Hiking on the Hochkönig
Hiker’s Paradise Hochkönig in Salzburger Land
On a hiking holiday on the Hochkönig you can give free rein to your desire to move: 340 km of marked hiking trails through the magnificent mountain world invite you to active recreation and relaxation in the alpine nature. The region around the majestic Hochkönig massif has been awarded the Austrian Hiking Seal of Quality.
We are Prepared for Hikers
The Wildbach Lodge Dienten is geared towards hikers. You are welcome to borrow poles and rucksacks from us at the hotel for your hike on the Hochkönig. Hiking maps are available at the hotel. There is enough space in the flat to dry your hiking equipment. The hotel’s own washing machine and dryer are available for a fee.
Best Hiking in Dienten am Hochkönig
The Hochkönig is considered the excellence among the mountains of the Salzburger Land. 340 kilometres of hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty open up the mountain massif, where idyllic forests, gentle meadows and flowering alpine herbs alternate with jagged rocks, interesting gorges and majestic peaks. An absolute highlight is the Königsweg, the breathtaking long-distance hiking trail with a length of 73 km and awarded the Austrian Hiking Seal of Quality.
Discover your personal favourite spots in the extensive hiking trail network during your hiking holiday in Dienten.
Crown on the Königsweg – Hochkönig Region
An impressive beech dome, a peak with a far-reaching view or an alpine meadow with a particularly large number of marmots (at the Pichlalm). Or find your personal favourite rest among 50 alpine pastures and managed huts, such as the 120-year-old Huberalm with its own cheese dairy. Or the Reicheralm at the foot of the Klingspitz, which offers its own bacon – ideal for your hiking holidays on the Hochkönig.
Those who would like to take part in a guided hike in Dienten, Maria Alm or Mühlbach are spoilt for choice. A varied programme of guided hikes awaits you in the region. A special highlight of the hiking region is also herb hiking.
Quickly up with the mountain railways
Our personal tip is a ride on the Bürglalmbahn. Twice a week it takes guests up to the alpine pasture of the same name. On all other days of the week, thanks to the Hochkönig Card included in the hotel price, guests have free use of all other mountain railways in the region in “Hochkönigs Bergreich”. Mountain bikers, cyclists and hikers can also enjoy themselves to their heart’s content here with us.
If you are heading for a hiking route on your holiday in Austria that does not start directly in Dienten, the region’s hiking bus is available to take you to your destination in the Hochkönig region and also pick you up again, as you wish.
From adventure hiking trails to high alpine mountain tours on the Hochkönig in Austria, for those with a head for heights, the possibilities in the fascinating mountain world range for more than just hiking.
When hiking in Dienten am Hochkönig, you can enjoy the vitalising high-altitude climate, fog-free views and the mountain sun at 1,071 m above sea level.
Hiking Tip: Alpine Hike from Dienten to Hirscheggalm and Bürglalm
Around Dienten, numerous rustic alpine pastures await you with regional delicacies and magnificent views.
How about a leisurely hike to the Hirscheggalm and the Bürglalm, for example? The trail leads you directly from the Hotel Wildbach Lodge first to the end of Dienten and then along a well-signposted forest path to the Hirscheggalm. Continue uphill a little further to the Bürglalm. Enjoy the view of the Hochkönig and the Steinernes Meer.
Now you have earned some refreshment! In the Bürglalm you can taste delicious regional specialities, such as alpine cheese, bacon, game products, dumpling variations.
The descent is then via a steep path or forest road back to the village. You can also take the Bürglalm cable car down to the valley. However, please enquire about the operating times beforehand.
The pure walking time for this hike is 4 hours, with 500 metres of ascent and descent.
Alm Hut Safari
The “Almhütte-Safari” is the variant for hikers with more stamina.
You start again with the ascent to the Hirscheggalm. Then continue on a narrow path to the Huberalm. This is followed by a partly steeper ascent to Ahornstein and further over lush green alpine meadows down via Sunnhüttl further to Zachhofalm and Bürglalm. For this tour you have to reckon with a walking time of 6:30 hours and cope with approx. 1,285 metres of altitude difference in ascent and descent.
Correct Behaviour in the Mountains
- Mountain experience, physical fitness, surefootedness and head for heights of all participants
- Precise planning through tour descriptions and maps
- Appropriate equipment and clothing: sturdy high shoes with non-slip soles, rain and cold protection and sufficient drinking water.
- Before setting off, inform the hut host or hotelier or friends of the route and destination of the tour and the expected time of return.
- Adapt the pace to the weakest members of the group
- Do not leave marked trails. Be careful when walking on steep grassy slopes, especially when wet. Crossing steep snowfields or glaciers is particularly dangerous.
- Stones must be avoided at all costs. Rockfall-prone areas should be passed individually as quickly as possible and without stopping.
- If the weather changes, fog rolls in, the path becomes too difficult or is in poor condition, you should turn back.
- If an accident occurs, stay calm. In some cases, you will be able to help yourself. If not, help should be sought by using a mobile phone, shouting, flashing lights or waving large items of clothing. As a rule, an injured person should be left at the scene of the accident and should never be left alone.
- The mountains are there for everyone. It is the duty of every mountain hiker to help maintain them and keep them clean. One should take one’s waste back to the valley, the animals and flora should be protected.
- Behaviour with grazing animals: Do not irritate cows, calves, sheep, horses, etc., but behave “normally” and do not show fear. Do not leave paths on alpine meadows and pastures and avoid animals at a great distance.
- Dogs must be kept on a leash. Under no circumstances should the dog chase the grazing animals, especially mother cows. However, if a grazing animal attacks the dog, let it run for its own protection. Please take dog bags with you!
- Take the first step towards your hiking holiday on the Hochkönig with your non-binding enquiry! The Ottino family, your hosts at the Wildbach Lodge, look forward to hearing from you!