Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail

At eye level with Austria's highest mountains

A long-distance hiking experience in a class of its own!
You will hike above the valley on gentle mountain ridges, always accompanied by an overwhelming view! The "Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail" makes it true. The view from the southern Kitzbühel Alps across the Pinzgau region to the glaciated giants of the Hohe Tauern National Park enjoys an almost legendary reputation, and rightly so: "Strung like a string of pearls, dozens of three-thousand-metre peaks rise into the deep blue sky, from the Großvenediger to the Großglockner, the Kitzsteinhorn and the Großes Wiesbachhorn."

Facts

  • 10 stages - Krimmler Waterfalls to the Lake of Zell
  • 150 kilometres in total length
  • Total ascent 7,037 metres
  • Total descent 7,346 metres
  • Total hiking time 52 hours
  • Accommodation on the mountain and in the valley
  • Booking via Trail Angels - luggage transport possible
  • Use of the mountain railways or shuttle services bookable

Stage 01 - KRIMMLER WATERFALLS

The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail starts in Krimml with a gentle hike and one of the greatest natural spectacles in the SalzburgerLand. The trail takes you along the "Alter Tauernweg" trail and the well-known waterfall trail in the direction of the Gerlos Pass. The Hinterlehengut, birthplace of the freedom fighter Anton Wallner is also on the way. The stage finishes at the family-run Alpengasthof Filzstein restaurant, at 1,641 m above sea level. 

Stage 02 - WILDGERLOS TAL

With approx. 20 km, the second one-day stage is one of the longest: This stage features tow real highlights - the Leitenkammerklamm gorge and the Durlassboden reservoir. The impressive Leitenkammersteig climb is one of the most challenging parts of the trail, but it can be bypassed via an alternative route. There are several places to stop for refreshments along the was, such as the rustic Trisslalm inn. Your destination is in Königsleiten. 

Stage 03 - KRÖNDLHORN

On the third day you cover about 20 km and the trail takes you up to 2,444 m above sea level. The highest point of the hike is the rocky double peak of the Kröndlhorn mountain, which stands out against the otherwise gentle green-pastured mountains of the Kitzbühel Alps. There is a small memorial chapel rather than a summit cross at the highest point, and hikers enjoy stunning views. The stage finishes at the Alpengasthof Rechtegg inn at 1,278 m.

Stage 04 - WILDKOGEL

With 1,176 m of ascent, this stage is one of the most challenging: It takes you from the Alpengasthof Rechtegg inn over the summit of the Frühmesser (2,233 m), which affords an incredible distant view of the Großvenediger with its expansive glacier fields. This stage finishes at the Wildkogelbahn or Smaragdbahn mountain station. You either spend the night high up in the mountains at Wildkogelhaus lodge or you take the mountain railways down into the valley. 

Stage 05 - RETTENSTEIN VIEW

This stage starts at the mountain station of the Wildkogelbahn or Smaragdbahn at over 2,100 m above sea level: From start to finish, you will enjoy stunning views of the three-thousand-metre peaks of the Hohe Tauern range. This stage only has about 500 meters of ascent and about the same in the descent. The 16 km path takes you along the rugged southern flanks of the Großer Rettenstein mountain and via the Stangenjoch to the stage destination, the Panoramaalm at 1,975 m. 

Stage 06 - PASS THURN

After spending the night on the mountain, you now hike down to Mittersill. The trail takes you past the mountain station of the Panoramabahn Resterkogel, where a modern extension houses an exciting National Park exhibition that is open to the public and free of charge. On the way from the Pass Thurn, you pass the Wasenmoos natural monument: This idyllic upland moor is habitat to rare plants and animals. 

Stage 07 - AROUND THE GAISSTEIN

You have now covered a good two thirds of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail. You spend one day in Mittersill and then head back up the mountains on remote paths. You cover just under 1,300 meters in altitude to the stage destination Bürglhütte (1,699 m) high above Stuhlfelden. The lodge is idyllically situated at the foot of the Gaisstein (2,366 m), one of the highest green-pastured mountains in Europe. 

Stage 08 - HOCHSONNBERGALM

The eight stage takes you eastwards from the Bürglhütte lodge along the famous "Pinzgauer Spaziergang" trail: You cover around twelve kilometers - always just below 2,000 meters above sea level. The "Pinzgauer Spaziergang" trail owes its name to its route along a high-altitude terrace formation with unique views of the Hohe Tauern mountains. From the stage destination, the Uttendorfer Hochsonnbergalm, you take the shuttle into the valley, where you stay the night. 

Stage 09 - PINZGAUER HÜTTE

On the penultimate day, the route takes you along the "Pinzgauer Spaziergang" trail towards the Pinzgauer Hütte lodge. You walk across alpine meadows to the Klammscharte (1,993 m) and then to the Rohrertörl (1,918 m). This is where the fantastic view opens up to the Großglockner, Austria's highest mountain, and the Kitzsteinhorn. Until you get to the Pinzgauer Hütte lodge (1,700 m) just under 15 kilometers are covered without appreciable ascent.

Stage 10 - LAKE OF ZELL

Even Empress Sisi hiked up to the Schmittenhöhe mountain to enjoy the sunrise from there. You should do the same! On the last day, the route takes you from the Pinzgauer Hütte lodge to the Schmittenhöhe summit, where you find the Elisabeth Chapel, named after the Empress. Via the "Höhenpromenade" and the theme trail "Mystischer Sagenwald", the route takes you down into the valley and up to the Elisabeth Park on the shore of the lake, your destination in Zell am See.