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Salzburgerland Alps

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Why not extend your stay in Austria by combining our Maria Alm holiday with our Bad Hofgastein holiday?
  • Product Code 19690
  • Holiday Type Flora & Walking, Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking, Back To Back Holiday
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 4, Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 14 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. 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.

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.

An hour south of Salzburg lies the small spa of Bad Hofgastein. Don’t worry that you may never have heard of it - we think it is set to become a star of our Austrian holidays as it has everything you could want from the Alps. There is a well marked system of paths both above and below the tree line whilst mountain rail and cable ways, combined with an efficient Post Bus network, enable us to wander up into this mountain region. Our walks takes us to high peaks, remote lakes and meadows flush with wild flowers where you can contemplate towering snow-covered and glacier-adorned alpine summits. Lower down we can explore the forests and pastures and catch glimpses of Gastein’s gold mining past and the thermal springs that attracted royalty and celebrities in the 19th century and still attract visitors today.

Bad Hofgastein is located at the confluence of several valleys, so there are many and varied walks. Several of the walks take us along the ‘Salzburger Almenweg’, a long distance trail linking picturesque alpine farms where local cheeses and hams are produced. Peaks well over 2000m such as the Hüttenkogel can be reached as well as panorama paths and impossibly picturesque mountain lakes.

At the end of the day we return to the spa resort of Bad Hofgastein with its vast spa complex of pools and green areas in which to relax.

This two week holiday combines our one week Maria Alm holiday with our one week Bad Hofgastein holiday. A perfect opportunity to see two incredible walking destinations in one go!

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk below and above the tree line through pastureland, high mountain trails and forest paths. 
  • Discover the rocky peaks of the Hochkönig Massif. 
  • Follow challenging walks to peaks over 2000m. 
  • Use the summer ski lifts to potentially extend the walking to higher levels. 
  • Pass picturesque alpine villages and traditional farms where local cheeses and hams are produced. 
  • Make use of the local Wanderbus which travels along the valley stopping at all the major walking trails and in all the charming villages. 
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 or Gatwick to Salzburg (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
Please select Departure Date to view:

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 programme, 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.

    Grade 4

    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 local cake.  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 , 5½ 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, 4½ 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 Hundstein 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, 4½ or 5½ 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.

  3. Day 8

    Today we will say goodbye to Maria Alm before travelling to Bad Hofgastein by private transfer (approximately 45 minutes) to join the 7 night holiday in the Gastein Valley where we will stay in the Hotel Carinthia. You may be unaccompanied by your Ramblers leader for this transfer, however your leader for your second week in Bad Hofgastein will meet you at the Hotel Carinthia. 

  4. Day 9 to 14

    During our time in Bad Hofgastein, we will explore the area through a variety of exciting walks which may include one of more of the following examples.

    Grade 4

    The Hüttenkogel. This walk is ideal for a clear day as we make our way to fantastic views at the Hüttenkogel view point by continuing upwards from the top of the Graukogel chairlift. A perfect photo opportunity to capture the beautiful valleys and the mountainous back drop We will then follow the trails through the pine forest to the middle station of the chair lift.. 6.8 miles (11km), ascent/descent 460m, 4 hours 15 minutes.

    The Kaiserin Elisabeth promenade, the Naßfeldtal Weg and the Naturschauweg.  An enjoyable walk linking two hikes. We will walk along the valley floor to Altbockstein where we can discover the remnants of the area's gold-mining past. We will take the easy ascent of the narrow and sheer Nassfeldtal. We will break for lunch at Sportgastein before following the Naturschauweg looped trail back towards the bus to return to Bad Hofgastein. The trail is dotted with information boards (in English and German) describing the area's natural and human history.  Total walk 10 miles (17km), ascent 750m / descent 200m, total walk 5 hours 30 minutes. 

    There will be a rest day offered during the week. You can explore the local area or go further afield to places such as Salzburg (1 hours 18 minutes by train.) You can use the Almorama Card to receive free journeys on lifts in Gastein. You can also use the Gastein card for discounted bus rides around the local area. These cards are included in the holiday price. The tour leader will discuss the options available.

  5. Day 15

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

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich or Gatwick to Salzburg (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs 45mins
  • We can offer regional flight options (via Munich airport only) 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.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Carinthia

Bad Hofgastein is a charming spa and market village located at the confluence of several valleys with access to 2000m of walking paths in the area. The village hosts many concerts and events throughout the year, especially in the busy months of August and September. The village includes a variety of facilities such as a train station, cafes, bars, restaurants, bakers and the supermarkets are a 10 minute stroll away.

We stay in the very comfortable and traditional 4 star Hotel Carinthia. The location is perfect – surrounded by extraordinary mountains and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the town centre, spa centre and cable car station. The hotel has a garden, restaurant and bar area. There is a leisure area including a gym, indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Massage and spa treatments are also available at an additional charge.

The rooms are traditionally furnished with ensuite facilities and balconies. Facilities include a minibar, satellite TV and free WIFI. Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical ‘Austrian type beds’ which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets.

Hotel Niederreiter

Maria Alm is a traditional resort located in the middle of the mountains of the Steinernes Meer, the Hochkönig and the Pinzagu grass mountains. The village is dominated by its church with its 76m needle-like-steeple, the tallest in the Salzburgerland and one of the pointiest in Austria! Maria Alm is a very traditional alpine picture perfect village and is an ideal place to experience nature as its location is perfect for hiking, climbing and cycling!  The village band perform a live concert every Sunday and Tuesday evening (weather permitted) which is definitely worth a visit after an early dinner. The village includes a variety of facilities such as a small supermarket, sport shops, cafe's, bakeries, a post office, a village doctor, a bank and a tourist information centre.

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. All rooms have ensuite facilities with showers, a telephone, a safe, cable-TV and hairdryer. The bedrooms have Austrian style double beds which can be separated to make singles, and most rooms have balconies.