From: $1,380 USD
8 Days / 7 Nights
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Idyllic, mystic, and singular, the blue-green lake Königssee is imbedded into grand mountain scenery. The mountains are very high, but there are beautiful routes across to the next valleys. To see the sun rising over the steep rocks of the Stony Sea is really worth the effort. Alpine pastures are on the edges of the mountains and you’ll walk from mountain hut to mountain hut with exciting views to the Alps and glaciers. Some of you may know the city of Berchtesgaden where you’ll find the “eagle’s nest,” and also an interesting information center about the sad time and history of Obersalzberg, Hitler’s Mountain Resort.
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DAY 1 – Individual arrival at Berchtesgaden/Schönau
You can take the train from Munich or Salzburg to the Berchtesgaden train station. From there you can take a taxi to the starting hotel. Arrive at your leisure!
DAY 2 – National Park of Berchtesgaden – Seisenberg Gorge – Village of Weißbach – 11.5 miles (18.5 km, 5.5 hours)
+550 meters, -500 meters
We will meet you in the morning of the starting hotel to welcome you and outline the tour. Then we’ll transfer to the entrance of the national park of Berchtesgaden where the walking portion will start for the day. A beautiful trail will lead us up to a former miners hut and on over an alpine pasture down to the Saalach Valley. Along the way we will pass the impressive Seisenberg gorge. We’ll also visit the nice village of Weißbach.
DAY 3 – Grass Mountains to Dienten – 8 miles (12.5 km, 5 hours)
+930 meters, -750 meters
We’ll start the day with a transfer to the edge of the Grass Mountain where we’ll start up to the alpine pastures. Today there’s also the possibility to walk up to a small summit with a wonderful view of the Alps and glaciers, and perhaps of the lake Zellersee. Passing mountain huts, we will walk downwards to the mountain village of Dienten (or Hintermoos).
DAY 4 – Dienten/Hintermoos – mountain hotel Mühlbach – From hut to hut to the mountain hotel – 11.5 miles (18.5 km, 5.5 hours)
+640 meters, -210 meters
Today we’ll take one of the most beautiful alpine pasture hiking routes in Austria. Walking along the steep walls of the Hochkönig, we will trek from mountain hut to mountain hut over alpine pastures. A pastoral idyll as if freshly painted for a picture book.
DAY 5 – Rest day around the mountain hotel in Mühlbach
Take the bus to the valley or just relax in the hotel. Use the bus for free with local guest card!
DAY 6 – Mühlbach – Werfen – Train to Golling – 8 miles (13.5 km, 4.5 hours)
+120 meters, -950 meters
In the morning we will walk up to the Mitterfeldalm with a splendid view to the summit of the Hochkönig. We’ll then descend gently down along the old miner’s path to the Salzach valley, passing Arthuhaus and Werfen, where you’ll see the fantastic fortress of “Hohenwerfen.” It’s up to you if you would like to walk up the hill and see the bird-of-prey flight demonstrations and the collection of weapons. Afterwards we’ll go by train to Golling.
DAY 7 – From Salzburg to Bavaria: The Frontier Trail – 9 miles (15 km, 6.5 hours)
+1320 meters, -90 meters
Today we’ll walk up to the peak of the Jenner with a panoramic view of the whole tour route. A beautiful trail will lead us through the former archbishop hunting valley to the “wall.” There will be steep stone walls to the left, the right, and in front of you. You may not see the trail at first but it goes up and up to the alpine pastures and to the frontier of Austria and Germany. Again, it’s incredible scenery, and a very comfortable ride down into the valley by cable car. When you look right, you may just see the “eagle’s nest.”
DAY 8 – Tour Ends
Your tour ends today. Depart individually or have an extended stay at the lake Königssee.
Included in the tour price you’ll receive daily buffet breakfast and 5 dinners. For the buffet breakfasts there’s an assortment of cold meats and cheeses, eggs, bread, jams, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and tea. For lunches you will be in a town so you can find lunch at a restaurant on your own. Dinners are three-courses with either a set menu or a choice of two options. On two nights, dinner will be on your own, and you can choose one of many delicious restaurant options within easy walking distance from our hotel. We can accommodate many types of dietary restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy free. Please indicate these requests at the time of booking.
The hotels listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different hotel of equal quality.
Hotel und Gasthof Bergheimat
In the area where Bavaria borders Austria, the Hotel Bergheimat is located in Schönau am Königssee. A trip here offers a wonderful panorama against the majestic backdrop of the Watzmann Mountain.You will be surrounded by meadows and forests in a quiet, central location, just a few minutes walk from the Königssee natural lake. Not far from the hotel, you can visit a golf course embedded in mountain scenery, and then return to a comfortable and spacious room at the Bergheimat.
Landgasthof Seisenbergklamm offers accommodations in Weissbach bei Lofer, just 24 miles from Salzburg. The inn is the perfect starting point for numerous activities. The Adventure trail leads you about 2 hours through the whole gorge, where you gain many different perspectives on the terrain. There are even opportunities for canoeing and rafting in the area. The inn also has a beautiful sun terrace, where guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.
The Scherbinek family welcomes you to Hotel Hochkönig. Experience a traditional stay at the lodge, with modern amenities available, including an on-site spa. All rooms are equipped with a balcony, offering you unique, spectacular views. From here, you can enjoy the fresh mountain air on the trails, relax amidst the fragrant flower meadows, or enjoy a fresh glass of milk while watching farmers at work.
The Alpenhof Schwaiger is well-located on the side of the Hochkönig. The family-run hotel in Mühlbach combines traditional charm with coziness, pleasant relaxation and lots of fun. Many hiking trails are available at all difficulty levels, and you can even take a dip in a crystal clear lake. The country-style house will give you a comfortable place to rest after a day of exploring.
Hotel Goldener Ochs
The Goldener Ochs (Golden Ox) Hotel welcomes you to Golling an der Salzach. The structure was built in 1668, and since then the property has been a post office, a town hall, and (for the past 120 years) a hotel. Just 15 miles from Salzburg, the hotel showcases spectacular views of the mountains from the terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant after a day of adventure.
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