Day 1 Details.
Arrival in Maishofen
Via Maishofen´s ridgeway you walk to mountain guesthouse Mitterberghof, where the comfortable sun terrace is inviting for a break. Enjoy the wonderful panoramic views onto the surrounding mountains. Your way leads you downhill to Thumersbach past the Hubertus chapel and on along lake Zell to Prielau palace. Via Mayerhofen and the Steinberg mountail you return to the palace Kammer.
By bus from the centre of Maishofen to ‘Sportregion Saalbach’. Your walking tour starts in Hinterglemm Mitterlengau and leads you up to Lindling alp, where you can learn a lot about wood in the nearby forest park (nature trail and high rope course). You continue in a loop tour past Saal alp to the end of the valley, from there you walk up towards Forsthof alp. Don´t miss to try a glass of homemade buttermilk and enjoy the panoramic views over the Sallachtal valley. Return journey by bus to Maishofen.
Journey by bus to Zell am See, your goal is the mountain railway Schmittenbahn. Via an enclosure you reach the peak of mountain Schmittenhöhe at 1965m. Enjoy the unique view onto lake Zell as well as impressive panoramic views onto numerous 3000m peaks. After visiting Elisabeth chapel you walk down into the valley, past Sonnkogel mountain and Sonn alp and finally into Zell am See. Take your time for a stroll through town. Return journey by bus to Maishofen.
Directly from Kammer palace you enter your ‘royal stage’ onto mountain Schwalbenwand, Maishofen´s local mountain (2011m). Along varied trails you first walk to the peak in Maishofen, and a little later you can also reach the plateau of mountain Schwalbenwand if you want. It is well worth the effort and you will be rewarded with a unique panoramic view onto the snow-covered peaks of Hohe Tauern, the Steinerne Meer and the local grassy mountains. You return via Kammeregg alp where you recharge your batteries with a glass of cider and a bacon sandwich.
On your last walking day a comfortable tour is awaiting you. Along the tracks of Anton Faistenauer, one of Austria´s most important modern art painter you discover his home. The walking tour was opened up in 2010 and leads via 10 points from the centre of Maishofen to Saalhof palace and via Prielau with yet another palace over to Mayerhofen. Worth seeing are the frescoes in the Stablberg chapel, before you return along the river path of the Saalach to your hotel.
Departure or extension
We require a 20% deposit to start booking all the individual elements of your trip, which is payable over the phone or online (the full balance is due 6 weeks prior to departure, so if you book less than 6 weeks in advance your deposit will be the full tour cost). Every trip is tailor made just for you, so we confirm availability individually and book all your accommodation and options, then send you final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (usually max 5 working days).
It really depends on the trip. We offer quite a variety of holiday grades to help you select the right level of activity. Always be honest with yourself about your abilities, and always do some training in the run up to your trip. You'd be surprised at what you can achieve, especially going at your own pace on one of our independent adventures. Your specialist is the best person to ask for advice on a specific trip. The active kind of holiday offers rewards like no other.
Salzburg´s Zell am See District is almost predestined for a walking week to enjoy: a stunning mountain scenery with a panorama view onto grassy mountains with little alps, past steep peaks and onto more than 30 impressive 3.000 m peaks. For your refreshment after this varied walking tour the deep blue shimmering lake Zell is inviting you for a swim, another possibility is the hotel swimming pond of palace Kammer. Enjoy yourself in the rustic sauna or have a portion of original Pinzgauer Kasnockn (cheese dumplings) in the rural snuggery for dinner. Palace-village Maishofen is the ideal starting point for the most beautiful walking tours in the region and offers numerous highlights to discover. The highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner with its altitude of 3798m is for sure worth a visit, as well as Europe´s highest waterfalls in Krimml. Do not miss all these amazing opportunities!
You walk on well-maintained walking paths and lovely trails with views onto the impressive mountain world of this region, and in parts on side roads and forest tracks. The daily tours can be managed with good health. Only the climb up to Schwalbenwand mountain and the descent from the Schmittenhöhe request some stamina.
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