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MARIA ALM

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Maria Alm is in the Hochkonig region of Austria, in the Salzburgerland close to the border with Germany.
  • Product Code 19670
  • Holiday Type Flora & Walking, Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking
  • Grade Grade 4, Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

One of Austria’s best kept secrets, Maria Alm is in the Hochkönig region of Austria, in the Salzburgerland close to the border with Germany. The valley is dominated by the rocky peaks of the Hochkönig Massif which provide the awesome backdrop for much of the walking. The main and side valleys boast 220 miles of hiking paths which are well marked and well maintained. The variety of walking is excellent, including forest paths, pastureland and higher mountain trails. Trails throughout the valley will appeal to those interested in butterflies and flowers. The rustic mountain huts are one of the area’s particular charms, these are magical places which provide welcome rest stops along the way with beer, coffee and apple strudel. One of our regular clients says this is the best moderate grade alpine holiday we have ever run… and has returned every summer since 2015.

There is a wealth of walking, from strolls through flower-filled meadows to more challenging walks to peaks over 2000m. We cover much of the 45 miles of the Königsweg long distance trail. We use the local Wanderbus which travels along the valley throughout the day and stops at all major walking trails and in all the villages. There are a number of ski lifts open throughout the summer, offering further possibilities to extend the walking to higher levels and with the opportunity to reach peaks such as Klingspitz at 1988m, Schneeberg at 1938m and Hundstein at 2117m. The local transport pass is included.

Why not combine our Maria Alm holiday with our Bad Hofgastein holiday? Please see our Salzburgerland Alps holiday for more details.


Holiday Highlights

Grade 4 Highlights

  • Alpine flower presentation from a local guide

Grade 6 Highlights

  • The Hochkönig Panorama Trail, with stunning views north to the highest mountain in the Berchtesgaden Alps.
  • Walk to the Klingspitz (1988m) with views all the way down the valley to Saalfelden.
 

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Half board accommodation
      Two walks, two leaders, two grades on some dates
      Local transport and lift pass.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/FL

  1. Day 1

    We fly from London Heathrow to Munich Airport. On arrival we travel by road for 2 hour 30 minutes to Hotel Niederreiter, Maria Alm, for 7 nights. On arrival and depending on our flight arrival time, there may be an opportunity for a short walking tour of the village with a local guide who will outline the history of the area with particular emphasis on the ancient pilgrimage church.

     

  2. 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. Grade 4: 7 miles (11.3km), ascent 400m / descent 300m , 5 ½ hours. Grade 6: 9.3 miles (15km) ascent 600m / descent 400m, 4 ½ hours

    Grade 4
    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.

    Grade 6
    Massingsattel. We start our walk along the river towards Waldhaus and Rohrmoos. Our path climbs steadily through forest until we reach Lechneralm with wide open views of the valley and Maria Alm below. From the Massingsattel at 1344m, the highest point of the day, we follow a pleasant forest path gently downwards to Brimbachalm for a picnic lunch. After lunch we continue to the Natrun lift station and take the list down to the hotel, or the more energetic can take the path down. 8 miles (12km), ascent 700m / descent 400m, 5 hours.

    The Klingspitz.  This high level walk takes us to one if the highest peaks in the area, the Klingspitz at 1988m. The views as you approach the summit are simply stunning stretching down the valley as far as Saalfelden.  A steady climb and many photo stops will see us at the summit just before lunchtime.  We will drop down to a col to take a picnic lunch after which we will continue towards Reicheralm and onwards to reach Dienten for our bus back to Maria Alm.  A long but rewarding day. 11 miles (18km), ascent 600m / descent 1000m, 6 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 (2 ½ hours by bus and train) or Zell Am Zee (40 minutes via Saalfelden.) 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 of 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 Hochk önig area. The outdoor swimming pool in Maria Alm is also included.

  3. Day 8

    Transfer by road to Munich Airport for return flight to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

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Hotel Niederreiter

We stay in the very comfortable family run three-star superior Hotel Niederreiter in the centre of beautiful Maria Alm. This Alpine style hotel has a sauna, Jacuzzi, small ‘swimming pond’ and free Wi-Fi. It has its own ‘Konditorei’ or cake shop, serving their homemade cakes, tarts and their own ice cream based on an original Italian recipe. Dinners consist of a four course meal including a choice of three main courses. Once a week there is a buffet evening with traditional Austrian music. All rooms have bath or shower/WC, telephone, cable-TV and balcony. The bedrooms have Austrian style double beds which can be separated to make singles, and most rooms have balconies.


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