Valley of the Alms
A Hiking Holiday in „The Valley of the Alms“
Because of its numerous operating mountain lodges (alms), the Grossarl valley is also known as „The Valley of the Alms“ genannt.
The Grossarl valley covers an area of 230 square kilometers and has two small towns Grossarl and Hüttschlag. It is the eastern most valley in the Tauern mountain region and is remarkably long, stretching 27 kilometers from the Salzach river to the Keeskogel mountain.
For years this area has been celebrated for its hiking. Though one can’t forget that the number of mountain lodges – where hikers can stop off and tank up on fresh, homemade products – has something to do with this too.
„Sky-high hospitality“ is the motto of the approximately 40 huts , that lie on the 250 kilometers marked trails leading up to Upper Tauern National Park catering to hikers with different specialties.
To the Grossarl valley’s interactive hiking map
Salzburg Alm Hike
The new, 350-kilometer long-distance route winds its way through Salzburg’s beautiful mountain scenery. The round-trip hike stays between an elevation of 1500 and 2000 meters, passing many alm lodges and huts as it winds its way through the Grossarl valley.
Hike from Chapel to Chapel
Hiking with body and soul. The starting point for the spiritual chapel-hike route is the church in Grossarl. The first leg of the hike passes the Laireiting, Bichl, Figler, Griesbichl, Neuhof and Schappach chapels on its way to Hüttschlag, where you will arrive at the main town church. Then it’s off to the end of the valley. On this leg, hikers will pass the Wolfau, Karteis, Maurach and Hubertus chapels, capped off by the Pertill chapel at the end of the valley in Hüttschlag. The route is approximately 16.5 km which can, of course, be traversed in multiple stages.
Each chapel invites the hiker to dwell on a contemplative text and to make a wish. The text should move the reader to reflect, and the good wish should accompany hikers and protect them. Hikers experience two different kinds of inspiration on the church route – the „Path to Contemplation,“ created by our priest Mag. Thomas Schwarzenberger, and the „Path of the 10 Good Wishes,“ created by Helga Zraunig.
We hope you have a wonderful, contemplative hike!