Hiking in Obersulzbachtal

Hiking in the Hohen Tauern

In Obersulzbachtal, a side valley that belongs to Neukirchen am Grossvenediger, you are greeted by a great selection of hikes. Aside from the Venedigerweg, a family path with adventure-packed play areas for children, and the imposing Glacier Path, you will also be able to set out on an expedition to the top of the Grossvenediger, the highest of the Salzburg peaks. During your hike in Obersulzbachtal, you can look forward to an impressive natural spectacle.


Taxi into the Obersulzbachtal 
Tel. +43 664 9166718 (Berndlalm-Taxi)
Tel. +43 6565 6450 oder +43 6565 6243 (Venedigerbus)

From Parkplatz Hopffeldboden to the Berndlalm, Postalm and Materialseilbahn

Departure: 08.45 am and 09.45 am

Return: 2.45 pm and 3.45 pm

Pre-registration for the individual taxi operators is essential!

- Hiking in Obersulzbachtal -



Natura Trail Blausee

Natura Trail Blausee

- Venedigerweg -

Adventure Hike in the Valley of Red Stones

Out on the new Venedigerweg, children and their parents can experience the beautiful landscapes of the Wildkogel Arena in Obersulzbachtal. The new Venedigerweg leads from the Hopffeldboden car park through Obersulzbachtal Valley, past the Kampriesenalm to the Berndlalm. In a little more than one hour, families will be able to complete this hiking path that features several attractions sure to appeal to the youngsters, a suspension footbridge spanning 60 meters, child-friendly huts to rest and play, plus a unique view of the Grosser Geiger in the background. The path then continues deeper into the valley, past the Postalm and the Kürsingerhütte. This is also the starting point for an expedition to the top of the Grossvenediger.


Hi, Kids!

If you collect all of the stamps along this path, you will receive a gift either at the Berndlalm or Neukirchen Tourist Office!  WALK, SEE, REST, PLAY AND ENJOY You can experience all of this on the Venedigerweg!


Click here to download a passbook for your stamps  >>

- Natura Trail Blausee -

Blausee lake is located in a forest clearing at the entrance to Obersulzbachtal; an imposing body of water distinguished by its blue and turquoise-green color, in a nature sanctuary surrounded by a picturesque forest of spruce, fir, larch and alder. This small lake inside Hohe Tauern National Park was created around 100 years ago, after a 12 meters-high debris-prevention dam was built on the Obersulzbach. In 1987, the beautifully romantic area surrounding the lake was destroyed by flooding, the recreation area being restored once more in 2007. Today, the pristine waters of this lake provide a valuable habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna.

- Natura Trail Blausee -

This very popular recreation area has been adversely affected by severe weather in recent years. The infrastructure (such as benches, tables, trash-collection facilities etc.) have been replaced. Other improvements include reasonable parking regulations, opening the area to controlled cattle grazing as well as the installation of grill areas and toilets.

The lake has also been dredged in order to provide adequate habitat for fish and amphibians - the Blausee has long been famous for its unique fauna and flora.

The surrounding shoreline has been attractively redesigned, now also featuring information and theme boards.

 A cooperation between the town of Neukirchen, Neukirchen Tourist Office and National Park Headquarters has made this project possible, under the leadership of Michael Steindwender of the Austrian Forestry Service within the scope of an EU-funded Leader Project.

We wish to make this precious natural jewel accessible to the local public as well as our guests, in the hope that this fragile area will be used with the necessary respect and commitment to nature preservation.

Friends of Nature / NaturaTrails >>



- Description of NaturaTrail Blausee -

Start: bus stop "Neukirchen/Dürnbach"
Finish: bus stops "Wald Ortsmitte" or "Rosental"
Total walking time: 4 - 5 hours


Description: From the bus stop along the road in the direction of Sulzau where, at the first possibility, you will need to make a left, taking you past the Dürnbach to Sulzau. After crossing the railway tracks, continue on the path towards the Schiedhof (or Schütthof) and Untersulzbachfall (follow the signs). Passing Gasthof Schütthof, you will come to the start of the path leading around Sulzbachfall waterfall. We will start out to the left and hike across a small bridge into the forest. Time and again, we will encounter scenic points affording impressive views of the canyon formed by the Untersulzbach as well as rock walls covered with yellow, iridescent lichen.

