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Village base for summer hiking

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Village base for summer hiking

We're planning a week's hiking in Austria in the summer and am wondering where to base ourselves. We've been to Innsbruck before so we're thinking further east - perhaps somewhere within a couple of hours drive of Salzburg. The places I've looked at so far that look good are Alpbach, Soll, Kitzbuhel, Mayerhofen (but perhaps a bit crowded?), Zell am See and Soll, but we are open to all suggestions.

We'd like somewhere that we don't have to drive far from, has plenty of opportunity for day hikes of around 15km, and has hiking areas above and below the tree line. So we're pretty flexible!

Any thoughts would be hugely welcome!


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1. Re: Village base for summer hiking

I would like to suggest somewhere in the salzkammergut area, only 40 mins from Salzburg. the area there is stunning (see my avatar) . that is wolfgangsee, and the villages are st gilgen, strobl and st wolfgang. st gilgen is the closest to Salzburg. there are hundreds of kms of marked trails of all standards. both below and above the tree line. the hike around the lake is 23 kms, and the hike around the nearby fuschlsee is 14 kms.

you can climb up to the tip of the schafberg (google webcam schafberg for a 360o view), or you can take a cog railway to the top and walk down. similar with the zwolferhorn in st gilgen, where ther is a gondola lift.

further on and around 40 mins from st gilgen by car, you can access the dachstein massif at gosau, where there are many many high walks and climbs, and even slightly further on, you can view halstatt and then get the nearby cablecar at obertraun, visit the ice caves or take the second cable car to the top of the mountain and hike to the glacier.

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2. Re: Village base for summer hiking

The area Mayrhofen / Ginzling , in my opinion the best opportunites for those looking for fine and varied hiking.

Especially using the very small village of Ginzling as a base for your excursions.

Ginzling due to its isolated location until a short time ago retains its old flavor. A small Church and adjacent grave area . small pensions in farmers houses. Cows on the hillsides.

This is the gateway to the Natur Park Zillertal now a protected area retaining its grandor.

Hiking can begin from the door of your accommodation.

At times I have found a great view and just sit and watch as the sun movement causes changes in color and form

Arriving there , one quickly sees the reason for isolation - up until a short time ago- the main way to this valley was via a one lane long tunnel. Traffic regulated by a clock system. before that a very narrow roadway way less than 1 lane often blocked by snow in winter. Now a much improved road done just a few years ago. This isolation helped to keep the nature of the area. Now various hiking clubs and organizations work to retain it.

All forms of outdoor recreation from gentle walking . well marked hiking , rock climbing.

Fine mountain huts to make a day destination or overnights. Places like

Berliner, Greizer Plaunener, Friesenberghaus Huts

Some nice lakes and streams too.

All ways have been awardedTirol Seal.

Great food in the village- trout from local streams to local specialties

Gasthaus Alt Ginzling among good places to stay.

This village close to Mayrhofen ( not overrun by tourists in summer) for addes walks , mountain lifts


check section on Ginzling


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