Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail

Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail

At eye level with Austria's highest mountains

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Overview

The magic of panoramic hiking. You will hike high above the valley on gentle mountain ridges, always accompanied by an overwhelming view! A panoramic hiking experience that has now come true in the Hohe Tauern National Park region of Salzburg with the "Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail". And that in its most spectacular form! Because where else can you expect to see the highest mountains in Austria at eye level?

The view from the southern Kitzbühel Alps across the Pinzgau region to the glaciated giants of the Hohe Tauern National Park enjoys an almost legendary reputation, and rightly so: strung like a string of pearls, dozens of three-thousand-metre peaks rise into the deep blue sky, from the Großer Wiesbachhorn to the Großglockner, the Kitzsteinhorn and the Großvenediger - to name only the most prominent ones. So what could be more obvious than to combine the well maintained mountain paths of this mountain group for a fascinating long-distance hiking trail? And to choose a particularly attractive starting point with the highest waterfalls in Austria, the wildly thundering Krimmler Waterfalls and the equally alluring azure-blue Zeller See. In between, the new Panorama Trail will enchant you on ten daily stages with intense hiking pleasure and unforgettable views. The numerous alpine huts along the way invite you to take a break, while at the end of the hiking day you can spend the night in hand-picked accommodations of your choice: Either high up, above the clouds or with all the comforts of the National Park towns in the valley. A very special offer on the Panorama Trail, which is made available to you by the mountain lifts and shuttle services at the various stage destinations.

The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is probably Austria's most scenic long-distance hiking trail. It is the ideal choice for hikers who prefer technically moderate trails without exposed passages, but still have sufficient stamina. Six to seven hours of walking per day are no problem for you, but you can do without exposed paths with rope insurance. Alpine hiking experience, however, is not something you will have to miss, because you will often be moving - as you would expect from a "Panorama Trail" - on the scenic rocky ridges between 1.500 and 2.400 m above sea level. The varied and surprising services of the awarded Trail Angels team in the Official Panorama Trail Information & Booking Center will support you on your independent hiking trip. If this is how you want to approach this great adventure, the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail will provide you with an unforgettable hiking experience with a wide view and will make you want to come back for more! Whether in the Hohe Tauern National Park region or on other trails.

Highlights

  • Hiking on gentle mountain ridges
  • Stunning panorama of Austria's highest mountains
  • wildly roaring start: Krimmler Waterfalls
  • Azure blue attractive destination: Lake of Zell
  • Retreats in comfortable alpine huts
  • Spend the night in huts and tranquil villages

Highlights

  • Hiking on gentle mountain ridges
  • Stunning panorama of Austria's highest mountains
  • wildly roaring start: Krimmler Waterfalls
  • Azure blue attractive destination: Lake of Zell
  • Retreats in comfortable alpine huts
  • Spend the night in huts and tranquil villages

Your advantages

  • Official Info & Booking Center for the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail
  • Top advice by experience and competence
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with our tools "Travel Planner" & "Book here"
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, Shuttle Services, 7/12 Trail Hotline
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online-Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 08:00 to 20:00

Your advantages

  • Official Info & Booking Center for the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail
  • Top advice by experience and competence
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with our tools "Travel Planner" & "Book here"
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, Shuttle Services, 7/12 Trail Hotline
  • Attractive and surprising trail offers
  • Online-Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 08:00 to 20:00
The start couldn't be more spectacular
The start couldn't be more spectacular
The start couldn't be more spectacular
The start couldn't be more spectacular
The start couldn't be more spectacular
The start couldn't be more spectacular
The start couldn't be more spectacular
The start couldn't be more spectacular

Information

Best time to travel

The best time of year for hiking along the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is from mid-June to the end of September, depending on the snow conditions and the opening times of the accommodations.

Suitable:

  • Late spring (May): In May, the sections in the higher regions - the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail leads up to an altitude of 2.450 m above sea level - are sometimes still covered with snow, so that the entire trail can often not yet be recommended in this month. However, we have developed extra offers on parts of the trail that are wonderfully hikeable in May


  • Summer (June, July, August): June, July and August are highly recommended hiking months for the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail: In June, the ever greener and blossoming nature enchants. In July and August the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, thanks to its altitude - it mostly leads between 1.200 m and 2.450 m above sea level - is ideal for escaping the hot temperatures in the valley. Attention: At the steep summit of the Kröndlhorn (stage 03) sometimes a snow field can remain until the end of June. In this case you should definitely prefer the alternative route. Please check with the Booking Center about the current situation.


  • Autumn (September, October): Crystal clear air, changing colors in the forests and pleasant temperatures. Hiking in autumn (September to mid-October) is an insider tip on the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail - not for nothing do photo sessions often take place in September. In October, the onset of winter can make walking difficult or impossible at times - but our autumn offers for selected parts of the trail are specially adjusted for this.


