8 days
Duration
Easy
Difficulty grade
Austria
Location
July-September
Availability

  Breathe in the fresh mountain air of Austria’s largest UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

  Walk between imposing mountain ranges, gentle Alpine pastures and lush green meadows

  Delightful hiking trails in a pure natural environment

  Stay in the charming Alpine villages of St. Michael and Tamsweg and the rustic mountain hut Königalm

  The turreted medieval castle perched high on a rocky cliff in historic Mauterndorf


The idyllic natural landscape of the Lungau region in Salzburg offers the perfect setting for a refreshing and reinvigorating hiking holiday. Long regarded as a pure natural living environment with distinctive traditions and high biodiversity, the Lungau region was proudly recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2012. The international UNESCO title distinguishes particularly valuable living areas. The Lungau is now the biggest UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Austria and is considered a model region for sustainable development.

This is an area where life is lived in harmony with nature and, due to high elevations above 1000 m, the Lungau enjoys a climate which is ideal for invigorating summer walking. Well-marked hiking routes will lead you to traditional Alm huts, alpine mountain lakes and lush green meadows. From kids and beginners to experienced hikers, everyone will find hiking routes to suit their level.

8 DAY TOUR From €485 per person sharing*

*Reductions for children sleeping in their parents’ room (please enquire when booking)
*A supplement charge will apply to solo walkers.

ACCOMMODATION In charming  ***inns/hotels on a bed & breakfast basis. One night in the charming Königalm mountain hut.
Please note that twin-bedded rooms in Austria are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as ‘Austrian Twins’ and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available.
AVAILABILITY You can start your trip on any day from Wednesday to Saturday (subject to availability) from July 10th to September 1st.
INCLUDED
7 x Overnight stay with breakfast buffet
Detailed route notes and maps
LungauCard (1 per person) with discounts on local attractions
1 x Transfer from Tamsweg to Göriach
Day 5: transportation of luggage from St. Michael to Tamsweg
7 x local tax
Service hotline daily from 9.00 – 19.00 (also on weekends)
NOT INCLUDED
Flights & travel insurance
Lunches & dinners
Drinks and snacks
Transport to St. Michael on day 1 or from Tamsweg on day 8
Local busses (payable locally – total for the week €40 approx.)
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
 Half board supplement
Single Room Supplement(s)

Daily stages are graded easy and are suitable for children or beginners. A reasonable fitness level and basic hiking equipment like good hiking shoes, rain and sun protection, functional clothing and also a warmer jacket or pullover are advised for this trip.

1

Day 1: Arrival in St. Michael – Lungau

This charming town is located at the foot of the Lungau mountains, in the southernmost point of the Salzburger Land, at 1,075 m above sea level. It is an ideal base from which to explore the idyllic mountains of the Lungau.

Overnight in St. Michael

2

Day 2: St. Michael – Mauterndorf - Speiereck und Trogalmseen

Distance: 6 km | Ascent: 566 m | Descent: 586 m | 4 hrs approx.

Bus to Mauterndorf (payment on spot). Ascent with the Grosseckbahn funicular. Hike to the Trogalm lakes, then ascent to Speiereck. The impressive hike around the peak leads over 3 summit crosses. Then decent to the Peterbauer Alm, via Trog Alm and Panorama Alm, back to the mountain station of the Grosseckbahn funicular.  Bus (payment on spot) back to St. Michael. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday on fair weather days you have the possibility to take the Sonnenbahn funicular in St. Michael to go up on the Speiereck mountain.

Overnight in St. Michael

3

Day 3: Zederhaus – Riedingtal – Königalm

Distance: 7.5 km | Ascent: 205 m | Descent: 182 m | 3 hrs approx.

By bus (payment on spot) to the Naturpark Riedingtal. The hiking path runs above the Riedingbach creek in the direction of Schliereralm and Schliererlake. Follow the lakeshore and the idyllic Almenwanderweg path along the Riedingbach creek. Pass other mountain huts and, after a short ascent, you finally arrive at Königalm.

Overnight at Königalm

4

Day 4: Königalm – Riedingscharte – Sticklerhütte

Distance: 6 km | Ascent: 630 m | Descent: 555 m | 3 hrs approx.

The ascent to Riedingscharte is short (1,5hrs) but a bit challenging. Over a distance of approx. 3 km you have to overcome 600 m altitude difference. The effort is worth it though – at the summit you are rewarded with an unforgettable panorama of the Riedingtal valley. From the Riedingscharte follows a pleasant descent to the Sticklerhut. By valley bus and regional bus (payment on spot) back to St. Michael.

Overnight in St. Michael

5

Day 5: St. Michael – Unternberg – Tamsweg

Distance: 17.5 km | Ascent: 498 m | Descent: 537 m | 5 hrs approx.

Today the tour starts at the Sonnenbahn funicular in St Michael. Via St. Martin, the path leads you in the direction of the imposing Moosham castle. From there, you follow the Kulturwanderweg path downhill to Unternberg. The relaxing route along the Mur river and the Tamsweger Rundwanderweg path guide you to the famous pilgrimage church St. Leonhard, which towers over Tamsweg. Descent to Tamsweg.

Overnight in Tamsweg

6

Day 6: Weißpriachtal – Granglerhütte – Wirpitschsee

Distance: 14 km | Ascent: 570 m | Descent: 570 m | 4½ hrs approx.

By bus (payment on spot) to Hinterweißpriach. From the Diktlerhut, through magical woodlands and along crystal-clear waters, the path leads you through the pure natural Weißpriachtal valley. Take a rest at the Granglerhut before continuing your hike to the mountain lake Wirpitschsee. Possibility of taking a bus from Granglerhut to Mariapfarr – then change to Tamsweg (payment on spot).

Overnight in Tamsweg

7

Day 7: Göriachtal – Landawirrsee

Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 540 m | Descent: 540 m | 3½ hrs approx.

Transfer from Tamsweg to Göriach. By bus (payment on spot) to the dreamy hut village in the Göriachtal valley. The hiking path leads you deep into the vally, past resounding torrents and waterfalls, before a winding ascent to the Landawirseehut. Recharge yourself with a rest at the Landawirrseehut (1985 m), before you visit the beautiful Lakes Landawirrsee, which are only a few steps distant from the hut. Descent to the hut village. By bus (payment on spot) back to Tamsweg.

Overnight in Tamsweg

8

Day 8: Departure

Arrival and departure info

  The nearest international airport is  Salzburg Airport.
Arriving/departing by public transport
  • Bus from Salzburg Hbf to St. Michael – 2 hrs
  • Bus from Tamsweg Marktplatz to Salzburg Hbf – 2½ hrs

Timetables are available from Austrian Federal Railroads (ÖBB): http://www.oebb.at/en/

Lungau-Wirpitschsee © Ferienregion Salzburger-Lungau
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