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Summer in the valley of the alpine huts

Summer in Großarl in the valley of the alpine huts, is nature at its purest from sunrise to sunset.

40 cosy alpine huts await you in Großarl in the midst of untouched nature. Hike along well marked trails, flowering fields, through cool forests, along thundering waterfalls, crystal clear mountain lakes, right up the mountain peaks with endless views. A hiking bus takes you directly to or from the hiking trail. In spring to where the mountain roses blossom, in summer to were berries and mushrooms grow, right into late autumn were some mountain peaks are already covered in a white veil.

Those who are particularly sporty can rent a mountain bike free of charge, and cover over 11.000 meters in altitude difference, on various levels of difficulty.

On the interactive hiking card you can plan your hiking tours even before you arrive. For those that don’t want to climb all that high, there’s the chapel trail which stretches out over 15 km on a flat surface.

Other activities that the beautiful Großarl in Salzburg has to offer:
Salzburg alp trail, trekking, Nordic walking, mountain climbing, beach volleyball, tennis, mini golf, heated outdoor swimming pool and cable cars.

Moreover, in June 2010 the new recreational centresmall valley in the alps“ has opened its doors. Loved by children, here they can have fun, action, and it’s only a 2 minute walk away from Hotel Kathrin. That’s a holiday without boredom.

PS: We are very happy that the BAK in Basel has recommended the Großarl valley as an all-year-round holiday destination in the Alps. Those are the findings of a study conducted by the Swiss BAK from 21.01.2010.

There are also various events that take place in Großarl, from the solstice to the farmer’s autumn.

Cheaper entrances to over 180 sights and attractions in the city and region of Salzburg.

Attractions

Leisure and sports

Whole day hiking, biking, climbing ... or just a leisurely day in the leisure center Großarl!

What a valley! Just a few steps and the nature captures all the senses. Be inspired by the love of life and feel the power of the mountains! Enjoy 40 managed huts exciting hiking tours! No matter if small or big, there is something for everyone!

If you want to take it easy, admire our chapel trail. At each of the 10 chapels one of the 10 commandments of the Christian faith is reformulated into a good wish which is intended to accompany you along the journey. At the 11th and the last chapel you should look back and say thank you. This chapel was built in commemoration of soldiers who returned from World War II

Especially sporty people can rent in our hotel a mountain bike for free and ride about 13,000 vertical meters.

On 2 July 2017, the first Flow Mountainbike "Singletrail" was opened in Großarl. The "Singletrail" offers an alpine biking experience as well as a lot of bike action for hobby bikers as well as for advanced and professionals.

Have a relaxing day and enjoy our leisure center under bright sunshine, just a 5-minute walk away.
The adventure playground Rucki Zucki's Gaudi-Alm is ideal for our younger guests. At the playground, the children can expect a Kinderalm, a miniature farm, a mountain stream, an alpine lake, a crystal mine and much more.

When fishing in the Grossarl Valley you will experience quiet river passages, large swamps, rapids, rock undercourses and gravel banks, surrounded by lush meadows and pastures.

For our guests who want to experience an adrenaline kick, offers Großarltal for beginners and advanced three climbing routes on!

Our guests can participate in BERG-GESUND's sporting activities free of charge.
  Expert hiking guides will accompany you: with relaxation with yoga, climbing, slowing down in nature, or even demanding all-day tours.
  The activities are partly for beginners and also for advanced.

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Berg&Gesund

Our guests can participate in BERG-GESUND's sporting activities free of charge.
Expert hiking guides will accompany you: with relaxation with yoga, climbing, slowing down in nature, or even demanding all-day tours.
The activities are partly for beginners and also for advanced.

The “BERG-GESUND” package promises you an extensive program of hikes and mountaineering activities.

- Challenging mountain hikes, for example up the Keeskogel or Weinschnabel
- Round trips
- “Slow-Down Hikes” to become one with nature, including fascinating information about alpine herbs and useful nutrition tips
- Alpine flower hikes
- "Fitness" hiking tour
- Yoga hikes to restore harmony to body, mind and soul as you hike
- Rock climbing on the via ferrata through the Hüttschlager Wand
- Rock climbing
- Hike & Fly – hike up the mountain, then fly back down by paraglider

You will always be accompanied by a state-certified hiking & mountaineering guide.

