Long-distance hiking trails
Hiking is a feast for body, mind and soul
Saalfelden Leogang, located in the heart of the Salzburg mountains, offers guests a rich array of relaxing hiking opportunities. On these long-distance hiking trails you not only follow in the footsteps of church history, but also come across many scenic, cultural and historical highlights.
Pinzgauer Marienweg (Virgin Mary Trail)
There are many pilgrimage sites dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Pinzgau. The Pinzgauer Marienweg opens up the entire Pinzgau for the pilgrims through these Saint Mary pilgrimage sites.
The Marienweg includes four different trails. The “Classic” is about 125 km in length and takes you five Churches of St Mary. Starting from Jochbergwald woods it crosses the Thurn Pass to Mittersill, then also to Power Points in a range of the Oberpinzgau Salzach valley like the Celtic Village in Uttendorf and along the Salzach River in Unterpinzgau to the sunny plateau of the Pinzgau in Embach. Across the the Filzen Saddle the trail leads to Jufen, Maria Alm and across the hermitage at Saalfelden to Kirchental. “The Shortcut” goes past Zell am See and Maishofen; the “Challenging Trail” through Leogang and the Roman Saddle. The fourth trail “across mountain & valley” leads from Stuhlfelden past Saalbach to Hochfilzen.
Arno Trail (Arnoweg)
The Arnoweg encircles the state of Salzburg in 63 stages. It follows in the footsteps of the rich cultural history and leads to extraordinary natural wonders like the Krimml Waterfalls or Schellenberger Ice Cave.
The Arnoweg is more a long-distance hiking trail than a pilgrim’s path. And yet it is of ecclesiastical origin. Because the idea for it occurred on the 1200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Salzburg. In 798, Bishop Arno was promoted to Archbishop, thereby being named a Metropolitan of a church province, which at that time ranged from Arlberg to Bratislava (then Pressburg) and from Bayreuth to Marburg. At its longest possible optional route hikers climb and descend 80,000 meters, about half the way to over 2,000 meters above sea level. The Arno Trail traverses all climatic and vegetation zones of the country, representing a botanical trip from Salzburg to the Arctic Circle.
Length: total of approx.. 1,200 km (63 day stages)