Ore Trail




54 exciting kilometers for hiking in five stages through the Pongau in Salzburg

The Ore Trail connects the four Geopark municipalities of Hüttau, Bischofshofen, Mühlbach am Hochkönig and St. Veit im Pongau over a distance of approx. 54 km. This forms the backbone of the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark. It leads from the Larzenbach Show Mine to the Hüttau Municipal Office, where the Mineral Museum is located, further to the Klammalm to the Hochgründeck. It also leads from the Hofersattel to the Hörndlwald Chapel and down to the Buchberg. An alternative is the path from Hüttau via the Fritzerberg to the Buchberg. The trail continues along the slope of the Buchberg to Bischofshofen to the Geopark's Visitor Center, which is located in the area of the Paul Außerleitner ski jump. Via the waterfall and Bürglhöh, the Knappensteig, the Kalte Bründl, the trail leads to the Arthurhaus. From the Arthurhaus, the trail leads through the Barbara Gorge and the old Mitterbergerstraße to Mühlbach to the Johanna Show Mine and the Knappenheim. The Ore Trail continues via the Pauss Bauer to the Pronebenalm and along forest paths to St. Veit, past the Fadlstoa Chapel and to the Sunnpau Show Mine. From there, the trail continues to the Seelacken Museum, where the Ore Trail ends. 

In addition to the "big attractions", such as the show mines and the museums, you will come across many traces of mining along the Ore Trail, such as fault pits, mining holes, smelting sites etc. In addition, information boards provide interesting facts about geology, the development of the landscape, the history of settlement, farming life, etc. Magnificent panoramic views open up along the entire route, which are explained on display boards (Geosites). However, the Ore Trail experience also includes themed adventure stations, adventure trails, nature playgrounds, picnic areas, oases of peace, alpine farmers offering their own products and excellent restaurants serving local specialties. The entire route takes at least four days to complete, but can also be hiked in five stages. 

Important: No special hiking equipment is required. However, good footwear, hiking poles and a reasonable level of fitness are highly recommended along the entire Ore Trail.  




The Ore Trail can be hiked in five stages or in a shortened version with four stages.

  1. Stage: From Hüttau to the Hochgründeck (Heinrich Kiener Haus)  
  1. Stage: From the Hochgründeck to the Visitor Center in Bischofshofen  
  1. Stage: From the Visitor Center to the Arthurhaus in Mühlbach am Hochkönig  
  1. Stage: From Arthurhaus to the village center of Mühlbach am Hochkönig  
  1. Stage: Form Mühlbach am Hochkönig to St. Veit im Pongau  




  1. Stage: From Hüttau to the Hochgründeck (Heinrich Kiener Haus) 

The Ore Trail is the centerpiece of the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark. It starts at the Larzenbach Show Mine in Hüttau. There, an exciting guided tour brings the historical copper mining process to life. The Ore Trail leads from the Larzenbach Show Mine to the municipal office in the town center, where the "Ores, Gold and Minerals" Museum is located. An extensive collection of minerals can be admired there. From the town center in Hüttau, the Ore Trail leads up to the Klammalm. Before the hike up to the Hochgründeck, you can stop for a bite to eat there. The hiking trail to the Hochgründeck first leads along a wide forest path and then further on a narrow forest past up to the Heinrich Kiener Haus. The trail is accompanied by information boards (Geosites) with information about the landscape, the history of the region and the history of mining.

The goal of this stage is the Heinrich Kiener Haus at 1,800 m above sea level with the Friedenskirche and the cross cross at the (1,827 m). The Heinrich Kiener Haus not only offers refreshments and regional specialties, but also overnight accommodation.

The view is breathtaking: You get a 360 degreeo view of the surrounding valleys, mountain ranges and villages. The Hochkönig Massif is located in the west and the Tennengebirge in the north. To the south, you can see as far as the Hohe Tauern, with the Kitzsteinhorn, the Grossglockner and the Wiesbachhorn, while the Radstädter and Schladminger Tauern and the Dachstein extend to the east. A special geological feature of the Hochgründeck is the mountain rift with a double crest. This occurs when the rock tears apart due to gravity as a result of melting of Ice-Age glacier melting.  

Length and Duration of this Stage:  The first Stage is around 13 km long, it takes about four hours to complete.




  1. Stage: From the Hochgründeck to the Visitor Center in Bischofshofen 

From the Heinrich Kiener Haus on the Hochgründeck, the trail leads down to Bischofshofen. On the way over the Hofersattel, past the Hörndlwald Chapel and over the Buchberg, you can take a short detour to the historic Buchberg church. The church, which dates back to the 11th century, features a massive limestone marble altar carved out of a Ice-Age boulder from the region and a Gothic fresco frieze. The small church with its beautiful view of Bischofshofen is still very popular for weddings and christenings. It is not open to visitors. The path leads from Buchberg to Bischofshofen. In the town center you can see the Pfarrkirche (church) and the Kastenturm, one of the oldest buildings in Pongau. The destination of this stage is the Visitor Center in the ski jump area next to another highlight of the Ore Trail, the Paul-Außerleitner ski jump. This is the venue for the final of the annual Four Hills Tournament.