Please note further information such as equipment, previous knowledge, ... at: www.berg-gesund.at (for all events there is a limited number of participants, so we recommend you to register online at: www.berg-gesund.at) Directly at the reception.

The price does not include cable cars, buses and taxis, equipment, drinks and snacks.
You can reserve the equipment at the Sport2000 in Großarl at: www.sport-kendlbacher.com.

Hiking in Grossarl

Hiking in the valley of the pastures in one of the most beautiful valleys of the alps.

The alpine summer in Großarl is as real as the dairymaid and the dairy farmer who cultivate the alpine pastures and welcome the hikers to the rustic huts.

On about 400 km of well-marked and safe hiking trails leading up to the Hohe Tauern National Park, you can visit 40 pastures and mountain huts, which invite you to a cozy retreat with local delicacies (bacon, alpine cheese, butter, milk and schnapps).

Hiking through cool forests, roaring waterfalls, over blooming alpine meadows, along clear mountain lakes up to the peaks with seemingly endless distance vision. Get energy from nature, get a breath of fresh air, experience one of the healthiest endurance sports, ... welcome to the outdoor cinema "Alpen".
Hiking is balm for the body, mind and soul and on some mountain peaks you feel very close to the sky.
Hiking and adventure hiking with appropriate equipment is actually easy, but exceptionally effective - feel up close: the magic of walking, ...

The Großarltal is a hiker's paradise, boasts an impressive mountain backdrop. The Gamskarkogel featuring a cozy hut, with 2.467m, the highest mountain in Europe and grass silent witness to the unique vegetation of this valley. But not only the variety of alpine flowers and alpine herbs captivates but also the wildlife with deer, chamois, marmots, ...

In addition to a varied hiking options await you in the Grossarl warm hospitality at the Hotel Kathrin.

You can already create your hiking tours in advance on the interactive hiking map. For those who do not want to go so high, there is the chapel trail along the valley floor in a length of about 15km. What else is there in the beautiful Grossarl Valley in Salzburg: "Salzburger Almenweg", trekking, running and nordic walking, climbing, tennis, mini golf, outdoor pool and mountain railways.

The Grossarl Valley has the Austrian Hiking Quality Seal!
The Grossarl Valley has undergone a rigorous quality check and is the first tourist destination in the province of Salzburg and the second in Austria to receive the Austrian Hiking Quality Seal. A proof of the competence in hiking in the valley of the pastures.
The seal of quality was awarded by the "Association for Quality Assurance for Hiking in Austria".

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The magic of walking

The Magic of walking...

"Walking is not only a journey into the wide world it is a journey inside -. To yourself!
(Gregor Sieböck, long distance hiker 11,000km on foot)

Hiking brings body, mind and soul in harmony. Is there still an increase for happiness on the mountaintop?
Yes! Wellness on green meadows about. Welltain (wellbeing in the mountains) is the pinnacle of alpine wellbeing.
And not only enthusiastic Welltain supporters, no - it's also scientifically proven.
The alpine altitude increases the mental and physical well-being, especially through the interplay of exercise and relaxation in nature.

and when the first step is done ...

Welcome to your nature-time-life Hotel Kathrin. Here you will find your personal holiday offer in the beautiful Grossarl valley!

Family vacation

Because of its child friendliness, Großarl is the perfect place for a summer family holiday in the mountains. We offer family packages and family hiking tours with a variety of children’s activates in the village.

A holiday for kids in the new alp playground. Just a 2 minute walk from Hotel Kathrin. Here you’ll find the new adventure playground “the small valley in the alps”. There are lots of games and fun to be had on over 4500m², with children’s huts, mini farm, alpine lake, crystal mine, playground equipment, mini gold, tennis, beach volleyball, and an outdoor swimming pool with slide.

Here you’re in the right place for a summer family vacation. Welcome to Großarl!

