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Fantastic hikes near Salzburg, Austria

The hiking region of Mittersill-Hollersbach-Stuhlfelden

The region of Mittersill-Hollersbach-Stuhlfelden in the province of Salzburg in Austria lies between the 3,000-meter peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the rolling grass mountains of the Kitzbühel Alps. Mountaineers and athletes with love the abundant possibilities to hike and conquer summits. Hiking near Salzburg, Austria, you can expect diverse activities, inspiring guided hikes, countless tours in the region, and attractive quality services for your stay.

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impressive mountain landscape

Embedded in the two types of mountain ranges of the national park and the grass mountains – geographically ideal for both family tours and high-alpine hiking or cycling tours – the impressive mountain landscape for hiking in Mittersill could not be more attractive.

There is a special view from the panoramic terrace of the national park at around 2,000 altitude meters, the "window into the protected area of the Alps". Romantic mountain lakes, such as the Amertaler See and the Hintersee, will put you in a state of awe and wonder.

Whether you are keen on Nordic walking, forest walks, simple hiking near Salzburg, Austria to crystal-clear mountain lakes such as the Hintersee or Elisabethsee in the Felbertal, or looking to scale summits – you are guaranteed unforgettable experiences and views on your hiking vacation in Mittersill.


Guided hiking tours

As a hiking hotel, we offer six guided hikes in Mittersill-Hollersbach-Stuhlfelden per week during the main season and three guided hikes per week in off-season. Our national park rangers and mountain guides love to introduce our guests to the secrets of the region and accompany them on exciting hiking tours.



Our offers

Castle hike

  • Twice a week, approx. 30 minutes
  • Suitable for all

Guided hikes with a trained guide

  • Sunday: hike from the forest chapel in Stuhlfelden to the Johannakapelle in Mittersill
  • Monday: hike to Brentling
  • Tuesday: discovery tour at the creek | e-biking to Hollersbachtal followed by hike to Fürther Hütte
  • Wednesday: adventure hike along the waterfall path in Untersulzbachtal
  • Thursday: high altitude mountain lakes in the Felbertal (national park ranger hike)
  • Friday: ‘the smell of fresh bread’ hike along the Pirtendorfer valley to the Felberturm museum where bread is baked

Our quality hiking services

  • Rental of hiking equipment (rucksacks, poles, rain protection)
  • Hiking map & insider tips from our staff at reception (all of whom are local hiking experts)
  • Rental of e-bikes
  • Signposted hiking starting point directly at the castle
  • Overview board with hiking trails of the region
  • Hiking shuttle from the hotel and back
  • Regional hiking bus
  • Folder with information on hiking activities in the region, professional insider tips included
  • Special hiking offers for hiking near Salzburg, Austria
  • Diverse weekly program
  • Washing and drying room for hiking boots and equipment

Bike & Hike

Combine your hike with a bike tour and vice versa! The unique vacation region of Mittersill-Hollersbach-Stuhlfelden is ideal for bike & hike. It's this easy: cycle through the valley, park your bike safely, and begin your hike to the summit. After your descent you can comfortably bike back to Schloss Mittersill. The castle team will gladly advise you with professional bike & hike tips.

Hiking trails in Mittersill-Hollersbach-Stuhlfelden
Would you like to explore the national park region on your own? Hiking in Mittersill-Hollersbach-Stuhlfelden will give you a variety for all tastes and fitness levels. We have collected some of our personal hiking highlights below.

Habachtal (Valley of the Emeralds): the Emerald Path (‘Smaragdweg’)

The important minerals of the Habachtal’s ‘Grüner Boden’ and the fabled ‘Venedigermandl’ can be explored on this education and nature trail. The Smaragdweg begins its winding path after the Habachtal bridge through a waterhead area with an extraordinary number of bubbling springs. Walking over the footbridge on a big stone block in the middle of the rowdy river Habach, you can experience the wildness of the mountain stream up close. Afterwards, the Smaragdweg leads through gentle, slightly forested pastures. A mythical figure will tell the legend of the Fazenwand.


With the valley end and its glittering glaciers in sight, you can explore the geology with the important rocks of the Habachtal. Of course, the family-friendly Wildkogel Arena also has a children's playground and climbing facilities near the child-friendly inn Gasthof Enzianhütte.


