Bavarian and Salzburg Alps

Visit Lake Königssee and the Hochkoenig hiking paradise

The blue-green waters of Lake Königssee, nestled amidst imposing mountains, exude an idyllic, mysterious, and unique charm. Towering peaks and picturesque valleys are interconnected by magnificent trails. Embark on a journey through the Berchtesgaden National Park, the sole German national park within the Alps. Traverse flower-strewn alpine pastures and meander through picturesque hamlets until you arrive at the awe-inspiring Hochkönig massif.

The glaciers of the Hohe Tauern National Park create a breathtaking backdrop, and the alpine cabins, serving delicious food, showcase the distinctive way of life of this region. Explore this remarkable landscape where nature's beauty meets traditional alpine culture.

Details about the mountain hiking holiday in the Bavarian and Salzburg Alps

The mountain hiking tour kicks off with a highlight: after you arrive at the Königssee, day two will see a trip to the Berchtesgaden National Park on the programme. For 19 kilometres you will hike through the reserve, past the border into Salzburg.

All around you’ll hear the rushing waterfalls of the Seisenbergklamm. And over the next few days, one highlight will follow the last. For example, the Pinzgauer Grasberge, a high-altitude hike to the famous Arthurhaus or a visit to Hohenwerfen Castle (not included in the price) and much more.

The highlights of the Bavarian and Salzburg Alps walking holiday at a glance:

  • Königssee & Berchtesgaden National Park: Steeply rising rock walls and a nature reserve straight out of a picture book. If you look closely, you might catch a glimpse of a chamois or a shy marmot.

  • Alpine huts with homemade delicacies: A landscape with scenery as romantic as the famous Austrian ‘Heimatfilms’. Sitting right in the middle of it are numerous huts.

  • Torrener Joch & Jenner: Expect a long climb to the border crossing and on to the Jenner summit. And at Bluntautal, you will be rewarded with unique alpine landscapes and rugged rock formations.

Worth knowing about the hiking tour around the Bavarian and Salzburg Alps

Your mountain hiking trip to the alpine landscapes of Bavaria and Salzburg begins with your journey to Schönau on the emerald-green lake Königssee. Over the next seven days, you will travel on well-developed hiking trails. However, the steep hikes require good basic fitness.

Route summary

Beautiful and well-maintained hiking paths, a good basic fitness level and surefootedness are required for several longer ascents. If you enjoy alp scenery, views in the distance and some altitude, then this tour is perfectly tailored to you. You will be enchanted by the high-altitude paths with views of the fascinating mountain panorama as well as the overnight stay at the foot of Mount Hochkönig.

This tour has been graded as Challenging. Find out more about our walking holiday difficulty levels.

Tour information
Challenging
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-Guided
  • Luggage transfers included
  • Total walking distance: approx. 75 km
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Itinerary

The trail starts in the magic forest and over to the idyllic lake Hintersee. Comfortable walk into the heart of the National park, steep rock walls towering to the left and to the right. Cross the border to Salzburg and follow the trail along the roaring waterfalls of Seisenbergklamm to your destination Weißbach.

ca. 5,5 hours
18 km
500 m
500 m

Today one of the most beautiful walking tours on alpine pastures waits for you. Below the steep needle-like towers ‘Mandlwalls’ you walk along the foot of the Hochkoenig massif over to Arthurhouse. Chamois, cattle, horses and countless cabins as well as impressive scenery, you will think you are in the middle of a film set. Overnight if possible in Arthurhouse close to Mandlwalls.

ca. 5 hours
12 km
800 m
750 m

Today one of the most beautiful walking tours on alpine pastures waits for you. Below the steep needle-like towers ‘Mandlwalls’ you walk along the foot of the Hochkoenig massif over to Arthurhouse. Chamois, cattle, horses and countless cabins as well as impressive scenery, you will think you are in the middle of a film set. Overnight if possible in Arthurhouse close to Mandlwalls.

ca. 5 hours
15 km
700 m
250 m

Enjoy the freedom, take a short hike to the surrounding cabins or catch a bus to the next village Mühlbach.

ca. 2 hours
5 km
250 m
250 m

The morning sees you walking up to the alpine pasture of the “Hochkönig-Region”. The imposing massif once more opens up to allow stunning views. Walk on the ancient miner’s trail down into the valley of river Salzach and continue to Werfen. There the mighty forest Hohenwerfen is well worth a visit.