Within walking distance of Hotel Kathrin:

  • Aquatic center with 4 different pools
  • Beach-volleyball court
  • Mini golf
  • Tennis courts
  • Street-soccer courts
  • Soccer pitch with synthetic surface
  • Adventure playground „Rucki-Zucki´s Gaudi-Alm“

Holidays without "boredom" - eventful family holiday in the Hotel Kathrin in Großarl directly on the leisure center of the Grossarl valley!

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Fishing

Try your fishing luck along the tranquil river passages of the Großarler Ache, the large swamps, rapids and gravel banks. Petri Heil!

Fly fishing regulations:

  • Fishing Areas: Area A: Grossarler Ache from Grossarl to Hüttschlag (ca. 8 km)
  • Area B: Grossarler Ache from Hüttschlag to the valley head (ca. 17 km), incl. Ötzlsee (ca. 2 ha)
  • Populations: Area A: brook trout and grayling
  • Area B: brook trout and arctic char
  • Fishing gear and bait: Areas A and B: fly rod with wet or dry flies or nymphs, single or barbless hooks.
  • Restrictions: Areas A & B: catch & release only.
  • Miscellaneous: Fishing is only allowed during daylight. At the Ötzlsee, you may only fish from the shore. Boats are prohibited. The fishing license is issued to a single person and may not be transferred. The license is only issued with a valid Grossarltal guest card. Fishing season is from 1 May until 30 September. The entire area is catch and release, fly only.

Fishing card:

Fishing cards for the two areas (A and B) are available from the Tourist Office Großarltal. Please understand that fishing cards are issued only for guests with a valid guest card from the Grossarl Valley.

1-day card: € 50,00
2-days card: € 95,00
3-days card: € 130,00
4-days card: € 165,00
5-days card: € 195,00
6-days card: € 215,00

Mountainbiken & E-Biken

Juni bis Oktober

Cyclists have several options in the Grossarl Valley:

Leisure cyclists will enjoy the valley bikeway to the "Hohe Tauern National Park" and sports cyclists find their challenge on pasture and forest roads. For the very comfortable guests we recommend the popular e-bike. With electric bicycles, your own pedaling power is supported to 100%. The bikes realize that when they go uphill, they need more power from the battery. So not trained cyclists come effortlessly to your destination. Holiday tip in the Grossarl Valley: Here at the Hotel Kathrin we provide you with a free MTB bike and an e-bike for a small fee.

Mountain bikers can tackle 140 km of signposted and marked mountain bike trails in the Grossarl Valley.
(The km-information are indicated by the turn of the Grossarl main road L 109)

name/ destination

length (km)

height (m) Start

height (m) End

height
differential

complexity
factor

Aigenalm

4

895

1342

447

medium

Aualm

10

880

1795

915

heavy

Bachalm

6

895

1535

640

medium

Bichlalm

10

880

1731

851

medium

Breitenebenalm

7

840

1420

580

medium

Großwildalm

11

840

1778

938

medium

Halmoosalm

3

990

1300

310

medium

Harbach- / Tofernalm

7

980

1612

632

medium

Karseggalm

11

840

1603

763

medium

Loosbühelalm

9

880

1769

889

medium

Rothof- / Maurachalm

9

840

1620

780

medium

Reitalm

7

980

1600

620

medium

Unterwandalm

9

840

1600

760

medium

Hüttschlag-Runde
(Hüttschlag - Oberneureit)

7

980

1400

420

easy

Vorderstadluck

3,5

880

1220

340

easy

Geßleggbauer

4

870

1280

410

easy

Sendeanlage Holzlehen

4

845

1350

505

easy

Summe

121,50

   

10800

 
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Alp hiking

Summer in Großarltal in the valley of the alpine huts, that’s nature at its purest from sunrise to sunset.

40 cosy alpine huts await you in Großarl, in the midst of untouched nature. Hike along well marked trails, over blossoming alpine fields, along thunderous waterfalls, tosende crystal clear mountain lakes, right up to the mountain peaks with endless views. A hiking bus takes you to or from the hiking tours. Hike to your heart’s content. In spring to the blossoming alpine roses, in summer were berries and mushrooms grow, right into late autumn were the first mountain peaks a covered in a white veil.

