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Salzalpensteig 8-day Self-guided Walking Tour Level 3
The new extensive hiking path ‚Salzalpensteig’ takes you along old former paths, on which salt was transported, commencing from the pretty banks of Lake Chiemsee,the ‚Bavarian Sea’, all the way to Lake Königssee,the ‚Bavarian Fjord’.Walk along idyllic forest and rural tracks through a quaint but also charming landscape with small villages, characteristic farm houses and cow pastures. Not only popular holiday destinations such as Bergen, known for the cable car on the panorama mountain Hochfelln, the famous biathlon village of Ruhpolding and the historic salt/saline village Bad Reichenhall await you on your hiking week, but also unique high-altitude hikes with magnificent views onto the ‚WilderKaiser’ mountain,the Chiemgauer Alps and last but not least the ‚Steinerne Meer’-mountain range with the two summits Watzmann and Hochkönig. In the course of your tour you come across plenty of huts and alps for a well-earned break and to sample some of the regional delicacies. During your hiking week through the ‚Bavarian Salt-Alps’, you will also learn many things worth knowing about the four Bavarian brine pipelines, about culture, history and traditions of the Salt Alps population.
A week rich in variety with hiking tours along the old salt paths with a duration each of up to 6 hours. On some days surefootedness and a head for heights are required. You walk across picturesque mountain scenery with views onto steep, jagged peaks, two marvellous lakes, gushing mountain streams and gorges
Slow Tours offers a number of other Walking Tours in Europe
Arrival in Prien/Environs
Settle into your hotel
Prien /Environs - Marquartstein
The tour starts with a comfortable walk along the incredibly picturesque lakeside of Lake Chiemsee, through tranquil nature reserves near the reed belt. You encounter a charming landscape with little forest paths and typical Bavarian farm houses dotted around on your route to Marquartstein. Details: approx. 5 to 6 hours | 21 km | +490 m -470 m
Today prepare for an idyllic alpine pasture tour. After the ascent to the Schnappenkirchlein, where you have the best views of Lake Chiemsee, there are numerous alps inviting you for a break. The route continues past grazing cattle with views to steep summit flanks, then through lush meadows and shady forests into the well-known holiday resort Bergen. Details: approx. 5 to 6 hours | 17m | +800m -700m.
A breezy cable car ride will take you to Hochfelln, where you will visit the Taborkircherl and the impressive summit cross and enjoy a fantastic view of the Central Alps. About pastures and forest roads, it goes down into the mystical fairy tale forest. Soon after you reach Ruhpolding, the popular resort in the middle of the Chiemgau Alps. Details: approx. 4 to 5 hours | 14km | +150m -1.100m.
Along the river Ache to Lake Taubensee and from there a cable car ascent onto the Rauschberg with magnificent panoramic views. The descent leads via alpine pastures and past steep rockfaces, before you walk on forest and rural trails all the way to the climatic health resort Inzell. The typical Bavarian flair and the views onto the surrounding summits are best enjoyed with a cool ‚Maß’(1 litre) of beer in your hand. Details: approx. 4 to 5.5 hours | 18 km | +110 m -990m.
Walk along the path of the brine pipelines and through the idyllic Höllenbachalm, where you can taste fresh dairy products from the grazing cattle. The Salt Path leads you above the cute little mountain lake Thumsee, along forest paths with a view onto Bad Reichenhall. Past the Old Saltworks you reach this beautiful salt health resort, where the Rupertus-Thermal spa invites your muscles to some relaxation time. Details: approx. 5 to 5.5 hours | 19 km | +220 m -440 m.
Bad Reichenhall–Lake Königssee
Short train ride and then ascent to a glorious and remote forest area. High-altitude paths with incredible panoramic views lead you along the mountainside with the ‚Steinerne Meer’ mountain range and the two summits Watzmann and Hochkönig in front of you. Then a short section along the brine pipeline path, before you ascend through the forest to the Grünstein mountain. Glistening deep down below you is lake Königssee, green in colour, with boat houses and little boats, set amidst the national park Berchtesgaden and is the picturesque finish of your hiking holiday. Details: approx. 5 to 6 hours | 17 km | +1100m -1110m
Departure or extension of your stay
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