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
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.
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.