The highlight of the Smaragdweg is the mudflow near Gasthaus Alpenrose. There you can rent the equipment to find and wash emeralds. With a little bit of patience, there is a good chance for everyone to find an emerald. The picturesquely situated Moa-Alm and the small lake Ahornsee conclude the Emerald Path in front of the unique mountain scenery of the Wildkogel Arena.

Walking time:
Enzianhütte: From the Habachtal parking area to the Enzianhütte you should expect to walk for about 1.5 hours - the path is in very good condition and suitable for strollers.

Gasthof Alpenrose: From the Habachtal parking area you can reach the Alpenrose inn on foot in about two hours.

Would you prefer to enjoy the comfortable version of hiking around Mittersill? No problem, the Smaragdexpress can give you a lift from the Habachtal parking area to the Enzianhütte or Gasthof Alpenrose.

Departure times:
July, August, September: 7.45 am, 9 am, 10 am, 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm
Back: 2 pm and 5 pm
Pre-booking for taxi: +43 664 3420609

Hiking on the Pihappergipfel in Mittersill

A truly special panoramic mountain
Hike from Mittersill to the Pihappergipfel summit! From there you will have an awe-inspiring view of the 3,000m peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the grass mountains of the Kitzbühel Alps!

Length of hike: 11.39 km
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Start: Gasthaus Berghof (sufficient parking)

Directions to Gasthaus Berghof:
Start: Schloss Mittersill, Thalbach 1, 5730 Mittersill
Destination: Gasthof Berghof, Reitlehen 22, 5731 Hollersbach im Pinzgau

Shorter tour:
If you don’t want to climb the entire Pihapper, you can turn around at the top of the ‘Platte’ (a clearing marked with a star) after enjoying the spectacular view over Mittersill. You can also hike back to Mittersill directly from the clearing. This route is well signposted, and we will gladly call you a taxi to take you back to the castle.

Along the Salzach river to the artisanal village Hollersbach

After walking the castle path downhill to Mittersill, you will arrive at the Volksbank. Cross the railroad. Right before the optician Maurer there is a small path to Hollersbach. A genuine winter experience awaits you on this fairly easy yet impressive hiking trail.

You will have the option of either going as far as Hollersbach and back again or turning back halfway in Rettenbach.


  • Refreshments:
    Café Lounge (Mittersill), Pub Café Kramer (Hollersbach), Hotel Kaltenhauser (H), Bäckerei Café Ensmann (M + H), Gasthof Sahnealm (H), Restaurant Seestube (H)
  • Attractions:
    Our Pinzgauer Lokalbahn train also runs alongside the river. In Hollersbach we would suggest you visit the Klausnerhaus and its National Park museum.
  • Requirements: sturdy shoes
  • Difficulty: 1
  • Duration: one way approx. 1-2 h

Hiking from Mittersill to the archery village Stuhlfelden

We start toward Mittersill. Having arrived at the train station, hike through Mittersill to the district Felben after crossing the railroads. Arriving there, you can walk the bike path along the Mittersill golf course to Stuhlfelden. Enjoy the ambience of the beautiful landscape with its numerous attractions.


  • Refreshments:
    Bräurup, Golf restaurant, Gasthof Flatscher, Pizzeria | Restaurant Hörfarter
  • Attractions:
    Churches Pfarrkirche Mittersill, Annakirche, and Felberkirche; Felber museum, golf course, and Schloss Labach Wilhelmsdorf
  • Requirements: sturdy shoes
  • Difficulty: 1
  • Duration: one way approx. 1-2 h

Along the Sonnberg to the high moor

Hike past Neidhäusl and then up towards the Sonnberg, following the path according to the yellow signs towards the high moor (‘Hochmoor’). You will see breathtaking views of Mittersill, the mountains, and the Pinzgau scenery.

On your way you will pass numerous farms where you can purchase homemade products (honey, sausages, bread, jam, milk, etc.).

Several wonderful impressions later you will arrive at the famous high moor Wasenmoos, where our national park rangers also offer guided tours. You can customize your day with a stop at a nearby restaurant or inn.

