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Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail

On eye level with Austria’s highest mountains

Our longing for open expanses and virgin nature is greater than ever before. With every meter of elevation you gain above the valley floor, you come closer to your true self. Experience the liberating feeling as you stride onwards eye-to-eye with the highest mountains in Austria, enjoying the alternation between genuine mountain adventures and the comfort zone of occasional detours back to the valley. The new Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail brings together all of this on 10 stages leading from Krimml Waterfalls to Lake Zeller See.

As of mid-May, it will be time to lace up your hiking boots, pack your rucksack and set out on a hike to experience the breathtaking sight of the 3,000ers of the Hohe Tauern range and sensations of boundless happiness. The new Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail starts right next to a true natural jewel, the world-famous Krimml Waterfalls, and leads you a total distance of 150 km ranging from 1500 to 2400 m above sea level, a hike via the sunny side of the Salzach River Valley to Zell am See taking 52 hours to walk. With average stages of roughly 5 hours and 15 km, the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is a perfect challenge for fit hikers.

Rated red, in other words intermediate, the clearly marked long-distance hiking path takes you along compacted trails which, in some cases, require a degree of surefootedness. But the breathtaking views from our local mountain, the Wildkogel, of the Klein- and Grossvenediger – “his ages-old majesty”, as Salzburgers often like to refer to it – as well as the sight of picturesque Habachtal, famous for the only natural emerald deposits in Europe, are ample reward for all your efforts.

Particularly pleasant: as a holder of the Nationalpark Card, which you automatically receive when you stay at a partner business, after a strenuous stage you will simply be able to float down to the valley on the Wildkogel lifts, then ride back up the following morning to begin the next stage – with the lift ride included free of charge. A really convenient feature, especially on our stages here in Neukirchen and Bramberg in the Wildkogel area.

Naturally, trail-hardened hikers can tackle the 10 stages in one fell swoop on 10 consecutive days. But in general, you will probably want to pick and choose just a few stages during any one holiday and combine them with several relaxed summer days spent in the valley.

 

Facts & Figures and Contact:

  • 10 stages
  • 150 kilometers total distance
  • Gains: 7037 vertical meters
  • Descents: 7346 vertical meters 
  • Total walking time: 52 hours
  • Lodgings available in the valley and on the mountains
  • If you book through Trail Angels, luggage transportation is also possible
  • Opportunities to ride mountain lifts or book shuttle services

 

Your personal booking through “Trail Angels” offers you complete freedom

The “Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail” is aimed at ambitious hikers: The stages are generally rated “intermediate”. We suggest booking through the platform “Trail Angels”: This agency for sustainable tourism will take care of your every need during your stay as well as on your hike. Accommodation categories, length of stay, shuttle services and luggage transfer can all be customized to your needs. The “Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail” is clearly signposted. When you book, you will receive comprehensive map materials along with a tour guidebook with detailed descriptions. GPS data is available for free download.

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"Light" variant for newcomers to long-distance hiking – alternative routes

If you are not quite ready for the long stages of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, you might want to satisfy your hiking urges on this new variant at moderate elevations. This easy alternative comprises four stages along the so-called Sun Path ("Sonnenweg"), a do-able hike even in bad weather or during the changing seasons. In addition, a perfect infrastructure including friendly huts and mountain inns provides hungry hikers with all the "creature comforts". This variant is ideal for a first taste of long-distance hiking. Or for families with children who don’t yet have the necessary stamina. That said, the scenery on this hike is also quite fantastic!

 

 

The 10 stages & alternate routes:

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Lifts
Pistes
Status Typ Name
I Wildkogelbahn I
II Wildkogelbahn II
III Smaragdbahn I
IV Smaragdbahn II
V Ganzeralm
VI Frühmesser X-press
VII Pfeifferköpfl
VIII Braunkogel Schlepplift
IX Gensbichlalm
X Ganzeralm Tellerlift
XI Wolkenstein Tellerlift
XII Preimis Schlepplift
XIII Eggerfeld Anfängerlift
XIV Wennsergletscher I
XV Wennsergletscher II
XVI Kaserboden
XVII Wildkogelscharte I
XVIII Wildkogelscharte II
XIX Ganzer X-press
XX Dürnbach
Status Typ Name
19 1 Wildkogelbahn Berg - Mitte
18 1a Wildkogelbahn Mitte - Neukirchen Talabfahrt
18 2 Pfeifferköpfl Berg - Smaragdbahn Berg
19 2 Wildkogelbahn Berg - Pfeifferköpfl
20 2 Pfeifferköpfl
18 3 Ganzeralm Blau
19 3 Ganzeralm Rot
18 4a Wildkogelbahn Berg - Ganzeralm
18 4b Smaragdbahn Berg - Braunkogel / Ganzeralm
18 5a Pfeifferköpfl (Autobahn)
18 5b Geisl Hochalm - Ganzer X-press
18 6a Wildkogelbahn Berg - Gensbichlalm
18 6b Neukirchen Talabfahrt
20 6 Neukirchen Talabfahrt
18 7 Gensbichlalm Blau
19 7 Gensbichlalm Rot
18 8 Gensbichlalm - Braunkogel
19 9 Braunkogel
20 10 Braunkogel - Ganzeralm
19 11 Braunkogel / Frühmesser Süd - Ganzeralm
19 12 Frühmesser - Ganzeralm
18 13 Frühmesser
19 14a Smaragdbahn Berg - Mitte
19 14b Smaragdbahn Mitte - Bramberg Talabfahrt
20 16 Braunkogel
18 17 "Skimovie" Rennstrecke
18 18 Funslope / Familypark
20 19 Ganzer X-press
18 1b Skiweg Stockenbaum
18 14a Skiweg Bramberg
18 14b Skiweg Smaragdbahn Mitte - Bramberg
18 15 Skiweg Neuhaus
22 32 Pfeiferköpfl
Status Name
Wennserloipe
Talloipe Bramberg
Loipe Neudau
Loipe Dürnbach
Loipe Rosental
Loipe Sulzau
Loipe Trattenbach
Loipe Schönbach
Loipe Einöd
Loipe Markteinstieg Stockerfeld
Status Name
14a Rodelbahn Bramberg
14b Rodelbahn Smaragdbahn Mitte - Bramberg
1b Familien-Rodelbahn Stockenbaum
15 Familien-Rodelbahn Neuhaus
Rodelbahn Kühnreit

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