Walking Tour: Pinzgauer Spaziergang

  • Start Zell am See
  • End Saalbach
  • Length 17km; five to six hours

This moderately challenging day hike affords magnificent views of the Kitzbühel Alps and Hohe Tauern range. Bring supplies and consider buying Kompass 1:35,000 map No 30 Zell am See–Kaprun.

At Schmittenhöhebahn top station, begin a gradual descent from Saalbach/Pinzgauer Spaziergang, enjoying views of Zeller See and the glaciated Hohe Tauern range. The ever-narrowing path continues up an incline and passes through tarn-studded forest, occasionally drawing your gaze to shimmering Grossglockner and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier to the south.

The landscape soon opens up as you wend through wildflower-streaked meadows and, after roughly an hour, contour the rounded summit of Maurerkogel. Make a short, painless ascent to Rohrertörl saddle, where you can contrast the limestone Kaisergebirge to the north with the icy Hohe Tauern peaks to the south.

Passing two junctions, follow a balcony trail that contours the base of Oberer-Gernkogel and gently mounts Niederer-Gernkogel. You’ll soon reach the foot of Zirmkogel, which, with will and expertise, can be climbed in little over an hour.

The rocky trail runs through high meadows and mottled mountains, passing a small hut near a stream. Around four hours from the trailhead, the path ascends a steepish incline to the Klingertörl saddle, where a sign shows the way to Saalbach. Traverse the base of cliffs that sweep down from Hochkogel and make a short descent to the grassy col of Seetörl.

Walk north from here, either climbing over the Saalbachkogel or skirting its western slopes. The same option is repeated for Stemmerkogel. Descend the ridge and continue towards Schattberg, making a final ascent to the Schattberg X-press gondola and then down to Saalbach.