Up to the Untersberg, the mysterious local mountain of Salzburg

(C) Valerie Rosenburg

The Untersberg is the northernmost elevation of the Berchtesgaden Limestone Alps on the border between Austria and Germany. From its 70 km2 plateau, we´ll have a scenic view over the city of Salzburg and the Austrian-Bavarian hinterland.

Long cave systems crisscross the mountain. It is home to the Marktschellenberg Ice Cave, the largest ice cave in Germany.

Emperor Karl has been sleeping in Untersberg caves for over 1200 years. His head rests on the heavy tabletop, and his beard slowly grows around the table. He will only wake up when the jackdaws no longer circle around the peaks of the Untersberg. However, the dwarves who guard him are allowed out of the mountain every hundred years ...

The legendary local mountain of Salzburg is also known as a place of power.

In just a few minutes, we get up to the Geiereck at 1777 meters with the Untersbergbahn. From there, hiking on the plateau, we´ll reach the summit of the Salzburger Hochthron at 1853 meters in about 45 minutes. The Hochthron is the highest elevation of the Untersberg on Austrian territory.

On the way back to the top station of the Untersberg cable car, we´ll stop at one of the mountain inns for a traditional Schmakerl.

Details

Meeting point: Untersberg cable car station in 5083 St. Leonhard, reachable by public transport, bus nrs 25, 28 or 35/21

Duration: 3,5 hours

Equipment: hiking boots or robust footwear, sporty or hiking clothes, rain gear, drinks, refreshments

Recommended for children from 10 years, teenagers and adults

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