31 stages, 120 Alpine huts, 350 kilometres of hiking trails, special people, memorable encounters.
Whoever embarks on the "Trail of the Blue Gentian", finds happiness directly along the way: in 120 Alpine huts, with overnights in the hay or when eating Pongauer delicacies. In doing so, the Salzburger Almenweg (Salzburger Alpine Trail) and its hut people always tell stories of happiness and of a supposedly long lost world.
With the whole family on the "Trail of the Blue Gentian"
The Salzburger Almenweg is well marked: the blue flower of the Gentian shows the route through the mountains. A special incentive, especially for children, is collecting hiking stamps. The "bronze hiking pin" is awarded from the first stage. The stamp collection book is available in all tourist association offices in the valleys.
The family-friendly stages include the Stage No. 27 to Moosalm in Filzmoos which has a petting Zoo and children's playground. For even more variety for the whole family, there are entertaining themed trails such as the "Alles Alm" Trail in Obertauern, "Flori's Adventure Trail" in Flachau or the two adventure mountains "Geisterberg” in St. Johann-Alpendorf and "Wagraini's Grafenberg" in Wagrain.
Dogs are also welcome on the Salzburger Almenweg: simply ask the hut owners for the huts in which you can sleep overnight with your dogs. In the Arthurhaus on the Hochkönig (Stage No.2), there is a playground complete with swimming pool and obstacle course for dogs.
Prior to every tour, make sure that all participants - including the kids - possess the necessary alpine experience and physical condition. Hiking in the mountains often demands surefootedness and an absence of any vertigo issues.
Precise planning - incorporating the use of tour descriptions and maps, information from the Alpine Association and locals (incl. your hut hosts) - has decisive benefits. Also insure you have appropriate equipment and clothing: Above all, sturdy shoes/boots with a high ankle and soles that provide good traction, as well as protection against the rain and cold, are all very important. The group should always maintain the speed of its weakest member. Pay special attention to anyone who is walking unusually slowly at the beginning of the tour. And keep an eye on other group members for early signs of exhaustion.
Do not leave the marked paths and trails. Be very cautious when walking on steep grassy hillsides, especially when wet. Traversing steep fields of snow and/or glaciers is particularly dangerous. Don't kick rocks down the hillside, since you may injure other hikers. If you are forced to go through areas where there appears to be rockfall danger, do so one-by-one, quickly and without stopping.
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