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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, Multi Centre Holidays
  • 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

  • Hike 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.
  • Walk to the peak of the Hüttenkogel followed by a stroll through fragrant pine woods to the Palfner lake.
  • Ascend the Wetterkreuz with scenery of spectacular cliffs and verdant meadows.
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
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 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

  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

    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.  

    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

    Hüttenkogel and the Palfnersee. 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. We will then follow the trails through the pine forest to the Palfnersee. A perfect photo opportunity to capture the beautiful rich turquoise of the lake and the mountainous back drop. 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 in Altbockstein and Naßfeldtal where we can discover the remnants of the area’s 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 German) describing the area’s natural and human history. 10 miles (17km), ascent 500m / descent 200m, 5 hours 15 minutes.

    Grade 6

    The Schuhflicker. The Schuhflicker is one of the few limestone peaks in the area, producing incredible scenery of spectacular cliffs and lush meadows. This beautiful walk leads us to the Schuhflicker and to the idyllic Schuhflickersee below. We will utilise the Fulseck Gondola to reach the ridge line for more impressive views and descend to the valley from the mid-station before making our journey back to Bad Hofgastein. 6.8 miles (11km), ascent 620m / descent 1000m, 5 hours.

    Three Lakes Walk. This is a fine exploration over the Palfnerscharte visiting the much photographed Reedsee and the contrasting but equally scenic Windschursee. We walk the picturesque route from the Graukogelhütte to Palfnersee. The walk finishes on a long descent into Kötschachtal. 9 miles (15km), ascent 450m / descent 1350m, 6 ½ hours. 

    The Almorama Card and Gastein Card are included in the holiday price. The Almorama Card provides free or discounted journeys on lifts in Gastein. The Gastein card also provides free or

  5. Day 15

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

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Munich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.3hrs
  • 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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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

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.

Breakfasts and dinners are taken at the hotel. Breakfasts are a delicious buffet with a selection of organic and local products. Dinners feature international and traditional Austrian cuisine.

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.

All rooms have ensuites, telephone, cable-TV and hairdryer. The bedrooms have Austrian style double beds which can be separated to make singles, and most rooms have balconies.

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. Lunches are not included but can be taken in local cafe's or as a picnic.

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