On the way back you can hike on foot towards Mittersill, take the bus, or upon agreement, use our hotel shuttle.


  • Refreshments:
    Christines Hochmoorstüberl, Gasthof Tauernblick, Restaurant | Café | Bar Sunnseit, Berghotel Breitmoos, Mooralm
  • Attractions:
    High moor Wasenmoos, Hochmoorloipe, winter scenery, Panoramabahn
  • Requirements: sturdy shoes, sufficient stamina
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Duration: one way approx. 2-3 h

Habachtal and Hollersbachtal

The wide Hollersbachtal, also called ‘valley of alpine pastures’, is the starting point for several exciting hiking options near Salzburg, Austria. We suggest two special highlights:

Neue Fürther Hütte
A great challenge for experienced hikers: Start at the parking lot along the mountain stream path and cross a forest road to the Edelweisshütte. Keep to the left of the material transport cable car in serpentines and you will arrive at a large Steinmandl stone statue. This is the perfect place for a break, allowing you to enjoy the magnificent view of the Weissenecktal. With a little luck, you may even see ibex, chamois, as well as bearded and white-headed vultures. After another 40 minutes you should reach the mountain hut/inn with the crystal-clear lake Kratzenbergsee in its immediate vicinity.

Duration: 2 hours from the parking lot to the Edelweisshütte, then another 3.5 hours to the Neue Fürther Hütte.

From Habachtal to Thüringer Hütte
Hiking around Salzburg, Austria for guests with good stamina: The tour from Habachtal to Thüringer Hütte should take around 5.5 hours. The hike is long, although not too strenuous. The landscape and the view, however, are inspiring. From the Moa-Alm the trail leads up towards the valley. A short, slightly steeper section will lead you uphill in serpentines, then the path flattens towards the Neue Thüringer Hütte, which you reach after about three hours. The way back takes significantly less time due to the downward terrain.

In and around Hintersee

When hiking from Mittersill to Hintersee, there are countless paths leading you to some of the most beautiful huts and mountain lakes in the region. Two routes have been particularly appealing to us:

Hintersee and Plattachsee with St. Pöltener Hütte
Leave your car at the parking lot at the Hintersee on an altitude of 1,313 m, about 12 km south of Mittersill. After a short detour to the Scheierfall waterfall in the valley end, head towards the St. Pöltener Hütte. The steep path leads over the Geissstein summit, and after 3 km, meets the Trudentalweg path. A short detour to the Plattachsee will offer you magnificent views. Hike back via Schleierfall and Trudental. Watch out, the last part of the trail is quite steep!

Duration: approx. 4 hours

The Schösswendklamm
The long, relatively narrow path takes you from the parking lot at the Hintersee to Schösswendklamm in about 2.5 hours. This natural spectacle in the Felbertal valley basin reveals fascinating boiler-shaped and funnel-shaped depressions. Walking along the path towards the gorge, you will pass various pastures and clearings with grazing animals – ideal for families!


This recommendation for hiking near Salzburg, Austria is of the more demanding kind: The path to Resterkogel leads across 684 meters in elevation with varying levels of steepness. The 3.5 hour route from the Arnoweg on the Pass Thurn to almost 2,000 m is especially suitable for more experienced mountaineers. Gorgeous views of the 3,000 m peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park await you at the summit cross of the Resterkogel.


A small panoramic circular route leads through the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park holiday region in two hours – hiking near Salzburg, Austria for connoisseurs. Take the summer cable car to Resterhöhe mountain station, then hike briefly downhill to the reservoir lake and left via Hanglhöhe and Hartkaserhöhe. The destination of your hike is the Panorama Alm with a short stop before crossing the alpine path back to the mountain station.


Hiking in Mittersill for genuine pros: The Gaisstein near Stuhlfelden requires a high degree of stamina and good technique, as the 4.5-hour-hike offers steep uphill and downhill sections toward the summit cross. The hike starts off at the Bürglhütte Stuhlfelden, then continues uphill steadily with a right and a left turn before you reach the summit. You will soon realize why this is one of the tallest grass mountains in Europe. The view at 2,362 m compensates for all the effort.