink or a tasty local snack.
The area’s most visited spots are well serviced by transport, too. In summer, over 50 cable cars are in operation and valleys are connected by public buses and hiking shuttles.
The magic of the mountains, the power of the water ● Renowned health and wellness resorts ● From modern to tranquil and rural in Badgastein, Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein ● A paradise for hikers: 350km (217mi) of way-marked trails ● Into the mountains: easy access to National Park Hohe Tauern and the Dachstein Mountains.
Be enchanted by this tranquil and friendly valley ● Largely unspoilt, no through traffic ● 40 rustic mountain huts catering to walkers ● One of Austria’s award-winning hiking regions ● Guided walks and rambles organised by the tourist office ● 250km (155mi) of well-marked footpaths leading into Hohe Tauern National Park.
About 40km (25mi) south of Salzburg ● This is ‘Dachstein West’, an alpine paradise with some 300 walking and hiking routes ● Explore the Dachstein Alps, perfect for family-friendly fun and adrenaline junkies ● Mt. Große Bischofsmütze (2,458m/8,064ft) ● Via Ferrata ‘Donnerkogel’: total exhilaration for the experienced!
Unspoilt and little known outside of Austria, yet a great place to experience everything the Alps have to offer ● Just one hour’s drive south-east of Salzburg ● More than 470km (292mi) of terrific walking trails and scenic footpaths ● Nestled between the Niedere Tauern (Lower Tauern) and the gently rolling Nockberge range.
NP Hohe Tauern Salzburger Land
Varied landscape and endless hiking opportunities in the Hohe Tauern National Park ● Alpine grandeur – here you’ll find Austria’s highest mountains ● Daily guided walks led by national park rangers (Jul - Sep) ● Be delighted by the wildlife and gorgeous flower displays ● It’s easy to see why this place is meant to be discovered on foot!
Beyond Mozart… popular Alpine resort made famous by the Beatles (and their movie, Help!) ● Explore this beautiful landscape on foot: over 100km (62mi) of scenic and well-marked marked walking paths await ● Cable cars and Alpine huts in abundance ● Known as the “skiing capital of Salzburg”, yet a peaceful oasis in summer.
This is the ‘Salzburger Saalachtal’, north of Lake Zell (Zeller See) ● Hike the Loferer and Leoganger Steinberge Alps ● Over 110km (68mi) of clearly marked trails ● Sightseeing musts: Lamprecht’s Cave (one of Europe’s largest cave systems), Vorderkaserklamm (gorge with 51 footbridges) and Seisenberg Gorge (600m/0.4mi).
Nestled in the scenic Glemm Valley (Pinzgau) ● The gentle ‘Pinzgauer Grasberge’ and the rugged peaks of the Kitzbüheler Alps (Mt. Spielberghorn, 2,044m/6,706ft) ● Heaven for walkers: 400km (249mi) of footpaths, 4 cable cars and over 30 mountain huts ● “Lakes & Mountains” destination: located 20km (12mi) from Zell am See.
Adjoining Saalbach Hinterglemm (Pinzgau) ● Perfect for skiiers in winter – and for walkers once the ice has melted ● More than 400km (249mi) of well-marked walking and hiking trails, numerous mountain huts, cable cars ● The Leoganger Steinberge Mountains – at 2,634m (8,642ft) Mt. Birnhorn is the highest peak in the range.
Salzburg Lake District
Enjoy leisurely walks through delightful Alpine foothills, gently rolling valleys and lush green forests ● Perfect for exploring the splendours of Salzburg (20 min drive) ● Wonder at tranquil lakes: Wallersee, Mattsee, Grabensee, Obertrumer See ● Popular recreation area among locals; great for culture, cuisine and watersports too.
Salzburg Sport World
One of Austria’s top hiking regions; everything a walker’s heart desires ● Divine Alpine scenery and a playground for adventure and outdoor activities ● Charming Austrian villages, sitting at broad valleys in the dramatic Dachstein Tauern Alps ● Salzburger Sportwelt belongs to Europe’s most extensive ski region (Ski Amadé).
St. Veit im Pongau & Schwarzach
Who needs snow? Salzburger Land Alps are even better in summer! ● Walking here will send your spirits soaring ● High plateau dotted with charming villages ● The area is known as “Salzburg’s sunny patio” ● Easy access to Salzburg via trains and motorway ● Pleasant, mild climate ● St. Veit, the secluded and calm health resort.
Expansive region hemmed in by Alpine landscape on three sides: Osterhorngruppe, Tennengebirge and Gosaukamm (Dachstein Mountains) ● Mt. Bischofsmütze (2,458m/8,064ft) ● Pretty villages and vibrant towns ● Hallein, the famous Baroque town with some impressive salt mines ● This is the most perfect walking country!
Fabulous Alpine scenery awaits ● Succession of pretty towns and villages in the River Salzach Valley ● Walking routes to suit every ability level ● Austria’s most impressive waterfall: Krimmler Wasserfälle (380m/1,247ft) ● The lofty heights of the Hohe Tauern mountain range ● Marvel at Mt. Grossvenediger (3,667m/12,030ft).
Werfen and around Werfen
Tiny historic market town just 40km (25mi) south of Salzburg ● Located in a beautifully wild mountain landscape ● Between Mt. Hochkönig (2,941m/9,649 ft), the Tennen and the Hagengebirge mountain ranges ● Most famous landmarks: Eisriesenwelt (the world’s largest ice cave) and the curious Hohenwerfen Fortress.
Zell am See – Kaprun
One of the region’s most popular holiday spots ● Picturesque setting between Zeller See (Lake Zell) and Mt. Schmittenhöhe (1,965/6,447ft) ● Perfect base for trips to Grossglockner road and Krimml Falls ● The glacier-sharpened peak of Mt. Kitzsteinhorn (3,203m/10,509ft) ● Over 400km (249mi) of well-marked trails.
More great places to go walking in Austria:
Wachau Valley & Krems, Upper Austria, Steiermark (Styria), Salzkammergut, Carinthia, Tyrol - Central Tyrol & Innsbruck, Tyrol - North-Eastern Tyrol, Tyrol - Western Tyrol, East Tyrol, Vorarlberg