Not suitable:
  • Winter and spring (November - April): The stages of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail are not passable in winter, because the trails are under snow.

Requirements

On the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail you travel as an individual hiker (without the guidance of a mountain guide) on marked mountain paths, partly in high alpine mountain regions with altitudes of up to 2.450 m. For the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail you need alpine hiking experience, which includes not only the correct self-assessment of the technical and physical requirements for the points listed below, but also experience in orientation in the terrain (including reading topographical maps) and in how to react in case of bad weather.
You will be well looked after and supported on the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail by our organization. Nevertheless you are on your way as an independent hiker (unless you optionally book a mountain guide). We would like to point out that despite our tour organization you are on your personal responsibility on the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail

Technical requirements: Moderate
From a technical point of view, the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail shows moderate difficulties: The stages follow moderately difficult mountain trails with red dot. (Classification Austrian Alpine Club).
That means:

  • Difficult parts of the path are mostly narrow and often steep.
  • There may be short passages secured by ropes.
  • Due to weather conditions or short-term extreme weather events, hiking trails may be in a poorer condition (e.g. slippery) or less visible due to fog.
In order to be able to manage this as a mountain hiker without problems you need to be:
  • surefooted
  • free from giddiness
Special remarks on the requirements of the individual stages can be found in the stage descriptions.

Conditional requirements: quite high (on 2 stages: high)
The conditional requirements of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail are quite high (on two stages also high):
  • Ascent performance depending on the stage up to 1.300 vertical meters
  • Descents depending on the stage up to 1.350 vertical meters
  • Distance per stage up to 20 km
Even if all three maximum values never come together in one stage, this means pure walking times between 4 hrs 30 min and 7 hours.
  • The calculation of walking times is based on the Outdooractive formula (Outdooractive is one of the world's largest providers of tour documents and market leader in the German-speaking world). This includes swift walking times, which correspond approximately to the average speed of a well-trained mountain hiker.
  • Important: The information given is pure hiking time, i.e. breaks must be added.
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Appropriate conditional preparation is strongly recommended. Our tip: Since you are on a multi-day tour, you should have already hiked similarly demanding hikes as a day tour. You can also plan a day off in between, where you can relax.

Further Information:
  • The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is suitable for children from 12 years of age with very good physical condition.
  • Long-distance hiking and trekking routes are little or not suitable for people with disabilities due to their requirements. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), it is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.
It is often difficult to personally assess whether a trail is suitable for you. If you are unsure about this or if you want to know which stages are best for you, just contact us. We will gladly advise you. However, this does not release you from the responsibility of your own self-assessment.

Equipment

For the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail you need alpine hiking equipment.
The equipment list, which you can find under this Link lists the minimum equipment needed for this trip. Of course you can or should add the items that you personally need for the trip or with which you have had good experience (e.g. medication, special sun protection, larger water bottle etc.).

Further preliminary information about the equipment:

  • Attention: For the overnight stay on the Bürglhütte as well as on the Pinzgauer Hütte the use of a sleeping bag is mandatory. Due to COVID19 hygiene regulations, there will probably be no blankets on mountain huts in summer 2021. For this reason, a hut sleeping bag is not enough, you need to take a padded summer sleeping bag with you.
  • Also bring your own towel for the Bürglhütte and the Pinzgauer Hütte. .
  • Carrying and wearing a mouth & nose protection (FFP2 face mask) is mandatory in many areas of hotels as well as public life.
  • Trekking poles are highly recommended because of the often long descents.
  • You usually hike at altitudes between 1.300 m and 2.450 m - this should be taken into account when choosing your hiking equipment (especially your clothing
  • Make sure you have enough food and sufficiently large drinking bottles, as there are not on all stages refreshment facilities and wells (e.g. on stages 5 and 7).

Tip: With our Luggage Service you can easily hold your daypack while your heavy luggage (up to 20 kg) is taken to the next booked accommodation. We recommend that you take out a luggage protection insurance - please contact us regarding this.

Stages

For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.

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Service

Category

Accommodation along the Trail is available in three categories (regional rating):

Basic: Simple, clean, functional – inn, guesthouse or mountain shelter
Classic: Mid-range accommodation – 2* or 3* inn or hotel
Comfort: High-end accommodation – 4* or 4*s hotel, often with spa area

Most of the stage towns offer a selection of middle-class to very upscale hotels. At the stage destination "Panorama Alm" you have one choice of accommodation, but it has a hotel character and is very stylish - in addition, you can also book panorama suites here on request.