Continue a little further up the waterfall to the next trail crossing, where you can drop down to your right, cross a bridge and return to the start. If you wish, you can continue on to the Hochfeld mine. Once you come to the end of this path, you will be able to return to the Schütthof, where you will then follow a narrow path to the left leading between farmhouses and across a meadow in the direction of Blausee.

Back again on the paved road, continue to the left on the Mitterweg. Following this road you will come to Gasthof Siggen. Continue straight to a forestry lane, which you will keep to until you reach the next trail crossing, where you will take the path that drops down to the Blausee. Once there, benches and tables invite you to enjoy a pleasant break. A path with info boards takes you around the lake, providing insights into unique aspects of the surrounding nature. Your return initially follows the same path as far as Gasthof Siggen, then you will branch left and cross the Obersulzbach. From here, a forest path brings you to Wald. Once you have crossed the river, it is only a few meters to the town itself. The bus stop is located in the town center. If you wish, you can shorten your walk by following the road to Rosental from Gasthof Siggen.



The Grossvenediger

The Grossvenediger

- The Bettlersteig Trail -

The Bettlersteig connects the two Sulzbachtal valleys. We advise taking the Valley Taxi from Neukirchen to Obersulzbachtal and the Berndlalm, where you will then begin the hike. Your hike up to the Bettler Scharte follows a road as far as the Berndl Hochalm. Here, the narrow hiking trail branches off, taking you gently uphill to the Kampriesen Hochalm and from there through a series of steeper switchbacks to the top of the 2,000 meters-high Bettler Scharte. The hike back down to Untersulzbachtal first leads you across the moderate hillsides of the Hochalm, but then crosses the Wechselklamm, dropping through some very steep terrain. Then, the Bettlersteig becomes more leisurely once more, crossing alpine meadows until you reach the Finkalm, where refreshments are available.

You will make your way back to Neukirchen via the Untersulzbachtalweg, or simply ride the Valley Taxi from Gasthof Stockeralm. The Bettlersteig occasionally takes you across steep terrain and is only recommended for experienced hikers. The actual hiking time from the Berndlalm via the Bettlersteig to the Finkalm, or in the reverse direction, is 3 to 3.5 hours.

- The Grossvenediger -

The Grossvenediger, a majestic peak seemingly as old as the world itself, is the main, highly glaciated summit of the Venediger Group, in the Hohe Tauern range on the border between Eastern Tyrol and Salzburg. At a height of 3,666 meters, it is the fifth-highest mountain in Austria and the fourth-highest located purely within Austria's borders. The name "Grossvenediger" was first documented as part of a border survey. Until then, the mountain had been known as the Stützerkopf. The origin of the name is unclear, though it is presumed to derive from the Venetian merchants ("Venediger" = "Venetian" in German) who once traveled through the region. Yet another oft-cited theory is the idea that, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Venice, though this has since been refuted. A first attempt to climb it was made by Paul Rohregger back in 1828. Setting out from Untersulzbachtal, he made it as far as the Venedigerscharte. On 9 August 1828, a 17-man expedition failed because of an avalanche, with Archduke John a member of the party, in its attempt to reach the summit.

Not until 40 years after the first successful climb of the Grossglockner, on 3 September 1841, a group led by Josef Schwab was finally able to reach the summit. Participants included Ignaz von Kürsinger, Paul Rohregger and doctors Anton von Ruthner and Franz Spitaler. The party set out from Neukirchen am Grossvenediger. Their route took them through Obersulzbachtal and across the Stierlahnerwand. Of the 40 men who took part in the ascent, 26 were able to reach the summit.

Themenweg Seebachsee

Themenweg Seebachsee

- Themenweg Seebachsee -

Der Rundweg zum Seebachsee startet am Parkplatz Hopffeldboden im Obersulzbachtal in Neukirchen am Großvenediger.
Auf Informationstafeln werden die typischen Lärchen-, Zirben- und Fichtenwälder, der Seebachsee und die Seebachalm sowie der Große Geiger als markanter Berg im Obersulzbachtal beschrieben.
Für die Seebachrunde wird der Anstieg über die Seebachalm empfohlen. Der Abstieg erfolgt über die "Monau" zur Berndlalm und weiter zur Kampriesenalm und zurück zum Parkplatz Hopffeldboden.

Die mittelschwere Wanderung erfordert eine Gehzeit von ca. 5,5 Stunden für die gesamte Runde.

