Pilgrim walk at the Hochkönig
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Even if your feet are burning: the gain of the pilgrimage is incomparably higher than the exertions. It anchors you, these persevering walkers say, deep in nature, allows you to understand completely different dimensions of life. An ancient mechanism fascinates us in today's fast-moving times. Or perhaps it is precisely for this reason.
Many people experience pilgrims as a source of strength for body, mind and soul. Every step, every hour, every day that we consciously walk gives new strength.The unspoilt landscape around the legendary Hochkönig favours this process, allowing you to find yourself quickly and to focus on the essential. The paths lead partly through unspoilt nature, forests and meadows, over ups and downs, past beautiful valleys, martyrs and field chapels, streams and lakes.
Tips and hints
Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH
Am Gemeindeplatz 7
5761 Maria Alm
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Start your pilgrimage with a short prayer in the parish church of Mühlbach, which is dedicated to St. Sebastian. Even today, pilgrimages from the surrounding parishes take place on 20th January, the Sebastian Day, to pray for health for the whole year.
Passing the show mine you follow paths 87 and 88 to the Elmaugut where you walk a little along the main road before path 90 leads you to the Stegmoosalm. From here you follow trail no. 401A to the Erichhütte. After Dienten you descend via the Wirtsalm (trail nr. 66), past the Schnegghof and the Schneggkapelle (trail nr. 65).
The trail from Dienten begins at the small church on the mountain. Stay there for a short while, enjoy the peace and quiet and the magnificent view and ask for the blessing of St. Nicholas, who is not only the patron saint against the dangers of the water, but also the oldest patron saint of travellers. Trail no. 50 leads past the "House of Silence" to the Filzensattel. Passing a chapel, the path first follows the road and then branches off onto trail nr. 34 towards Hinterthal. Enjoy the view of the Steinerne Meer with the Wildalmkirchl.
Follow trail 401A, which after a further climb takes you to the Jufensattel with the Jufen chapel and continues over the Natrunhöhe. From here the descent to Maria Alm takes you directly to the pilgrimage church, which is one of the most beautiful Marian shrines in the Pinzgau.
By train you can enjoy your holiday from the very beginning. No traffic jams will stop you from getting to the region!You can book your train connection at www.oebb.at.
Hiking bus: timetable
Arriving from Salzburg: Take the A10 motorway to the Bischofshofen exit, then take the B311 in the direction of Bischofshofen. Follow the Hochkönig federal road/B164 to Mühlbach.
Coming from Innsbruck/ Kufstein: On the Loferer Straße/B178 towards St. Johann i.T., then on the Hochkönig Bundesstraße/B164 via Saalfelden to Mühlbach.
A valid vignette is required to use the Austrian motorway and motorway network. It is also compulsory to carry bandages, warning triangle and high-visibility waistcoat. For further information see Asfinag.
ParkingParking in Mühlbach opposite the fire station.
Book recommendation by the author
- Hochkönig, Albert Precht, Verlag Anton Pustet
- Meine Tour – Bergtourenführer Salzburg und Berchtesgaden
- Der Eigensinn der Schöpfung, Edition Schön & Gut im Verlag Anton Pustet
- Region Hochkönig, Dietmar Sochor, FST Verlag
- Stolperherz am Hochkönig, Eckhard Schröder, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Author’s map recommendations
- Hochkönig Wanderkarte
- Freytag & Berndt WK 103 Pongau – Hochkönig – Saalfelden
- Kompass Wanderkarte Tennengebirge – Hochkönig
- Rother Wanderführer Hochkönig
Recommended maps for this region:
- Ankle-high hiking boots
- short and long-sleeved clothing
- sun protection
- rain and wind protection
- drinking, hiking poles
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