Hiking paths

between mountain peaks and the Zeller See

Around the Zeller See

Difficulty: easy, walk
Time: ca. 4 hours actual trail time
Profile: no climbs, flat

Make your way along the Mayerhoferstraße to the railway underpass, continue right, with the little traveled Prielauweg taking you past Prielau wedding chapel and its beautiful, historic castle. Once you reach the shores of the Zeller See, walk along the lake promenade to the mountain town of Zell am See. After a short excursion through the center of town, you will continue to Schüttdorf, Seespitz and through the nature sanctuary which surrounds the Zeller See, then to Thumersbach passing Maishofen beach resort, all the way to Gasthof Wieshof. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Steinernes Meer and Hohe Tauern mountains. After a bite to eat, you can tackle the last stage via Mayrhofen, with its old farmhouses and the workshop of well-known wood carver Hans Gruber.

From Maishofen over the Ratzenhöhe to Lahntal and back

Difficulty: easy, simple hike
Time: ca. 3 hours actual trail time
Profile: 768 - 950 vertical meters

After the senior citizens’ home, you will follow the small path alongside the River Saalach. About 300 meters past Höck cabinetmaker’s, on the right side you will find a sign marked "Ratzenhöhe". Hike in the shade of the trees and along well maintained paths, just a few meters above Maishofen’s valley floor, past Kirchham and behind Neunbrunnen campground. On this incomparable hiking path, you will constantly pass beautiful scenic lookout points. You have open views of the Schwalbenwand and the broad valley basin, all the way out to the Zeller See. In Neunbrunnen, you can also take a break to enjoy a delicious selection of regional favorites out on the comfy terrace of Gasthof Neunbrunnen. Afterwards, a pleasant footpath takes you to Lahntal, with a meadow path bringing you to Neunbrunnerstraße. Then go to the right, until you cross a small stream. Immediately after the stream, make a left and follow the meadow path as far as Kirchham. Then take Kirchhamerstraße back to Maishofen.

Over the Steinberg to Schloss Kammer and Oberhaus

Difficulty: easy, walk
Time: ca. 2 1/2 hours actual trail time
Profile: no climbs, flat

Via the sports grounds you will come to a road closed to cars leading you to the Steinberg. With several benches available, the Steinberg invites you to take your time and relax. Then, continue your leisurely stroll to Schloss Kammer. Step inside the castle and hear the tales these ancient walls have to tell. The castle boasts its own wedding chapel, an old shooting range and a bathhouse with a natural swimming pond. Now make your way via the Oberhausweg to the bridge over the Saalach. Cross the bridge and follow the Saalach to Oberhaus. From there, it’s not much further to Gerling, where you should definitely visit the old church. Return the same way as far as the bridge, cross this and follow the River Saalach until you come to Kirchhamerstraße. Passing the seniors’ home, you then return directly to Maishofen.

From Maishofen over the Stablberg and up the Sausteige

Difficulty: intermediate, all-day hike
Time: ca. 6 hours actual trail time
Profile: 768 - 1912 - 768 vertical meters
Connects to: Saalachtaler Höhenweg, Viehhofen, Saalbach, Saalfelden

Beginning at Geigenbergbrücke bridge, hike through a shady stretch of forest until you come to the Stablberg country café, from where you will continue along the Enzianweg to the Gadenstättalm and follow the marked path to the Jahnhütte, a hut open year-round. Now, the summit is not much further away. Once there, enjoy the magnificent views of the broad valley below, and by no means forget to sign your name in the book at the summit cross on the Sausteige. Now returning, you will follow the beautiful Almrosenweg until you come back to Lahntal. From Lahntal, the meadow path will take you to Kirchham and finally back to Maishofen.