- WildkogelAktiv Programm -

Grossvenediger Tour

- Grossvenediger Tour -




Minimum participation

Times on Trail

Included in the tour





- Grossvenediger Tour -

2-Day Tour (3,666 m)

An imposing high-alpine tour to the top of the tallest peak in Salzburger Land, the Grossvenediger at 3,674m. Accompanied by an experienced mountain guide, we will rope up and traverse the glacier in complete safety, having set out from Neukirchen and following the same route taken by the first climbers ever to conquer this mountain. This 2-day tour - which includes one night spent at the Kürsingerhütte - is technically easy, though physically demanding.


- Registration -

at the Mountain Guide Office in Neukirchen

Tel. +43 6565 6243


- Minimum Participation -

5 people (max. 8)


- Dates -

24 June - 24 September 2017


- Fee -

Package price: € 219.00 per person


- Times on Trail -

Day One:
from the valley station of the freight lift to the Kürsingerhütte ca. 2 hrs.

Day Two:
Summit ascent, depending on weather conditions 4 - 5 hrs., return descent to the hut ca. 3 hrs.,
hike down to the freight lift 2 hrs.


- Included in the Tour -

Mountain guide fee, Venediger bus, luggage transportation on the freight lift, overnight stay at the Kürsingerhütte (small dorm room), half-board, loan of equipment, Venediger T-shirt, certificate, "Beautiful Weather Bonus".

Appropriate equipment (clothing, shoes, protection against the sun and cold) as well as good physical condition are a must!


- Huts in Obersulzbachtal -


- Berndlalm -


- Postalm -

1.510 m


5741 Neukirchen

Familie Hofer

+43 6565 6566

+43 664 91 66 718

Link zur Live-Cam


- Berndlalm -

Almgasthof Berndalm is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. The Berndlam is a base for hikers to the Seebachsee, Foiskarsee, the Kürsingerhütte and even to the Grossvenediger!

Open from the beginning of May until mid-October.

The Berndlalm can also be reached using the Valley Taxi.

1.700 m


Obersulzbach 66, 5741 Neukirchen

Familie Pichler

+43 664 11 16 520

- Postalm -

You can reach the Postalm either on foot, by mountain bike, or in the comfort of one of the Valley Taxis.

From there, you will be able to enjoy glorious views of the Grosser Geiger, one of the most beautiful valley heads in the Hohe Tauern range.  

Open 14 days before Easter (for ski tourers) until mid-October.


- Kampriesenalm -


- Kürsingerhütte -

1.415 m


5741 Neukirchen

Familie Blaikner

+43 6565 6272

+43 676 93 78 271

- Kampriesenalm -

The Kampriesenalm in Obersulzbachtal was opened in 2013 and stands right next to the Venedigerweg.

It takes about 1.5 hours to hike from the Hopffeldboden car park to the Kampriesenalm.

The Blaickner family look forward to your visit.

2.558 m


5741 Neukirchen

Christina und Markus Egger

+43 676 7165221 oder
+43 6565 6450 

Link zur Live-Cam


- Kürsingerhütte -

The Kürsingerhütte lies inside Hohe Tauern National Park, amid the glacial world of the Grossvenediger, at the foot of the Keeskogel above the Obersulzbachkees.

It is the base for numerous mountaineering tours in the Venediger Group. 

Open 14 days before Easter until the end of September.


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Status Typ Name
I Wildkogelbahn I
II Wildkogelbahn II
III Smaragdbahn I
IV Smaragdbahn II
V Ganzeralm
VI Frühmesser
VII Pfeifferköpfl
VIII Braunkogel Schlepplift
IX Gensbichlalm
X Ganzeralm Tellerlift
XI Wolkenstein Tellerlift
XII Preimis Schlepplift
XIII Eggerfeld Anfängerlift
XIV Wennser Gletscher I
XV Wennser Gletscher II
XVI Kaserboden
XVII Wildkogelscharte I
XVIII Wildkogelscharte II
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
19 3 Ganzeralm
18 4a Wildkogelbahn Berg - Ganzeralm
18 4b Smaragdbahn Berg - Braunkogel / Ganzeralm
18 5 Pfeifferköpfl ("Autobahn")
18 6a Wildkogelbahn Berg - Gensbichlalm
18 6b Neukirchen Talabfahrt
20 6 Neukirchen Talabfahrt
18 7 Gensbichlalm
19 7 Gensbichlalm
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 1b Skiweg Stockenbaum
18 14a Skiweg Bramberg
18 14b Skiweg Smaragdbahn Mitte - Bramberg
18 15 Skiweg Neuhaus
22 32 Pfeiferköpfl
Status Name
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