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Grossarl: 2-days-hiking-tour on the summits to the Grossarltal

Long-Distance Hiking · Großarl
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  • Sunset on the Saukarkopf
    / Sunset on the Saukarkopf
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  • / Auf der Unterwandalm
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  • / Geweckt wird man von Kuhglocken
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2-days tour from the northernmost mountain hut in the valley to the village center of Grossarl.
Distance 26.4 km
12:00 h
1,711 m
1,972 m

From the Sonneggbrücke, a forestry road leads through the forest to the Muggenfeldalm (closed) and the Maurachalm. You can take the shortcuts through the forest, if you like.

The first mountain hut is the Muggenfeldalm (closed), the second the Maurachalm. At the Maurachalm you will be pampered with delicacies from your their production.

The Maurachalm is the most northern alpine pasture in  Grossarltal and is particularly well-known for the exquisite schnapps. Sometimes the people on the mountain hut sing and play music. Ascent over the Auhofalm (not farmed) to the Kitzstein (Gabel). From here you have a wonderful view to the Salzachtal as well as the Hochkönig, the Tennen- and Hagengebirge on one side and the Hohe Tauern on the other side.

Descent from the Oberwandalm (not farmed) to the Karseggalm. The Karseggalm is probably one of the most rustic huts in the whole Alpine area and with its 400 years it is one of the oldest. If you enter the hut, you are immediately surprised. The floor inside the mountian hut is designed with loam and bark. It can be that the "Wehstatt", that is the "kitchen" in an old hut, is full of smoke. Here, as most people can not imagine, there is an open fire place. A specialty from the Grossarltal is made: the "Knetkäse". You will not get this in every hut, since you need an open fire place to smoke the cheese. Once a week, you can watch the Senner during the production of the typical Sauerkäse. Next to the fire station, a ladder is leaning. If you climb up there, you will be immediately surprised: There are no beds on this mountain huts, here you will sleep in the hay! Of course, you get pampered with self-made delicacies.

You hike further to the Unterwandalm. After this day trip you will be spoiled with delicacies from their own production such as bread, butter, cheese, bacon or sausage. Please book the beds in advance. When the Hirter (= man on the mountain hut) plays on his harmonica and the sun slopes slowly (the sunsets are very impressive here), it seems to be a cozy hut evening...

After your breakfast, the hike first leads you back to the Karseggalm. After a short part along the forestry road, you turn the hiking path, which leads quite comfortably partly through the forest, partly over alpine meadows to the Großwildalm. Here the hikers are already awaited with a good snack with self-made delicacies. You continue to the Kleinwildalm and the Spatalm (both not farmed) and along the Spatkar to the Saukaralm. This mountain hut is the highest mountain hut in the Grossarltal. The view from here is simply unique.  If you are on your way a bit later, you should definitely look at the sunset on the Saukaralm. Through the free view to the south, west and north, sunsets are particularly impressive.

The descent is to the Röschenbergalm (not farmed) and further to the Gerstreitalm. Here, too, you will be pampered with delicacies from their own production. Continue to the farm Vorderstadluck. Here you have the opportunity going down by hiking taxi. Or you decide to hike on the Hertas Rast to the center of the village of Grossarl.

Alternatively you can also descend from the Saukaralm along the forestry road. One misses the Gerstreitalm, but comes back to the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

Instead of hiking at "half height" it is also possible to hike from the Großwildalm to the Penkkopf, 2,011 m and continue to the Gründegg, 2,168 m. Afterwards hike along the Trögseen (small mountain lakes) to the Spatkar and continue to the Saukaralm. In this case, the hiking time on the second day will be extended by approx. 2 hours.

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Update: September 14, 2017
Highest point
Kitzstein Gabel, 1,981 m
Lowest point
Grossarl - village center, 895 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

Here you can find the perfect accommodation for your holidays in Grossarltal.


Grossarl - Sonneggbrücke (1,158 m)
47.277070, 13.237750
47°16'37.5"N 13°14'15.9"E
33T 366719 5237460


Grossarl - village center

Turn-by-turn directions

1st day:
You go by car or hiking taxi on the Sonneggweg to Sonneggbrücke - parking possibility. Upwards on the forestry road (path no. 71, partial shortcuts are possible). At the crossing "Maurachalm / Unterwandalm" straight on (= left) continue on route No. 71 to the Muggenfeldalm, 1,545 m (about 1 3/4 h, closed) and to the Maurachalm, 1,620 m (about 1/4 h). From the Maurachalm ascent on the trail no. 72 to the Auhofalm, 1,680 m (not farmed) and continue on the ridge to the Wetterkreuz and then up to the summit of Kitzstein, 2,037 m (about 1 1/2 h). Descent over the Promaualm, 1,858 m and Oberwandalm (both not farmed) down to the Karseggalm, 1,603 m (about 1 1/2 h). Continue along path no. 70 to the Unterwandalm, 1,600 m (approx. 1/2 h) - Overnight stay on the Unterwandalm.

2nd day:
Hike from the Unterwandalm to the Karseggalm (approx. 1/2 h), continue along the road in the direction of Breitenebenalm, at the crossing Breitenebenalm continue straight ahead. Now take the path no. 67 to Großwildalm, 1,778 m (from Karseggalm approx. 1 1/2 h). Hike along the Almsteig no. 63 further to the Kleinwildalm, 1,806 m (about 1/4 h, not farmed) and the Spatalm, 1,808 m (about 1/2 h, not farmed) into the Spatkar. From here, you continue along the "Ellmautal-Höhenweg" (path no. 64) to the Saukaralm, 1,850 m (about 3/4 h). Descent on route No. 65 to the Röschenbergalm, 1,744 m (not farmed) and on route no. 65A to Gerstreitalm, 1,575 m (about 1 h). Descent along path no. 65A, then 65 to the farm Vorderstadluck (about 1 h - from here possibility to drive with the hiking taxi in the valley). Continue along path no. 17 "Hertas Rast" to the village center of Grossarl (about 3/4 h).

Option II: Descent from the Saukaralm on the Forstweg (No. 65B) to shortly before the Sonneggbrücke (approx. 2 h). Afterwards hike to Sonneggbrücke, the starting point of the tour (about 10 min).


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

public bus no. 540, hiking taxi Grossarltal

Getting there

You go by your own car or hiking taxi on the Sonneggweg to the Sonneggbrücke.


Parking possibility at the Sonneggbrücke


47.277070, 13.237750
47°16'37.5"N 13°14'15.9"E
33T 366719 5237460
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map tappeiner Nr. 311


hiking boots with grip sole, fruits, drinks (bottles which you can refill), rain protection, toiletries, warm clothes and clothes to change, torch, hiking map, sun protection, chocolate, first-aid kid..

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26.4 km
12:00 h
1,711 m
1,972 m
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