ca. 4 hours
13 km
50 m
1.050 m

One more highlight is in store for you at the very end of this walking week: a long ascent to the border crossing Torrener Joch and then to the summit ‘Jenner’ in Berchtesgaden. Transfer into the Bluntautal valley which is closed off by steep rock walls. Climb through the forest and scattered alpine pastures. Once you reach the summit of Jenner you can enjoy the view of the whole walking week as well as lake Koenigssee. Down into the valley by cable car.

ca. 6 hours
12 km
1.350 m
50 m

Route information

Beautiful and good walking paths, just a few longer climbs require a good basic fitness level and partly surefootedness. If you love alpine pastures, brilliant views and being high up you will enjoy this tour. The mountain trails with fantastic views of the mountain world and the overnight stays at the foot of Hochkoenig mountain will fascinate you.

Prices and dates

Prices are per person in GBP and exclude flights

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Place of arrival: Königssee/Berchtesgaden
  Season 1
08.06.2024 - 16.06.2024
09.09.2024 - 22.09.2024

Saturday and Sunday
Season 2
17.06.2024 - 30.06.2024
26.08.2024 - 08.09.2024

Saturday and Sunday
Season 3
01.07.2024 - 25.08.2024

Saturday and Sunday
Bavarian & Salzburg Alps, DE-KSWKH-08X
Base price
919.00
999.00
1,049.00
Surcharge half-board evening meal 7x (often multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher) 139.00 139.00 139.00
Single room surcharge 149.00 149.00 149.00

Hotel information: You will stay in beautiful 3*** hotels and inns.

Season 1
Jun 8, 2024 - Jun 16, 2024
Sep 9, 2024 - Sep 22, 2024
Saturday and Sunday
Season 2
Jun 17, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024
Aug 26, 2024 - Sep 8, 2024
Saturday and Sunday
Season 3
Jul 1, 2024 - Aug 25, 2024
Saturday and Sunday
Bavarian & Salzburg Alps, DE-KSWKH-08X
Base price
Surcharge half-board evening meal 7x (often multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
Single room surcharge
919.00
139.00
149.00
999.00
139.00
149.00
1,049.00
139.00
149.00

Hotel information: You will stay in beautiful 3*** hotels and inns.

Season 1
Jun 8, 2024 - Jun 16, 2024
Sep 9, 2024 - Sep 22, 2024
Season 2
Jun 17, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024
Aug 26, 2024 - Sep 8, 2024
Season 3
Jul 1, 2024 - Aug 25, 2024
Königssee/Berchtesgaden
Double room p. p
Single room surcharge
75.00
29.00
85.00
29.00
95.00
29.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Königssee/Berchtesgaden
  Season 1
Jun 8, 2024 - Jun 16, 2024
Sep 9, 2024 - Sep 22, 2024

Saturday and Sunday
Season 2
Jun 17, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024
Aug 26, 2024 - Sep 8, 2024

Saturday and Sunday
Season 3
Jul 1, 2024 - Aug 25, 2024

Saturday and Sunday
Königssee/Berchtesgaden
Double room p. p 75.00 85.00 95.00
Single room surcharge 29.00 29.00 29.00
Prices per person in GBP

Included services and travel information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 1x Lunch package (Arthurhaus/Mühlbach)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • 1 Cable car fare Jenner
  • Transfers according to the program
  • 1 Train fare from Werfen to Golling
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS data available
  • Service hotline

Optional:

  • Half-board evening meal (often multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
Arrival information

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • By train to Berchtesgaden, short transfer to Koenigssee/Berchtesgaden by bus or taxi (approx. 15 min., depending on the starting hotel).
  • Munich or Salzburg airport.
  • Car parking: Public underground car park (Berchtesgaden), near the hotel, cost approx. € 8 per day, or approx. € 40 per week, no reservation in advance.

Important information:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Special dates on request
Sample hotel list

This is a sample hotel list. Hotels will be booked depending on availability.

Lake Königssee/Berchtesgaden

Pension Brandtnerhof

www.brandtnerhof.de

Weißbach/Surroundings

Gasthof Seisenbergklamm 3***

www.seisenbergklamm.at

Dienten

Hotel Hochkönig 3***

www.hotel-hochkoenig.at

Mühlbach

Hotel Arthurhaus 3***

www.arthurhaus.at

Golling

Hotel Golingen 3***

www.golingen.at

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