Day 2 to 7
During our time in Maria Alm, we will explore the area through a variety of exciting walks which may include one of more of the following examples.
The Panoramaweg to Arthurhaus. This is a wonderful walk along the base of the Hochkönig massif range, undulating all the way to the top of the valley at the Arthurhaus. One of the best walks on the programme for wildflower lovers. From the Filzensattel car park we walk uphill to Pichalm and continue on the well marked path towards the Erichhütte, a good place for coffee and strudel. From the terrace on a clear day there are views as far as the Grossglockner. We continue to Vierhütten for our picnic lunch and a drink at the Alm, admiring the many wildflowers along the way. Mountain huts may be used for lunch – if you haven’t tried Kaiserschmarren, then this would be a good opportunity! From our final destination, the Arthurhaus, we catch the bus back down the valley. 7 miles (11.3km), ascent 400m / descent 300m , 5 ½ hours.
Maria Alm to Kronreith and Ramseiden. This walk allows us to explore the area directly north from Maria Alm. The paths are well made and some tracks take us through shady forest areas. We can stop for refreshments at Kronreith – probably our first taste of Apfelstrudel and cream! 8.5 miles (13.6km), ascent / descent 450m, 4 ½ hours.
Langegg. We start with a bus journey to a chair lift which takes us soaring up to 1450m before a steady climb to 1850m with surreal views across to the Hudstein and over adjoining valleys. The gradual ascent will allow time to see many alpine flowers before taking lunch at the Griesbachalm. We return through good forest tracks either to the chair lift or on a longer steady descent to Maria Alm. 7 miles or 8.5 miles (11km or 13.5km), ascent 450m / descent 450m or 1100m, 4 ½ or 5 ½ hours.
Usually on one of our evenings we are able to enjoy a concert of Austrian Folk Music (and alpen horns) in the village square. There will be a rest day offered during the week; there are several options including a visit to Salzburg (2½ hours by bus and train) or Zell Am Zee (20 minutes via Saalfelden), or visit the stunning Weissbach Gorge and lunch in a local gasthof. Alternatively, use the included Hochkönig Card to take the bus up to the valley to any of the villages and use the lift to visit the many alms higher up, relax and have some lunch or take a walk. The tour leader will discuss the options available. The Hochkönig Card is included and gives you free use of the local cable cars and buses in the Hochkönig area. The outdoor swimming pool in Maria Alm is also included.