Salzburg mountain walks and mountain hikes

Tours high about the city of Mozart

Salzburg is known to be rather busy. Strolling through the historic centre, shopping tours in the malls, lots of rush to cultural events – it’s rather nice to get some distance every once in a while and be away from it all. Salzburg mountain walks are enjoyable tours high above the city of Mozart. Explore the five Salzburg city mountains on foot!


The Mönchsberg got its name from the monks of the Benedictine monastery St. Paul. The mountain stretches from the Festungsberg to Mülln, is up to 508 m tall and leads to glorious castles, villas, monastery and viewing decks. Many hiking trails through Salzburg lead across the Mönchsberg, which, by the way, you can comfortable reach by lift. Additionally, there are other, more challenging ascents, such as the Clemens-Holzmeister-Stiege in the east or the Müllner Schanze in the north, in all directions. The mountain itself is a rather leisurely affair with divine paths amidst lush nature.


Salzburg mountain walks quickly lead you away from the hustle and bustle onto idyllic paths. This is particularly true for the Kapuzinerberg on the right side of the historic city centre. Reach the mountain via the Franziskustor (Linzer Gasse) or the Imbergstiege (Steingasse). Two stunning paths await you:

  • Stefan-Zweig-Weg: Reach this initially steep path via the Franziskustor. Six baroque Station of the Cross chapels await you on the way to Stefan Zweig’s villa and the monastery.
  • Basteiweg: Originally intended as a soldiers’ path, steep stairs lead past old levee systems to the breathtakingly beautiful viewing platform Hettwerbastei and further on to the Franziskischlössl. The Basteiweg is particularly intended for more sporty hikers.


Naturally, the Festungsbahn quickly takes you onto one of Salzburg’s most glorious mountains. If you prefer the more challenging route uphill, we recommend the ascent via Nonnberggasse and Erhardgässchen or via the Schartentor in the south. The Festungsberg awaits you with the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress and several walks, some which lead you further to the Mönchsberg.


Scale the summit of Salzburg’s city mountains: The Gaisberg rises to 1,287 m and promises breathtaking views across the entire city. Sure, you can get near the summit region by car, but then you’d miss the amazing hiking round tour. Take the S-Bahn train to Gnigl, then walk fairly leisurely along the B 158. The ascent – nearly 400 altitude metres across six kilometres – isn’t too arduous with another potential 300 altitude metres leading to the summit, if you wish. The easy-going, pram-friendly round tour keeps things light with small viewing platforms, rest spots and panoramic displays everywhere. Don’t miss out on a culinary break!


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The city’s landmark mountain is actually situated slightly outside Salzburg in Grödig/St. Leonhard. Arriving there, the Untersbergbahn covers 1,320 m of altitude difference in under ten minutes. Visit a few viewing platforms and rest stations in high-alpine territory. Athletic hikers conquer one of the steep trails leading up the mountain in approx. three hours. Mountaineers and climbers love the variety of the Untersberg with its picturesque ice cabin.


Combine your Salzburg mountain walks with a stay at Romantik Hotel GMACHL and let yourself be pampered properly. We recommend a “fondue chinoise” at the GMACHL restaurant in autumn – pre-order for Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. We are looking forward to your non-binding enquiry!

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