From Biberg over the Sausteige to Maishofen

Difficulty: intermediate, all-day hike
Time: ca. 5 1/2 hours actual trail time
Profile: 1,130 – 1,912 - 768 vertical meters
Connects to: Saalachtaler Höhenweg, Viehhofen, Saalbach, Saalfelden

Beginning from the mountain terminal of the Biberg double chair lift (starts running at 9 am), you hike via Berggasthof Biberg, Schönangerl, Weikersbacher Köpfl, Durchenkopf to the turn-off before the Haiderbergkogel. Your hike then continues over the Sausteige (1,912 m high) to the Jahnhütte, where refreshments are available. Throughout the hike, you have the most beautiful views imaginable of the Saalfelden basin, lake Zeller See, as well as the Pinzgauer Grasberge and Hohe Tauern mountains. From the Jahnhütte, a beautiful footpath takes you to Stablberg café, where you should definitely take time to visit the chapel with its famous murals by Maishofen painter Anton Faistauer. From the Stablberg, you will hike in the shade of trees over the Ratzenhöhe to Geigenbergbrücke bridge. Now follow the meadow path alongside the Saalach until you return once more to Kirchhamerstraße.

From Maishofen via Neunbrunnen to the Örgenbauernalm

Difficulty: easy, simple hike
Time: ca. 3 1/2 hours actual trail time
Profile: 768 - 1300 - 768 vertical meters

Follow Kirchhamerstraße to the main road, which you will cross and then take Buchwaldweg as far as Neunbrunnen. Behind the campground, a small, uphill path brings you to Bergern. From here, there is a footpath leading to the well-maintained forestry lane, which in turn takes you through numerous bends to the Örgenbauernalm, where refreshments are available. The Örgenbauernalm is a rustic wooden hut offering hearty country favorites and ingredients from their own organic farm. This friendly eatery and watering hole is a popular meeting place for hikers and mountain bikers. From there you also have a direct connection to the Saalachtaler Höhenweg, the Biberg and the Jahnhütte. Return the same way.

From Maishofen via the Kammereggalm and up the Schwalbenwand

Difficulty: intermediate, all-day hike
Time: ca. 6 hours actual trail time
Profile: 768 – 2,011 - 768 vertical meters
Connects to: Hundstein, Thumersbach, Saalfelden, Maria Alm

Follow the Kammererstraße out to Schloss Kammer, passing to the left of the castle. There you will come to a supply lane, which will take you through a series of bends as far as the Kammereggalm, where refreshments are available. From here, you need about another 2 hours to make your way via the Unterdilling-Grundalm to the summit of the Schwalbenwand (elev. 2011 m). There you will be able to enjoy glorious panoramas of the Hohe Tauern, Pinzgauer Grasberge and Steinernes Meer mountains. This mountain is the emblem of Maishofen and an absolute must for every visitor and local. Return via the Schützingalm ...

Over the Schwalbenwand and up the Hundstein

Difficulty: intermediate, challenging all-day hike
Time: ca. 8 hours actual trail time
Profile: 768 – 2,011 – 2,117 - 760 vertical meters

You will hike up the Schwalbenwand (elev. 2011 m) and follow the marked hiking path along the ridgeline up to the Hundstein (2117 m). The Hundstein is the highest peak in the Dienten range, and the views from here are particularly impressive. To your north, the mountain chain of the "Steinberge", extending from the Kaisergebirge to the Hoher Dachstein, and in contrast, on the southern horizon, the "Glacier Mountains" of the Hohe Tauern. Standing on the summit is the Statzer Haus, open to the public during the summer months. You can return the same way, or make your way beneath the Schönwieskopf in the direction of Mitterberg café in Thumersbach.

Maishofner Höhenweg to Thumersbach

Difficulty: easy, simple hike
Time: ca. 4 hours actual trail time
Profile: 768 – 1,000 - 760 vertical meters

Leaving from Maishofen, follow Mayerhoferstraße to the Peilreitweg. At the barrier, go to the right and follow the clearly marked forest path to Thumersbach. You will pass beautiful lookout points, hiking along narrow forest paths and broad mountain meadows. In Thumersbach, you will come to the beautiful Panoramastraße and the Mitterberghof, an excellent refreshment stop. There, the comfy sun terrace invites you to kick back and relax for a while. Backtrack along the same route. Or make your way to Thumersbach and along the Zeller See shoreline to Prielau, then along the Prielauweg to Maishofen.