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Hiking holidays in Austria

Enjoy unforgettable mountain experiences together with us

A hiking holiday in Austria is something very special indeed! Alongside its beautiful landscape, Saalbach Hinterglemm also offers 400 km of hiking paths of all difficulty levels. The host here and hiking guide Gerhard Kloimstein knows the Glemmtal valley like the back of his hand and loves sharing the most beautiful places with people from all over the world. The "Der Gollinger" in the heart of Hinterglemm perfectly unites hiking expertise with a warm Austrian welcome and Alpine relaxation.

Hiking in Saalbach – unforgettable mountain experiences

The Pinzgauer Grasberge mountain crest offers the perfect conditions for everyone regardless of whether you prefer leisurely tours through the mountains accompanied by wonderful views, secluded trails which wind their way through meadows and forests or mountain challenges for serious climbers at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres.

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The best hiking tours in Saalbach

The hiking tour options in the Glemmtal valley are as individual as the preferred routes of the hikers are varied. And all hiking routes around the "Der Gollinger" offer stunning views and beautiful scenery – Gerhard has named his personal TOP 3:

1. Hiking tour tip in Saalbach: “The Home of Lässig Walk”

With an altitude of 1,700 metres, 5 mountain peaks and ca. 22 kilometres, the “Home of Lässig Walk” in Hinterglemm represents a very special challenge. Enjoy the wonderful tranquillity of the valley head – far removed from bike paths, mountain lifts and busy roads, the beautiful tour takes you from the car park in Lengau to the Birgl and Schusterscharte via the Lindlingalm. From here it is a steep ascent to an altitude of ca. 1,985 m where the terrain becomes flatter. A stunning high-altitude plateau then leads you to the Mittagskogel before you reach the steep ascent up to the Teufelssprung. Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the whole valley as well as the best stretch to the Gamshag mountain. The well-signposted hiking path takes you past glistening mountain lakes and ponds, winds through beautiful alpine landscapes and rewards with unforgettable impressions!

My hiking guide tip: build up your strength on the cosy sunny terrace of the Lindlingalm at the start of the tour and take enough to eat and drink with you – there aren’t any mountain lodges serving food and drink on the “Home of Lässig Walk”!

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2. Hiking tour tip in Saalbach: Sunrise hike to the Staffkogel

“A magic dwells in each beginning” said Hermann Hesse and experiencing the rising sun bathing the whole valley in a golden light is a truly magical experience. The early morning peacefulness of the mountain is unique and the tour through the awakening nature is only accompanied by the twitter of the birds.

The Staffkogel mountain is an absolute favourite for a sunrise hike.

We begin the tour by car when it is still dark and head towards the valley head where we park the cars in the free car park. We then walk together with torches through the sleeping landscape until we reach the majestic mountain peak just before sunrise after climbing almost 1,000 metres.

The natural spectacle you see here will make you forget all the effort of the ascent – a breathtaking display of colours on the horizon welcomes the new day. The sky will be bathed in a vibrant shade of red whilst the alpine skyline of the mountain peaks forms a stunning contrast.

These are the moments which make a hiking holiday in Austria truly memorable. Sit down and marvel at the moment!

Gerhard’s hiking guide tip – take a small snack with you such as a piece of fruit and plenty of water to give you energy for the descent!

3. Hiking tour tip in Saalbach: a Pinzgau walk

Don’t be deceived by the name – almost 18 kilometres make this tour a challenging long-distance hike. The panorama along the way is unique with views of the Hohe Tauern mountain range, the adjoining valleys and the neighbouring state of Tyrol.

A relatively easy path takes you along the Berggrad. On this long distance stretch you ascend an altitude of approx. 600 metres.

You can start the Pinzgau walk in Zell am See and head towards Saalbach Hinterglemm or the other way around. Take the Schattberg X-Press in Saalbach as well as the Schmittenhöhebahn lift in Zell am See to reach the summit and for the return to the valley.

Together with the “Home of Lässig Walk” and the “7 summits”, the Pinzgau walk completes the popular HIKING CHALLENGE!

My hiking guide tip: there are no mountain lodges serving food or drink along the way. Take enough food and water with you and clothing for all types of weather!

A holiday in the mountains with your dog

As proud owners of a beautiful flat-coated Retriever called Lou, we are all too familiar with what a relaxing holiday in the mountains with your dog involves. In the "Der Gollinger", dogs are not only allowed but are also given a very warm welcome. Daily walkies into the beautiful landscape of the Glemmtal valley can start right on your doorstep.

Yvonne and Gerhard are happy to share their tips on good hiking conduct with dogs and reveal the best paths for a relaxing walk with your dog.

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Guided hikes & Nordic walking tours

Gerhard Kloimstein grew up in the mountains and his love of the nature here as well as his mountain guide training make him the ideal host for a hiking holiday in the mountains. He is able to provide details on tours of all levels and can accompany guests to the region’s most stunning mountain peaks.

His wife Yvonne, meanwhile, is dedicated to Nordic walking and offers regular tours before breakfast – after a brief introduction, guests can explore the region’s well-signposted trails.

“The journey is the reward.” (Confucius)

On their hikes through the beautiful scenery here, the Kloimstein family also often recognises this insight.

However, the destination is also often the reward and, in this way, make sure you enjoy every single moment on the peaks of the beautiful Pinzgauer Grasberge mountain crest.

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