In the Visitor Center offers an exhibition themed around the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark and can be visited free of charge. Accommodation options in Bischofshofen include the "Tirolerwirt", the "Gasthof Schützenhof" and "Harry's Home" Hotel. In Bischofshofen, the Maximilians Farmers' Market takes place every Friday in the town center, where local specialties, handicrafts and organic fruit and vegetables are sold by farmers from Salzburg.  

Length and Duration of this Stage:  This stage is around 11km long and it takes about three hours to complete.




  1. Stage: From the Visitor Center to the Arthurhaus in Mühlbach am Hochkönig 

The third stage leads from the Visitor Center in the ski jump area via the Gainfeld Waterfall to the Bachsfall castle ruins. Where now only ruins can be seen, the wealthy Herren of Pongowe lived in the 12th century, who administered this area as servants for the Archbishop of Salzburg. However, the first settlements date back to prehistoric times (around 1,800 BC). The Ore Trail continues to Gasthof Burglhöh, via the Knappensteig and past the cold spring (kaltes Bründl) to the Arthurhaus in Mühlbach am Hochkönig. The Knappensteig, which leads up to the Mitterberg, is an approx. 10 km long forest path, which the miners used to get from the ore depot to the work site and could easily transport the material without having to make any sharp turns. In the Arthurhaus you have a breathtaking view of the Hochkönig Massif with the Mandlwand. 

Especially for families with children, there is a petting zoo in the Arthurhaus and the 1.5 km long marmot trail, which is also accessible with a baby carriage. There you can observe a colony of around 20 marmots in their natural habitat at close range. An ascent to the Mitterfeldalm, which takes around 40 minutes, is also recommended for families from the Arturhaus. For experienced mountain hikers, the Mitterfeldalm is the last opportunity to stop for a bite to eat before the ascent to the Hochkönig (ascent time: approx. 5.5 hours). The Berghotel Arthurhaus offers overnight accommodation directly in the hiking area.  

Length and Duration of this Stage: The third stage is around 11 km long and it takes around four hours to complete.




  1. Stage: From Arthurhaus to the village center of Mühlbach am Hochkönig  

The fourth stage of the Ore Trail leads from the Arthurhaus down to the village of Mühlbach. Before you start the descent, you can visit the historically significant cold spring (kaltes Bründl). Copper deposits were rediscovered at this location after around 2,000 years and copper ore mining was resumed in the 19th century. From the Arthurhaus, the route leads through the Barbara Gorge and along the old Mitterbergerstraße into the village. On the way down into the valley, you pass an opening hole, the so-called Celtic hole (Keltenloch), which is the entrance to a mine from the bronze age. Not far from here is the Maria-Hilf Mine, which is the longest Mine of the Mitterberg. It is no longer accessible due to safety concerns. After the larch avenue on the way to the village, the Barbara Gorge begins, which you can hike through on a beautiful wide path.

The destination of this stage is the Johanna Stollen and the Knappenheim, where the Mining and Local History Museum is located today. Here you can experience around 5,000 years of mining history up close in the Museum and on a guided tour of the Johanna Show Mine.

Length and Duration of this Stage: Dies ist eine leichtere Etappe mit einer Länge von ca. 10 km. Die Dauer der Wanderung beträgt ca. 3 Stunden.




  1. Stage: Form Mühlbach am Hochkönig to St. Veit im Pongau  

The fifth and final stage of the Ore Trail leads from Mühlbach to St.Veit im Pongau, with the Seelacken Museum and the Sunnpau Show Mine as its destinations. From Mühlbach am Hochkönig, the trail leads via the Pauss Bauer to the Pronebenalm. There, a resting place with an incredible view invites you to linger before you begin the descent to St. Veit. The last section of this stage takes you along a forest path to St. Veit im Pongau, Salzburg's Sun Terrace. Once you arrive in the village, you can take a break on the beautiful market square and stop off at one of the restaurants. The Sunnpau Show Mine is about an hour's walk from the center of St. Veit. The path leads past the Pfarriachstein chapel ("Fadlstoa Kapelle") to the Show Mine.  

In the Sunnpau Show Mine, you can experience 4,000 years of mining history. Traces of the prehistoric beginnings of mining with wooden wedges and stone hammers, to modern mining with black powder can be seen in the show mine. From there, the trail continues to the Seelacken Museum, where the Ore Trail ends. The Seelacken Museum offers exhibits on folk culture, mining, literature and agriculture in the region.

Length and Duration of this Stage: This stage is around 16 km long and takes up to four or five hours to complete.



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