Situation in the mountain huts:

  • Bürglhütte: very simple rustic hut with newly built or renovated bedrooms. Shower and toilet shared on each floor. Hut sleeping bags are obligatory and must be brought by yourself. Please also bring your own towel.
  • Pinzgauer Hut: For overnight stays, a limited number of double and four-bed rooms and additionally a dormitory with max. 14 places with shared shower and WC are available. Hut sleeping bags are obligatory, but can be rented. Please bring your own towel.
  • Attention Corona regulation: Due to COVID19 hygiene regulations, there will probably be no blankets on mountain huts in summer 2021. For this reason, a hut sleeping bag is not sufficient. You must take a padded summer sleeping bag with you.
Children aged 6 to 14 years receive a 35% discount if two full-paying adults stay in their parents' room.

Unfortunately it is not possible to take your dog along on the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail.


Basic

Classic

Comfort
Boarding

Our Trail partner establishments offer three types of catering:

Breakfast: morning buffet or breakfast served at your table
Half-board: Breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses)

Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances, allergies etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your non-binding request


Bed and breakfast

Half board

Mobility service

For the realization of your trouble-free Trail journey a comprehensive mobility service is offered:

Luggage service: Hiking with a light daypack; while your luggage (max. 20 kg) is taken from accommodation to accommodation. How? It's very simple: In the morning you drop off your luggage at the reception and at the end of the hiking day it will be waiting for you in your next accommodation. We recommend that you purchase luggage protection insurance. Please note: The luggage service cannot be offered for the stage locations Panorama Alm, Bürglhütte (applies to overnight stays at the hut and not in the valley) and Pinzgauer Hütte. Here your luggage will be taken directly to the next accommodation.

Return transport: As essential as convenient. Our mobility service (collective transport) takes you from the destination of your trail journey comfortably back to your starting point.

Shuttle Services: The shuttle services required for the trail journey are included in the overall mobility package. If extra shuttle services are required during the trail trip, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., we will be happy to organize them. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.


Luggage service

Back transfer

Shuttle service
Service

While traveling, you can take advantage of the special service of our Trail Info & Booking Center, which turns your hiking trip into a particularly safe, well supervised and thus unforgettable experience:

Trail Hotline: You can contact our experienced team for advice and practical support daily from 08:00 to 20:00

Guide: Our certified Mountain Guides are highly qualified and have an excellent knowledge of the area. They also have a great knowledge of the environment of the Hohe Tauern National Park, making a hike with our guides a varied and safe trail journey. All costs incurred (guide, accommodation and food costs and travel) for the mountain hiking guide are included under "Guiding".

Advanced Trail Travel Documents, Angel's Service: Professionally prepared, detailed and ideal for the preparation of your trail trip. The documents will be sent in good time before departure by e-mail (PDF, print @ home).

National Park Summer Card: Some of our partner establishments have included the National Park Summer Card, with which you can enjoy many services such as mountain lifts, Pinzgauer Lokalbahn, swimming lakes, etc. free of charge or at a discount for the entire duration of your hotel stay (incl. day of arrival and departure). Under "Partners along the trail" you can find out from the individual establishments whether they are members of the National Park Sommercard. More information about the National Park Summer Card can be found "here" .
Zell am See-Kaprun Summer Card: Similar discounts as with the National Park Summer Card are also available with the "Zell am See-Kaprun Summer Card", which is included with some of our partner businesses. Under "Partners along the trail" you can find out whether each establishment is a member of the "Zell am See-Kaprun Summer Card". More information about the National Park Summer Card can be found "here"

Arrival

There are three options for your arrival at this Trail journey (not included in the price):

By car: Parking is available at the respective starting points of the Trail. Detailed information is included in the booking documents. Most of the parking spaces are mostly free of charge and not supervised! Our Return transport will bring you back to your car.

By train: The following IC/EC station is at your disposal: Zell am See. From there you will be taken by shuttle to your accommodation or - depending on your wishes - you can take the Pinzgau local train which runs at hourly intervals to all valley towns in the Pinzgau between Zell am See and Krimml. A shuttle will take you from the station to your accommodation as needed.

By plane: The following international airports can be recommended for travel by plane: Salzburg (SZG), Innsbruck (INN) and Munich (MUC).

Shuttle Service at arrival - not included in the price: Brings you to the starting point of your trail journey and at the end of the tour back to the ideal train station or airport. The Trail Info & Booking Center will gladly organize this Shuttle Service for you.

Public transport: The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is generally very well connected to the public transport network. Thus, there are many supra-regional train connections to Zell am See. From Zell am See, the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn operates about every hour to all towns in the valley between Zell am See and Krimml (and thus also many of our stage towns). Should you decide to travel this way, the Trail Info & Booking Center will be happy to inform you which partner hotels are easily accessible from the train station.

Partners along the trail

This is where our Trail travellers find an especially warm welcome: ranging from 4-star spa hotels to simple B&Bs, our partner establishments have been hand-picked based on specific criteria, and actively contribute to the development of the Trail.

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Information about your destination

Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.

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Your booking center

Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
Austria

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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093
Email: info@bookyourtrail.com

Terms of service

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