Those particularly sporty can rent a mountain bike in Hotel Kathrin free of charge, and cycle over 11.000 meters in altitude difference, on various levels of difficulty. On the interactive hiking card you can plan your hiking tours even before you arrive. For those who don’t want to climb that high, there’s the chapel trail which stretches out over 15 km on a flat surface. Other activities that the beautiful Großarl in Salzburg has to offer:
Salzburger alp trail, trekking and Nordic walking, mountain climbing, beach volleyball, tennis, mini gold, heated outdoor swimming pool and cable cars.

Down in the valley there is already summer, and in the mountains with its patches of snow, spring is still present, with its twin flowers and the stalk less gentiana. Enjoy the vibrant colours during the alpine rose weeks from mid June to mid July.

Pack your rucksack and experience an unforgettable overnight in an alpine hut. An evening in the hut with home-made products, a night during which the wind softly blows outside the hut and at sunrise an alp breakfast – that’s hiking and trekking at its best!

Trekking and hiking:: June to October 2020

Climbing - Adventure in the mountains

Climbing in the Alps, Großarl and Hüttschlag with three fixed rope routes!
 
For beginners, there are a slightly shorter and simpler climbing ferrata named "Gletschergoaß" (Level A - C, length 150m, height: 50m).

Newly created in year 2012 is the fixed rope routr "Franzl" (labeled from his builder Richard Franzl) with a length of 400 meters and a height of 210 meters, level of difficulty: C - D.

More climbing in the Grossarl Valley offers the "Bella Cascinaia" at the Saukarkopf (2,048 m) and about 10 different difficult climbing routes at the Schuhflicker (2,214 m) and its pre-peaks. A climbing set and a helmet are essential and important for the routes.

Via ferrata safety rules:

  • Detailed planning - Look carefully at the description of the climbing route in advance and then choose the route that suits your body and condition.
  • Match your target to your personal skills and abilities. Rock-climbing experience and a head for heights are an absolute must.
  • Bring with you complete and equipment that is up to the latest standards! Helmet, harnesses and full climbing set are indispensable, gloves and climbing shoes are highly recommended.
  • Pay special attention to the weather! In case of snow, rain, thunderstorms (lightning strikes are particularly dangerous) or icy or wet conditions never attempt to climb a rock face.
  • Don´t place blind trust in the via ferrata safety features! Pay particular attention to safety stirrups and cable.
  • Conduct a safety check of your partner´s equipment before you start! Look at loops, knots and carabiner.
  • Keep a sufficient distance! A fall often happens unpredictably and quickly, so keep always a minimum distance of 2 cable anchors between climbers. Pay attention to loose rocks and never kick off any stones.
  • Communicate clearly with your fellow climbers and be considerate. Tell your climbing partner what you plan to do and if you are having difficulties.
  • Always descend only on the marked trails.

Chapel trail Grossarl

Hiking on the chapel path is regeneration for body and soul. At each chapel one of the 10 commandments is rephrased into a good wish, that is intended to guide us on our (life) path. The starting point for the chapel trail hike is the parish church in Großarl. The trails leads in the direction of Hüttschlag, along the way you pass by the Laireiting-, the Bichl-, the Figler-, the Griesbichl-, the Neuhof- as well as the Schappach chapel. Then you come to the church in Hüttschlag. It leads you further to the top of the valley. Along the way are the Wolfau-, Karteis-, Maurach and Hubertus chapels. The Petrtill chapel at the top of the valley in Hüttschlag builds the end of this tour. This chapel was built in commemoration of soldiers who returned home from the Second World War. It should inspire us all to be thankful. The trail is approx. 16,5 km long, and it can of course be walked in stages.

Singletrail in the Großarl valley

You can go easily uphill with the cable car. 10km bike trail on 2 variations leads from the mountain station of "Panoramabahn".
Through forests and mountain meadows, past unique natural experiences...

Lift times:

30.06. - 27.09.2020 daily except Monday
29.09. - 03.11.2020 Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The gondola runs continuously from 9. a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If it is raining in the morning, the lift will not be in operation that day.

Rates
 

Adult

Child

Bike day ticket

34,50

20,00

Bike 3 hours ticket

28,50

17,00

Bike single ticket

24,50

14,50

Bike pack of 10

207,00

121,50